Syntero Partners to Promote Firearm Safety and Prevent Suicide

Susan Ortega, MSW, LISW-S, Syntero’s director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for Franklin County, poses with Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez (left) and Deputy Chief Greg Lattanzi at the recent Life Side Ohio campaign launch from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. The purpose of the campaign is to prevent suicide through the safe storage of firearms and education. Ortega is a member of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition and a long-time champion of suicide prevention. Click here to read more about the campaign and watch the press conference.

Syntero also has a limited number of lock boxes available at all four locations. Lock boxes can be used to safely store firearms and medication. Syntero partners with Columbus Public Health to provide lock boxes for Franklin County residents age 24 or younger with history of or current safety risks. There are no age restrictions for Delaware or Morrow County residents. Click here to learn more about safe-proofing your home.

Photo Source: City of Dublin

2022 Catalyst for Positive Change Awards

Syntero recently recognized 27 outstanding high school students at the 31st Annual Catalyst for Positive Change Awards, presented by the AEP Foundation and Medical Mutual of Ohio. Thank you to all of our valued supporters who helped honor young people who exemplify Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness, and raise $40,000 in support of our critical behavioral health services and programs.

Click here to view a complete list of our generous event sponsors and donors, then watch the event recap to view photos of the awards breakfast and keynote speaker Dr. Amy Acton.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action

Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness are infused throughout all aspects of clinical, programmatic and business operations, resulting in a welcoming, respectful, person-centered, professional workplace. “Syntero has always strived to provide services that are inclusive and diverse in a trauma informed manner, but the Board-approved addition of ‘inclusiveness’ as a value in 2020 has enabled Syntero led to adapt to the changing needs of the community in a more intentional way,” said Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed. Over the past year, Syntero has increased:

  • Evaluation of existing programs, services, policies and workflows through a DEI lens
  • Awareness and monitoring of the unmet needs of marginalized populations
  • Development of programs tailored for various cultures and groups
  • Education for staff and community members

Stay tuned to Syntero’s Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages as we share more diversity, equity and inclusion updates during Pride Month; Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month; Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month; and all throughout the year! Also be on the lookout for outcomes and program highlights in the upcoming Cultural Competency Outcomes Report and Annual Report to the Community. Click the following links to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Syntero:

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Syntero Named Top Workplace 2022

Syntero has been named a 2022 Top Workplace in Central Ohio, and ranked 17th among midsize organizations! The prestigious recognition bestowed upon workplaces is based on the results of a survey from Columbus CEO and Energage, an employee engagement platform, which focuses on employee satisfaction levels and work culture. Thank you to Syntero’s amazing staff members and Board of Directors for helping to create a healthy work environment that fosters trust, growth, creativity and professional development! Syntero was also named a Top Workplace by Columbus CEO in 2021, 2020 and 2018, and a Top Workplace in the United States in 2020.

Syntero Board member Helps Curve the Spread of COVID

Syntero Board Member Jill Porter, DO, FACOFP, and her team at OhioHealth were recently featured in Columbus CEO for the innovative ways they have helped community members stay safe during the pandemic. In addition to being the medical director for OhioHealth’s mobile clinics, Dr. Porter is the associate director of the Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. Click here to read the article.