Center for Great Neighborhood Joins LiveWell Partnership Tuesday October 17, 2017 The Center Will Coordinate and Sustain Health Movement in NKY with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky Health Dept. and Three Rivers District Health Dept. Covington, KY: Partners in the LiveWell NKY initiative announced today that the role of its fiscal agent for the Northern Kentucky health promotion initiative will transition from the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance to the Center for Great Neighborhoods effective November 1, 2017. LiveWell NKY is a communitywide initiative designed to improve the health of Northern Kentucky residents through changes in policy and environments. The search for the new 501(c)(3) to serve as the non-profit home for the community health movement began earlier this year when the Regional Alliance emerged with a new strategic business model best structured for corporate leadership impact within the community. The decision to transition the LiveWell movement to an organization with experience in program development and neighborhood/community outreach was reached in concert with LiveWell partners – St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky Health Department and Three Rivers District Health Department. Moving forward, the Center for Great Neighborhoods will work with LiveWell partners and dedicated volunteers to maintain LiveWell’s existing community coalitions and worksite wellness programs. The Center will also work with these groups to develop future direction. The Regional Alliance will continue in a support role until the transition is complete. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to sustain this movement through the combination of these dynamic organizations. We remain supportive of the LiveWell program and are confident of the positive results the community will experience under this new leadership” said Karen Finan, President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance. For 41 years, The Center for Great Neighborhoods has been a catalyst for positive growth in Covington, bringing residents together to work in partnership with other stakeholders to shape the future of their community. The organization has primarily been focused on Covington however the opportunity to scale is a familiar strategy to Executive Director Tom DiBello and his team. “The LiveWell initiative presents a real opportunity to empower residents and communities across the Northern Kentucky region to be at the forefront of efforts to adopt healthy behaviors,” said DiBello.” We have high expectations that LiveWell will continue to spark improvements in health outcomes, address health equity issues for our most vulnerable populations, and create a better quality of life for all residents. The Center is honored to assume the role of support and coordination for LiveWell. We look forward to continuing this work with our partners, residents and stakeholders.” “St. Elizabeth is pleased to continue its support of the LiveWell movement. We have an opportunity to build on our success and continue healthy growth for the entire community,” said Sarah Giolando, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “With the LiveWell movement, we hope to make lasting changes to improve the health of Northern Kentuckians, and our work is strengthened by our partners in this effort. We look forward to collaborating with the Center for Great Neighborhoods to create a culture of health in the region," said Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director or Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department. “Three Rivers Health Department is delighted to see the continuation of the LiveWell program. We are already benefitting from this program in Gallatin County with the walking trail project under construction. Through these types of LiveWell projects we are moving closer toward achieving a healthier community,” said Georgia Heise, DrPH, District Director of Health. LiveWell is focused on achieving sustainable health goals by increasing physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco-free environments. Examples of LiveWell initiatives in place include low or no cost exercise classes, smoke-free parks, and worksite wellness programs at local businesses. For more information click here.