Stories of Systems Change: Mushrooms on Toast A Tale of Enduring, Positive Change in the Mahoning Valley Jessica Romeo, Mercy Health Community Health Educator, leads a healthy cooking demonstration at an Urban Wellness Market Jessica Romeo served mushroom toast to intrigued customers visiting the urban wellness market hosted by a small store on the south side of Youngstown. A store that some would derisively call a “corner store,” because from the outside it looks like just another outlet focused on selling cigarettes, liquor, lottery tickets and junk food. Delicious, fresh sauteed mushrooms on toast [...]
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Moment of the Month December 2022: The Importance of Sowing Seeds “Tomorrow, our seeds will grow. All we need is dedication.” ~ Lauryn Hill Winter is the most exciting time of the year for gardening. Yes, winter, and no, that’s not a typo. The dreary damp winter months are when gardeners prepare plans, sow seeds, bury bulbs, and pray our patience (and our soon-to-be-plants) hold out over the long, cold weeks ahead. As is the practice for many winter holiday traditions, the darkness and stillness create opportunities for us to embrace the slower pace and open up space [...]
Mahoning Matters | “For the Health of It” Growing Movement Puts Control of Food Access into Local HandsSarah Lowry2022-11-16T19:34:49+00:00
ICYMI Mahoning Matters | "For the Health of It" Growing Movement Puts Control of Food Access into Local Hands Fewer tricks and more treats in local food access movement It’s November, which means trick-or-treating, scary movies, haunted houses and ghost stories have passed. But, as is often the case, some of the scariest stories and experiences are things we are faced with every day and hide in plain sight. For instance, if the Mahoning Valley had a quality of life FAQ, one of the questions haunting the top would be, “Where are the grocery stores?” The answer to [...]
Mahoning Matters | “For the Health of It” Two Valley Mayors Plotting New Paths for Their CommunitiesSarah Lowry2022-10-07T18:27:05+00:00
ICYMI Mahoning Matters | "For the Health of It" Two Valley Mayors Plotting New Paths for Their Communities There are as many quotes about leaders and leadership as there are people who occupy that role. But, one statement that is a step ahead of the rest is this observation by Rosalynn Carter, American writer, activist, and First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 as the wife of President Jimmy Carter: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” [...]
Mahoning Matters | “For the Health of It” To Create a Healthy Community, All We Have to Do Is Ask “How Can I Help?”Sarah Lowry2022-08-25T18:12:11+00:00
ICYMI Mahoning Matters | "For the Health of It" To Create a Healthy Community, All We Have to Do Is Ask "How Can I Help?" Health is a small word that says a lot. Well-respected authorities on the subject define health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has adapted this definition for use in its own materials: “Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize [...]
HCP Partner Spotlight: Dr. Nicolette Warren Powe Assistant Professor Health Professions, Bitonte College of Health & Human Services, Youngstown State University Portrait of Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed “There is no one size that fits all. We must work country by country, region by region, community by community, to ensure the diversity of needs are addressed to support each reality.” – Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Though challenges–and celebrations–may seem to look the same across communities, the journey to overcoming barriers and achieving milestones are often very different. Every community has a [...]
Mahoning Matters | “For the Health of It” Parks are infrastructure. Let’s cultivate our common groundSarah Lowry2022-07-25T16:08:46+00:00
ICYMI Mahoning Matters | "For the Health of It" Parks are infrastructure. Let’s cultivate our common ground July is National Parks and Recreation Month. In spite of spending most of my unobligated time in a park, I somehow went most of my life not knowing that. Now that I know, I am celebrating this important recognition each minute of July’s long, hot 31 days. The National Recreation and Parks Association shares that National Parks and Recreation Month was established almost 40 years ago in 1985 to “promote building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks [...]
HCP Partner Spotlight: Kris Kriebel Health Educator at the Trumbull County Combined Health District “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats Kris Kriebel sharing information for the Trumbull County Combined Health District/Trumbull County Creating Healthy Communities at the Niles Wellness Center The best educators are not always those with the highest levels of educational attainment or most abundant accumulation of accolades. The most memorable, impactful educators are those that are able to spark curiosity and fan the flame to keep the fire of life-long-learning burning [...]
HCP Recounts Shared Challenges & Celebrations in 2021 Watch HCP's 2021 Partner Spotlight Showcase! https://vimeo.com/showcase/8576300 Read the full 2021 Year in Review HERE! The Healthy Community Partnership recently published a review of its work and collaborative efforts throughout 2021. Although our work continues to look very different in as the current health crisis winds on, it is inspiring to reflect on how much is accomplished when partners come together to create community solutions and support each other.
CFMV/HCP Hires Network Coordinator, Robin Perry Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and Healthy Community Partnership Hire New Network Coordinator, Robin Perry YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN, Ohio–The Healthy Community Partnership and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has hired Robin Perry, the Foundation’s fourth hire in the past year as it works to expand its capacity to support the Partnership’s operations and outreach into the community. Robin will be the second staff person providing support for the Partnership initiative. As the Partnership’s Network Coordinator, Robin is responsible for engaging Partnership members, providing guidance on project and policy priorities, evaluating progress and sharing [...]