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With the help of our community, we’ve done some incredible work over the last two and a half decades—but there are so many more problems afflicting our region that must be addressed, especially when it comes to mental health. Our nation is experiencing a collective mental health crisis, with more than 50% of adults predicted to be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime.
As part of our new strategic plan launched this year, Interact for Health recently announced over $3.7M in grant funding to address these priority areas:
We heard that loud and clear when we asked partners and community members for their input last year—they identified mental health and well-being as their top issues. That’s why Interact for Health is working with new and existing partners on innovative ways to remove systemic barriers to mental health through policy advocacy, expansion of culturally relevant care and reducing stigma.
“Our priorities reflect the community’s priorities. The growing mental health crisis—especially among youth—calls us to act with urgency, creativity and compassion. And at the same time, we are prioritizing efforts to tackle long-standing challenges in policies, systems and neighborhood conditions that lead to gaps in lifespan of up to 26 years between zip codes,” said Kate Schroder, Interact for Health President and CEO.
Now, we’re excited to highlight the recipients of our Mental Health Equity grants, totaling $1.3 million, aimed at advancing mental health awareness, resources and support throughout Greater Cincinnati.
Fifteen Mental Health Equity partners were selected for their creative, powerful approaches to improving culturally competent care and access to mental health services and support among adults and youth within Interact for Health’s priority populations—Black and Hispanic, LGBTQ+, low-income families and rural communities.
We could not be more grateful to have the following organizations on the front lines as they work to address our region’s urgent mental health care needs, improve mental health outcomes and reduce gaps in care. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating and supporting them!
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