November 22, 2021 – Cooper Coleman LLC has placed Kate Schroder as the new president and CEO of Cincinnati, OH-based community health organization Interact for Health. Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens recently stepped down from the position. Bill Coleman, principal and co-founder of Cooper Coleman, led the assignment. “This is a particularly unique leadership opportunity, not only due to the essential position that Interact for Health holds in the community, especially during this critical time, but also in that Ms. Schroder will lead the organization’s development of its next strategic plan,” said Mr. Coleman.
Ms. Schroder is currently interim chief strategy officer at the Health Collaborative. She will start her new role at Interact for Health on Jan. 1. Ms. Schroder has experience leading health initiatives locally and internationally. In her current role with the Health Collaborative, she oversees a collaborative effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination throughout 14 counties in Greater Cincinnati and to address disparities in vaccination rates.
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In recent months, she has also taken on strategic planning duties for the Health Collaborative, engaging its board, regional health leaders, and other key stakeholders. Since 2016, Schroder has served on the Cincinnati Board of Health, working with Interact for Health and other key partners to expand dental care to children, and to strengthen services in the city’s 23 federally qualified health centers.
For 12 years before that, she held various leadership roles with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a 1,400-person organization spanning 35 countries. As a vice president leading child health programs, she helped to reduce drug prices by 40 percent and increased the number of children receiving correct treatment by 50 million in four focus countries: India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. She led teams with 75 staff members and budgets of more than $80 million.
In her new position, Ms. Schroder will work with staff and the board to provide leadership, direction and vision to the organization and to develop strategy. She will oversee a staff of 21 and annual investments of more than $7 million to support the community via grantmaking, community research and evaluation, and education. Working with Interact for Health’s board, Ms. Schroder will also help manage the foundation’s charitable endowment, currently valued at more than $260 million.
Ms. Schroder holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Results from her work reducing childhood mortality and strengthening health systems in low-resource settings have been published in several academic journals, including the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. Ms. Schroder is active in community and civic affairs and has been serving on the Cincinnati Board of Health since 2016. In 2017, she was named a WCPO Next Nine honoree, recognizing nine rising stars who are transforming the healthcare sector.
Founded in 1997, Interact for Health, formerly The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, was created out of an investment of proceeds from Humana’s $221 million acquisition of ChoiceCare Foundation’s health maintenance organization. Since then, Interact for Health has worked to change the way healthcare is delivered in the region, especially among under-resourced communities. The organization’s $200-plus million charitable endowment funds the organization’s more than $7 million in grant distributions annually aimed at tackling underlying root causes of health disparities such as inequality, poverty and discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender, ability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
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Cooper Coleman, a full-service recruiting and consulting firm partnering exclusively with non-profit organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions to drive meaningful growth, has spent his career as a non-profit leader focused on fundraising and organizational leadership.
Mr. Coleman has more than 25 years’ experience in retained executive search, including leading his own firm, Coleman Search Consulting LLC, for more than 10 years until its sale in 2018. After a few years as managing director for Dressler Search Group, he has partnered with his son-in-law to establish a firm that prioritizes making the essential services of executive search accessible to organizations all across the social sector, knowing the transformational impact having the right leaders in the right roles can have on an organization and its mission.
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