Bridgebuilders 2018 Press Release

The Center for Healthy Families to Recognize Ohio Health’s David Blom as a Health Care Champion at October Bridge Builders Event 

Under Blom’s leadership, Ohio Health has enhanced health care access and improved outcomes for infants and mothers


[COLUMBUS, June 21, 2018] Today, The Center for Healthy Families announced it will celebrate special honoree David Blom, President/CEO of OhioHealth at their biennialBridge Builders eventonTuesday, October 16, 2018.The event will take place from 6 – 8 pm at Smith & Wollensky located at the Easton Town Center.

Under Blom’s leadership, the dedicated team of Ohio Health professionals has been successful in bringing their innovative and compassionate thinking on how to better serve and care for Central Ohio teens, their families and especially their infants. Blom’s leadership has led to enhanced health care access and improved outcomes for infants and their mothers. The Center for Healthy Families and Ohio Health share a common desire for community outreach and engagement to holistically address the needs of pregnant and parenting teens in Franklin County, allowing them to move forward and build bridges to a better life. Since the Center’s inception, health care has been key to the success of working with Central Ohio’s pregnant and parenting teens and their families. One of the founding and sustaining partners has been OhioHealth.

“It is an honor to be recognized by The Center for Healthy Families at their Bridge Builders Biennial event, ” said Ohio Health President/CEO David Blom. “Our partnership with The Center for Healthy Families hasbeen a meaningful community effort that allows our team of health care professionals to support the dynamic Center’s staff who provide multi-dimensional services to teens and their children to address a number of issues including health care, education, housing, nutrition, family planning and stability. Together we are working to build healthier teens, healthier infants, anda healthier community.”

For the past ten years and under the leadership of President & CEO, Toshia Safford, The Center for Healthy Families has worked with community partners toserve more than 1,500 central Ohio families to date and continues to build a bridge for clients to opportunities. Thanks to their efforts, 72 percent of participants graduate from high school, compared to 40 percent nationally, 94 percent deliver healthy babies, and 1 out of 4 participants do not repeat pregnancies. The Center for Healthy Families is the only organization that focuses solely on pregnant and parenting teens.

“We’re excited to honor the important work and leadership of David Blom at our Bridge Builder’s event,” said The Center for Healthy Families President & CEO Toshia Safford. “Under his leadership, Ohio Health has enhanced the quality of care through greater health care access to the families we serve throughout central Ohio. Their commitment to improving the lives of the individuals and communities they serve is an alignment with our mission to help improve the health and well-being of pregnant and parenting teens throughout the Columbus region.”

The Center for Healthy Families’ Bridge Builders biennial event is a fundraising and awareness event for The Center for Healthy Families that highlights the successes of The Center and its participants. Support of this event will continue to empower young families to break cycles of dependency, poverty, and under-education, and move toward economic and social stability. There are opportunities available for organizations and companies to support the Bridge Builder event.  For more information visit For more information about this event, contact:

Kai Landis