Health and housing target of Youngstown health initiative

The city of Youngstown will receive a $60,000 grant to fund health initiatives.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown is one of 50 cities chosen as part of the new “Invest Health” initiative to improve the health outcomes of people living in mid-sized cities.

Through a $60,000 grant, provided through Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, programs will be created that address factors that drive health.

The Youngstown team comprises representatives from  the Youngstown City Health District, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Youngstown State University Regional Economic Development Initiative, Mercy Health Foundation – Mahoning Valley, and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and will work to reduce obesity and other chronic health disparities through improving infrastructure and the built environment and reduce long term developmental disabilities among children caused by substandard housing conditions.

Akron and Canton were also selected to participate.

“Our cross sector team is excited to continue our work to improve Youngstown neighborhoods and further enhance our strategies to improve health outcomes by strengthening neighborhood housing quality and infrastructure conditions,” Ian Beniston, Executive Director, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Project teams will travel to Philadelphia for a kick-off meeting on June 7 and will meet regularly to share lessons learned throughout the 18-month project.

A full list of awardees and more information is available at

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