Our organization started in 1997, when the ChoiceCare Foundation sold its health maintenance organization to Humana for $221 million. The proceeds were invested and The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati was created, serving a 20-county region in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The foundation was charged with changing the way health care was delivered—especially for under-resourced communities.
Early grantmaking focused on community primary care, school-aged children’s health care, substance use disorders and severe mental illness. From the beginning, the foundation did more than just provide funding—grantees received support for advocacy, business planning, communications, data use and more. Research, education and evaluation were also integrated in the grantmaking process, with the foundation quickly becoming a resource for nonprofits.
The foundation determined that policy changes were often needed to improve health. This led to advocacy work in support of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in Ohio.
In 2013, the foundation responded to a change in community needs with a shift in its focus, moving to health promotion. It also re-branded itself as Interact for Health.
As it celebrated 20 years of grantmaking in 2017, Interact for Health once again looked at community needs, and decided to invest in areas where the impact could be greatest: reducing tobacco use, addressing the opioid epidemic and school-based health centers.
Interact for Health strives to promote health equity in all that we do.
Since 2015, Interact for Health has been learning how to improve health equity in Greater Cincinnati. For us, health equity means that everyone throughout our diverse region has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.
This requires that we intentionally work to reduce health disparities, as well as tackle the underlying root causes, such as inequality, poverty and discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender, ability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
We are on a journey to learn and work toward equity within our own operations and practices at Interact for Health, and we encourage everyone to join with us.