We organize conversations that connect everyday experts — people with lived experiences — to decision makers. These conversations generate actionable insights and ideas that we summarize in reports and strategy documents.
Assessing and Improving Disability Services: Lessons from Lived Experience
The University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (UCCEDD) has recognized how crucial it is to change this culture moving forward. As a result, UCCEDD partnered with Cohear to proactively seek out feedback and ideas from people with disabilities, caregivers, and the industry professionals who work with them, in order to shape their goals and priorities for the next five years.
Strategies for Addressing
Cincinnati neighborhoods with large Latino populations are key areas in which COVID-19 vaccine uptake is disproportionately low. As hospitalization and mortality rates remain consistently higher among Hispanic and Latino populations nationwide and variants of COVID-19 drive surging case rates-- with serious cases concentrated among the unvaccinated--it is crucial to close that gap in vaccination rates.
Black Homeownership in Columbus: Opportunities for Wealth Creation
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reverse racial wealth disparities in Columbus by focusing on Black homeownership in rapidly developing neighborhoods: The combination of the largest federal infusion of dollars we’ve seen since the New Deal, continued population growth, and the post-pandemic economic recovery. The time is now to right the wrongs of the past
Community insights are key to helping stakeholders and decision-makers understand how and why young Black people make decisions regarding where to live, as well as whether to buy or rent, and what obstacles they face on the road to homeownership.
Youth Homelessness and the Justice System
Collaborative for Change (C4C) is an extension of the KEYS to a Future Without Youth Homelessness and is led by the Children’s Law Center, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, the Family Housing Partnership and Strategies to End Homelessenss.
C4C seeks to further examine and advocate for policy reforms related to the intersection of system-involved youth and youth experiencing homelessness. While KEYS regularly prioritizes participation and leadership by those with lived experiences, C4C partnered with Cohear to facilitate peer focus groups with young people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness.
Moving Cincinnati Forward:Economic Mobility and Racial Equity
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation partnered with Cohear to engage those who know this issue best - Black women and other people of color across the socio-economic spectrum - to develop actionable insights and strategies to pursue the type of equitable economic mobility that could catalyze sustained regional growth. Cohear organized and conducted six focus groups that brought together GCF leadership and the “Everyday Experts” to better understand the challenges faced and brainstorm
potential solutions and interventions.
Building Better Career Pathways in Hamilton County
The greater Cincinnati region is home to a wide variety of employers in rapidly-growing industries. This growth potential makes it an ideal location to pilot regional strategies for transitioning individuals without four year degrees into sustainable, living-wage, career track employment.
OhioMeansJobs Hamilton County (OMJ) has recognized that in order to facilitate this change, it is crucial to understand the unique challenges present at every juncture of the current workforce system. Read the full Cohear report here.
Getting Ohio Fully Vaccinated by Listening First
As supply of the vaccine has begun to outpace demand, it is critical for public health officials to listen and learn from those who remain hesitant in order to bring our collective vaccination rates closer to >70%. This report highlights our discussions with people who have chosen not to be vaccinated yet in communities with low overall vaccination rates.
Stories of the
If we are going to tackle a housing crisis where over 40,000 low-income families lack quality, affordable housing, we are going to need a comprehensive strategy. This report is a part of a pro bono effort we launched in late 2018 to bring the voices of the people who are living through the housing crisis to the table with a range of decision makers.
Making Schools Safer by Addressing Bullying
When Cincinnati Public Schools wanted to build a better plan for effectively addressing bullying, Cohear connected them to the everyday experts — students who had experienced bullying — along with their parents, teachers and administrators. We learned that the path to solutions starts with helping students build deeper connections with one another.
Changing Charitable Giving
During their annual planning for the upcoming year, the Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati knew they wanted to implement more innovative strategies to better serve the community. They worked with our team to listen to and implement the ideas of the women impacted most by the issues that they are committed to addressing, shifting meaningful power in the process.