News & Progress
Family Trail Ride Draws Over 100 Participants
May 2016—Over a hundred people participated in the Family Trail Ride along the West Fork Mill Creek Greenway on May 7, 2016. The event was sponsored by Glenwood Gardens/Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Village of Woodlawn, Woodlawn WeTHRIVE!, and the City of Wyoming. The total ride distance from Glenwood Gardens in Woodlawn to the Wyoming Village Green and back along the trail is approximately five miles in length. The event included health and wellness information, booths featuring community partners, as well as a bike safety rodeo. Twelve bikes and helmets were awarded to third graders from Woodlawn Elementary. Interact for Health—a WeTHRIVE! partner—presented a check to the community for the Trails Planning Grant that was recently awarded to Great Parks of Hamilton County and the Village of Woodlawn.
Hamilton County’s WeTHRIVE! Initiative Honored in National Spotlight
April 2016— Active Living by Design's (ALBD) updated Community Action Model (CAM) has launched along with WeTHRIVE's story! ALBD hopes this tool can spark conversations, help leaders deepen their impact and grow the healthy communities field. Years ago, ALBD developed the initial CAM as an evidence-informed framework that helped communities and funders implement bold new approaches to create healthier policies and environments. After more than a decade of successful initiatives that deepened their understanding of the community change process, their team reflected on what they’ve learned and gathering community stories of successful change initiatives—all informing the updated CAM, which is now relevant for a variety of community health goals. Check out our story! We’re proud to be able to lift up all of the great work we’ve accomplished through WeTHRIVE! and are proud to have our story featured by ALBD!
Lockland Hosts Community Forum to Discuss Opiates
April 2016—On April 21, 2016, the Lockland WeTHRIVE! team hosted the “Call to Action Community Forum: Promoting Prevention of the Opiate Epidemic” in partnership with PreventionFIRST!, Interact for Health, and Hamilton County Public Health. Twenty-five community members and faith leaders attended the forum. Results from Lockland’s Student Drug Use Survey were shared as a first step in developing data-driven prevention solutions. Next, a panel of local experts discussed comprehensive efforts to reduce opiate use, including PreventionFIRST! (prevention), First Step Home (treatment), Cincinnati Exchange Project (harm reduction), and Lockland Police Department (supply reduction). Finally, participants engaged in discussion around what actions can be taken locally to reduce the opiate epidemic. Lots of ideas were generated. A follow up meeting will be held in May to develop a plan to address opiate use within the community.
Mt. Healthy Celebrates “WeTHRIVE!” Day with Community Event
April 2016—The City of Mt. Healthy hosted a community health and safety fair on April 16, 2016—WeTHRIVE! Day in Hamilton County—on the grounds of the municipal community center and community park. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the drill team performed, a local martial arts studio provided a demonstration, and a yoga class was held in the park. Community groups had tables set up with brochures and handouts, including the Mt. Healthy WeTHRIVE! team, Southwest Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition, the Ovarian Cancer Society of Greater Cincinnati, Walgreens, and What Do I Stand For. The Mt. Healthy Police and Fire Departments had their service vehicles onsite—including police cruisers and fire trucks—for kids to explore. Check out photos from the event courtesy of photographers Bill Rocklin and Fred Russell!
Village of Newtown Adopts WeTHRIVE! Resolution
April 2016—The Village of Newtown Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in support of the WeTHRIVE! initiative at its council meeting on April 12, 2016. Newtown is the 20th community in Hamilton County to join the WeTHRIVE! movement. The Village will soon be establishing a WeTHRIVE! team and planning a community health assessment presentation. If you live or work in Newtown and are interested in learning more, contact us for additional information. Be sure to check back on the Newtown WeTHRIVE! page for progress updates as they become available!
Over 16 Tons Recycled at One Stop Drop Event
April 2016—Amberley Village hosted its fourth annual One Stop Drop Recycling Event on April 10, 2016 to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. Over 640 vehicles passed through to drop off electronics, clothing, paper for shredding, art and office supplies, and much more! Early results show that nearly 33,000 pounds and 16.5 tons of recycled materials were collected. Be sure to check back on the Amberley Village WeTHRIVE! page for updated numbers once they are available!
