As the saying goes, its takes a village to raise a child… in an effort to improve the quality of life for Middletown citizens, the following partnership was formed- the City of Middletown; Atrium Medical Center; the Community Building Institute Middletown Inc., which operates the Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center; the nonprofit A Brush of Hope; and Su Casa Hispanic Center; are partnering to offer what’s being called Atrium Days at the community center. Atrium Days will bring access to health information on a variety of topics close to people in the community with the support of bilingual staff.
Atrium Days at the RSHCC will begin Wednesday, Oct. 11, and be held the second Wednesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The community center is located at 800 Lafayette Ave., Middletown, OH 45044.
The collaboration of these groups- the City of Middletown, Atrium Medical Center, the Community Building Institute Middletown Inc., the nonprofit A Brush of Hope and Su Casa Hispanic Center is to provide services and education to reach more people closer to home, who might otherwise have trouble accessing services due to transportation and other barriers.
City of Middletown funding will provide bilingual support staff to extend hours at the community center’s Parent Resource Center, also on Wednesdays. To truly impact poverty requires a comprehensive approach addressing all of the symptoms of poverty including education, social services, job resources, and health. The City has partnered for years with the Community Building Institute at the community center to build that network of resources. Adding the extensive network of resources and expertise of Atrium Medical Center to the array of services available at the Center moves our work forward immensely. We strive to lift up families. Atrium is a great partner in that endeavor.
“Going outside of hospital walls to bring health information to people in the community is just one example of how Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center strives to improve access to services with key partners,” said Michael Uhl, president of Atrium Medical Center. “Atrium Days is an opportunity for community members to meet our staff, ask questions about their health or about the hospital’s services, and walk away with health tips from our different subject matter experts.”
During Atrium days, hospital staff will come to the RSHCC and provide attendees information on different topics each month such as women’s health, diabetes, heart health, cancer care and more.
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.
“Our Su Casa Hispanic Center has served for more than 20 years. Expanding services in Middletown is a benefit to the whole community,” said Ted Bergh, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, which operates Su Casa.
“A Brush of Hope is pleased to partner with these wonderful agencies for the common goal of supporting the little ones in our community. All of us are passionate about art and understand the difference it can make in the life of a child. We are excited to begin this much-anticipated project,” said Aimee Lowrance, executive director of A Brush of Hope.
Meanwhile, The Community Building Institute 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.
“CBI is thrilled to partner with the City of Middletown and Atrium Medical Center to bring Atrium Days, Brush of Hope and Su Casa services to the Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center. This collaboration is a perfect fit for our cradle to career commitment to meet the needs of everyone,” said Verlena Stewart, director of the Robert Hill Community Center.
Many thanks to all our community partners who work with us to make Middletown a great place to live!