Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment reveals region’s top health needs

MEDIA CONTACT:

Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Relations
The Health Collaborative
(513) 247-5254

Sarah Hackenbracht
Interim President & CEO
GDAHA
(216) 903-2069                                                                                     

Assessment identified substance abuse, mental health, access to care, chronic disease and healthy behaviors as key priority areas

CINCINNATI – More than 1,400 healthcare consumers, countless organizations and non-profits across 25 counties in the Greater Cincinnati/ Dayton area have identified substance abuse, mental health, access to care, chronic disease and healthy behaviors as priority areas for 2019.

For the third time, the identified priorities are the result of the region’s collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Hospital members of The Health Collaborative and Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) joined the collaboration, and the result is a robust portrait of the larger Southwest Ohio region. The report covers Greater Dayton and Greater Cincinnati, which includes Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The collaborative report serves 35 hospitals, 25 counties, 28 local health departments and 3 states.

Greater Cincinnati/ Dayton have exceptional healthcare resources. Even with these resources, our region is in a critical situation when it comes to the health of our communities; outcomes continue to tell a story of inequity, ranking among the worst in the nation. Reports like this provide a thorough picture of health needs locally and regionally, and aids communities in planning for future health programs and policies.

The CHNA team expanded the robust nature of data collection for this year’s CHNA by researching more secondary data measures than previous reports, such as hospital utilization data, as well as by oversampling vulnerable populations and engaging more participants. From the local health departments helping promote and conduct meetings, there was a large increase of participation.

The top five priorities reflect the top average rankings from all participants in the meetings and surveys. Data was collected from April through July of 2018. This data shows agreement at all levels and reflects the similar concerns across the counties and regions. In which reinforces the value of the collaborative approach to the CHNA.

“GDAHA will continue its long-held tradition of collaboration by building upon the work of the community health needs assessment and seeking new partnerships in 2019,” said Sarah Hackenbracht, Interim President & CEO. “Strengthening the research of the CHNA through action requires the partnership of hospitals and health systems, local public health departments, nonprofits, the local business community, and our community members. Together, we’ll seek impactful solutions to the Dayton region’s most pressing health needs.”

“One of our goals with the CHNA is to continually improve our data collection process to involve as many voices as possible. This cycle increased community participation by over 200% – for 2021 we hope to continue gathering valuable community input,” said Angelica Hardee, PhD, Senior Manager, Gen-H, CHNA Team Lead. “While the over 1,400 individuals and agencies involved in this process provided essential information for the CHNA, our vision is to see a comprehensive snapshot of our region’s health needs and work together to improve the health of our community.” The CHNA is conducted every three years to continually identify emerging needs and take the pulse of our region’s health.

Click here to read the CHNA Executive Summary.
Click here to read the complete 2019 CHNA.
Click here for the CHNA Microsite. 

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About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that leads data-driven improvements that result in healthier people, better care and lower costs. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association:
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) is a member-service organization representing 29 hospitals and health systems in the Dayton region.  GDAHA collaborates with its members to improve the delivery of healthcare services in Auglaize, Butler, Darke, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren Counties in West Central Ohio.

Gen-H Program awarded grant from SC Ministry Foundation

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Relations
(513) 247-5254
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Funds will be used to launch a Learning Collaborative in Bond Hill and Roselawn

CINCINNATI – Greater Cincinnati has exceptional healthcare resources—with six health systems in a 10-mile radius and healthcare providers ranking in the highest quartile in the U.S. Despite these resources, our region is in a critical situation when it comes to our community’s health; outcomes continue to tell a story of inequity, ranking among the worst in the nation. Finding solutions to address our region’s complex social and health issues requires a multi-faceted community-wide response that leverages collective resources to create systemic change.

In 2014, The Health Collaborative and United Way of Greater Cincinnati created a community-wide response to the critical and growing health challenges facing our region – Gen-H, or Generation Health. Gen-H was established to treat the whole patient—connecting healthcare with community services and helping implement a pay-for-performance model that incentivizes primary care physicians for improved health outcomes and decreases health costs.

Gen-H was recently awarded a grant made possible through the generous support of the SC Ministry Foundation, which promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Funds will be used in two of Gen-H’s priority neighborhoods, Bond Hill and Roselawn, to launch a learning collaborative and underwrite the cost of a go Vibrant Walking Route.

Gen-H learning collaboratives bring together social service agencies, community members, and neighborhood leaders in an active learning environment to review and analyze health data and share best practices to address health-related social needs. Through people, partnerships and generous grantors like the SC Ministry Foundation, Gen-H’s goal is to improve health outcomes and decrease health costs in our region.

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About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that leads data-driven improvements that result in healthier people, better care and lower costs. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About SC Ministry Foundation:
Since 1996, SC Ministry Foundation has been promoting the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati as a public grant-making organization. For more information, visit: www.scministryfdn.org or call  (513) 347-1122.

The Health Collaborative Selected to Build Data Sharing Capacity through the DASH Mentor Program

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Relations
(513) 247-5454

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HealthInfoNet will serve as Gen-H’s mentor for Data Across Sectors for Health Program

CINCINNATI – The Health Collaborative has been selected by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to participate in a 10-month mentorship program led by HealthInfoNet to advance our local efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health. The Health Collaborative’s Gen-H (Generation Health) will spearhead this initiative. Gen-H is a long-term, systems-change initiative that believes our region will be a healthier, more vibrant community when we address the unmet health-related social needs of our community.

As a DASH Mentee, the Gen-H program will connect with communities from around the country through All In: Data for Community Health, a peer-to-peer learning network that builds local capacity to systematically combine health data with data from other sectors like education, social services, and housing to acquire a more complete picture of the factors that influence health.

