Way Station Partners with Mahoning Valley Pathways HUB

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The Way Station is partnering with the Mahoning Valley Pathways HUB, a division of Mahoning County Public Health, to reduce health disparities among populations affected by poverty.

The Way Station received a $42,000 grant to provide seed money for operational costs associated with becoming a partner agency for the Pathways HUB.

The Way Station has hired three community health workers who have already begun their training to help bridge the gap that keeps people from obtaining medical care and assistance with their basic needs, a news release states. 

“We are a perfect fit for this program,” said Chaney Nezbeth, executive director of The Way Station. “We are already serving families in this area, and this gives us the opportunity to help on a whole other level, while also extending our outreach to clients that we may not have been able to serve up to this point.” 

The Pathways HUB program was launched throughout Ohio in 2007 to reduce disparities and health outcomes by eliminating barriers for at-risk populations, especially expectant mothers who may not be receiving the prenatal care that is critical in early pregnancy. 

There are currently 12 HUBs operating in the state. Mahoning County Public Health launched the program for Mahoning and Trumbull counties in 2016 and recently extended the program to cover Columbiana and Jefferson counties.      

Nezbeth said the Mahoning Valley Pathways HUB is still looking for more partners in Columbiana County. For information, email [email protected] or call 330 270 2855, ext. 174.

More information about The Way Station can be found HERE.

Pictured at top: Catherine C. Hergenrother, left, director of the Mahoning Valley Pathways HUB, and Chaney Nezbeth, executive director of The Way Station.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.