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When the Withrow Dental Center opened, it had a waiting list of 200 Withrow University High School students.
These students had dental pain and decay, as well as related social and self-esteem issues.
“I have a girl who is a senior, all six top and bottom front teeth have big cavities and holes,” said Dr. Emily Hudepohl. “She has prom coming up and graduation. I’m so glad we’re getting to her before she graduates. She’s thrilled.”
While the cosmetic factor is important to the students, the center also focuses on long-term oral health.
“We want to get their mouths healthy and then give them the idea that you see your dentist every six months,” Dr. Hudepohl said. “A lot of kids are in so much pain, they don’t want to see us, or they’ve had bad experiences. But honestly, a lot of the kids just haven’t had anyone show them how to take care of their teeth.”
This Cincinnati Health Department dental center is the ninth to serve populations where there is a void in services. Withrow serves about 30 students a day, including those from other schools. After school hours, Medicaid-eligible and uninsured individuals from the community have appointments. Students that visit the center can make it their dental home after graduation. The bright office, tucked into a corner of the high school, is a happy place. Students pop in and out just to say hello to the staff who have worked hard to be accessible and remove fears.
“I’m not a dentist person but when I first came here they were real nice and understood and made sure I was comfortable,” said senior Jannai Combs. “Now when I have a dentist appointment, I’m more excited to come.”
It’s also easier. For many parents, taking time off work for appointments isn’t an option. Previously, students were bussed to other centers or put on a waiting list. With the center at the school, students do not miss as much instructional time.
Through Generous Together, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors teamed up to help make the center a reality. Three GCF funds contributed to the Withrow Dental Center through Generous Together: Philip and Sheila Cohen Fund, Alexander Moore Family Fund, and the Spanbauer Family Fund.
Flip and Sheila Cohen learned about Withrow through Generous Together, which allows donors to support an organization GCF has endorsed through grantmaking.
“GCF provides a bridge between the donors and the causes or organizations,” Flip said. “GCF has presented funding needs to us that they believe match our areas of interest, which has also allowed us to expand our giving or be aware of some need that we would not have known about such as the Withrow Dental Center.”
“The students raved about the staff and the service they receive,” Sheila said. “They talked about more than the dental services, but that adults cared about them. They check on their teeth but also just check on how they were doing in general.” This care extends beyond the school day. It’s not unusual for staff to attend pep rallies and the sporting events of their patients.
“My teeth feel better,” said junior Albert Kalala. “I was in a lot of pain. Now I’m feeling better. I’m not even scared.”
That’s something to smile about.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation invested $25,000 in 2015 in the Cincinnati Health Department for the Withrow Dental Center. Donors invested an additional $10,000 to support this work. The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, a supporting organization of GCF, granted $222,456 for oral health in 2015.
Published in the 2015 Annual Report to the Community.
Strategic collaboration strengthens results, as proven by a recent federal grant awarded to the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Council (NKYEC).
Last month, NKYEC, in partnership with the Northern Kentucky University’s Institute of Health Innovation and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, was awarded a $731,250 grant to build the Northern Kentucky Health Innovation Initiative (NKY-HII). This grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s 2018 i6 Challenge is the first time i6 Challenge funds have been awarded in Kentucky.
The grant application required the commitment of a 100 percent match from other funders. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was among those supporters who expressed their belief in this program by committing matching funds, bringing the total benefit to more than $1.4 million.
A bit of history: In 2017, Northern Kentucky’s UpTech business accelerator, with support from GCF, applied for a federal i6 grant but was unsuccessful in receiving it. The takeaway, however, was a learning process that resulted in a coalition of existing and new regional entrepreneurship assets through the newly established NKYEC.
By taking inventory of the region’s assets, focusing on intense collaboration, seeking consolidation and efficiency opportunities, capitalizing on regional strengths and adopting a “30-year view” of the work, NKYEC was able to leverage its collective impact to successfully attain this grant in 2018 – and also a $750,000 grant from the KY Innovation’s RISE program through Kentucky’s Office of Entrepreneurship at the Cabinet for Economic Development.
These achievements speak to the power of community partnerships – an essential GCF priority – and affirms that by making sure everyone is at the table and no organization is working alone, a much greater impact can be accomplished.
“The power of the Initiative’s partnership will allow the region to build a world-class health innovation initiative and is the primary reason we were awarded these funds,” Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) Senior Vice President Casey Barach said in a news release. By aligning Northern Kentucky’s top economic development, healthcare, university and startup accelerator assets, NKY-HII will stimulate and commercialize health innovation, creating jobs and attracting companies and talent to the region.
CINCINNATI (June 23, 2015) – The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Governing Board recently approved $2 million in grants in its second quarter.
