Center for Healthy Communities

Katherine L. Cauley, Ph.D., Director

About Us

Mission

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a community-academic partnership committed to improving the health and well-being of the community, educating its health professionals and serving as a force for change.

History

The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) was established in 1991 as Partners for Community Health Development, with fiscal support from the Kellogg Foundation, the Ohio Board of Regents, Community Mutual Insurance Company, Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College.

The CHC is fiscally housed in the Center for Global Health, Department of Community Health, at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Its office is located at 3123 Research Blvd., Suite 200, Dayton, OH 45420.

An Innovative Partnership in Community Health

The CHC carries out its mission through the collaboration of its community and academic partners – public health, public housing, public schools; local hospitals and community health centers; health and human services organizations; the courts and legal services; community leaders and coalitions; and Wright State University and Sinclair Community College.

The CHC community and academic partners work together to identify and mobilize necessary resources to improve the health of the community and prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals through:

  • developing innovative community-based and multi-professional curricula for local, state-wide and regional health professions programs with an emphasis on service learning;
  • staffing local and state-wide coalitions focused on increasing access to care for health uninsured, kinship care families, and health promotion and disease prevention;
  • training and employing community health workers to assist families as they navigate the health and social services public safety net;
  • developing and implementing public policy related to broad determinants of health;
  • providing technical assistance to health and human services organizations through program evaluation and community based participatory research.

Awards

Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) – 2003

CCPH honored the Center for Healthy Communities as the recipient of the Second Annual CCPH Award. The award recognizes exemplary partnerships between communities and health professional schools that build on each other’s strengths to improve health professions education, civic responsibility and the overall health of their communities. In addition, the award recognizes community-campus partnerships that reflect CCPH’s principles of good practice.

Wright State University President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding Collaborative Unit — 1994

This award is given to a nominated unit whose collaborative efforts result in unique, exemplary service or academic excellence within the university and/or the community. Units who receive this award have demonstrated progress towards a goal or purpose that reflect improved competence in teaching, learning, or customer service and/or change the level of institutional cooperation.

Community and Academic Partners

Local
  • 50 Plus Prevention Advisory Board Program
  • African American Wellness Walk
  • AHAVA
  • Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board
  • CareSource Community Advisory Board
  • Dayton Public Schools
  • Eastway Corporation
  • Greater Dayton Hospital Association
  • HealthLink Outreach Task Force
  • Kettering Foundation
  • Kinship Caregiver Coalition
  • Medicaid Outreach Consortium
  • Miami Valley Senior Independence
  • Montgomery County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) Healthy Outcomes Task Force
  • Montgomery County Fatherhood Initiative
  • Montgomery County FCFC Service Brokers Task Force
  • Montgomery County Food Coalition
  • Montgomery County Frail and Elderly Services Advisory Council
  • Montgomery County Job and Family Services
  • Montgomery County Women in Action Network (MCWAN)
  • Premier Community Health
  • Prevent Blindness Outreach Committee
  • Public Health Dayton - Montgomery County (PHDMC) Maternal Child Health Community Advisory Committee
  • Sinclair Community College
  • United Against Violence Greater Dayton
  • Wright State HealthLink
  • Wright State University
  • Wright State University Independent Student Network
State
  • Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio
  • Ohio Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Ohio Benefit Bank
  • Ohio Community Health Workers Association (OCHWA)
  • Ohio Governor’s Kinship Advisory Board
  • Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition (OGKC)
  • Ohio Supreme Court Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency
National
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
  • Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN)
International
  • The Network: Toward Unity for Health