HealthInfoNet will support us in engaging diverse stakeholders to share data across health care and community service providers. Topics include investigating existing technical capacity, assessing current resources available, and exploring how multi-sector data will be used in day-to-day workflows.

“This partnership is a great step in helping us activate neighborhood-level, data driven solutions to health care’s most challenging problems in Greater Cincinnati.”

Kiana Trabue, MPH

Executive Director, Gen-H , The Health Collaborative

Our participation in the DASH Mentor Program can help us spread the impact of our innovations within and beyond our community. The Health Collaborative is excited to make meaningful connections with leaders in the field to accelerate learning and make significant progress towards aligning multi-sector partners around data-driven approaches that promote health equity.

Kiana Trabue, Executive Director of Gen-H says, “This partnership is a great step in helping us activate neighborhood-level, data driven solutions to health care’s most challenging problems in Greater Cincinnati.”

To learn more, visit dashconnect.org/awardees/mentor-program/

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About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of healthcare and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH):
DASH, led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, identifies barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations working to share data for community health improvement. DASH aims to align health care, public health, and other sectors to systematically compile, share, and use data to understand factors that influence health and develop more effective interventions and policies. To learn more, visit http://dashconnect.org/ or follow us at @DASH_connect.

Staff Spotlight: Christa Hyson MPH, Senior Manager External Affairs

Welcome, Christa Hyson MPH!

Our new Senior Manager External Affairs comes to us from the Cincinnati Health Department, where she served as Health Communication Specialist and Clerk to the Board of Health.

“I’m eager to work with hospitals, government agencies, and civic groups to improve health and build resiliency across the region,” says Christa.

Q: Hey there, Christa! Give us an overview of your role at THC in three sentences or less.
A: Disaster Preparedness Public Information Officer, point person for media relations, and communications lead for Gen-H.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: I love the versatility of public health – it’s something different and fulfilling every day.

Q: What’s your favorite stress-relieving activity outside of the office, and why?
A: I LOVE to make soap! Part science, part art – no limits. I love giving homemade gifts.

Q: What are you most proud of, personally or professionally?
A: This.

Q: If you had a catch phrase, what would it be?
A: Get sh*t done. Sorry Mom.

Q: What TV sitcom would best describe your life?
A: Parks & Recreation. My goal is to be the Leslie Knope of Public Health.

Q: What book are you currently (or most recently) reading?
A: I just finished The Guineveres by Sarah Domet. It’s a fun read.

Q: Yin-yang question: Puppies… or kittens? 
A: This is Sophie’s Choice. I can’t do it. I love them all.

Q: What TV sitcom would best describe your life?

A: Parks & Recreation. My goal is to be the Leslie Knope of Public Health.

Q: What’s the oddest job you ever had (besides this one)?
A: I worked at a marina in high school. It was an awesome job to work on boats and be on the water… however… not the most fun when I had to empty out the toilets.

Q: Have you ever met a celebrity? If yes, who was it? Were they nice?
A: Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Twice! Once in Atlanta, Georgia and once in Monterosso al Mare, Italy. They were very kind. Super sad to report that they did not remember me.

Q: What really grinds your gears?
A: People that text and drive.

Q: What song would you sing on American Idol?
A: If I could do it justice… “Purple Rain.” But I would never embarrass Prince like that…

Q: If you could be in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
A: I’ve always admired Emma Thompson. If I could pull off the character that she plays in Wit (Professor Vivian Bearing), I’d have a shelf of academy awards.

Ready for a Purple Rain duet? Reach out to Christa at chyson@healthcollab.org!

CEO Corner: Exceptional Care AND Outcomes

Exceptional Healthcare, AND Exceptional Health Outcomes 

Update on Gen-H

Our region is fortunate to have exceptional healthcare resources, and our city continues to be recognized in the news as among the “fittest” and healthiestciting excellent care quality and access.

Unfortunately, despite our high-performing health sector and top rankings on health and fitness indices, the data shows that our corresponding population health outcomes are not equally exceptional. In fact, the Greater Cincinnati region consistently ranks in the bottom quartile for key measures of well-being.

Gallup ranked the Greater Cincinnati region 152 out of 189 communities across the country based on health-related factors including physical health, financial security, and community safety.

Locally, the 2017 Greater Cincinnati Health Status Survey produced by Interact for Health found that just 5 in 10 adults in the region (49%) reported excellent or very good health.

Greater Cincinnati is in critical condition when it comes to our community’s health, and healthcare alone can’t fix it.

Eighty percent of what determines health is attributable to factors outside the healthcare we receive from doctors and hospitals. This is partly due to genetics, and partly what we call social determinants of health (SDOH).  These are the social factors that impact health, such as: transportation, utilities, hunger, interpersonal violence, and housing.

Furthermore, treating the whole patient means designing a healthcare system that is more accessible, coordinated, continuous, and comprehensive – a system where value is based on the quality of care provided and providers are rewarded for both efficiency and effectiveness.

Gen-H connects health to healthcare

Launched in 2014 under the leadership of The Health Collaborative and the United Way, Gen-H, or Generation Health, is a community-wide response to the critical and growing health challenges facing Greater Cincinnati.

Gen-H is a long-term, system-change initiative that drives action and impact over the next three years and supports three bold goals:

  • Address unmet health-related social needs (SDOH)

Gen-H helps regional doctors provide care to our most vulnerable citizens through technology solutions and referral to appropriate social services, creating an interconnected closed-loop system that ensures patients can access the help they need.

