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Happy 20th: Interact For Health To Celebrate With Grants To Reduce Tobacco Use

Posted On July 05, 2017

Press release by Interact for Health 

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – Interact for Health announced today in honor of the local foundation’s 20th Anniversary, it is seeking grant applications from each of the 20-counties in the Greater Cincinnati region.  Organizations in each county will be awarded up to $20,000 to help advance Interact’s targeted goal of reducing use of tobacco in low-income communities. The term tobacco use includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, vaping, hookah, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

“Interact for Health has been focused on building healthy communities for the past 20 years,” said Dr. Owens. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our two decades of work than fueling our counties with resources to lower the use of tobacco, the number one preventable cause of death and disease in our community.”

More 16 million Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking, which equals $170 billion in direct medical costs every year. The smoking rates in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are all higher than the national average, and the rates are significantly higher for low-income and minority populations. Despite declining universal smoking rates great health disparities still exist. Individuals with less than a high school education, below the Federal Poverty Level, and who live in rural locations are using tobacco at significantly higher rates than the national average.

“Historically, tobacco prevention efforts have not focused on our poorest communities, which has left huge disparities,” said Owens. “To move towards the goal of having the healthiest region in the country, we need to reduce tobacco use in every community and in every county.”

An organization in each of the 20-county service region will be awarded one grant. Each grant award will provide $20,000 to an organization to reduce tobacco use. Grant awards will be announced during Interact for Heath’s 20th Anniversary celebration this fall.  Examples of tobacco prevention as well as tobacco-free environment projects that could be funded under this RFA are:

  • planning and implementation of policies,
  • developing coalitions, advocacy strategies and social marketing campaigns.
  • implementing school/community prevention programs (e.g. LifeSkills, CoreLife, etc.),
  • implementing or developing innovative program ideas, or
  • developing strategies to engage hard-to-reach portions of the community.

Application Process

Complete and submit the request for application (RFA) form to proposals@interactforhealth.org by 5PM on August 2, 2017. An informational workshop will be held on July 18th from 1PM to 3PM at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45209. This event will also be available via live stream.

Applicants must be a non-profit community agency, school or a governmental entity located in or serving one of the 20 counties of Interact’s service area. Some projects involving unincorporated or for-profit entities may be feasible in collaboration with a qualified non-profit fiscal sponsor.  For complete details and to download the application, visit www.interactforhealth.org.