As we work toward a day when a person’s health can no longer be predicted by race or zip code, we recognize that bi3 cannot solve systemic community health issues alone. People, partnerships and policy are the necessary ingredients for success.
People are our greatest asset. We are fortunate that, while small in number, we have an incredibly capable and dedicated staff who drive significant impact each year. We are privileged to be surrounded by diverse and gifted board members, committee members, TriHealth team members and nonprofit organizations who contribute their talent, experience and time to make Greater Cincinnati a healthier community for all people.
Our partners are critical to transforming health and reducing health disparities. Our community is fortunate to be home to leading healthcare systems, dozens of community-based organizations and dedicated community leaders working each day to improve health. We leverage our strategic partnership with TriHealth to fuel innovation and health equity. We practice the Trust-Based Philanthropy approach that leads to more significant impact and joy. We lean in and listen to our partners and recognize our grantees as experts. bi3 asks for feedback from our grantees and takes action to address it. We offer grant partners support beyond the check, providing transparency around decisions and responsiveness to grantees’ needs while also serving as thought partners. When grantees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to engage in transparent conversations that reveal successes, challenges and opportunities.
Policy and advocacy are required to remove barriers and change systems. We use our voice to prompt change. Through our trust-based approach, we listen as our partners identify barriers and challenges to improving health. Because of the importance of government support, we increasingly use our relationships and influence to communicate what we learn to the public and policymakers. We support and partner with nonpartisan organizations to educate stakeholders and policymakers, advocate for policy change to improve Ohioans’ health, and team locally with a community-led coalition focused on systemic change and driving health equity policy.
As you’ll read in this report, we’ve made significant progress and had much to celebrate in the past year—together with our people, our partners and our policy efforts. At the same time, we recognize there is much more to do for every person to have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
President, Bethesda Inc.