  • Design value-based care

Gen-H partners with the Ohio/NKY Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, working to redesign healthcare in 561 practices across the state of Ohio and in Northern Kentucky with a heavy focus on value over volume.

  • Empower neighborhood health and wellness initiatives

Gen-H is well-positioned to support 10 communities over three years, providing learning collaboratives with the clinical and social data needed to measure their progress or health improvement.

In addition to these three key building blocks, Gen-H seeks to grow the next generation of healthcare leaders by exposing high school students to careers in medicine and allied healthcare fields through the Tap Health program.

Bringing Gen-H to life

Since mid-April our Gen-H outreach team — led by myself; John Prout, retired CEO of TriHealth; Kiana Trabue, Executive Director, Gen-H; Shannan Schmitt, Director, Development and Communications; and Scott Provancher from Ignite Philanthropy — has met with some 40 organizations and individuals to outline our approach to better community health. and work to secure the support needed to get there. We’re encouraged by the feedback we’ve received, reinforcing our belief that we’ve come up with a compelling solution to connect health to healthcare.

It’s a bold vision, requiring our community to step outside traditional health and healthcare silos. Gen-H sources solutions from partners in education, economic development, public safety, transportation, and technology, to challenge traditional approaches to health in pursuit of sustainable strategies. We’re confident that the success of our efforts will result in a healthier, more vibrant region where the health outcomes of our people reflect the exceptional healthcare of our community for now, and for generations to come.

This is a community-wide effort and we need your help to bring the vision to life. If you have an interest in getting involved or would like to explore ways to support Gen-H, please let me know. I welcome the opportunity to discuss Gen-H with you and look forward to your feedback.

Craig Brammer

Looking Back: D4P Collaboration Gets Clinical Results

Inspire 2017

HCAN and YMCA accept 2017 Gen-H award, photo by Ron Alvey (513) 292-5576

AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO NOVEMBER 8 FOR THE ANNUAL INSPIRE HEALTHCARE DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY, WE’RE ALSO TAKING TIME TO LOOK BACK AND RECOGNIZE OUR PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS.

Join us in celebrating D4P, a joint program of Health Care Access Now and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati – winners of the 2017 Gen-H Award! 

It’s an uncomfortable fact that social determinants surrounding race, ethnicity, and income can often have an impact on health outcomes. That’s why Health Care Access Now (HCAN) and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati teamed up to offer type 2 prediabetes prevention (DPP) to low-income and minority patients. The program leverages the number one predictor of wellness success, social engagement, to empower patients to hold diabetes at bay.

The Health Collaborative recognized the D4P program as a finalist for the Gen-H Award as part of the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration. The purpose of the Gen-H Award is to recognize an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goal of making the healthier choice also being the easy choice, when it comes to deciding on where to live, work, learn, or play. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” means all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Cousins and friends
When 62-year-old Gwendolyn Maderis was diagnosed by her doctor as pre-diabetic, she didn’t even know that was a thing. Her doctor explained she was at high risk for developing full diabetes, however patients who manage their weight with diet and exercise are often able to avoid this chronic health threat. Gwendolyn was happy to know this was something she could control, but she wasn’t sure what to do. Not long after her appointment, a community health worker from HCAN came to her door with information about a program at the YMCA just for people with prediabetes.  With funding from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, cost would not be a problem.  In a happy coincidence, Gwendolyn’s cousin was also signed up for the same program and the two women would be able to attend the same session.

Gwen was surprised by how much she enjoyed coming to the sessions and sharing with the group about how her week had gone, even if the week had been challenging. She was surprised to see her weight drop and found herself changing her eating habits. Gwen’s favorite part of the program was the relationships she had built. “I joined the program because my cousin was in it, but then I made new friends. I call other people in the class, and we meet up to go walking and check-in with each other. I call everyone in the class my cousin!”

Evidence-based approach
The YMCA’s DPP is an evidence based community health program designed for adults at risk for developing type two diabetes. Participants meet in small groups facilitated by trained Lifestyle Coaches in 25 one hour sessions delivered over the course of 12 months. Peer-reviewed scientific research shows that lifestyle intervention programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and by 71% in people over 60. Participants are also give access to YMCA branches through a complimentary six-month membership to support and encourage physical activity. Goals of the program include 5% weight loss and increased physical activity (150 minutes/week).

Results matter
Results for 2016 clients show that more than half of the clients (58 percent) have lost weight in the program, and after 9 months, more than 8 in 10 (86 percent) reported 90 minutes or more of physical activity each week. On the clinical side, clients enrolled for more than 3 months showed a consistent decrease in A1c levels, 52% at 3 months, 87% at 6 months and 67% at 9 months.

This strong and powerful partnership between two organizations, working in coordination with the health care system to engage patients in lifestyle interventions has the power to improve health, lower healthcare costs, and advance health equity.

Meet the Team
Health Care Access Now: Judith Warren, CEO
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati: Tim Frey, Community Health Worker

Please join The Health Collaborative and its Gen-H staff in congratulating Gen-H award finalist, the D4P program by HCAN and the YMCA, for advancing health equity and creating strong links between clinical care and community resources.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

 About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

Dr. Angelica Hardee Named Finalist for Legacy Next Generation Award

By Olivia Ritter
Communications Specialist

We are proud to announce that Dr. Angelica Hardee, Senior Manager, Gen-H at The Health Collaborative, is a finalist for the Community and Social Services Legacy Next Generation Leader Award.
This award, created as an initiative of Forward Quest, offers support and development to the leaders of the next generation to be successful in their meaningful work.

