Tag Archives: Health

Suburban and Rural Poor Stranded – Overcoming Difficulties Accessing Healthcare and Food

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AMHA partners to bring services
to Twinsburg community Part 2

Story by Lyndsey Schley

 

Vaccines and WIC aim to keep babies healthy

Women, men and young children came and went from the impromptu waiting room outside the WIC Clinic at Pinewood Gardens April 30th. Children played with a bead maze while their guardians filled out forms.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides services for pregnant women, recent mothers and children up to the age of five. These services include a food program, health care referrals and nutritional education.

The clinic was formed three months ago, after AMHA realized community members were traveling to Akron for their WIC appointments, Morehouse said. Macedonia was closer, but it was not on the bus line.

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Mini farmers markets bring healthy food to low-income neighborhoods

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(Courtesy of the United Way of Summit County)

 

United Way donor investments are supporting mini-farmers markets in low-income “food desert” neighborhoods. Here, residents can use their SNAP and EBT benefits (food stamps) to purchase all foods for sale. They can also receive “Carrot Cash,” a dollar-for-dollar match of their food stamps to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Residents are being trained to expand markets into their own neighborhoods and nutrition education programs will be offered through nearby after school programs.

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Gracious Acts of Service Span Three Generations

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Gracious Acts of Service Span Three Generations

 

(Courtesy of OPEN M- Opportunity for People Everywhere In Need Ministry)
Captain Sylvia Trundle was seeking ways for the police department to partner with OPEN M after having worked as a patrol officer in the Summit Lake neighborhood. She began using OPEN M as a resource in her job, but that became just the beginning of her involvement and support. She began supporting OPEN M with her time and resources, and she invited two very special ladies in her life to join her – her mother, Kay Hine, and her grandmother, Sylvia Phillips.

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Local man brings suicide awareness with Akron’s refugee community

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Amber Subba, who works as a case worker at the
International Institute in Akron. (Photo: Chris Miller)

Story by Chris Miller, The Akronist

A case worker at the International Institute is tired of seeing the depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts that overwhelm some of his fellow Bhutanese in Akron. The suicide rate among refugees is nearly double what it is for U.S.-born residents, says Amber Subba, (pronounced Ahm-ber), who is co-hosting a “Stop Suicide” event Feb. 28, 1 p.m. at North High School. The event will include live music, and local mental health professionals will attend to spread the message that help is available for residents battling with depression.

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The Spirit of Giving on Display in Tallmadge City Schools

 

 

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Story By: Katie Cassaro

Christmas is the season of giving. But what if it was like Christmas in the city all year round? What would that look like?

Tallmadge city schools and their Dare to Share (DTS) program feeding students from low-income households give us a glimpse of that.

Out of the 18,000 residents in Tallmadge, 10% of live in poverty.

Six hundred students receive free and reduced cost lunches in the elementary, middle and high schools.

And for the past year, thanks to DTS, kids aren’t coming to school hungry on Monday mornings anymore. Continue reading