WASHINGTON, D.C. — Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District recently received two Innovation Awards, including one for the Ohio River Medical Mission which was held in Pomeroy last year.
The Marietta-based BH-HVRDD has received the two 2016 Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Ohio River Medical Mission and the Appalachian Ohio P-20 Council efforts.
The Ohio River Medical Mission hosted in Pomeroy in June 2015 was an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) with the United States military. Years in the planning, the mission provided medical, dental, vision and veterinary services to the community at no charge.
Innovative Readiness Training provides real-world training opportunities for military service members and units to prepare them for their wartime missions while supporting the needs of America’s underserved communities. The Medical Mission services included general health screenings such as: dental screenings, vision screenings, behavioral health screenings, and community referrals. The Veterinary Mission Services included basic screenings/exams; spay/neuter; and rabies and other vaccinations.
Buckeye Hills coordinated the event planning and promotion, applied for matching grants, coordinated event sponsors and a line of credit for local expenses, coordinated with and served as liaison between the community and the U.S. military, and provided post-event follow-up.
The 10-day event served a total of 2,952 patients and animals with an estimated total cost savings to the community of nearly $740,000. The patients came from 61 towns across 20 counties in four states.
In addition, the Appalachian Ohio P-20 Council, another program that Buckeye Hills helped create, won a NADO Innovation Award.
The Council serves nine counties in two Educational Service Centers working to inspire a regional commitment to student success through community collaboration and partnerships. Counties included are Coshocton, Guernsey, Hocking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington. From pre-school through career training or even post-graduate studies, the Appalachian Council hopes to make every student college or career ready. Learn more at www.aop20.org.
NADO is a Washington, D.C.-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities.
Award-winning projects were honored during NADO’s 2016 Annual Training Conference, held Oct. 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. The 2016 class of award recipients consists of 96 projects spanning 28 states. For more information about these award-winning Buckeye Hills projects, and other programs and services, contact 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.buckeyehills.org.