Pathway to Population Health Award finalists

Central Ohio Diabetes Association
Since 1968, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has operated youth camps for children with diabetes to encourage physical activity, teach them to manage their condition and provide a place to meet others with their disease. Campers learn how to recognize high or low blood-sugar symptoms, injection techniques and how to monitor blood-sugar levels. Last year, more than 200 children attended the camps. To date, more than 1,500 children have learned how to live with Type I Diabetes through the association’s camps. Cathy Paessun, above, is the association’s director.

Ohio Opioid Education Alliance
Spearheaded by the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance has raised more than $3.2 million to attack the state’s opioid epidemic. The emphasis is on education and prevention for parents and caregivers through a campaign that includes public service announcements, television and online advertisements, billboards and a website with the theme, “Don’t Live in Denial, Ohio.” Led by the Nationwide Foundation, 38 other organizations support the alliance, which began its publicity campaign locally in June and plans to roll it out throughout the state this year. Pictured above are ADAMH CEO David Royer, left, and Chad Jester, Nationwide Foundation president.

Kathy Lynn Gray is a freelance writer.

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The 2019 Healthcare Achievement Awards are Thursday, March 28, at The Estate at New Albany. Tickets are on sale now.