The Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of 20 free community-based, health-related events. Mayor Chris Beutler helped launch the year-long Health 20/20 series with Lori Seibel, CHE President/CEO, and Michael Molvar, D.D.S., Chair of the CHE Board of Trustees.
Through Health 20/20, Molvar said that CHE is partnering with community organizations to “take our birthday party to the streets.” Events will take place in neighborhoods across the city, and will include pop-up dental shops, fresh fruit giveaways, fun runs and more. A list of the events planned for the first three months of the anniversary year is available at chelincoln.org, and it will be updated as more events are planned. (A partial list follows this release.)
CHE is a municipal endowment dedicated to making Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation. To achieve this vision, CHE invests in health-related projects and programs and convenes the community around important health issues. CHE was created in 1998 with the proceeds of the sale of City-owned Lincoln General Hospital to Bryan Health. That followed a two-year process of study and public input. The original value of the proceeds of the sale of Lincoln General was $37 million. The current value of the endowment is more than $63 million dollars.
“The true value of the endowment is in the investments that have been made back into the community,” Mayor Beutler said. “This year, CHE surpassed $30 million in grants awarded. Within just a few years, CHE will have given back more to the community than the original value of the sale. And that’s just the beginning.”
Highlights from CHE’s first 20 years include the following:
· CHE’s 2002 Blueprint project led to the founding of Bluestem Health (formerly known as People’s Health Center), which serves more than 14,000 patients a year, many uninsured or underinsured.
CHE 20th Anniversary
July 10, 2018
· In 2016, the Health 360 campus joined the services of Bluestem Health and Lutheran Family Services to integrate health care.
· The 2009 Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Health Care Safety Net led to the Lancaster County Medical Society’s Medical Assistance Program.
· Unlike many cities in the country, Lincoln’s rate of childhood obesity has declined in the last several years, due in large part to the efforts of the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, another CHE-founded organization.
· The City and CHE have partnered to create LNKTV Health, the nation’s only government access cable TV channel devoted to health and wellness.
Molvar thanked the many community leaders who have been involved with CHE since its inception, including current and former members of the Board of Trustees and the five mayors who have supported CHE.
Seibel said CHE will announce two Legacy Projects this fall. And she said CHE leadership will continue to value and depend on public input and participation to guide the organization. “There is an old saying –‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,’” she said. “Belief in ‘going together’ with the community has brought CHE from just an idea to where we are today. I can only imagine how far we will go together in the next 20 years.”
Health 20/20 events:
· Wed. July 11 – Pop-Up Dental Shop, 2 to 4 p.m., Belmont Park, 12th and Judson streets. Partners – Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department
· Wed. July 25 – Stop the Bleed, 3 to 4 p.m., CHE, 250 N. 21st Street, Suite 2. Partner – Bryan Health
· Wed. Aug. 8 – Pop-Up Dental Shop, 5 to 7 p.m., Woods Park, 33rd and “J” streets
· Sun. Aug. 26 – Ultimate Block Party, 2 to 4 p.m., Henry Park, 44th St. and Prescott Ave. Partners – Union College, Calvert Recreation Center, Calvert Community Learning Center
· Wed. Aug. 29 – Healthy Husker Tailgate, 4 to 6 p.m., Bluestem Health, 1021 N. 27th Street. Partner – Bluestem Health
· Fri. Sept. 14 – Fruit on the Go!, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tower Square, 13th and “P” streets. Partners – Food Bank of Lincoln and the Downtown Lincoln Association
· Sun. Sept. 23 – Get Fit Fun Run, 12:30 p.m., Belmont Park. 12th and Judson streets. Partners – Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and Streets Alive!