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Price Hill Cincinnati

Price Hill Kickoff WHY PRICE HILL?

More than half of all children in Cincinnati’s Price Hill neighborhood are born into poverty—and many are born prematurely too. That’s why BBZ chose this area as one of three pilot zones, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Price Hill neighborhood was already tuned into BBZ’s mission, and presented the possibility for impactful partnerships. BBZ Price Hill is led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center—the region’s primary medical provider for kids—and partners with Santa Maria Community Services and Every Child Success to expand efforts in connected ways.


Price Hill Neighborhood
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 3 square miles of East Price Hill and 0.57 square miles of Lower Price Hill
  • 16,500 residents
  • 300 births per year
  • 40% of residents and 56% of children live in poverty
  • Half of residents feel that people in Price Hill are willing to help their neighbors.


  • Bring home visits to families through a partnership with the home visiting program, Every Child Succeeds (ECS).
  • Support parents through a parent group that builds leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Hire community liaisons to encourage increased engagement from community residents, and ensure that each home can meet its basic needs. This work is done in partnership with Santa Maria Community Services.

Our Evolving Impact

Best Babies Zone partners—Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Santa Maria Community Services, as well as its residents—are tackling the neighborhood’s high infant mortality and premature births by ensuring that all homes are safe and healthy environments for children.

Santa Maria Community Services’ Healthy Homes Block by Block program hires Block Captains—parents from the neighborhood—to regularly visit families in their homes to share information, resources, and supplies that foster a healthy home environment. In addition to bringing children’s books and information about sleep safety for infants, Block Captains also make sure that families know where to go for prenatal, postpartum, and well-child visits. 

The Block Captains’ actions not only provide resources, but connect neighbors to each other. This personalized approach will have positive ripple effects for years to come. This is one example of how we work together. Day by day, we do more and more.