December 16, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Development Foundation Awarded $26,
The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has awarded
the Shawnee State University Development Foundation $26,900
to help fund a program called “Bringing Health to You!
Reducing Heart Disease and Diabetes in Rural Appalachia.”
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation receives
hundreds of applications from 14 states each year for the
funds will be used to further meet the mission of the Mobile
Health Unit effort bringing health education and screening
to places in our area where people congregate,” said Mattie
Burton, associate dean of Health Science and associate
professor and chair of Nursing at SSU. “It will also help
faculty provide clinical training to nursing students.”
purpose of the grant is to provide preventive action
services, tests, screenings and education for health
improvement to adult participants with unknown diabetes and
cardiovascular disease, individuals who have the disease,
and individuals with modifiable risk factors for developing
disease and diabetes are endemic conditions that threaten
the health and welfare of many or our neighbors and these
funds will help us have an impact on the effects of chronic
disease in our area,” Burton said.
According to a study in 2001 by the Ohio Department of
Health, 23 percent of Southwest Ohio residents are obese.
the one-year grant period, it is hoped that 1,470 people
throughout Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky will move from
clinically overweight to clinically healthy.