Verlena Stewart, director of the Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center, called collaborating with the City of Middletown and Atrium Medical Center to bring additional services “a perfect fit” to cradle to career commitment.
Atrium is partnering with the City of Middletown; the Community Building Institute, which operates the community center; the nonprofit A Brush of Hope; and Su Casa Hispanic Center to provide services and education to reach more people, who might otherwise have trouble accessing services due to barriers such as transportation.
Atrium Days at the center, 800 Lafayette Ave., will begin Oct. 11, and be held the second Wednesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Stewart said.
Michael Uhl, president of Atrium, said taking health care “outside of hospital walls” is an example of striving to improve access to services with key partners. He said Atrium Days is an opportunity for community members to meet hospital staff, ask questions about their health or about the hospital’s services, and leave with health tips.
Funding from the City of Middletown will provide bilingual support staff to extend hours at the community center’s Parent Resource Center, also on Wednesdays, Stewart said.
City Manager Doug Adkins said to “truly impact poverty” requires a comprehensive approach addressing all of the symptoms of poverty including education, social services, job resources, and health.
He said the city has partnered for years with the CBI to build that network of resources. Adding the extensive network of resources and expertise of the hospital to the array of services available at the center moves the city’s work “forward immensely,” Adkins said.
“We strive to lift up families. Atrium is a great partner in that endeavor,” he said.
Also on Atrium Days, Su Casa Hispanic Center will offer referrals for emergency assistance and eventually, referrals for health care services to the Hispanic/Latino community. Su Casa’s mission is self-sufficiency for the poor and vulnerable of the immigrant community in the U.S. A Brush of Hope will offer daily classes for one hour to play groups at the community center.
Meanwhile, CBI will continue to offer its regularly scheduled programming and services on Wednesdays, such as playgroups for kids ages three to five; distribution of baby essentials including diapers, wipes and formula; GED and ESOL classes; Adolescent Community Treatment Services (ACTS), a program for teens with mandated community services hours; and a breastfeeding support group through Butler County Educational Services Center.
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