In June 2016, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation approved funding totaling $1,877,395 for seven Franklin County agencies to support health and wellness programs, case management and transportation services for an estimated 9,000 of the community’s most vulnerable, older adults.

 “While each funded organization’s strategy is unique, all are committed to the goal of the Healthy Aging Initiative: to measurably transform and advance service delivery efforts to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable, older adults in Franklin County,” said Susan Beaudry, director of programs.

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation approved funding for the following organizations and programs:

  • Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio—$120,024 to expand access to no-cost prescription medication and medical management programs to older adults in Franklin County living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.
  • Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center—$479,750 for Community Aging in Place, a program that offers case management services within the organization’s service area and county-wide group transportation assistance designed to help residents gain access to needed health and social services.
  • Gladden Community House—$122,655 to expand case management, transportation and emergency support services to seniors in Franklinton.
  • LifeCare Alliance—$400,000 to expand the number of Community Wellness Centers serving older adults in Franklin County.
  • National Church Residences—$254,209 for Home for Life, community service coordination for low-income seniors on the near east side of Columbus.
  • St. Stephens Community House—$295,123 to expand essential services, including case management and transportation to older adults in the Linden area.
  • YMCA of Central Ohio—$205,634 to expand Healthy for Life, including the Diabetes Prevention Program and Enhance Fitness to multiple YMCA locations and partner organizations across Franklin County.

Through the Healthy Aging Initiative, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation also provided lead support to Age-Friendly Columbus, an initiative launched by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with the City of Columbus, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Franklin County Office on Aging, The Columbus Foundation, National Church Residences, and AARP Ohio.