Angelica Hardee, Senior Manager, Gen-H

Dr. Angelica Hardee, Senior Manager, Gen-H

LEGACY encourages those who have a passion to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. There are nine categories: Arts Entertainment and Recreation, Business and Financial Services, Communications Marketing and Sales, Community and Social Services, Education, Entrepreneurial, Government and Public Affairs, Legal Services, and Medical/Healthcare Services & Technology.

Candidates between the ages of 21 and 40 in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area are judged by a panel of expert judges who are knowledgeable in the field they are judging. The panel is made up of a senior executive in the field, a young professional, and a past winner in that category. Nominees are asked to write an essay defining leadership and how they exemplify leadership in their professional and personal lives while incorporating their level of professional achievement, demonstrated leadership, and community impact.

Dr. Hardee was nominated by The Health Collaborative’s Kiana Trabue, Executive Director, Gen-H, who was a finalist last year. In Kiana’s words, “Dr. Angelica Hardee is the epitome of not only a young professional advocate for the Cincinnati region but also a community health advocate for the entire state of Ohio.” The Next Generation Leader Awards are designed to salute the region’s young professionals under 40, for significant accomplishments in their field, demonstrated leadership, and their contributions to the community.

According to Trabue, Dr. Hardee is a perfect fit for the recognition. “Dr. Hardee’s determination for mentoring public health professionals, implementing navigation into health systems, and promoting Health in Equity in All Policies make her an ideal candidate for the Next Generation Leadership Award.”

Others being considered for the award hail from organizations such as Brighton Center Inc., and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. The winners of each category will be announced at the Next Generation Leader Award dinner and ceremony on July 19th at the Madison Event Center in Covington.

More Than 4 Million Steps Taken in 2018 Step Up Cincinnati Challenge

Fifth Third Bank and YMCA take top prizes in innovative approach to workplace health improvement

CINCINNATI – Fifth Third Bank and YMCA took top step challenge prizes in two categories: for organizations with more than 1,000 employees, and those with less than 1,000 employees, respectively. Overall more than 4 million steps (or 219,000 miles) were taken by 3200 people from 14 local organizations during the month of April in the second annual Step Up Cincinnati Challenge. Winners were recognized at the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Healthiest Employers celebration on May 1, 2018 – see photos here.

The go Vibrant walking challenge, presented by Gen-H, is designed to accelerate neighborhood health improvement strategies across the region while activating and enhancing employer wellness programs. The 30-day walking challenge coordinated by The Health Collaborative, go Vibrant, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati raised $68,000 which will be donated in the winners’ names to Gen-H and go Vibrant, supporting their neighborhood health improvement strategies.

The Health Collaborative also partnered with go Vibrant, which coordinates the annual neighborhood-focused Million Step Challenge, to present a digital user interface that seamlessly integrates step counts from wearable technology to the website. Steps were tracked and logged via fitness device, free app, smartphone, or company health portal and linked to the go Vibrant portal. The aggregate steps were reported on the Challenge website with a real-time leaderboard.

“With 16 different companies from various industries and varying sizes, we were so pleased with the turnout and steps logged over only a 30-day period,” shares Laura Chrysler, Executive Director, go Vibrant. “With your support, Gen-H and go Vibrant launched the inaugural app for the Step Up Challenge, and these Step Challenges and Employer support have contributed to the overall fitness of our city. Congratulations, the dedication to your employees’ health and wellness initiatives are clearly moving the needle.”

“The key to winning is our culture of wellness!” says Olivia Dynes, HR Specialist, Benefits, Fifth Third Bank. “Fifth Third is very proud of the culture of wellness that we have created to encourage our employees that it’s okay to step away from work and take a walk if you need to. We’ve created the type of environment that has made it convenient to develop healthy behaviors and stick to them. We were also fortunate to be able to use our own wellness platform that our employees were already using for logging workouts and steps.”

“Of course the Y would participate in Step Up!” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO Jorge Perez. “Not just because walking is good for you. In fact, along with helping us achieve fitness goals, this program helped us strengthen our friendships and reminded us of the power that comes when we work together toward one goal. We call this belonging, and it’s what the Y does to support the foundation of our community.”

“Ohio National is committed to developing and supporting a wellness and benefits program, which aids in a lifelong journey that enhances the lives of each of our associates in our key areas of Health, Social, Financial, Community and Career. The Step Up challenge helps motivate our associates to move more while supporting a good cause.  Health and Community are two key areas the Ohio National wellness team encourages our associates to focus on – offering a challenge that supports both is very appealing,” shares Emily Davis, CEBS
Manager, Corporate Wellness and Community Engagement, Ohio National Financial Services.

“We are excited to get involved in activities that support our community and our clients. Step Up is a great way to give back and get the team re-energized about our wellness program,” says Revae Embs, GBBN.

Step Up returns in spring 2019. For updates on the next challenge and more information on health and wellness initiatives sign up for our personalized news via the link on our website: healthcollab.org.

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About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit leading data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and lower costs. Serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana, THC works with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.

About go Vibrant:
Based in Cincinnati, go Vibrant brings walking routes, digital content, and unique, irresistible experiences through creation of the largest network of urban walking routes in the country. go Vibrant Walking Routes are created in collaboration with the neighborhoods themselves and are marked with signs throughout neighborhoods in Avondale, Clifton, Covington, Delhi, Downtown, East Walnut Hills, Golf Manor, Madisonville, Mt. Washington, Mt. Adams, Newport, Northside, Pleasant Ridge, Walnut Hills, and several other neighborhoods are in the works for expansion.  http://govibrant.org/

About the United Way of Greater Cincinnati:
United Way believes in creating a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. United Way annually improves the lives of more than 365,000 people across 10 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Live United. www.uwgc.org

2018 Step Up Cincinnati Challenge: By the Numbers

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[LISTEN] Gen-H Leadership on Strive’s “Class in Session” Program

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Kiana Trabue, Executive Director of Gen-H at The Health Collaborative, was invited by our friends at StrivePartnership to join them for their weekly radio spot on Radio One, called “Class in Session,” to talk about what’s new and coming soon. Gen-H is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s collective impact on health initiative.

