Community Engagement

Cincinnati Children's believes in the power of collective action to achieve the best health outcomes for children within the hospital and in the community. Based on best-practice models, Community Relations promotes active engagement, collaboration and communication with community stakeholders and partners. Through participation on various boards and committees, Community Relations staff work closely with community leaders to develop partnerships to address the needs of children and families within the community.

One such effort is through the Community Advisory Board, where community advisers and senior leadership within the hospital advise and guide the Office of Community Relations on its strategic plan, particularly in the areas of community health, community benefit, volunteerism, planning, and community partnerships that promote child health and well-being.

The board is comprised of three groups:

  • The Internal Community Advisory Committee, which serves as an advisory body to Community Relations and to senior management of Cincinnati Children's
  • The Community Advisory Council (CAC), which serves as a conduit between the local service community and hospital leadership and has representation from Cincinnati Children's regional satellite communities and area non-profit leaders
  • The Avondale Partnership Committee, a subcommittee of the CAC, which provides guidance on collaborating with and fostering positive engagement with Avondale, the community surrounding our base operations. Community leaders including residents and non-profit and faith leaders comprise the committee.

Group Members

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Jennifer Dauer, SVP, Strategy & Growth

Jane Garvey, VP, Marketing & Communications

Camille Graham, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Bill Kent, SVP, Infrastructure & Operations 

Uma Kotagal, MBBS, Executive Leader, Population and Community Health

Mark Mumford, SVP, Finance and CFO

Beth Stautberg, SVP, Legal & Public Affairs

Dina Beach, Coordinator, Hispanic Catholic Ministry in Hamilton, St. Julie Billiart Parish

Ryan Brown, Manager, EDGE Teen Center

Stephanie Byrd, Executive Director, Success by 6 at United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Jennifer Chubinski, Director of Data Improvement Program, Interact for Health

Marilyn Crumpton, Director, Growing Well Cincinnati

Ozie Davis, Executive Director, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corp. (ACDC)

Tom DiBello, Executive Director, Center for Great Neighborhoods

Adam Goetzman, Assistant Administrator / Development Director, Green Township

Camille A. Jones, MD, MPH, Assistant Health Commissioner, Community Health and Environmental Health Services, Cincinnati Health Department

Donna Jones Baker, President & CEO, Urban League

Caroline McKinney, Economic Development Director, Public Information Officer, Liberty Township

Patricia Milton, President, Avondale Community Council

H.A. Musser, President & CEO, Santa Maria Community Services

Deb Robison, Family and Student Services, Norwood Schools

Rick Schroer, Community Center Director, College Hill Recreation Center

Joel Smiddy, Parks Director, Deerfield Township

Rebecca Stowe, MEd, MCHES, Director of Health Promotion & Education, Hamilton County Public Health

Barbara Terry, VP of Healthcare Integration, the Children's Home of Cincinnati

Sister Carole Temming, Pastoral Associate, Immaculate Heart of Mary

Stacy Wegley, Senior Associate, Community Initiatives

Berta Velilla, Director, Early Learning Programs, Child Focus Inc.

Stephanie Vogel, Administrator, Northern Kentucky Health Department

Henry Brown, Community Member

Ozie Davis, Executive Director, ACDC

Dr. Donald Jones, Pastor, Greater New Hope Church

Charles Kelly, Community Member

Patricia Milton, President, Avondale Community Council

Gayle Renfro, Business Owner, Renfro Funeral Services

Beth Robinson, President, Uptown Consortium

Derrick Smith Sr., Bishop, Manifested Glory Ministries

Dorothy Smoot, Chief Program Officer, Urban League

Other Partners

Other key partnerships that foster collaboration and engagement with the community include:
Partnership with Cincinnati Children’s and the Cincinnati Bengals as part of the National Football League's Play 60 campaign aimed at encouraging kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to reverse childhood obesity. Third-grade children from Cincinnati Public Schools participated in an afternoon of physical activity challenges. 
Collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s and the Cincinnati Zoo to promote positive eating habits and exercise in young children. Through education, participation in the “Zoo Diet” and healthy eating tips, children and families learn simple ways to improve their health. 
Partnership with Cincinnati Children’s, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Vision 2015, Agenda 360, UC Blue Ash College, Northern Kentucky University and Remke Markets to expose children to fun learning opportunities tailored to a grocery store environment.  Based on United Way’s early childhood Born Learning strategy, Remke Markets is offering early learning activities in the store to allow the supermarket to be a hassle-free environment and to support kindergarten readiness and healthy eating. 

For Information

For more information, contact:

Monica Mitchell, PhD
Senior Director
Community Relations