Forest Park and Mt. Healthy Recipients of Thriving Communities Grant
March 2016—The City of Mt. Healthy and Forest Park each received Thriving Community grants from Interact for Health to support and enhance their WeTHRIVE! efforts. Grants were awarded for a three-year period. Each community will receive $15,000 the first year; with a potential for up to $10,000 the second year, and up to $7,500 the third year. Both communities will focus on encouraging residents to engage in active living. Visit the Interact for Health website to learn more about their grant programs.
Fourteen Become WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors
March 2016—Hamilton County Public Health relaunched the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador Program, a volunteer leadership program for community members (Ambassadors) who work locally to build healthy communities. Fourteen participants successfully completed training requirements needed to become WeTHRIVE! Ambassadors in their community. Visit the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador page to learn more about the program, requirements, and upcoming training dates
Lockland Receives Grant to Host Opioid Forum
February 2016—The Lockland WeTHRIVE! team received the Call to Action Community Forum: Promotion Prevention of the Opioid Epidemic mini grant from PreventionFIRST! The mini grant will be used to host a community forum that includes a panel of Greater Cincinnati leaders who will discuss four focuses of reducing the opioid epidemic—prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and supply reduction. The community forum will be held on April 21, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Lockland School Cafeteria. Check back soon for an update from the community forum!
Over $1.2 million of Funding Received in 2015 for WeTHRIVE! Projects
January 2016—Congratulations to all of the WeTHRIVE! communities that received over $1.2 million in grant funding and donations in 2015—including Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Reading, Woodlawn, and Norwood (former WeTHRIVE! community). Funding and resources were awarded for trail resurfacing, safety improvements (sidewalks, lighting, traffic signals), bicycle helmets, water quality improvements, playground enhancements (benches, picnic tables, lighting), community education and awareness, and planning projects that align with the mission of WeTHRIVE!
Partners Gather to Hear National Expert Talk About Walkable Communities
January 2016—Approximately 50 participants from public health, planning, law enforcement, education, business, engineering, local government, and community residents came together to learn innovative ways to create walkable communities from national expert Mark Fenton on January 21, 2016 at the Anderson Center. The event was sponsored by Anderson Township WeTHRIVE! Team and Administration, Hamilton County Planning Partnership, Hamilton County Public Health, Interact for Health, and the American Planning Association—Cincinnati Section. The interactive workshop sparked lots of discussion about actionable ideas that communities and school can use to start promoting safe walking and bicycling. Prior to the presentation, a small group of individuals from planning and public health joined Mark Fenton for a windshield tour around portions of Anderson Township and surrounding communities. The tour explored transportation routes both designed for walkers/bicyclers, as well as routes designed strictly for cars. Throughout the windshield tour, the group learned how simple design changes can make significant impact on the safety and accessibility of the roadway. To learn more about staying safe while walking and bicycling, visit the Stay Safe page in our resource library.
Ambassador Program to Kick Off in February 2016
January 2016—The WeTHRIVE! Ambassador Program is a voluntary leadership program for community members who work locally to build healthy, safe communities. As an Ambassador, you’ll be making a difference in your own community while being part of a larger movement to make healthy living possible for everyone in Hamilton County. Learn more about the Ambassador Program and how you can register for upcoming orientation training
National Transportation Expert Coming to Hamilton County
December 2016—Mark Fenton, national public health, planning, and transportation expert will be providing workshop on January 21, 2016 in Anderson Township on how to create walkable communities. Visit the special events section to learn more about this upcoming free workshop!
WeTHRIVE! Communities Receive Year One Recognition Status
December 2015—Fourteen WeTHRIVE! Communities were honored at the 2015 WeTHRIVE! Community Recognition Event held at the Woodlawn Recreation Center on December 3, 2015. Year one recognition requirements included: (1) adoption of the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution, (2) establishing a WeTHRIVE! Team, (3) designating a team member to serve on the WeTHRIVE! Community Learning Collaborative, and (4) selecting at least one pathway to work through the process. Congratulations to the following communities for successfully documenting these requirements: Amberley Village, Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Evendale, Forest Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Montgomery, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Silverton, St. Bernard, and Woodlawn.