 

StrivePartnership is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a national network of communities working to improve education success for every child through a data-driven, quality collective impact approach.

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[LISTEN] Gen-H Leadership on Strive's "Class in Session" Program

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Kiana Trabue, Executive Director of Gen-H at The Health Collaborative, was invited by our friends at StrivePartnership to join them for their weekly radio spot on Radio One, called “Class in Session,” to talk about what’s new and coming soon. Gen-H is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s collective impact on health initiative.
 
StrivePartnership is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a national network of communities working to improve education success for every child through a data-driven, quality collective impact approach.
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A New Addition to THC Development & Communications Team

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Emily Kimball, Administrative Assistant & Meeting Space Associate at The Health Collaborative, has been promoted to Coordinator, Development & Communications!

She joined the development & communications team as of Jan. 2 and now reports to Director Shannan Schmitt.

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Emily has spent the past few years as our front desk receptionist while supporting our leadership team, working closely with Susan White, Director of Regional Epic Services. Prior to joining The Health Collaborative, Emily spent nearly ten years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Human Resources department, as well as supporting world-renowned physicians at the Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute.

A Cincinnati native, Emily is passionate and well-versed in community engagement, non-profit management, networking, and thinking outside the box toward creative solutions. In addition, she’s planned major events, volunteered with numerous community groups, and fine-tuned her customer service skills in hospitality.

Please join us in congratulating Emily on her new position!

Connect with Emily: ekimball@healthcollab.org

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A New Addition to THC Development & Communications Team

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Emily Kimball, Administrative Assistant & Meeting Space Associate at The Health Collaborative, has been promoted to Coordinator, Development & Communications!

She joined the development & communications team as of Jan. 2 and now reports to Director Shannan Schmitt.

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Emily has spent the past few years as our front desk receptionist while supporting our leadership team, working closely with Susan White, Director of Regional Epic Services. Prior to joining The Health Collaborative, Emily spent nearly ten years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Human Resources department, as well as supporting world-renowned physicians at the Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute.
A Cincinnati native, Emily is passionate and well-versed in community engagement, non-profit management, networking, and thinking outside the box toward creative solutions. In addition, she’s planned major events, volunteered with numerous community groups, and fine-tuned her customer service skills in hospitality.
Please join us in congratulating Emily on her new position!

Connect with Emily: ekimball@healthcollab.org

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TriHealth “Interpreter on Wheels” Ensures Quality Care

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“Interpreter on Wheels makes it possible for patients to receive medical care, in the language they prefer, at the point of care.”
– Dr. Barbara Tobias, Good Samaritan Free Health Center

[/mk_blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Health Collaborative is recognizing TriHealth Language Services as a finalist for the Gen-H Award, as part of the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration planned for November 1 at downtown Cincinnati’s Renaissance Hotel. The purpose of the Gen-H Award is to recognize an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goal of making the healthier choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, and play. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” means all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Solutions for meaningful communication
When seeking healthcare, it’s crucial for patients to understand the medical advice and treatment plans given to them by physicians and other caregivers.  To assist those whose primary language is not English, TriHealth Language Services offers a variety of interpreting services to support meaningful communication between patients, families, and providers. Among other services, they offer three full-time Spanish-speaking staff members to serve the area’s largest group of non-English speaking patients.

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A variety of tools for broadest impact
Recognizing the value in employing multiple approaches to address the full spectrum of language needs, TriHealth Language Services focuses on improving communications through a variety of methods and technologies. For example, they work with contracted in-person medical interpreters and national networks of phone and video interpreters. Using remote interpreters ensures someone is always available, even when an in-person interpreter is not.

Language-specific phone numbers have been implemented for patients and families who wish to communicate with TriHealth in languages other than English. TriHealth operators can automatically connect the non-English speaking caller to an interpreter.  The interpreter stays on the line for the duration of the call and provides services and translations as needed. Languages offered include: Arabic, Cambodian, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Different languages & locations? No problem!
As a result of limited availability of local, in-person qualified medical interpreters, TriHealth is utilizing innovative on-demand video technology called “Interpreter on Wheels.” This tool makes it possible to have interpreter services in the exam room when an in-person resource is unavailable.  The Interpreter on Wheels has served more than 1,700 TriHealth patients to-date.

In addition, several iPads with interpretation services software were purchased through a grant from the Sisters of Charity and have increased Language Services’ ability to instruct and inform patients.

Interpreter service requests have increased from 17% to 20% between 2015 and 2016.  This increase is believed to be an indication and result of improved overall quality, service, safety, and compliance.

A story of personalized, empowered care

Dr. Barbara Tobias is Medical Director at The Health Collaborative, and serves as Vice Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. She practices medicine at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Free Health Center, and shared the following Language Services success story:

Dr. Barbara Tobias

Dr. Barbara Tobias

“Interpreter on Wheels makes it possible for patients to receive medical care in the language they prefer, at the point of care, without the awkwardness of accommodating an extra person in the room,” shared Dr. Tobias.

“This is the story that has stayed with me: A young woman from Northern Africa came to the Good Sam Free Health Center for care, accompanied by her husband. She spoke an Arabic dialect. The nurse relayed that the woman’s husband had been her interpreter in all of her previous healthcare encounters. The nurse then asked if it would be OK if her husband again acted as her interpreter.”

