bi3 is Bethesda Inc.’s forward-looking grantmaking initiative to transform health in Greater Cincinnati. bi3 takes informed risks and invests in new ideas and approaches with the potential to spark and scale health innovation. Ultimately, bi3 seeks to fund and support collaborations and partnerships that lead to breakthrough change in health and health care for all people in Greater Cincinnati.
Bethesda Inc. is co-sponsor of TriHealth and founder of bi3. Bethesda Inc. is a non-profit support organization for Bethesda Hospital and its entities. bi3 is not a hospital or foundation; it is Bethesda Inc.’s philanthropic initiative to transform health.
The letters ‘bi‘ honor Bethesda Inc.’s heritage of innovation. The number ‘3’ recognizes that the organization’s grantmaking initiative is built on three core elements – ideas, investments and innovation.
bi3 is the evolution of Bethesda Inc.’s grantmaking work and better positions Bethesda Inc. to invest in collaborations and leverage partnerships. Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has invested more than $33 million in innovative ideas to transform health and health care, ranking it as one of Ohio’s largest health-focused funders.
bi3 Grant Priorities
bi3 builds on past grantmaking successes by focusing on four funding priorities representing some of the region’s most important health needs:
- Maternal and infant health
- Behavioral health
- Palliative and hospice care
- Health innovations that are enabled by new technologies or accelerate the integration of care.
Prior grants have included programs such as the creation and expansion of StartStrong, a collaborative effort between regional health systems and community organizations which significantly lowered extreme premature birth rates in the Avondale community and created a “playbook” for similar success in other communities. Other initiatives range from first-of-its-kind resource for online information on the quality of local healthcare to fostering new models of primary care, enhancing hospice care and developing advanced analytics and new digital health applications.
Unique Ability to Activate Ideas
Because Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth, the region’s largest integrated health delivery system, bi3 is uniquely positioned to create and fund collaborations between TriHealth and community-based organizations. bi3 is willing to take informed risks and values shared learning opportunities. As a result, bi3 has the potential to scale and/or re-scope programs more rapidly, differentiating bi3 from other health grantmakers. bi3 is a forward-looking, philanthropic investor with a vision of improving the health of our community. Learn more at bi3.org