HOW WE ADVOCATE
bi3 is Bethesda Inc.’s philanthropic initiative to transform the health and well-being of all people in Greater Cincinnati. Our purpose is to lead the way to a day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible; when a person’s health can no longer be predicted by race, ethnicity, ability or zip code. We invest in new ideas and approaches with the potential to spark and scale health innovation and share what we learn with our private and public partners.
We are advocates
bi3 deploys a multi-dimensional approach to create systemic change in long-term community health issues. Because government is a critical decision-maker and a major funder of health care and related human services, we are increasingly using our relationships and influence to communicate what we learn from our investments and partnerships to the public sector.
We will challenge our elected and appointed officials to think differently about health and health care and provide them with the data and information they need to make positive decisions. Whether with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, our federal and state elected officials, state and local health departments or other governmental bodies, what we learn provides valuable information for the improvement of health and health care.
As we increase our public sector advocacy, we will be nonpartisan and positive in our relationships and associations; focused on what we learn from our research, partnerships and investments; supportive of our organizational priorities and focused on our key investment areas.
How we advocate
bi3 will thoughtfully engage in a range of advocacy activities, including:
- Establish an agenda of public policy issues related to health and the social determinants of health on which bi3 will advocate
- Fund organizations that do health-related policy analysis, education and advocacy
- Educate elected officials (local, state and federal) and internal stakeholders about our investments and what we learned from them
- Provide support of policy change through sign-on letters, group endorsements and other targeted communications strategies with our stakeholders, government leaders and the public
Our public policy advocacy agenda
We advocate with our elected and appointed officials to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. Our advocacy efforts will prioritize:
- Expanding access, screening, coverage, enrollment and funding for maternal and young child health and maternal behavioral health services
- Addressing birth equity (reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality/morbidity, birth outcomes, infant mortality) and social determinants of health
- Broadening effective home visiting services, including nurses, community health workers, community navigators
- Enhancing the availability of community-based doula care
- Increasing funding and support for mental health services with an emphasis on children and youth