GE Supports Education and Health in Cincinnati
The GE Foundation's Developing Health program is a three-year initiative providing grant funding and GE employee volunteer support to non-profit health centers across the United States, which is now commencing in Cincinnati. This initiative aims to increase access to quality healthcare for underserved populations across the United States. The GE Foundation has awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to three Greater Cincinnati health centers: Winton Hills Medical and Health Center, Inc., Lincoln Heights Health Center, and Mt. Healthy Family Practice Center.
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) LINCOLN HEIGHTS, OH -- In an effort to increase access to quality healthcare for underserved populations across the United States, GE announced today that its "Developing Health" initiative is coming to Cincinnati, awarding grants and providing employee support to three local community health centers. "Developing Health" is a 3-year, $25 million program that combines GE Foundation funding with GE employee engagement to select community health centers across the country, starting with GE communities.
As part of the Developing Health launch in Cincinnati, the GE Foundation has awarded a total of $750,000 in grants to three Greater Cincinnati health centers: Winton Hills Medical and Health Center, Inc., Lincoln Heights Health Center, and Mt. Healthy Family Practice Center. Each of these community health centers will receive a two-year, $250,000 grant, to help the center increase access to preventative and primary care, and dental services.
In addition to the grants, GE will support these community health centers with employee resources that will provide best practice sharing around management expertise, administrative assistance and other functional capabilities to improve operations. The "Developing Health" program was designed by the GE Foundation and the GE Corporate Diversity Council and is aligned with GE's 'healthymagination' initiative, which aims to bring better health to more people. Initially launched in October 2009 with four clinics in New York City's metro area, the program has since expanded to Milwaukee, Houston, and now Cincinnati.
GE announced the Cincinnati program launch during a ceremony held at the Lincoln Heights Health Center. "GE is committed to the valuable services these centers provide," said David Joyce, GE Aviation president and CEO. "We are proud to be a part of the 'Developing Health' initiative. It is in perfect alignment with our vision to help more people live longer, healthier lives."
The Lincoln Heights Health Center is Ohio's oldest federally funded health center, opening its doors in 1967. Along with the Mt. Healthy Family Practice Center, the Lincoln Heights facility is a component of the region's HealthCare Connection, which serves 19 communities outside the City of Cincinnati. Winton Hills Medical and Health Center, a part of the WinMed Health Services Network, will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year.
"Our partnership with these Cincinnati health centers is a great illustration of the positive impact that the Developing Health program can make by combining funding with the volunteer support of GE's people," said Bob Corcoran, president of GE Foundation.
The "Developing Health" program builds on the success of the existing Developing Health Globally (DHG) program. Launched in Africa in 2004 with the support of the GE Foundation and GE's Affinity Networks, DHG now extends to 14 countries across Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. DHG aims to improve access to quality healthcare for some of the world's most vulnerable populations. DHG uses GE core competencies including technology, expertise and employee engagement to offer sustainable "enterprise solutions" to address some of the critical gaps that exist in developing-world healthcare facilities. For more information on Developing Health Globally, visit: http://www.ge.com/citizenship/performance_areas/communities_philanthropy_health.jsp.
For more information on Developing Health visit: www.gefoundation.com.
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