The Village of Woodlawn (pop. 3,924) is in the central part of Hamilton County, approximately 14 miles north of downtown Cincinnati. How Woodlawn THRIVES!:
- A WeTHRIVE! Community: Woodlawn is one of three initial WeTHRIVE! communities that became engaged with Hamilton County Public Health in 2009 as part of the Strategic Alliance for Health grant. Woodlawn's progress has shown the positive impact of cross-generational leadership working together to make it easier to eat healthy, be active, and limit tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Woodlawn is the second tobacco-free municipality in Hamilton County.
- A Committed Council: In March 2014, Village Council adopted the WeTHRIVE! overall resolution, further establishing the commitment to a healthy community. In addition, the Chronic Disease resolution was adopted in September 2014, and the Community Health resolution was adopted in January 2015 by the Village Council.
- WeTHRIVE! Team Members: Mike Donohue (council), Alyssa Gordon-Lawson, Mary Hill (council), Amos Johnson, Steve Sanders, Ruth Sanford, Jennifer Simpson, Hannah Smith, Aaron Tillman, and Mary A. Wagner.
- Selected Pathway(s): Chronic Disease and Emergency Preparedness
- Action Plan Activities: Education and awareness, Safe Routes to School, community gardens, school-based physical activity, citizen boot camp, and wellness screenings. View the Woodlawn WeTHRIVE! Action Plan for additional details.
- West Fork Mill Creek Improvements: The Village of Woodlawn was awarded a $283,091 Clean Ohio grant from Ohio Public Works Commission's Green Space Conservation Program in December 2015 to make improvements along the West Fork Mill Creek. Projects include the removal of invasive species and re-vegetation with native plants to create a healthy forest ecosystem. This will improve water quality along the West Fork Mill Creek by stabilizing two eroding stormwater outfalls and reducing sedimentation.
- Building Safer Routes: A Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Travel Plan was developed to make walking and bicycling to school safer for students that attend Woodlawn Elementary. The community applied for SRTS funding in March 2015 from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to implement the plan. In July 2015, the Village of Woodlawn received $431,000 in grant funding from ODOT to add and improve sidewalks around Woodlawn Elementary so children can walk safely to and from school.
- Community Health Assessment: Woodlawn's Community Health Assessment results were presented to the community on May 4, 2015.
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If you are interested in joining the Woodlawn WeTHRIVE! Team, or helping out with a specific project, contact Mary Ann Wagner at email@example.com.
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