The Bethesda Foundation has a serious commitment to improving the health of our diverse community through a dynamic community outreach program.
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergency Services is an expansion of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program. CARES provides professional, compassionate care, comprehensive documentation and timely collection of forensic evidence to victims of sexual and domestic violence. The program offers a safe environment, advocacy, education, appropriate follow-up services and referral. Bethesda Foundation provided startup funds for the SANE program in 1999 and continues to financially support the CARES program.
COMPREHENSIVE FALLS PREVENTION PROGRAM
The TriHealth SeniorLink Comprehensive Falls Program provides screening and treatment of frail elderly for falls and osteoporosis through DEXA screenings and balance training equipment. This program reduces hospitalizations, nursing home placements and helps community elderly remain living in their own homes. Bethesda Foundation has provided funding to this program since 2003.
Home Connections links subscribers to immediate help 24 hours a day. If a subscriber needs help at home but cannot get to a telephone, a simple push of the button worn on the body automatically alerts the trained monitoring staff who will send help immediately. Security, independence and peace of mind all result from knowing that help is just a push of a button away. Bethesda Foundation has helped fund this service for frail, indigent patients since 2002.
SCHOOL-BASED PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Placement of behavioral health specialists in three Cincinnati Public Schools provides on-site intensive clinical services to inner-city youth as well as consultations and support to teachers, administrators and parents. Students can receive individual counseling, group therapy, classroom-based intervention, psychological assessments, crisis intervention and case coordination. These services improve and enhance the social and emotional health and welfare of the students, reducing social and emotional obstacles to academic achievement. Additionally, teachers and school personnel are able to meet the needs of all students including those with identified adaptive difficulties.
URBAN HEALTH PROJECT
Since 1992, Bethesda Foundation has supported the University of Cincinnati Medical School's Urban Health Project (UHP). Started 20 years ago, the UHP connects future physicians with underserved people in the community during an eight-week summer internship. Medical students who have completed their first year of medical school can apply for an internship working for area social service agencies. The physicians-in-training are assigned responsibilities including direct patient care to education or counseling duties at various community agencies.