This may not have been the summer any of us expected, but we worked hard to make the best of it at Cohear. From helping with the (virtual) Launch of the Housing Our Future strategy to supporting grant funding to Black-owned business, we've been fortunate to be busy doing good work.
Here are some of the top mentions of our work at Cohear from local reporters this past summer.
WCPO 9: Hamilton County officials work to reduce racial disparities in overdoses, access to treatment
Now, health leaders are making new partnerships. Through a group called Cohear, people with substance use disorder meet with county officials and help them find better ways to combat addiction.
"Of course the everyday experts who should be at the table, not just to provide feedback but to share their ideas for what would work as an intervention, should be people who either themselves or their friends or family have struggled with that issue,” Isaacsohn said.
WCPO 9: African American startups hope grants will help them beat the odds
"Given the racial wealth gap in this country, minority businesses have already been historically under capitalized,” said Derrick Braziel, co-founder and development director for Mortar Cincinnati.
Mortar worked with the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber, the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Cohear and BallR Media to come up with the Push Grants. They've raised nearly $300,000.
WLWT 5: 'Racism is an educational crisis': CPS board member wants more anti-racism instruction for students
In light of recent events, Nia Baucke with Cohear said the district asked her to lead virtual discussions with students.
"It's important that CPS is doing this right now and not waiting until the school year starts," Baucke said. "It's been emotional but also encouraging because these students really care and they are invested in making their school a better place for everyone," Baucke said.
Local 12: New plan tackles affordable housing in Hamilton Co., a major issue in fighting poverty
According to a new report by the Greater Cincinnati branch of the Local Initiatives Support Coalition, the county has a shortage of about 40,000 affordable housing units...
It’s a problem that has plagued the county for decades. And LISC along with many other advocacy groups and agencies have come up with a plan to tackle the problem, seen as a major contributor to Cincinnati's poverty crisis.
As always, we are incredibly grateful to be doing this work, and we're especially thankful to all the Bridgebuilders, decision makers, and everyday experts that make it possible. If you have any questions about our work or want to get connected, contact Nia Baucke at email@example.com.