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Avondale and Northern Kentucky collaboratives selected to participate in BUILD Health Challenge

Sep 25, 2017

Community partnerships in Avondale and Northern Kentucky have has been selected by a coalition of 12 funding organizations, including Interact for Health, to participate in the BUILD Health Challenge, a national program that strengthens multi-sector community partnerships to improve health for everyone. Avondale and Northern Kentucky have each been awarded $250,000 for two years.

In Avondale, The Community Builders, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the City of Cincinnati Health Department will focus on the social determinants of children's health to create an environment in which Avondale children up to age 6 will be able to thrive.

The Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, Three Rivers District Health Department and the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington will work to pass tobacco-free policies and reduce tobacco use in Covington and Gallatin County. This will be accomplished by improving data-driven decision making, softening residents' perceptions about tobacco-free environments and overcoming other barriers. The goal is to reduce smoking rates in the targeted community.

"Every community faces its own set of challenges and opportunities when it comes to improving the health of its residents," said Emily Yu, executive director of the BUILD Health Challenge. "With this award, we hope to catalyze the work of and bring together, residents and organizations from across sectors to address the root causes of health issues in the Greater Cincinnati region—and ultimately transform how we think about health in America."

Avondale and Northern Kentucky are among 19 communities selected to participate. BUILD awards funding, capacity building support, and access to a national peer learning network for "bold, upstream, integrated, local and data-driven" collaborative programs that create opportunities for better health.

"Interact for Health is focused on building healthy communities for all people," said Dr. O'dell Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health. "Through our sponsorship of the BUILD Health Challenge, we are giving a boost to the type of community collaboration necessary to create system level change, while providing the best practice guidance and technical assistance these unique partnerships offer."

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