1 Volume 1, Issue 3 Fall/Winter 2008 Lincoln Center at the Aronoff: Fall Concert Supports Diabetes The comments ranged from delightful to awesome to a smooth jazz Sunday all from music fans that joined us for our Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concert on October 5th. Nearly 2300 people gathered in Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center, combining an evening filled with music with an opportunity to support a new initiative at The HealthCare Connection. Concert Steering Committee co-chairs Carole Rigaud and Merri Gaither Smith, along with CEO Dolores J. Lindsay, announced a net profit of $25,000 raised from the concert, which will target new and enhanced services for patients of The HealthCare Connection (THCC) through our Diabetes Initiative Members of the Steering State Legislators Share National Community Health Center Week The spirit of collaboration was evident in many ways as we celebrated National Community Health Center Week 2009, with guests that included a bipartisan group of national, state and local leaders as well as a location that is an example of a one-stop for children s services. On August 14th, we acknowledged this national celebration of community health centers at our Forest Park Center while also celebrating funding from the State of Ohio capital Individuals who helped make the capital expansion project possible include John Prather of The Spaulding Foundation (left to right); CEO Dolores J. Lindsay, Ohio State Senator Robert Schuler; Jack Collopy, Hamilton County ESC Early Learning Program; State of Ohio Representative Steve Driehaus; and Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz. Committee planning all aspects of the event included THCC board trustees Gyasi Chisley and Linda Childs Jeter along with Faith Daniels, Yvonne Edmonds-West, Sarah Hale, Marlene Johnson, Lillian Jones, Barbara Kreines, Leslie Kreines, Phyllis McCallum, Penny Pensak, Edgar Smith, Marcella Trice and Miriam West. Wynton Marsalis brought the 15 member Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the stage of the Aronoff as part of a national tour. According to Cincinnati Enquirer arts writer Janelle Gelfand, Wynton Marsalis hardly needs an introduction. One of the most brilliant trumpeters of our time, he s also an accomplished classical musician, composer and jazz continued page 5 budget that will double the space of this pediatric center. Nearly 80 supporters joined us for a luncheon program at the Hamilton County Educational Services Center (ESC) Early Learning Program, hosted by Executive Director Jack Collopy and presented by The HealthCare Connection. Our Forest Park Health Center, serving children birth to adolescence, resides within a building that was formerly a Winton Woods City School s elementary school and now houses a multitude of early childhood programs, coordinated by Hamilton County Educational Services. Speakers on the agenda included our CEO Dolores continued page 6 Page 1 Mrs. Lindsay and Jack Collopy (left and center) welcome U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (2nd from left) and his aide Steven Hill (right) to the celebration of National Community Health Center Week 2008.
2 Page 2 Medical Interpreters: Always Available in Lincoln Heights A visit to your doctor may mean listening carefully to a diagnosis, asking him/her to repeat medication orders and some extra effort to make sure things are clear to you. Now imagine if your doctor was speaking a language you didn t understand. At The HealthCare Connection, we are committed to providing quality health care to all and that includes ensuring that all our patients understand what the doctor says or asks about. Our staff of medical interpreters makes sure that happens by being available during all appointment times at our Lincoln Heights Health Center. Whether it s Abda Tall helping someone who speaks Arabic or French or Ana, Yolanda or Georgina assisting Hispanic people with medical translations, patients of THCC hear and understand their medical diagnosis and treatment completely. According to Ana Matinez, recently certified as a medical interpreter, it s all about her patients. I m so pleased to be part of the Lincoln Heights Health Center interpreter team because it s a way of giving, of providing a service that is so important to specialist or new prescriptions. Yolanda Mayweather, Ana Martinez and Georgina Unroe are available to assist Spanish-speaking patients at our Lincoln Heights Center. Abda Tall is a native of Senegal and speaks six different languages including French, Fulani, Arabic, English, Wolof and Serere, a language spoken in many parts of Africa. Abda s name can be heard throughout the day as he is paged for a child being seen in the pediatric wing and then back to see a new refugee who is visiting our adult medicine area for the first time. Our staff interpreters help in many ways, providing a service that is often not available, even in major cities. A study by The Chicago Reporter completed this past summer found that in the suburbs of Cook and five surrounding counties, only 12 hospitals out of 52 employed interpreters, and only 4% of health centers had translation services available. The study found that many community health centers relied on bilingual clerks or janitors to assist patients. The Reporter s findings show a stark reality of how the local health care industry has failed to respond to the needs of immigrants. Ana, Abda, Yolanda and Georgina help us support our mission of culturally sensitive health care, while also ensuring more cost-effective services for our patients. Studies show that having health information understood, in one s own language, helps avoid unnecessary tests, reduces emergency room visits, ensures good preventative care and helps avoid misdiagnoses. Abda Tall brings great language skills to patients of THCC. our patients. Yolanda Mayweather, a native of Panama, has been, facilitating communication for the Hispanic community for over seven years now. Ms. Mayweather emphasized that it s the closeness and interactions with patients, that is an enjoyable part of her job. Georgina Unroe is the newest members of the team, having started her job at THCC last month. She s already busy with patients, helping them understand test results, the need for a The 5th annual Pancakes & Jazz event was sponsored by THCC Board of Trustees on September 13th, featuring jazz performers and secret recipe pancakes. The culinary team at the event include Board Chair Vern Rolf and Charlotte Powell (rear) and Chef Wendell O Neal, Travis Mapp and development committee chair, Nina Lewis.
