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Youth Advisory Committee Awards Grant to Local Health Center

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YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE AWARDS GRANT TO LOCAL HEALTH CENTER

Steubenville, OH – The Jefferson County Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) announced today it will award a $1,000 grant to the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center in Steubenville.  The Health Center will use the grant to fund a local program that encourages over-the-counter prescription alternatives for its patients.

Beginning September 3, the new Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center walk-in clinic will be held every Wednesday, 1 pm – 6 pm.  Patients that visit the clinic with cold symptoms and requesting antibiotics will be prescribed a custom over-the-counter (OTC) treatment plan, which is being funded by the Youth Advisory Committee grant.  Data will be collected from participants in the program and used to assess the effectiveness of non-antibiotics in the treatment of colds and flus.

Members of the Youth Advisory Committee are all students of local, Jefferson County high schools.  Throughout the year, the students engage in different fundraising projects and activities.  The most recent fundraiser was the 2014 Flamingo Flocking which helped raise money to fund the grant to the Health Center.  They also spent many weeks reviewing and visiting local Jefferson County nonprofit agencies to evaluate proposed community projects.

“The students have spent a great deal of time exploring the funding needs of our area organizations,” said Peter Riesbeck, Development Director with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. “They felt that the program at the Fourth Street Health Center is a very worthy cause.  They serve an important community population.”

The Youth Advisory Committee is open to all students of any Jefferson County high school.  The students typically meet on Sunday evenings.  Anyone who is interested in learning more or in joining should contact Peter Riesbeck at peter@cfov.org or 304-242-3144.

 

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Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley.  With assets of more than $27 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $1,000,000 in grants last year.  From strengthening community schools and assisting local arts programs, to building health centers and helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region.  To learn more, visit the Foundation online at www.cfov.org .