Thanks to the Foundation’s generous donors, it is able to support needs identified by the region’s nonprofit sector and support thriving people and vibrant places.
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $77 million in grants.
Here are some of the highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven community investment focus areas:
GCF also made a number of small grants. This included a $30,000 grant to the Withrow Dental Center, a grant partnership with donors.
"We were excited to partner with GCF to help with start-up funds for the Withrow Dental Center,” said GCF donors Flip and Shelia Cohen. “The center represents an impressive collaboration between the City of Cincinnati, Withrow High School and multiple corporate and donor supporters. Most importantly, the clinic serves a huge need in providing first-time access to dental services. It educates the students on preventive care and helps them advocate for themselves. In this new state of the art dental clinic teeth are being cleaned and repaired, as well as creating student confidence."
"We decided to partner with GCF to support Withrow Dental Center because it is an innovative healthcare solution that has been proven successful, and clearly will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Withrow students and the surrounding community, who are also permitted to use the clinic," said donors Jeff and Heather Spanbauer.
Thank you to the volunteers of our Community Investment Committee for all your hard work.
For a complete list of grants, visit our website at gcfdn.org/grants
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.” – Maya Angelou
While learning about the considerable, impactful African American achievements throughout our history is an important year-round pursuit, Black History Month provides a much-needed spotlight on people, events and movements that are sometimes overlooked.
Here is a sampling of events celebrating and amplifying our shared history.
Thursday, Jan. 31:
John & Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture Series with David Blight: Yale University professor of American History and public historian David W. Blight is the director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. His latest book is the distinguished biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center program, 50 E. Freedom Way, is free and open to the public (requires an RSVP). It includes a reception at 6 p.m. and Blight’s lecture at 6:45 p.m. Information: 513-333-7739; www.freedomcenter.org.
Saturday, Feb. 2:
African Americans in Medicine: Longtime Walnut Hills resident and physician Dr. Charles Dillard will discuss African Americans in medicine, past and present, in Greater Cincinnati. This free program, open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St. Information: 513-369-6905; www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Black History Month Health Fair: Community health fair hosted by T1 Diabetes Journey with free health screenings, health and wellness exhibitors, healthy treats and activities will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bond Hill Recreation Center, 1501 Elizabeth St. Information: 513-284-8651; www.t1diabetesjourney.org.
Friday, Feb. 8:
The Ubuntu Film Series/Music for Mandela: A Legacy with a Backbeat: This stirring tribute film explores the role that music played in the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, from his imprisonment to present day celebrations of his historic, multifaceted legacy. The screening, at 2 p.m., is free with general admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way. Information: 513-333-7739; www.freedomcenter.org.
Saturday, Feb. 9:
African American Read-In: A celebration of African American literature 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring an 11 a.m. reading by Derrick Barnes, author of the award-winning picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut; 1 p.m. local author spotlight; 2 p.m. storytime; and 2-3 p.m. writing circle led by Women Writing for(a) Change. All activities are free at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St. Information: 513-369-6905; www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Saturday, Feb. 16:
African American Funeral Directors: Joyce Coleman and Thomas Jordan, from the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley, will discuss the role of independent, black-owned funeral homes and their directors in giving the deceased respect that was not always shown to them in life. This free program, open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St. Information: 513-369-6905; www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 20:
On the Road Meetup: Influential African Americans: Celebration of influential African American leaders hosted by Walnut Hills Historical Society and The African-American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky. Free and open to the public, the program will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Chamber office, 2945 Gilbert Ave. Information: 513-751-9900; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Feb. 21:
Freedom 55: Remembering Emmett Till: Reception and discussion featuring award-winning filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, producer of the upcoming film, “Till,” and founder of Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that both educate and entertain. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center program, free and open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m., requires an RSVP. Information: 513-333-7739; www.freedomcenter.org.
Saturday, Feb. 23:
Law and Order: African Americans in Law Enforcement: This panel discussion about the role of African Americans in keeping law and order will include Judge John Andrews West, former Assistant Chief of Police Michael Cureton and others who will share their experiences of serving the Greater Cincinnati community. The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St. Information: 513-369-6905; www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
Saturday, March 2:
Rediscovering 19th Century African American Society: Library talk about the discovery of late 19th-century weekly newspaper columns reporting on the political, social and cultural events of the African American community. The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, 800 Vine St. Information: 513-369-6905; www.cincinnatilibrary.org.
CINCINNATI (July 9, 2014) - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to build a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region. Thanks to the Foundation’s generous donors, it’s able to support needs identified by the region’s nonprofit sector and support thriving people and vibrant places.
The 36 grants include the following examples:
January 26, 2015 - (CINCINNATI) - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to welcome four new Governing Board members.
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