Lorain County Public Health works with community members to plan, carry out, and evaluate community health initiatives. Community collaboratives help gather like minded partners and resources to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy behaviors.
Lorain County Public Health leads the following community collaboratives. Call 440-322-6367 to learn more.
Live Healthy Oberlin leveraged funding through the City of Oberlin to install an accessible mid-block crossing and a new hydration station on S. Pleasant Street near Park Street Park and the back entrance to Oberlin Public Library (OPL). According to surveys, 38 out of 76 people at the library walked or biked there. Most walkers came from Langston Middle School, Eastwood Elementary, and Oberlin High School. Live Healthy Oberlin also installed a covered bike shelter with parking for 12 bikes at Oberlin Community Services to support the bike check out program.
CoWork Oberlin (CWO) implemented a maternal support policy and lactation room for mothers to pump or breastfeed comfortably on site. As a result, Launchhouse, the parent sponsor of CWO, will implement lactation policies and rooms in all future CoWork locations. City of Oberlin and Oberlin Community Services are working on new maternal support policies and lactation rooms with the support of LCPH’s “Breastfeeding in the Workplace” resource kit.
City Fresh, a vegetable box subscription service, stops at El Centro. Produce orders increased by 150 shares since the 2017 season as a result of community outreach, education and marketing supported by the Creating Health Communities program. SNAP/EBT customers also increased; nearly 36% of El Centro’s produce shares were discounted to limited income rates.
Through this team’s efforts, nearly 350 students from all 14 Lorain City Schools participated in Walk and Bike to School Days in 2018. One-time events like walk and bike to school day expose students to healthy behaviors and promote a Safe Routes To School program. Walk and Bike to school days also increase safety for students who would otherwise travel alone by foot or bike.
North Ridgeville City Schools concessions stands offer healthy options for purchase. Approximately 17% of sales are from the healthy menu. Seasonal healthy features frequently sell out.
In partnership with Keystone Schools, KEY offers indoor walking in the hallways of the elementary school during the winter months. Keystone area residents say that walking indoors, safe from the ice and snow, helps them stay active and manage health issues. One woman with COPD says that walking is part of her condition's treatment plan. Another walker explained that he has a heart condition and walking helps him manage it. Parents also come to walk indoors with their children to help everyone stay active in the winter.
KEY helped Keystone-LaGrange Library, a collaborative partner, offer blood pressure cuffs for library patrons to borrow - just as patrons would borrow a library book. The kit includes directions on how to use the cuff, and tips on how to talk with a healthcare provider about blood pressure. Checking blood pressure often can help prevent high blood pressure, especially when someone has access to the physical activity and nutrition resources KEY connects them with.
The Common VIEW Collaborative helped identify the need for proper and adequate nutrition for Midview and Clearview Middle School students and their families. Since the beginning if the 2018-2019 school year, Midview Middle School and Durling Middle School have hosted monthly food pantries on campus for students, families, and surrounding community members - in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank. The pilot program aims to feed children in a more holistic way to create food security for the entire family. By working with schools to provide food to families in a variety of ways, the initiative works to increase the amount of food and meals families, children, and the community receive to address child hunger in our region.This program is funded by the Ross Foundation and 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County with a goal to feed up to 100 families per month via the school based model.
The Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition (SCC) announced that 2 Columbia High School students won first place in the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest hosted by SCC and State Farm® . This billboard contest helped students make their peers aware of the potential consequences of driving distracted. Over 20 artists from local Lorain County high schools submitted artwork to the contest. Judges assessed the artwork based on creativity, originality, and how well the billboard communicated importance of not driving distracted. The winning artwork was displayed on 4 billboards in Lorain County during Teen Driver Safety month.
In 2017, the Coalition for Quality Aging launched to collectively identify needs and to enhance resources to optimize the quality of life for older adults in Lorain County. Thirty-nine agencies work together to make a dent in the needs of our growing older adult population. The Coalition has discussed available data, transportation options and gaps, food access and insecurity, falls risk and prevention.
Food insecurity negatively impacts health and quality of living for people of all ages. Related changes due to age, chronic health issues, and declining finances put older adults at greater risk of being food insecure. Food insecure older adults have been estimated to be 50% more likely to have diabetes, three times more likely to suffer depression, 60% more likely to have congestive heart failure or a heart attack, 30% more likely to have impairment of activities of daily living, and two times more likely to report gum disease and asthma. In response, the Southern Lorain County Food Delivery Project began with Oberlin Community Services (OCS) as the lead in September 2018. The project utilizes existing food from the OCS pantry with existing volunteers who make deliveries to people who are homebound. On average, volunteers make monthly delivers to 25 residents in rural communities in the southern part of the county. To sign up for food or to volunteer, call 440-316-2063.
Lorain County Public Health collaborates with other collaboratives in Lorain County. We are a proud partner of: