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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Local Resident for Receiving White House’s “Champion of Change” Award

September 10, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan applauds Dr. Janine Janosky, Vice President and Senior Fellow for the Center for Community Health Improvement at the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio (ABIA) for being recognized by the White House as one of eight local Heroes who are “Champions of Change” for prevention and public health. This elite honor has been reserved for those who inspire healthy change in the heart of their communities by encouraging preventive screenings, reducing health disparities, promoting physical activity and healthy eating or fighting healthcare acquired infections.

“I extend my deepest congratulation to Dr. Janosky for receiving this distinguished honor. The work being done by Dr. Janosky and the ABIA is helping to make our neighbors in Akron healthier each and every day,” said Congressman Ryan. “Diabetes has quickly become one of our nation’s most expensive and detrimental diseases with over 25.8 million children and adults in the United States impacted. Programs like these are yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act is making great strides to improve the health and lives of Americans all across the United States.

The ABIA’s goal is to increase and broker collaborations among various sectors in the community to increase health in Northeast Ohio. In their first 18 months the program focused on diabetes and it saw more than half of its participants lose weight and lower body mass indexes. Additionally, in participants with diabetes they found in a decrease in average cost of care and a decrease in the number of diabetes-related Emergency visits. This program is part of the Accountable Care Community initiative and is an integrated health and wellness model supported by a Community Transformation Grant from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. Previously, Dr. Janosky served as the Vice Provost for Research at Central Michigan University and as an Executive Director and Inaugural Leader for the Center for Primary Care Community-Based Research at the University of Pittsburgh.