The Sisters Health Foundation is guided by a strategic framework that will direct our work over a five-year period (2015-2020). We strive to approach our work in the following ways:
Collaborative learning, planning and action with local, state and national partners: We collaborate with other organizations for specific systemic changes so that the hungers of the world might be fed. The foundation seeks to enhance the rich gifts already present in local communities, partner with organizations at all levels to achieve meaningful change, and model shared leadership and collaboration.
Alignment of foundation resources to advance knowledge, programs and policy: We strive to maximize our impact on health and wellness in the Mid-Ohio Valley by conscious and coordinated efforts on multiple fronts. We align all our resources to help deepen public and expert knowledge about health, discover and implement best practices, build effective local programs, and create sound public policy.
Integration of faith-based perspectives and participation: We faithfully adhere to the Congregation of Saint Joseph’s mission of active, inclusive, unifying love for God and one another. Underlying all of our activities are commitments to strengthen and renew the planet Earth and promote movement from institutionalized power and privilege to a culture of inclusivity and mutuality.
Our Priority Areas:
- Oral health: We support programs, practices and policies that support good oral health, especially in children. These include improved oral hygiene in pregnant women and young children; increased access to professional dental care for the uninsured and underinsured; development of a positive culture for oral health in the Mid-Ohio Valley; and effective education of parents and children in the practice of good oral hygiene.
- Healthy lifestyles: We support programs, practices and policies that support healthy eating and physical activity to prevent and reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions. These include education about healthy choices, as well as environmental changes that make the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Health equity: We support programs, practices and policies that address socio-economic, racial and geographic disparities in health and health care. This includes improving the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care, as well as eliminating conditions such as poverty and discrimination which contribute to health disparities.
- Emerging issues: We explore opportunities to improve health and wellness in the Mid-Ohio Valley and the roles the foundation might play. This includes education of staff and board through presentations and research by issue experts, dialogue with community members and collaboration with other stakeholders.