SSU receives grant from The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – On Nov. 18, 2015, Shawnee State University received a grant from The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio.

Marcie Simms, Dean of Students at SSU, submitted a proposal in response to the Community Connections RFP and was selected and granted funding in the amount of $7,500 for the next two years.

Simms along with the Department of Public Safety and the Counseling and Health Services at SSU have come up with a blueprint plan for the funds and will use it to build “Generations without Violence.”

The program will focus on domestic and dating issues, such as stalking, harassment, isolation, as well as physical and emotional abuse. It will provide materials for support groups with the Counseling and Health Services and informational brochures. Some of the goals are to have an awareness day where a speaker will be invited to talk on campus and an emergency fund or scholarship can be established for students who have been a victim to domestic and dating violence.

“The reality is that we have these issues where harassment and stalking does occur, and it happens everywhere, but at least now thanks to the grant awarded by The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, we have the resources to provide help for our students to make them feel safe,” said Simms. “The goal is to not only provide an outreach and support system, but to help them build a better family structure for their future so that one day we can all live in a generation without violence.”

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio is a grantmaking organization dedicated to improving the health of undeserved Ohioans. It has awarded prevention-focused grants to nonprofit and government organizations within its 36-county service area. It focuses on family violence prevention, preventative oral health and strengthening Ohio’s safety net.

Its vision is that all Ohioans, regardless of status, wealth or circumstances, deserve the ongoing opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential. Since 1999, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has awarded more than 17 million in grants to address some of the most pressing, yet neglected, health issues faced by Ohioans.