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Price Hill Health Center under renovation as part of "Happy to Wait" initiative

DAAP teacher Ryan Mulligan leads work for Cradle Cincinnati's Happy to Wait initiative

UC fine arts student Jordan Stephens helps spruce up the Price Hill Health Center

The Happy to Wait initiative is providing facelifts to area health clinics


Hand-painted messages like “You are worth it,” “You are perfect” and “You are loved” adorn the walls of exam rooms at the Price Hill Health Center.
 
The center has been getting a facelift over the past few months. Volunteers have been scrubbing baseboards, cleaning tile and de-cluttering and organizing years of files and papers. Doors and walls are changing from clinical taupe to bold colors like orange, green, aqua blue and salmon.
 
These renovations are part of Cradle Cincinnati’s newest initiative, Happy to Wait, to make health centers more welcoming environments — a place mothers and their families would be happy to return to for support and encouragement.

The project, led by UC’s school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) professor Ryan Mulligan and his students, will transform local health centers into a place where women can receive the care they really need. 

“These are our moms, and this is our city,” Mulligan says. “I’m dedicated to doing this, to dreaming up ways for artists to give back, to helping families feel loved and to help women feel like the city cares about them — not just the baby — during and after pregnancy.”
 
Donations to renovate the facility have come from across the region, including River City Furniture, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Health Department, Valspar, Sherwin Williams, School Outfitters and RJE Business Interiors.
 
“If we can make the health centers truly feel like centers of health, imagine the kind of city this could be,” Mulligan says.
 
The Happy to Wait initiative plans to have 20 local health facilities finished within the next five years, he says.
 
Do Good:

• Interested in volunteering? Join the Happy to Wait team by contacting Ryan Mulligan

• See more photos of students and volunteers working at Price Hill Health Center here.

• Follow their progress on Facebook.

• Write a letter of encouragement to a pregnant woman in the city. 
 

Read more articles by Jayna Morris.

Jayna Morris is a contributing writer and editor for Soapbox. Learn more about her at www.jaynabarker.weebly.com.
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