The road to progress is full of hills and valleys. Deep-seated community health issues like infant mortality, youth mental health and health disparities are complicated, and it can take years to see change.
As you’ll read in this report, bi3 is on a mission to transform health for all people in Greater Cincinnati, and beyond.
• We measure impact over years and decades. For example, in 2021, Hamilton County saw its lowest infant mortality rate on record. In 2022, we saw an increase over the previous year. However, when you look at this critical work over the past decade, significant progress has been made in reducing extreme pre-term birth, the leading cause of infant death, especially for Black babies.
• We invest in new programs, partnerships and policy advocacy to transform health. We cannot program our way out of our complex health issues. We must advocate for policy change to improve health outcomes.
• We lead in the practice of trust-based philanthropy. We recognize the importance of leveling the power dynamic between funder and grantee and partnering in the spirit of service. We co-create new solutions to old problems by listening and engaging with those with lived experience. We seek opportunities to unite our community around a common goal.
• We leverage our strategic partnership with TriHealth to drive innovation in healthcare and accelerate health equity. TriHealth is the first adult hospital system to create a Center for Health Equity, while sparking systems change by integrating and adopting new care models.
The road is long, but we remain focused on leading the way to a day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
President, Bethesda Inc.