Interact for Health has selected Ashlee Young for the newly created position of Vice President, Policy and Engagement because she works to advance health equity and improve health outcomes in Greater Cincinnati.
Young has focused on improving health and social services in Greater Cincinnati for the past 12 years. She is currently the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. In this role, she launched direct response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a vaccination and testing site, and established community partnerships to promote equitable access to vaccination and testing. She has secured over $700,000 in funding for these efforts. In addition, Young led Urban League’s broader policy and advocacy work, focusing on systemic and equitable change. In her previous role as Vice President of Impact, Young helped transition the organization’s training and workforce development program to a virtual platform and launched a dashboard for track progress of organizational goals.
Previously, she worked at Interact for Health as an evaluation officer, developing an evaluation framework for the foundation’s opioid and venue grantmaking work.
“Ashlee brings considerable experience in leading efforts to improve health outcomes and health equity in our community,” said Kate Schroder, President and CEO. “She is a trusted, results-oriented leader with extensive experience leading community initiatives. We are especially excited to have her join us as we begin to embark on our five-year strategic planning process so that she can help shape our work in the areas of policy and community engagement.
In her new role, Young will engage community leaders and stakeholders to strengthen regional progress on health equity and health outcomes. She will help deepen Interact for Health’s work on diversity, equity, and inclusion and advance advocacy efforts aligned with the foundation’s grantmaking strategy and portfolio. She will assume her new role on April 4.
Young earned a master’s degree in public health from Wright State University and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio State University. She sits on several boards including the Delta Gateway Foundation, Design Impact, MORTAR and Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services. She was recently appointed to the Cincinnati Board of Health and serves on the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Equitable Strategies Committee. Young recently completed a two-year term as executive vice president of the National Urban League Young Professionals.