Growing Well partners actively and regularly engages with the following organizations, spanning their boundaries and ensuring coordinated action.
- The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
- Cincinnati Board of Education
- Cincinnati Board of Health
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation
- Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
- Cincinnati Health Department
- Cincinnati Public Schools
- Cincinnati Woman’s Club
- CincySmiles Foundation
- Community Learning Center Institute
- Crossroads Health Center
- Deaconess Associations Foundation
- The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
- Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
- Interact for Health
- Mercy Health
- Ohio Optometric Association
- Primary Health Solutions
- United Way of Greater Cincinnati
- WinMed Health Services
Interact for Health
Since 1999 Interact for Health, working with a broad coalition of health, education and civic partners, has funded 35 SBHCs in eleven school districts serving 35,000 students in Greater Cincinnati. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Interact for Health funded the planning and implementation of the following school-based health centers:
- The SBHC in Adams County has a new medical partner and a new name: Valley View Health Centers at the Manchester School Campus. The SBHC provides medical, dental, and vision care to school personnel, students, families, and the community. It received 700 consent forms from parents in its first seven days.
- The Cincinnati Health Department will be the medical partner for two new school based health centers opening August 2016. One is Taft IT High School and the second is a health center serving Children’s Home and Shroder High School.
- Crossroad Health Center is the medical partner planning a school based health center at Taft Elementary School which will also serve the adjacent Mt. Auburn International Academy with 600 K-12 students.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
The community, and Growing Well, is fortunate to have the involvement of very experienced SBHC practice leadership. Dr. Mona Mansour is the Director of Primary Care for Cincinnati Children’s and Lisa Crosby is the Program Lead for SBHCs. Dr. Mansour is a primary care physician with specialties in asthma, school health, primary care in underserved populations, and primary care redesign. She also has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and is a Professor in the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Crosby has MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees and specialties in asthma and mental health.
Cincinnati Health Department
The Cincinnati Health Department is generous with sharing Marilyn Crumpton, MD (its Director of School/Adolescent Health) with many segments of the community, including CPS, Community Learning Centers, Growing Well, and the Ohio School-Based Health Alliance. CHD staff has rallied in many ways to respond to the call for health services in local public schools.
Cincinnati Public Schools
The Community Learning Center model started within Cincinnati Public Schools. CPS has provided strong leadership at the top of the organization, with Superintendent Mary Ronan who takes time to serve on the Leadership Advisory Committee, as well as at the school level with coordination among SBHCs, teachers, staff, administrators, and the Local School Decision-Making Committees, comprising school employees and community volunteers.
Community Learning Center Institute
Darlene Kamine, the Director and Founder of the Community Learning Center Institute, has played a vital role in supporting school nurses and school-based health care, establishing Community Learning Centers in Cincinnati, and advocating for data systems that include health and academic data. CLCI promotes site-based governance and provides Resource Coordinators who manage the many and varied community partnerships. Among her many other accomplishments, Ms. Kamine helped establish Growing Well; helped to achieve buy-in from community partners in supporting and submitting data to the health/academic database; attracted new sources of funding; and played a key role in successfully advocating for the expansion of SBHCs.