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To: Cincinnati City Council
Cincinnati City Council: Keep the Center for Closing the Health Gap in the City Budget
City Council should keep funding for the Center for Closing the Health Gap in the city budget at current levels. The Center for Closing the Health Gap, a community-health grassroots organization, is working to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Greater Cincinnati. For over 18 years, the community-health grassroots organization has reached over 902,617 people through its Do Right! Campaigns, teaching people how to eat, move and live right, and creating obesity awareness.
Why is this important?
Cutting the Center for Closing the Health Gap out of city funding would result in a lack of resources to continue serving our community with valuable health education initiatives and support for our underserved neighborhoods. The Center serves as an advocate for the community and a proponent for preventative health care. In addition, the Health Gap has continually collaborated with the community, local government, and the local hospital systems to shed light on the racial and ethnic health disparities that exist within the healthcare space.
Since 2004, the Health Gap has used a grassroots mobilization model to engage, empower, and advocate for people in the pursuit of building a culture of health in Cincinnati, where we live, work and play. Through various programs and initiatives, the Center for Closing the Health Gap has been able to accomplish the following:
• The Health Gap has reached over 900,000 households through the WE MUST SAVE US CAMPAIGN, COVID- 19 Community Resources website and Town Halls to provide COVID-19 resources and vaccine education to the communities.
• The Health Gap has reached over 902,617 people through its Do Right! Campaigns throughout 22 targeted Cincinnati neighborhoods, teaching people how to eat, move, and live right.
• Over 132,780 have attended the annual Health Expo, where over 35,000 health screenings have been performed and countless valuable health information provided.
• The Health Gap’s Do Right! Kids Initiative has 2,316 students participating in in-school and afterschool activities.
• Do Right! Block by Block Initiatives in Mt. Auburn have impacted 1,000 participants annually.
• The Wellness Series and the Community Engagement Academy impacted 778 families in 2020 and 2021 with vital health information that has helped create a culture of health within the community.
The city’s funding is crucial to the Health Gap’s continued work of meeting people where they are in order to improve our health outcomes. Tell Cincinnati City Council to continue to support the important work of eliminating ethnic and racial health disparities in Greater Cincinnati.