The Health Gap is a community-health grassroots organization with a clear mission: to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, and make Cincinnati a healthier place to live. We do this by promoting a culture of health where we live, work, and play. Every day, healthcare professionals face patients who have come to them too late. Years of poor nutrition, low activity levels, and social and economic factors have put them on a path to get sicker more often and die earlier than the rest of our neighbors. Fortunately, many of these situations are preventable. That’s why the Health Gap works so hard to address the cultural influences perpetuating these problems — to start breaking down the staggering roadblocks affecting Cincinnati’s underserved population.
Every year, we help thousands of our neighbors live better and stronger by giving them tools to stay healthy and reaching them in their neighborhoods. We are working to build a culture of health in our neighborhoods — together.
The Health Gap simultaneously works with communities, healthcare organizations and civic leaders to address health inequities through policy change, initiatives, and educational programming.
The health care system is challenging to understand, as is managing your personal health. Health Gap strategies and initiatives help people get better information so they can make better health decisions.
The Health Gap encourages every Cincinnati community to support good health for all by teaching people to stand up for their health.
In 2004, when former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery founded the Health Gap, thousands of people in Cincinnati and millions across the country were living with the consequences of health disparities every day. They didn’t have the same access to fresh food and quality health care, and they were getting sicker and dying earlier because of it. Sadly, the residents affected by them and the medical community addressing them knew very little about their root causes and how to reverse the trend.
Since then, the Health Gap has touched the lives of tens of thousands of Cincinnatians by equipping and empowering them to to take control of their own health by eating better, exercising more, monitoring their health, and helping their neighbors do the same. Through education, advocacy and outreach, the community-health organization is building a culture of health and making Cincinnati healthier — not just for some or most of the population, but for all.
But the journey is far from over.
According to the 2015 Kelly Report, the Black community experiences the highest mortality rates
in most of the top ten leading causes of death in the U.S. Those numbers are linked to social determinants such as poverty and unsafe neighborhoods. The Health Gap is committed to changing health outcomes for the most underserved populations and providing every child with the chance for the same life expectancy as their peers — no matter the color of their skin. No matter their ZIP code.
We initiate solutions at the policy level and collaborate with healthcare organizations to develop and implement evidence-based interventions and innovative programs to deliver our mission. The Health Gap uses community health initiatives to improve the health outcomes of our target populations.