Our History

Our History

In 1997 the ChoiceCare Foundation, a predecessor of Interact for Health, sold its HMO to Humana for $221 million, invested the proceeds and renamed itself The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Each year those investments enable us to award grants and make charitable gifts of roughly $9 million to support regional health programs.

Between 1997 and 2013 we underwrote and supported a wide variety of programs that made healthcare more accessible to the people of Greater Cincinnati. We helped launch school-based health centers that now provide 25,000 area students with access to care. We made it easier for people with severe mental illnesses to obtain primary care and helped start more than 60 evidence-based programs to treat people with severe mental illnesses and substance-use disorders. We pioneered a grassroots substance-abuse prevention program and much more. These programs have succeeded because we don’t just write checks. We get involved and encourage others to get involved as well. We teach advocacy, business planning, communications, data use and fundraising to ensure our grantees have the tools they need to succeed. We measure the effectiveness of the programs we support and conduct ongoing research to make sure we are addressing our community’s evolving health needs.

Toward that end in April 2013 we announced a shift in our strategic direction away from access to care and toward health promotion.

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which will enhance access to care for people around the nation, the Foundation saw an opportunity to reframe its strategy and address health issues in a comprehensive, proactive way. In focusing on health promotion we are helping individuals and communities become stronger and more resilient. Today we are laying the groundwork for a brighter, healthier future.

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  • Chronic medical conditions prevalent among Greater Cincinnati children

    Asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed chronic conditions among children in the Greater Cincinnati region, according to data collected through the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey.

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  • Most Ohio adults think state should adopt health education standards

    The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) is conducted every year to learn more about the health opinions, behaviors and status of adults in Ohio. In 2017, OHIP asked Ohio adults about state health education standards.

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  • Health and healthy behaviors among youth in our region.

    The 2017 Child Well-Being Survey (CWBS) asked parents and guardians of youth in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to describe the overall health of their child. CWBS also asked about specific health behaviors such as physical activity and sleep patterns.

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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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