WeTHRIVE! Child Care Centers Receive State Recognition
December 2015—Congratulations to three of our WeTHRIVE! Child Care Centers—TriHealth Early Learning Center (Montgomery), Waverly’s Hope (Colerain), and Type B-Robyn Perkins (Winton Place) —for achieving the Ohio Healthy Program state designation! The Ohio Child Care and Resource Referral Association (OCCRRA) created the Ohio Healthy Program in response to the growing concern surrounding childhood obesity at both state and national levels. Steps toward this distinction include: attending training, implementing a wellness policy, improving menus, and engaging parents.
Events Promote Bicycle Safety in Anderson Township
June 2015—During the month of May, Anderson Township focused on walking and bicycle safety within the Township. On May 6, in partnership with two Elementary schools, Anderson Township participated in National Bike/Walk to School day. Wilson and Ayer Elementary schools encouraged students to walk or ride their bike to and from school. Many students participated in walking or bicycling to school. On May 30, the Township hosted a Bicycle Rodeo during the farmers market. The Bike Rodeo was put on with the support of many partners including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Anderson Township Police and Fire Departments. Children participated in the bike rodeo to learn safety skills for when riding their bikes out in the community.
Communities Adopt WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolutions
April 2015—Nineteen Hamilton County communities have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution. Participating communities include: Addyston, Amberley Village, Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Colerain Township, Crosby Township, Evendale, Fairfax, Forest Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Montgomery, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, North College Hill, Reading, Saint Bernard, Silverton, and Woodlawn. Read more about how each community thrives!
Child Care and After School Providers Continue to Adopt WeTHRIVE! Resolution
April 2015—As of April 2015, 122 of Hamilton County’s child care centers and after school program providers have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Child Care or WeTHRIVE! After School Wellness Resolutions. Nearly 12,000 children now enjoy healthier food and beverage options and more opportunities for physical activity. Many are also tobacco-free campuses! Go here to find out more and to see the list of child care centers and after school programs in Hamilton County that are THRIVING!
Village of North Bend Receives Grant to Enhance Playground
March 2015—The Village of North Bend was the recipient of an Interact for Health Grant. The funding will be used to complete the Presidential Community Playground located in the center of the historic village. The grant will be used to build a pavilion/shelter (24 feet by 24 feet) with electrical outlets and lighting on the interior. When finished in early June 2015, the pavilion will afford space for children and parents/guardians to congregate, away from the hot sun. It will also encourage opportunities for group fitness activities, which provides an outlet for adults to be active while children enjoy the playground. As such, the pavilion will be a multi-faceted shelter—giving protection from inclement weather—allowing families to have a reprieve from the confines of the home, and providing opportunities for residents to enjoy a spirit of community. Congratulations to North Bend! Go here to learn about North Bend’s WeTHRIVE! efforts.
Village of Evendale Receives Planning Award
March 2015—The Village of Evendale was award the Frank F. Ferris II Planning Award from the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission for their Evendale Bike and Pedestrian Plan. The planning award is awarded annually to a local planning commission or planning committee whose efforts have contributed to the elevation of planning principles, greater awareness of the value of planning and improved quality of life. Congratulations, Evendale!
Colerain Township Hosts Community Discussion on Opiate Use
February 2015—The Colerain Township Community Health Awareness Team hosted “Addiction: Heroin and Panel Killers” panel discussion on February 25, 2015. Panelists discussed what is happening in Colerain related to opiate use; the faces of addiction; the stigma of addiction; and what has to change. Go here to watch the archived community discussion.
Communities Adopt WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolutions
August 2014—Twelve Hamilton County communities have adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution, including: Anderson Township, Arlington Heights, Crosby Township, Evendale, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Mt. Healthy, North Bend, Reading, Saint Bernard, Silverton, and Woodlawn. The WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution solidifies the community’s commitment to achieving a healthy, thriving community. Read more about how each community thrives!
North Bend Opens New Park
July 2014—The Village of North Bend celebrated the grand opening of the Presidential Community Park on June 21, 2014. The new park, furnished with playground equipment, four square, picnic tables, and a basketball court, was a collaborative effort of many organizations and individuals. The City of Montgomery donated a playground structure to help make the new recreation space a reality in North Bend. Western Hills Lowe’s and Home Depot donated landscaping, picnic tables, and volunteers to assemble and paint the picnic tables, as well as other construction materials. Read more about the playground opening and other organizations that contributed to the effort!