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Advised grants help organizations dealing with COVID-19

Sep 1, 2020

Each year Interact for Health makes donations on behalf of its directors and associates to local nonprofits that they have chosen. This Advised Grants Program supports health programs and projects that may not fall within our priorities related to tobacco use, the opioid epidemic and school-based health centers.  

"Our advised grants advance Interact for Health's vision that Greater Cincinnati will be the healthiest region in the country," said O'dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President and CEO. 

Among this year's recipients are two previous grantees that are working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Center for Respite Care treats adults experiencing homelessness who are ill and have nowhere else to recover. When the pandemic hit, the organization had to shift in its ability to procure supplies and funding. The company providing meals to the center's clients closed in March, so staff had to find alternate sources for food. They also had to obtain protective equipment, including masks for clients. Local hospital systems, which usually provide funding to the center, were not able to provide support at typical levels.  

First Ladies for Health is a volunteer group based in churches. It helps parishioners and community members make informed decisions about their health. The organization will provide COVID-19 testing for adults during its Family Health Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Testing will be available at churches and schools in Avondale, Bond Hill, College Hill, East Price Hill, Forest Park, Madisonville, Roselawn, West End, Westwood and Winton Hills. 

"The Center for Respite Care and First Ladies for Health are playing a critical role in protecting people who are at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus," Owens said. "They are helping to ensure that all people in our community will remain healthy."  

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