Opportunities

Opportunities

Thriving Communities offers three levels of support to communities interested in promoting health. Whether through coaching, workshops or Thriving Communities grants, we help communities devise effective health promotion strategies and access the resources they need to realize their goals.

Coaching

Thriving Communities staff members and consultants coach communities interested in promoting health. We help community leaders to:

  • recognize that everyone has a role to play in health promotion
  • engage in health promotion activities
  • understand and use evidence-based practices
  • vary their health promotion activities
  • coordinate their health promotion efforts
  • use data to inform their priorities, activities and results
  • sustain their health promotion efforts

Workshops

Interact for Health offers low-cost workshops in health promotion advocacy, business development, communication, community engagement, evaluation, marketing and fundraising. These workshops help community leaders learn the skills needed to be successful and self-sufficient in health promotion. For a list of upcoming workshops, visit Interact for Health's Learning Center page here. Or download a printable version of the Learning Center catalog here.

Thriving Communities also brings some of these workshops to the communities themselves so that community members can effectively implement their own health promotion objectives.

Thriving Communities Grants

Since 2014, Thriving Communities awarded grants to ten communities.  Each Thriving Community grantee works with Interact for Health staff on a five-year project designed to promote healthy eating, active living, mental and emotional well-being or healthy choices about substance use within their communities. While projects first target a single health priority they have a natural progression, advancing other Interact for Health priority areas as they take root.

For more information about this program contact Senior Program Officer Mary Francis at 513-458-6606 or mfrancis@interactforhealth.org.

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  • Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.

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  • Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.

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  • 8 in 10 Ohio adults say it’s easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood

    A majority of Ohio adults (81%) agree that it is easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood. However, responses vary by income. Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio adults in households earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (87%) agree. That compares with fewer than 8 in 10 adults in households earning 200% FPG or less.

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  • Half of Ohio young adults have used an e-cigarette

    Nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (28 percent) reported having ever used an e-cigarette, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health. This is higher than in 2016 (19 percent) and about the same as in 2015 (24 percent).

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  • Half of homes with children have guns

    The most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found more than 4 in 10 (42%) of Ohio adults report keeping at least one firearm in or around their home. This number has increased from 2013, when 36% reported keeping a firearm.

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  • Number drops to slightly less than half in Northern Kentucky

    A majority (56%) of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a serious problem in the state, according to the most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll.

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  • Nearly all support having a nurse in each school building.

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (84%) strongly or somewhat favor schools taking a more active role in helping families get health care services for children. Healthy students are able to achieve more academic success than those facing challenges to their health.

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  • More Kentucky adults have favorable opinion about ACA

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more Kentucky adults have a favorable opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (44%) than a negative opinion (33%). The percent of adults with a favorable opinion has been increasing since the poll first started tracking the ACA in 2010, when it became law. In 2010, 26% had a favorable opinion of the ACA.

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  • One in 4 Kentucky adults concerned about losing their health insurance.

    Rate of employer-sponsored health insurance declines; more Northern Kentucky adults lack insurance than in rest of state. The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found one in four (24%) of insured Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 are concerned about losing health coverage within the next year.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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