“I had used Interpreter on Wheels a couple of times before, and offered the patient this option. To our surprise she readily said ‘Yes!’ She later explained that this was the first time she had been able to see a physician without her husband in the room.”

Dr. Tobias concluded, “The visit went well. The patient felt comfortable asking questions she had previously withheld, and I was able to take a comprehensive medical history which helped me determine the most beneficial treatment. I’ve seen the patient in follow-up and now she asks for Interpreter on Wheels! Thank you, Cori [Corinne Grandle, Linguistic Services Administrator] for providing this wonderful tool to enable our patients to get the care they deserve.”

Striving to meet the healthcare needs of every person
Interpreter services support the TriHealth values to respect all people and spiritual heritage, service excellence, and individual and community needs.  This service aligns with Gen-H strategies around empowering individuals to become knowledgeable consumers of health & healthcare services, as well as increasing the capacity in our region to meet the healthcare needs of every person.

Collaboration over competition
The Language Services team strives to create strong partnerships between qualified healthcare professionals and other local health resources, both public and private, supporting the greater good of healthier citizens within our community.

Meet the team

  • David Ache, Senior Client Technologies Engineer
  • Corinne Grandle, Linguistic Services Administrator
  • Mike Lonneman, Client Technologies Specialist
  • Justin Platt, Solutions Leader IT Network
  • Charles Spears, Server Engineer

Congratulations to the TriHealth Language Services team on its outstanding work toward achieving the Gen-H Triple Aim of healthier people, better care, and lower costs for ALL in the Greater Cincinnati region.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

TriHealth Outreach Ministries: Bridging Cultures, Improving Outcomes

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TriHealth Outreach Ministries serves the community by providing services to identify and assist people in overcoming life barriers in Greater Cincinnati. It has offices strategically located throughout the city, in areas where residents are more likely to have a disadvantage in accessing care, affording care, preventing and managing disease, obtaining an early diagnosis, having access to health information, and understanding medication and doctors’ instructions. The selection of these areas has been determined through the Community Health Needs Assessment, performed through The Health Collaborative.

As a finalist for the 2017 Gen-H Award, TriHealth Outreach Ministries is being recognized by The Health Collaborative as part of the Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration planned for November 1. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” is all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Gen-H Award recognizes an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goals of making the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, or play.

Bridging the cultural divide
TriHealth Outreach Ministries staff help bridge the enormous cultural divide for the client receiving services and the practitioner providing the care. A trusted team member accompanies clients on their appointments to aid in their understanding of, and compliance with, healthcare plans. The department also has an independent social worker who helps community members navigate government agencies, assisting with applications and advocating on their behalf as needed. The team is represented at numerous health events throughout the city each year to provide information about services and health education in English and Spanish.

Health as a value we share
Gen-H is all about improving health and well-being for ALL in our region, and TriHealth Outreach Ministries is working to ensure that their clients have the best chance for both. The team is on a mission to address a wide variety of needs and challenges. Their work to reduce equity gaps in health and healthcare services, for example, for community residents and refugees alike, is well-aligned with Gen-H values. Their team includes two bilingual team members dedicated to Burundi refugees, and two more specifically supporting the Hispanic & Latino population. One team member provides her services in Over-The-Rhine to the formerly incarcerated who have recently re-entered the community.

A broad spectrum of services
Supplementing TriHealth Outreach Ministries’ healthcare-related services is an array of supportive programs not traditionally associated with the doctor’s office. From collaborating with St. Francis Seraph Ministries in order to address food insecurity with Cooking for the Family classes; to conducting Spiritual Assessments and Healing Touch stress reduction therapy; to convening a walking group every Saturday morning in Burnet Woods; the department is using every tool available to help its clients live their healthiest lives.

Meet the team

  • Joanne Barnette BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
  • Mary Beth Basch BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
  • Jennifer Brodbeck BSN, RN-BC, Manager
  • Lynn Burkhardt RN, Faith Community Nurse
  • Terri Dell BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
  • Mary Ann Escudero BSN, RN, Faith Community Nurse
  • Yolanda Gordon MSW LISW-S
  • Mary Kappesser BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
  • Anna Nwaobasi BSN, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
  • Obed Nkuriragenda Outreach Ministries CHW
  • Araceli Ortiz, Outreach Ministries CHW
  • Mary Peeno RN, Faith Community Nurse
  • Luz Ruvalcaba Alvarez, Outreach Ministries CHW
  • Shirley Smith BSN, RN, Faith Community Nurse

Congratulations to 2017 Gen-H Award Finalists, the TriHealth Outreach Ministries team, for its service of bringing high-quality healthcare access to ALL in the Greater Cincinnati community.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Good Samaritan Free Health Center: Holistic Approach to Patient Care

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TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Free Health Center is being recognized by The Health Collaborative as a finalist for the Gen-H Award, as part of the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration planned for November 1 at the downtown Renaissance Hotel. The Gen-H Award recognizes an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goals of making the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn, or play. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” is all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

 

Caring for the uninsured

More than half of all adults in the United States has one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four has two or more (source). Managing chronic illness can be difficult even with insurance, but without it, the risks and costs involved are much greater. TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Free Health Center (“FHC”) offers services to patients who live in Hamilton County, have no insurance, are over 18 and not pregnant. It provides primary care, dental care, gastroenterological care, gynecological care, mammograms, physical therapy, rheumatology services, sick visits and chronic disease care, and much more. The FHC operates as a private office, by appointment only. Hours are Monday-Saturday.

