Cincinnati Partnership Selected to Participate in Nationwide ‘Build Health Challenge’

The Avondale Children Thrive initiative has been selected by a coalition of 12 funding organizations to participate in the BUILD Health Challenge, a national program that puts multi-sector community partnerships at the foundation of improving health for everyone. The Cincinnati-specific project will focus on maternal and child health and serve residents in the Avondale neighborhood. Avondale Children Thrive is one of 19 partnerships selected to participate.

BUILD awards funding, capacity building support, and access to a national peer-learning network. The program emphasizes cross-sector collaboration among local non-profit organizations, hospitals, and public health departments to address upstream conditions that create opportunities for better health. BUILD selected Avondale Children Thrive because of its Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-driven (BUILD) ideas to improve the health of its residents.

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(Pictured L to R) Elizabeth González Suárez, vice president of Community Life at The Community Builders; Denisha G. Porter, director of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness, Creating Healthy Communities at the Cincinnati Health Department and Dr. Monica Mitchell, senior director of community relations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center attended The BUILD Health Challenge Awardee Kick-Off September 12-13 in Washington. D.C. González Suárez, Porter and Mitchell are leading the Avondale Children Thrive partnership, which aims to improve maternal and child health in Cincinnati’s Avondale neighborhood. The partnership was awarded $750,000, including a $500,000 match from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

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