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Collaborative offers chance to share, learn among health foundations

Oct 9, 2017

Interact for Health recently had the chance to show visitors from Virginia and Texas the work our grantees are doing across the region. It was all part of the Health Legacy Collaborative Learning Circle, co-funded by the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings. The yearlong project has brought together four health foundations of similar size and with similar missions to share learnings and best practices.

Each quarter one of the foundations hosts the other three, and in September it was Interact's turn. Associates from the PATH Foundation in Warrenton, Va., the Danville Regional Foundation in Danville, Va., and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in El Paso, Texas, boarded a bus to see a variety of work being done to improve the health of people in the Cincinnati region. Stops included Our Harvest, where produce is being grown locally; the Mill Creek Greenway, a link in the region's growing trail network; Findlay Kitchen, an incubator for local food entrepreneurs; the school-based health center at Cincinnati's Oyler School, where students have access to vision, dental and medical services; and Sharp Middle School in Pendleton County, where our Thriving Pendleton County grantee works to reduce tobacco, drug and alcohol use.

We enjoyed sharing the work our community is doing. We've also enjoyed the opportunity to see projects in the other communities and bring back ideas that can be applied to our work so we can better serve Cincinnati.

"Learning about evaluation practices and measures has been particularly interesting," Program Officer Jaime Love says. "As we move into our new phase of work, we see how we can shape our evaluation in a different way."

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