Striving for holistic ways to improve the health of all its patients, the FHC has developed partnerships to help address language barriers and offer prescription drug access & education, as well as to provide eye exams, gynecological services, mental health services, and healthy food options to its patients. In FY17, 11,349 appointments were made with a 10.6% no show rate. The previous fiscal year there were 8,923 appointments made with the same no show percentage.

Addressing language barriers
Understanding the medical advice given by providers is crucial for patients to optimize their health outcomes. The FHC focuses on improving communications with its culturally diverse patients, recognizing that approximately half of those who come to the FHC speak another language. There are currently 57 countries represented in the patient population. Five iPads with interpretation services software were purchased through a grant from the SC Ministry Foundation and have increased the FHC’s ability to treat the patient. In addition to these invaluable tools, Affordable Language Services interpreters assist providers in communicating with the patients when needed, and there are three full-time Spanish speaking staff members serving the largest group of non-English-speaking patients.

Resources for access and education
Knowing that prescription drugs are often prohibitive for many patients, the FHC works closely with Saint Vincent de Paul Charitable pharmacy so patients can get the medications they need. Pharmacists from Saint Vincent de Paul, Kroger, and UC Pharmacy School also volunteer to educate patients on the medications they are taking. In July of this year, a student began working at the FHC four days a week, performing medication reconciliation reports for patients and acting as an additional resource for patient prescription education.

Empowering patients to better manage chronic disease
Patients with Type 2 diabetes, specifically those with A1Cs (blood sugar levels) greater than 7, are scheduled appointments (30 minutes each with a nutritionist, social worker, and a pharmacist) for individual education specific to that patient’s issues.

The goal of this program is to partner with patients in order to empower them with their health outcome. The program began in the summer and the results are measured by the difference between the A1C and vitals taken at the first and third visits. The FHC will also track nutrition literacy and social barriers, with a research study to begin in January 2018. According to industry research, for every percentage drop of A1C levels, there is an annual healthcare savings of $8,000 per patient.

Addressing mental health for holistic wellness
For more than a year, a full-time, licensed social worker now provides and coordinates mental health services for patients of the FHC. Patients are either identified by provider referrals or through self-identifying wellness surveys done in the waiting room daily. Over the course of the first year, there have been over 1200 appointments for a variety of mental health stressors, and after three counseling sessions each, 94% of these patients reported having an improved outlook. This is recorded through the Flourishing Scale, a survey measuring patient self-perception.

Healthy foods at the point of care
Every Tuesday, La Soupe delivers donations of homemade frozen soups to the FHC, while each Wednesday during the growing season, EarthConnection provides donations of fresh vegetables (850 pounds just in this past year) from their garden. These donations are placed in the patient waiting room along with recipes. Patients are encouraged to take food home so they have healthy options available through the week.

Good Samaritan Free Health Center team

Meet the team

  • Joe Burger
  • Susie Fredrick
  • Anne Geiler
  • Sandy Gleeson
  • Barb Hagedorn
  • Anne Klapheke
  • Kyla Maddox
  • Blanca Moreno
  • Cathy Rafales
  • Linda Smith-Berry

The FHC is the only free health center in Hamilton County, the largest urban free center in Ohio and recently was awarded a AAA rating for Quality by the Ohio Association of Free Clinics.

Congratulations to the Good Samaritan Free Health Center team on its outstanding work toward achieving the Gen-H Triple Aim of healthier people, better care, and lower costs through a wide variety of services and innovative approaches.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

 About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Benefits Team Makes Employee Health & Wellness a 5/3 Better

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Gen-H celebrates making healthy choices where we live, work and play, but when many of us spend more than 40 hours a week in an office or on the job, factors such as time, distance, cost, convenience, and transportation can make it difficult to get serious about health. Not true at Fifth Third Bank.

The Health Collaborative is recognizing the Fifth Third Bank Benefits Team as a finalist for the Gen-H Award, as part of the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration planned for November 1 at downtown Cincinnati’s Renaissance Hotel. The purpose of the Gen-H Award is to recognize an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goal of making the healthier choice also being the easy choice, when it comes to deciding on where to live, work, learn, or play. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” means all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Culture of health
Fifth Third Bank is committed to encouraging a culture of health for its 18,500 employees. It starts peer to peer. There are over 300 trained wellness champions across the company encouraging others to meet their own health goals through leadership, enthusiasm and camaraderie. Walking meetings are encouraged, treadmill desks and other active workspace trends are making their way into company locations. The Bank also offers discounted gym memberships. To make preventive care easier, the Bank holds flu shot clinics, on-site biometric screenings, skin checks, mobile mammography and blood drives at the larger locations.

Step it up and eat right
One popular way for employees to get involved is by stepping up during periodic step challenges. These fun competitions get employees moving and support the community. From the past two challenges, Fifth Third employees recorded more than 948 million steps and in exchange, the company donated more than $170,000 to Stand Up To Cancer.

After encouraging employees to work up an appetite, it only makes sense to follow up with a healthy plate. Fifth Third locations with on-site cafeterias offer a variety of healthy menu options, as well as vending machines that highlight healthier choices. And “Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers,” employees enjoy 5 percent to 50 percent instant savings on healthier food items purchased at Wal-Mart. For those looking for a structured weight loss program, The Bank offers a discount rate for Weight Watchers.

Incentives and benefits
Naturally, a financial institution knows incentives that impact a person’s wallet attract a certain attention. Fifth Third employees can earn up to $1,800 in Wellness Rewards. Points are earned for participation in a wide variety of wellness activities, preventive medical exams, and educational offerings.

