Our Health: Kaleidoscope & Golf Tournament
3 February 2020
We pre-recorded today’s show from the conference room on the Kendall Community Campus in Old Town Winchester. Sharen Gromling, Executive Director for Our Health and John Tyson, a board member of Our Health joined me for the conversation.
Sharen told us about the impact Our Health has had on our community in the years since opening the campus. She also talked about a few of the maintenance issues that have arisen from the aging buildings located on the campus. Our Health has been selected as the recipient of Kaleidoscope, a yearly fundraiser hosted by the Winchester Rotary Club. The funds will help fund the recently replaced HVAC system.
John gave us all the details for their annual golf tournament, now in it’s 20th year. Teams are currently being accepted and there are several opportunities for community members and businesses of all sizes to participate on any sponsorship level.
Our Health was developed as a result of a 1996 Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by our regional hospital system, Valley Health System, Inc. One of the top five health needs identified was to provide non-profits with shared space and administrative services to encourage strong collaborative programs, resource sharing, business and community involvement and a common commitment to serving those most in need in the region. Our local governments recognized the high population of homeless, low income and uninsured citizens and partnered with Our Health and Valley Health to do something proactive in service to them.
In addition to serving as owner and property manager for the Kendall Community Campus, Our Health provides leadership to its 84 partner agencies in grants writing and administration, training and technical assistance to non-profit boards and staff, and administrative and financial management support. Its Volunteer Action Center provides viable services to connect volunteers to area needs and nonprofit partners with opportunities to enhance their programs.
Through the Our Health model of collaboration they join their partners to provide wrap-around services to address complete community wellness to include the physical, mental, educational, emotional, nutritional, spiritual, safety/security, and financial needs touching in an individualized and personal way, the lives of those they serve.
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