The Local Initiatives Support Corporation and ProMedica, an integrated Ohio-based health system, have announced a partnership aimed at mobilizing tens of millions of dollars to improve health outcomes and well-being in underinvested neighborhoods in Toledo and the surrounding region over the next decade.
The effort includes a $20 million pool of grants, half from each organization, that will be deployed in support of community programs and services in Toledo, as well as a $25 million loan fund — $10 million from ProMedica and $15 million from LISC — for economic development projects in the region.
The partners will focus their efforts on addressing the social determinants of health and improving overall quality of life in the region, leveraging funds provided for a major initiative announced last year — the Ebeid Neighborhood Promise — focused on revitalizing Toledo's UpTown neighborhood, where more than half the residents live in poverty and 30 percent are unemployed. Starting this month, LISC and ProMedica will work with community partners and stakeholders to expand job-training opportunities, strengthen employment skills, and boost incomes and education for UpTown residents.
The partners also will work with health researchers to develop a framework — integrating data on financial, educational, and clinical outcomes — for evaluating how these kinds of community investments affect health and well-being and identify what works.
"We are taking a data-driven approach that will demonstrate exactly how we're making a difference," said Kate Sommerfeld, ProMedica's president of social determinants of health. "Our end goal is to develop a national model and best practices that we can replicate across ProMedica's region and share with other health systems."