CINCINNATI, Ohio. — Interact for Health announced that it has hired Kate Schroder as its new president and CEO. Schroder is currently interim chief strategy officer at the Health Collaborative. She will start her new role at Interact for Health on Jan. 1, 2022.
A native of Cincinnati, Schroder has experience leading health initiatives locally and internationally. In her current role with the Health Collaborative, Schroder oversees a collaborative effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination throughout 14 counties in Greater Cincinnati and to address disparities in vaccination rates.
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% 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, 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, Schroder will also help manage the foundation’s charitable endowment, currently valued at more than $260 million.
Schroder holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration 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.
Schroder and her husband, John Juech, live in Cincinnati with their two children. She is active in community and civic affairs and has been serving on the Cincinnati Board of Health since 2016. In 2017, Schroder was named a WCPO Next Nine honoree, recognizing nine rising stars who are transforming the health care sector.
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