Hamilton County Public Health's WeTHRIVE! initiative has announced the recipients of new community wellness mini-grants.
A total of nine Hamilton County communities received funding of up to $24,000 to become WeTHRIVE! communities.
"We are excited about this opportunity to work closely with communities on this project," said Tim Ingram, Hamilton County Health Commissioner. "We have already seen the success of working with residents to implement healthy changes, so we know this funding will make a great impact on the communities."
Communities will use funding to complete a community health assessment, adopt wellness resolutions, develop a community wellness action plan and implement policy and environmental changes that will promote and sustain community health promotion initiatives. Funding was available to political jurisdictions in Hamilton County and communities with a chartered neighborhood council. Each submitted a competitive application for a mini-grant award.
The nine funded communities are:
- Village of Addyston
- Amberley Village
- Avondale Community Council
- City of Cheviot
- Madisonville Community Council
- City of North College Hill
- Northside Community Council
- City of Norwood
- City of Wyoming
HCPH staff members will work closely with each of the jurisdictions over the next several months to move through the process and provide technical assistance. Communities will be able to do things such as enhance parks or walking trails, open up shared spaces for physical activity, provide healthy food options and healthy eating and physical activity policies. Awardees will have funding through February 29, 2012.