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Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center

Grantee Information

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
2213 Cherry Street
Toledo, OH 43608
419-251-2459 (Phone)
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Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, established in 1855, is the critical care regional referral and teaching center within the Mercy Health Partners system, a seven-hospital, faith-based system serving Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Grant Project Information

Partnerships Active in Communities to Achieve Health
Celeste Smith


The Partnerships Active in Communities (PAC) project will improve the health of African American and Hispanic adults living in Lucas County, OH, through the development of a collaborative program that addresses disparities in diabetes morbidity and mortality and access to diabetes prevention and care. The project will focus on developing and mobilizing a community partnership of integrated health, social and supportive services for diabetes prevention and care, and developing and implementing evidence-based diabetes management and preventive health programs.

To this end, the project will partner with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the Neighborhood Health Association and Toledo-Lucas County CareNet to provide community education, nutrition, physical activity, risk-factor education, chronic disease management and case management services. Intended outcomes of this project include increasing the number of minority adults receiving a continuum of culturally competent, high-quality diabetes prevention and health services, increasing participants' knowledge of the connections between diet, exercise, obesity and diabetes, and improving participants' adherence to diet and exercise recommendations and treatment plans.

In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected through surveys and pre/post assessments on a range of performance measures, including the number of individuals who participated in the group education, counseling or case management, the number of individuals who received printed/written materials translated into languages other than English, the number of manuscripts/articles about OMH-funded projects published in peer-reviewed journals or other venues and the number of individuals with positive changes in attitudes, perceptions and/or motivation.


  • Increased awareness, education and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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