3 Lincoln Center at the Aronoff: 2 nd Annual Fall Concert Supports Diabetes Jazz Members of the CCM Jazztet play for guests at the Cool Jazz & Hot Delights reception. Marlene and J.C. Johnson Marlene was part of the 14 member steering committee. Committee member Marcella Trice (right) and her daughter Janice Glaspie. Ivan Misrach (left) and his wife Patty Misrach (far right) stop to chat with Merri Gaither Smith, committee co-chair and her husband Schuyler. Arzell Nelson, who helped coordinate music for the Cool Jazz & Hot Delights reception, talks with guest Art Slater. Page 3 Lauren Woode, Geneva Woode and THCC board member Charles Woode talk with Dolores Lindsay. Laura and Dr. Donald Harrison, THCC CEO Dolores J. Lindsay, John and Karen Bankston from concert sponsor Drake Center and Jonathan and Nancy Lippincott share memories of earlier days in community health centers. Faith Daniels, radio talent from sponsor MOJO and reception hostess, enjoys the party with THCC board member Charlotte Powell. Reverend Wayne Davis (left) and Norma Holt Davis (far right) talk with concert committee members Carole Rigaud, Phyllis McCallum and Yvonne Edmonds-West (center). The Honorable John and Miriam West (left) share hot delights from Jeff Thomas Catering with Janet and Roger Ach.
4 Hardy Brown and Patrice Fant (left) joined Dr. John and Teresa Henderson (center) at the reception, along with Melvin Marshall and his daughter Bleuzette Marshall. Members of the Princeton High School Jazz Combo entertain at the VIP reception Page 4 Myrtis Powell with steering committee member Lillian Jones. Mark Ellis and his son Maurice Ellis (left), Wynton Marsalis and Kathy Jordan, from concert sponsor Hall-Jordan & Thompson Funeral Homes. Maurice Ellis played at the reception as part of the CCM Jazztet. Concert co-chairs Merri Gaither Smith (left) and Carole Rigaud (middle) celebrate a successful event with Mrs. Lindsay and committee member Leslie Kreines. Representatives from one of the event s major sponsors, UC s College Conservatory of Music, meet Wynton Marsalis after the concert. They include, from the left, J. David and Dianne Rosenberg, Rick and Anna Van Matre, Mr. Marsalis, Dean Douglas Knehans and his wife, Josephine McLachlan. Dr. Alvin Crawford and Dr. Wendell O Neal (background) play with the Wannabees, part of the reception s entertainment. University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music US Bank University Hospital, Health Alliance The Pepper Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Cincinnati Children s Hospital Duke Energy Macy s National City Local 12- WKRC A Round of Applause for Our Generous Sponsors! Bartlett & Company Drake Center Hospice of Cincinnati KnowledgeWorks Foundation Lois & Richard Rosenthal Foundation TriHealth UC Physicians Clark Theders Insurance Agency Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Omega Chapter We want to extend sincere thanks to the following media organizations and businesses that helped promote the concert and enhance the experience of Wynton Marsalis and the members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as they visited our city: The Cincinnati Herald The Blue Wisp Jazz Club The Pulse Hyatt Regency Cincinnati Premier Pianos Cincy Magazine MOJO WVXU-91.7 Look for news about our Fall, 2009 Concert... coming soon! Cincinnati Smooth Jazz- WCIN Joseph Beth Booksellers Kathy DeAngelo Design & Illustration The Fawn Confectionery Hall- Jordan & Thompson Funeral Homes Gail Myers Public Relations LLC Quality Printing & Design Jeff Thomas Catering
5 Save the Date Please join us May 16, 2009 Glenwood Gardens Lincoln Center at the Aronoff: Fall Concert Supports Diabetes (continued from page 1) historian. Support from Greater Cincinnati s jazz community included Rick Van Matre, UC College Conservatory of Music; Ed Felson of the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Tim Smith, Jazz Studies Director of Princeton High School; and Arzell Nelson of L lezra Entertainment Group. The evening began for VIP supporters with the Cool Jazz & Hot Delights reception, hosted by Faith Daniels, radio host at concert sponsor MOJO. Guests arrived to the beat of jazz music in the loge and balcony lobbies, provided by members of the CCM Jazztet and the Princeton High School Jazz Combo. A Cajun menu from Jeff Thomas Catering carried out the New Orleans jazz theme, with the reception wrapping up with the sounds of a local ninepiece jazz group, The Wannabees. John Lomax, news anchor from concert sponsor Local 12-WKRC, welcomed concert guests and introduced a short video about the 40 year history of The HealthCare Connection. While Mr. Lomax talked about diabetes as the focus of this event, he shared his personal experiences with this chronic disease that now affects over 18 million Americans. Major sponsors of the concert, the UC College Conservatory of Music, US Bank, University Hospital of the Health Alliance and the Pepper Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation