Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families – a Community Partnership

From time to time, I like to highlight ways that Nationwide Children’s is involved in community. Sometimes our community participation is obvious – think health and wellness fairs. But in other cases, our community participation might surprise you.

In 2008, Nationwide Children’s launched our Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families (HNHF) initiative to make a significant, positive difference for our neighbors and our surrounding community. After all, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has proudly called the area around our downtown campus home for more than 120 years. HNHF, as we call it, strives to remove barriers to health and well-being of the thousands of families in our neighborhood by focusing on 5 specific areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education
  • Safe and Accessible Neighborhoods
  • Workforce and Economic Development


We have made great strides in each of these areas, but I want to tell you more about our success with Affordable Housing. By partnering with some key groups in the area (Community Development for All People, City of Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio) we have been able to improve 86 homes in Columbus’ South Side! Some of these homes have been complete renovations and other homes have benefited from the home repair grant program. Twenty-one is the total number of HNHF homes sold and there are 13 more homes currently on the market.

Here is a look at what we have accomplished so far this year. In 2012:

  • 5 homes sold
  • 7 homes in contract
  • 7 properties completed
  • 7 properties in construction
  • 11 home repairs underway
  • 5 properties to begin construction this September

What is really exciting is the transformation that is happening in this neighborhood. Long-time residents are taking a renewed interest in their home’s curb appeal with the home repair grant program. The new buyers who are moving into the HNHF homes are really invested in their neighborhood. In fact, a current hospital employee has purchased a HNHF home as well as a family who makes regular visits to our hospital for care.

What’s next for HNHF? A new partnership with South Side Renaissance is taking the home renovation and repair effort even further into the neighborhood. In 2012, with the help of HNHF, South Side Renaissance is looking to complete 16 owner-occupied home repairs and two full rehabs.

859 S. Eighteenth Street - BEFORE

859 S. Eighteenth Street - AFTER 859 S. Eighteenth Street – AFTER

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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