Welcome to the website of the Sisters Health Foundation. Our mission is to promote healthy and sustainable communities by providing resources, strengthening collaborative relationships, and supporting initiatives that impact people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. We invite you to explore our website and Facebook page!
Arlene Borkowski, Board President Renee Steffen, Executive Director
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings provides a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live. Ritchie County’s health outcomes ranking has improved from 30 in 2017 to 24 in 2018 (out of 55 WV Counties). Their rates of uninsured people under age 65 has decreased from 13% to 9% and preventable hospital stays from 60% to 50%. Keep up the good work, Ritchie County! If you'd like to know where your county ranks, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org... See MoreSee Less
For Wellness Wednesday at OhioHealth Obleness, physicians Melinda Ford, DO and Vinayak Shukla, MD will talk about opioid abuse and addiction, treatment, and resources for families with loved ones struggling with substance abuse or use on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in O’Bleness’ WillowView Café. A free healthy meal will be provided. Please RSVP by March 26 by calling (740) 566.4539 or emailing Wellness-OBleness@OhioHealth.com. ... See MoreSee Less
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. They show us where we live matters to our health. The 2018 rankings have just been released bringing new analyses that show differences in health by place and race. These differences are largely the results of gaps in opportunity -- education, jobs, and affordable housing -- in our communities.
Check out your county's health rankings and see how it compares to other counties in West Virginia or Ohio by clicking on this link: www.countyhealthrankings.org/. What strikes you about the information? Begin the conversation and respond to this post! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to Dr. Bradley Wilson, the WVU Food Justice Lab and the WV FoodLink Team for presenting a dynamic, results-driven workshop to address food insecurity and access last Friday at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. This Nourishing Networks meeting has made more prominent the link between food access and health equity in the MOV. The goal of Nourishing Networks is to create exciting new spaces for food access planning at the local level and is a collaborative effort involving USDA, the Benedum Foundation, the Sisters Health Foundation, the McDonough Foundation and WVU. ... See MoreSee Less
Over 275,000 West Virginians struggle with hunger and about 79,000 of them are children. By providing nutritious, easy-to-prepare food on weekends and holidays, backpack programs can ensure that these kids get the nutrients they need when they're away from school. At least 18 backpack groups in Wood County address the pervasive problem of food insecurity and access. We are grateful for all the work that they do in helping our children grow to be happy and healthy! ... See MoreSee Less