Having health benefits is important, but so is knowing how to use them. For those enrolled in the company medical plan, a cost and quality tool called Castlight helps employees make good choices about their care and “Alex” powered by JellyVision provides an engaging and interactive way for employees to understand their benefit. Employees have come a long way in understanding the types of plans available with over 60 percent of those enrolled now selecting consumer-driven plans.

Since total wellness includes reducing stress, other classes and benefits expand the definition of health. A financial wellness program helps employees with one of the biggest stressors, money, and an innovative maternity concierge program with four-weeks-paid parental leave helps with that other stressor, children.

Meet the Fifth Third Bank Employee Benefits team

  • Maureen Balent, Director
  • Joy Byrwa, Manager
  • Amy Donovan, Senior Benefits Analyst
  • Kristin Kalan, Senior Benefits Analyst

Please join The Health Collaborative in congratulating Gen-H award finalists, the Fifth Third Bank Benefits team, for its comprehensive approach to employee wellness and support of the “Triple Aim” of healthier people, better care, and lower costs.

About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.

About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Benefits Team Makes Employee Health & Wellness a 5/3 Better

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Gen-H celebrates making healthy choices where we live, work and play, but when many of us spend more than 40 hours a week in an office or on the job, factors such as time, distance, cost, convenience, and transportation can make it difficult to get serious about health. Not true at Fifth Third Bank.
The Health Collaborative is recognizing the Fifth Third Bank Benefits Team as a finalist for the Gen-H Award, as part of the 2017 Inspire | Healthcare dinner and awards celebration planned for November 1 at downtown Cincinnati’s Renaissance Hotel. The purpose of the Gen-H Award is to recognize an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on the Gen-H goal of making the healthier choice also being the easy choice, when it comes to deciding on where to live, work, learn, or play. Gen-H, or “The Health Generation,” means all of us working together to make health and healthcare a value we share in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Culture of health
Fifth Third Bank is committed to encouraging a culture of health for its 18,500 employees. It starts peer to peer. There are over 300 trained wellness champions across the company encouraging others to meet their own health goals through leadership, enthusiasm and camaraderie. Walking meetings are encouraged, treadmill desks and other active workspace trends are making their way into company locations. The Bank also offers discounted gym memberships. To make preventive care easier, the Bank holds flu shot clinics, on-site biometric screenings, skin checks, mobile mammography and blood drives at the larger locations.
Step it up and eat right
One popular way for employees to get involved is by stepping up during periodic step challenges. These fun competitions get employees moving and support the community. From the past two challenges, Fifth Third employees recorded more than 948 million steps and in exchange, the company donated more than $170,000 to Stand Up To Cancer.
After encouraging employees to work up an appetite, it only makes sense to follow up with a healthy plate. Fifth Third locations with on-site cafeterias offer a variety of healthy menu options, as well as vending machines that highlight healthier choices. And “Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers,” employees enjoy 5 percent to 50 percent instant savings on healthier food items purchased at Wal-Mart. For those looking for a structured weight loss program, The Bank offers a discount rate for Weight Watchers.
Incentives and benefits
Naturally, a financial institution knows incentives that impact a person’s wallet attract a certain attention. Fifth Third employees can earn up to $1,800 in Wellness Rewards. Points are earned for participation in a wide variety of wellness activities, preventive medical exams, and educational offerings.
Having health benefits is important, but so is knowing how to use them. For those enrolled in the company medical plan, a cost and quality tool called Castlight helps employees make good choices about their care and “Alex” powered by JellyVision provides an engaging and interactive way for employees to understand their benefit. Employees have come a long way in understanding the types of plans available with over 60 percent of those enrolled now selecting consumer-driven plans.
Since total wellness includes reducing stress, other classes and benefits expand the definition of health. A financial wellness program helps employees with one of the biggest stressors, money, and an innovative maternity concierge program with four-weeks-paid parental leave helps with that other stressor, children.
Meet the Fifth Third Bank Employee Benefits team

  • Maureen Balent, Director
  • Joy Byrwa, Manager
  • Amy Donovan, Senior Benefits Analyst
  • Kristin Kalan, Senior Benefits Analyst

Please join The Health Collaborative in congratulating Gen-H award finalists, the Fifth Third Bank Benefits team, for its comprehensive approach to employee wellness and support of the “Triple Aim” of healthier people, better care, and lower costs.
About Inspire | Healthcare:
Inspire | Healthcare is the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region’s premier annual healthcare event and awards celebration. The awards seek to recognize innovations by individuals, teams, and/or organizations in the areas of informatics, quality improvement, and population health. Other awards given annually include the Inspire Champion Award and the Hoxworth Blood Drive Awards, with separate nomination and judging processes. For more information about Inspire | Healthcare, visit healthcollab.org/inspire.
About The Health Collaborative:
The Health Collaborative strives to lead data-driven improvement initiatives that result in healthier people, better care, and smarter spending. Based in Cincinnati, we work with those who provide care, pay for care, and receive care, to find mutual solutions to healthcare’s most challenging problems. For more information about The Health Collaborative, visit healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Dr. Angelica Hardee Named to Next 9: WCPO Local Leaders in Health

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Join us in congratulating our own Angelica Hardee PhD, Senior Manager Gen-H, on her recognition as one of the Next 9: WCPO Local Leaders in Health!

Click here to read about the accomplishments of Dr. Hardee and the rest of the Next 9.

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Kiana Trabue Named to 2017 Class of YWCA Rising Stars

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Our own Kiana Trabue, the new Executive Director for the community health improvement initiative known as Gen-H, has been recognized as a Rising Star by YWCA Greater Cincinnati!
Click here for the press release and be sure to join us in congratulating Kiana for her outstanding work in our community. She can be reached at ktrabue@healthcollab.org.

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