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Interact for Health Welcomes New Member of Grant-Making Team Focused on School-Based Health

Oct 26, 2021

For more than 20 years, Interact for Health has worked to improve access to care for children via school-based health centers. Deanna Hillard recently joined the foundation to support the work of 38 current school-based health centers and develop additional opportunities to improve children’s health and reduce health disparities.   

As Program Officer, Hillard is the primary contact with grantees and potential grantees, providing support, coaching or technical assistance to help grantees meet their objectives. 

“School-based health centers bring together educators, health care providers and funders around the common goal of keeping kids healthy and able to learn,” said Ross Meyer, Vice President of Strategy with Interact for Health. “With her experience in the nonprofit sector and enthusiasm for making the region a more equitable one, we think Deanna will bring new energy and ideas to our work in this area.” 

Hillard joins Interact for Health from the National MS Society, where she most recently served as Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement. In that position, she oversaw a team of four responsible for coordinating more than 100 events annually and engaging 7,000 volunteers. Hillard led the team in refocusing their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing new ways to engage volunteers virtually.  

Before joining the National MS Society, Hillard worked in community outreach with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and as an AmeriCorps Fellow. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Hillard is a member of Sigma Gamma Ro Sorority and Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. She is active with the Junior League of Greater Cincinnati, serving as its Leadership Development Chair, and with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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