A Catalyst for Health and Wellness

For 20 years Interact for Health has served as a catalyst to improve health by promoting health equity in our region through community engagement, grants, research, education and policy. Interact for Health is an independent nonprofit that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Health in Action

  • Reflections on our equity journey featured in philanthropy journal

    Feb 5th, 2018

    We're excited to share learnings from our equity work in the December 2017 edition of The Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy.

    In Looking in the Mirror: Equity in Practice for Philanthropy, Program Officer Jaime Love and former Evaluation Officer Ashlee Young describe the steps Interact has taken since 2015 to adopt an equity le... Read More

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Creating a Culture of Health: Brown County

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  • Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor tobacco-free schools.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 9 in 10 adults (87%) favor schools adopting tobacco-free campus policies in their communities. Support for tobacco-free school policies has been consistently strong -- favored by 85% of Kentucky adults in 2015 and 84% in 2013.

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  • Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This support has held steady since 2015, the first time KHIP asked this question. Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky sponsored the poll.

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  • Nearly half of young adults in Kentucky have tried an e-cigarette

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The rate is higher than national statistics, where just over 2 in 10 adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The highest reported use was among young adults in Kentucky, where nearly half said they had ever used an e-cigarette.

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  • Most Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law

    The 2017 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 71 percent of Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law. This remains the highest level of support since the poll began tracking this topic.

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  • Half of Ohio adults say they favor needle exchange programs

    Half of Ohio adults (50 percent) said they favor and about 4 in 10 Ohio adults (42 percent) said they oppose needle exchange programs, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP).

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  • Most report having checkup in the past year

    Regular health care is important for good health. People with a usual and appropriate place for healthcare have better health outcomes and fewer health disparities than those who do not. According to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), seven in 10 Ohio adults (71 percent) reported having a usual and appropriate place for care.

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  • 6 in 10 Ohio adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

    Six in 10 Ohio adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 according to the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is an increase from 2016. A majority of Democrats (67 percent) and Republicans (60 percent) favored increasing the purchase age to 21. OHIP also asked if Ohio adults support a tax increase of 65 cents per pack of cigarettes; half of Ohio adults (53 percent) were in support.

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  • 6 in 10 say keep and improve it

    More than 6 in 10 Ohio adults (62 percent) said they wanted to keep the Affordable Care Act and try to improve it. Three in 10 Ohio adults (31 percent) said they wanted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Fewer than 1 in 10 Ohio adults are uninsured

    Fewer than 1 in 10 Ohio adults age 18-64 (8 percent) reported not having health insurance in the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is similar to the results in 2016.

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  • 1 in 4 adults sit for at least 8 hours a day

    The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that walking is the favorite activity among area adults, and that 6 in 10 walk for at least 10 minutes every day. However, CHSS also found that 1 in 4 area adults sits eight or more hours each day, and that those with higher education levels were more likely to sit for longer periods. CHSS also explored the availability of sidewalks and shoulders for physical activity, finding that adults in rural areas said sidewalks and shoulders were less available.

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  • Results vary by income, geography, race, health status.

    The 2017 Community Health Status Survey found that 8 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky rated the condition of housing in their neighborhood as good, very good or excellent, and that 9 in 10 rated the condition of their own homes well. Results varied by income, geography, race and health status.

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  • 2 in 10 allow smoking in homes.

    The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that 23 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area are current smokers. Although the rate has been steadily declining, our region is still higher than the nation, where 18 percent of adults were smokers in 2015.

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  • Greater Cincinnati Health Watch

    Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care.

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