are the Founding Sponsors of the Diabetes Initiative 2009, underwritten by the proceeds from this concert. Making a Connection Ensuring our Future Making a connection. That s what leaving a legacy is all about. When you leave a legacy to your favorite non-profit organization, like The HealthCare Connection, you are making a lasting connection between yourself and the lives of untold hundreds- --or even thousands---who will benefit from your generosity in the future. You are making an enduring connection to those things that matter most to you, and ensuring their vitality for decades to come. You are leaving something of yourself, your spirit of giving and a legacy that can inspire others to do the same in their own lifetimes as well. Leaving a legacy can do all that? Absolutely. Thanks to the LEAVE A LEGACY initiative in our area, Greater Cincinnatians are beginning to discover just how their bequests or other planned gifts can make a profound difference in the lives that follow. All bequest gifts, whether large or small, have great potential to transform lives in lasting and powerful ways. By including The HealthCare Connection in your will, along with your family and others important to you, you can help ensure that we will be here for other patients and their families for many years to come. Most non-profit organizations rely on volunteers and donors to give of their time and resources during their lifetimes. But, we understand that to perpetuate and even enhance our programs and services, we need to look toward gifts with lasting value. Annual operating dollars will not be sufficient to allow organizations like ours to achieve the sound financial footing necessary to plan for our future. Planned giving will allow us to do just that...and more. You ve been connected to The HealthCare Connection in some way. Now we want to make you aware of some others. Look for more information in upcoming newsletters about planned gifts or contact us with questions right now at or healthcare-connection.org. LEAVE A LEGACY is an initiative of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council Page 5 If you are interested in volunteering or supporting upcoming concerts of The HealthCare Connection or our Diabetes Initiative 2009, please contact our development director at or
6 The HealthCare Connection 1401 Steffen Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio because everyone deserves quality health care. State Legislators Share National Community Health Center Week (continued from page 1) J. Lindsay and Mr. Collopy, as well as Dave Distel, Superintendent of Hamilton County Educational Services; Stephanie Byrd, Success by 6 executive director; and Senator Bill Seitz, State of Ohio Senate. The luncheon celebrated the confirmation of $150,000 in capital funding from the State of Ohio, dollars that will enable us to double our available space and greatly impact the number of pediatric patients seen by our providers there. As Senator Seitz talked about the funding for this project, he described a Saturday in Cincinnati last winter when state senators and representatives heard over 50 presentations about funding needs around the community. As legislators, we felt that The Healthcare Connection is totally committed to improving the health and lives of children in this region, said Senator Seitz. He described that legislative gathering, there was instantaneous agreement that this organization builds successfully on its partnerships, allowing for successful support of the requested funds. Jack Collopy commented on our long-time collaboration, Kindergarten readiness depends on a combination of appropriate early education and attention to physical Lincoln Heights Health Center 1401 Steffen Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio Mt. Healthy Family Practice 8146 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio health. The partnership between the HCESC Early Learning Program and The HealthCare Connection together can prepare a child for school and future success. Stephanie Byrd, of Success by 6 also confirmed the critical relationship between a child s physical well being, school readiness and later school success. Dolores J. Lindsay Chief Executive Officer Sandy Haas Director of Development Editor Partners for Health is published quarterly. The mission of The HealthCare Connection is to provide quality, culturally sensitive, and accessible primary health care services focusing on the medically underserved, underinsured, and uninsured residing in northern Hamilton County and surrounding areas. The center expansion is due to begin in early 2009, with a projected opening date for the larger center set for next summer. Additional funding for the project was also made available through the generosity of The Spaulding Foundation and The Dr. Stanley & Mickey Kaplan Foundation. Forest Park Health Center 924 Waycross Road Cincinnati, Ohio
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