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Prevention and Wellness

Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) prevention and wellness programs offer awareness of health care issues within the community.

A Healthier Community

MVH is passionate about making the Dayton area a healthier community. The hospital has created countless beneficial programs to promote prevention and wellness, such as Mahogany’s Child and Drive Smart. The hospital has also embraced a smoke and tobacco-free campus to ensure that patients, visitors, and employees at MVH are aware of the hospital’s commitment to encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

MVH has partnered with Get Up Montgomery County to promote healthy lifestyles for children and families.

GetUp is all about promoting healthier lifestyle choices for children and families, especially when it comes to eating better and being more physically active. It’s about driving a culture change in Montgomery County where community partners, such as Miami Valley Hospital, make it easier for kids and families to lead healthier lives.

You probably know the old African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Likewise, we recognize that it will truly take a community to change the health of our children. Every one of us plays a part, including Miami Valley Hospital.

Together, Miami Valley Hospital and GetUp Montgomery County are committed to the vision: Healthier Community, Healthiest Children. We are working to provide an environment which encourages healthier living and removes barriers children and families face when attempting to make smart nutrition and physical activity choices. Long-term, we want to see healthier children with less health risk-factors, such as overweight, obesity and diabetes. 

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Mahogany’s Child

In June 2001, MVH began Mahogany's Child, a health program dedicated to African American women and their families. This program was designed to educate women on healthy behavior and to emphasize the importance of early disease detection and prevention.

Mahogany's Child's mission is to educate, remove barriers, and provide resources in order to empower African American women to:

  • make informed health care decisions
  • create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families

In order to do this, Mahogany's Child taps into the beliefs, attitudes, and values of the African American population through evidence-based practice models of intervention. The Mahogany's Child program directly addresses multiple Healthy People 2020 goals of women and minority health. Since the program's conception in 2001, more than 16,000 women have participated in the Mahogany's Child program.

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Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus

On July 4, 2007, Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) became a smoke and tobacco-free campus (this includes Miami Valley Hospital South). The policy applies to all employees, physicians, patients, visitors, contractors, vendors, and volunteers, as well as the general public. It prohibits the use of any tobacco products—cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, and dip—indoors or outdoors, including all parking garages, lots, sidewalks, and streets within campus boundaries.

This bold move is in alignment with MVH's goal to make Dayton a healthier community. Since tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, MVH is doing its part to encourage healthy living through a tobacco free campus. The change goes beyond the current Ohio law that mandates that all tobacco use must occur outside of buildings. By moving tobacco products completely off the hospital campus, MVH is making strides in improving the quality of life for patients, visitors, and employees of the hospital.

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Community Prevention and Wellness Programs

MVH is proud to be a part of many worthwhile community programs that promote prevention and wellness.

Drive Smart: A Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services along with the Miami Valley Hospital Trauma Department team up with high schools, parent speakers, law enforcement, dispatchers, EMS, fire departments, funeral homes, coroners, and towing companies every year to present a 60 minute program to high school students across the region.  This powerful program is designed to educate high school students about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

Close collaboration with first responders and the school allow for a full scale mock crash complete with two wrecked vehicles.  Student actors from the school work closely with the first responders to understand their roles in the accident.  As the tones are dropped and the accident scene initiates a full response from law enforcement, fire and ems flood the scene as they would in real life.  As extrication of patients begins the program is continuously being narrated to allow students to visualize the scene while being informed of what is occurring.  As patients are removed by air, ground and hearse, the program is closed by a parent speaker sharing their own experience with losing a child in an accident.

Thousands of students, educators, and parents experienced the Drive Smart program. Miami Valley Hospital is hopeful that the message resonates with students to help them make the right decision when they get behind the wheel of a car.

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Mall Walkers Club at the Mall at Fairfield Commons

The Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) Mall Walkers Club at the Mall at Fairfield Commons is a fun way to walk away pounds, stress, diabetes (type 2), and depression. We'll show you how to walk effectively and give you the tools you need to get started.

Joining the club is free and anyone age 18 or older can participate. All that we ask is that you pledge the amount of miles you will walk throughout the year.

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Injury Prevention Center

The mission of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) of Greater Dayton is to prevent and control unintentional injury among Dayton area residents. The IPC provides education, resources, and programs to all families and patients served by the Level 1 Trauma Center at Miami Valley Hospital. Our programs focus on the most prevalent injury areas, including but not limited to: teen driving safety, child passenger safety, bike/pedestrian safety, occupational safety, agricultural/farm safety, gun violence, traumatic brain injuries, sports injuries, bleeding control, elderly falls, unintentional poisoning, and prescription drug overdose.  

The IPC works to address these potential injuries by turning research into practical, communitybased action. Our main activities involve: 

  • Monitoring the incidence and prevalence of unintentional injury in our region
  • Identifying opportunities to target the unique, injury prevention needs of our community
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating multi-disciplinary and evidence-based interventions
  • Providing ongoing educational outreach and a wide range of training opportunities to local schools, community groups, and other healthcare providers
  • Partnering with local, state, and national organizations to advance the field of injury prevention by promoting initiatives that facilitate safe behavior 

We are hopeful that we can work together to ensure that we reach as many families and patients as possible with the information and resources they need to stay safe at home, at play, and on the road. 

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Free Health Screenings

Our programs are free or low-cost for anyone, regardless of ability to pay. Some programs have special eligibility guidelines for those in the most need.


  • Free mammograms, co-pays for mammograms and free Pap tests
  • Transportation to mammograms and Pap tests
  • Women should be 40 or older, no health insurance or insurance that doesn’t cover mammography and 300% or less of federal poverty guidelines
  • Annual free skin cancer screening in May
  • My Sister’s Keeper program enhancing mammography usage among African American women


  • Free and low-cost cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), blood sugar and blood pressure community screenings
  • Assess risk for heart attack in the next 10 years using ATP-III guidelines
  • Annual stroke screening with all PHP hospitals in September


  • Free certified diabetes educator
  • One-on-one counseling, small groups, lectures, health fair coverage, limited diabetes pantry (no meds)
  • Hemoglobin A1c fingerstick/nonfasting
  • Diabetes Helpline

Lung Health

  • Employer Flu Shot Program
  • Adult Asthma Education
  • Free tobacco cessation counseling with certified tobacco treatment specialists
  • One-on-one or small groups available

Healthy Living

  • 10,000 Steps-a-Day Pedometer Walking Program
  • Employer Health Management Programs
  • Health Lectures Topics include: breast cancer, cancer screenings, heart health, women and heart, stroke, diabetes, pre-diabetes, adult asthma, flu shots, tobacco cessation, walking for health, healthy living, African-Americans and breast cancer, and more
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Content Updated: October 3, 2018

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