Greater Cincinnati is in the middle of an epidemic of misuse of and addiction to prescription opioids and heroin (together called opioids). To tackle this epidemic, private funders in the region have formed the Funders' Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE). FRHE is a collaboration of private funders dedicated to ending the Greater Cincinnati region's opioid and heroin epidemic. FRHE provides financial resources and strategic support to strengthen local communities' response to opioid misuse and addiction. FRHE is operated by InterAct for Change, a nonprofit subsidiary of Interact for Health.

Communities in our region are already working together to keep the opioid epidemic from spreading further. To effectively address the epidemic, communities (counties, regions or other municipalities) are developing comprehensive plans that include a "four pillar," multi-pronged approach to the problem. The four-pillar approach includes:

  • Prevention/Health Promotion
  • Supply Reduction
  • Harm Reduction
  • Treatment/Recovery Support

By 2020, our goal is to:

  • Reduce opioid overdoses by 80% (no more than 1 every three days)
  • Expand funds spent on prevention policies, programs and practices by 50%
  • Expand funds spent on harm reduction efforts by 100%

Happening Now

  • Funders Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE)

    The Funders' Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE) announced it has made its first community grants to support local communities response to opioid misuse and addiction.

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  • SVP Cincinnati

    Social Venture Partners is Greater Cincinnati's home for engaged philanthropists. They are part of an international network of 3500 Partners who collectively invest time, talent and grant money in innovative ways to strengthen local nonprofits. Their purpose is to enable our investees to make the Cincinnati region a stronger and more vibrant community.

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  • Growing Well

    Growing Well is an independent nonprofit organization that improves the health of our communities by connecting students and their families to accessible, school-based health services. Growing Well supports centers in Kentucky and Ohio, creating an environment where children are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential.

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