Senior Program Officer
Megan Folkerth leads Interact for Health’s efforts to reduce tobacco use in the region, working to improve health by reducing tobacco-related disparities. She oversees grantmaking, provides support and technical assistance to grantees, and collaborates with local and state partners on tobacco policy. Megan has worked on tobacco policy efforts in the region for over a decade and played a leadership role in development and implementation of Cincinnati’s Tobacco 21 policy. In addition to leading Interact for Health’s tobacco focus area, Megan also manages a portfolio of health policy grants supporting local and state advocacy groups and policy-research efforts focused on improving our community’s health.
Previously, Megan led Interact for Health’s active living work including support for regional trail efforts and Tri-State Trails. Prior to joining Interact for Health, Megan was a Senior Health Educator for the tobacco program at the Northern Kentucky Health Department where she led smoke-free housing efforts, supported Kenton County’s smoke-free policy efforts and provided community prevention and cessation programs.
Megan holds a master’s degree in public health from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Marietta College. She also received a certificate of public health leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In addition, Megan serves on the Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative steering committee, Cradle Cincinnati Advisory Board, Ohio Society for Public Health Education board, and the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network Planning Committee.
Outside of work, Megan enjoys running, spending time with her husband and their two children, and is a volunteer with the Cincinnati affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.