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.


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


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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