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Megan Folkerth

Program Director of Health Policy and Systems

Megan Folkerth leads health policy and systems efforts as part of Interact for Health’s strategic goals to advance health justice. She is responsible for the development and execution of the overall strategy to advance policy and system change, including thought leadership, stakeholder engagement, direct advocacy and grantmaking.  

Previously, Megan led Interact for Health’s efforts to reduce tobacco use in the region and improve health by reducing tobacco-related disparities; active living work including support for regional trail efforts; and health policy efforts supporting local and state advocacy groups focused on improving our community’s health. Megan has worked on tobacco policy efforts in the region for more than a decade and played a leadership role in the development and implementation of local Tobacco 21, tobacco retailer licensing and smoke-free policy efforts.

Prior to joining Interact for Health, Megan worked for the Northern Kentucky Health Department as a Senior Health Educator responsible for designing and implementing evidence-based policy, system and environmental changes for the tobacco prevention and cessation program. Megan also previously worked as a Community Health Program Coordinator at The Center for Closing the Health Gap.

Megan holds a master’s degree in public health from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Marietta College. She also received a certificate of public health leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. In addition, Megan serves on the Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative steering committee, Cradle Cincinnati Advisory Board, Ohio Society for Public Health Education board, and the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Funder Network Planning Committee.

Outside of work, Megan enjoys running, spending time with her husband and their two children, and is a volunteer with the Cincinnati affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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