Denisha Porter

photo of Denisha Porter(BA, Miami University)

Denisha Porter is the first Director of the All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition. All-In Cincinnati is a community-led racial equity coalition that seeks to co-create and implement an equity action plan to transform our tri-state community, and Porter will be the driving force leading the coalition’s work to shape that vision. Denisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology from Miami University and her Master of Public Health degree from Wright State University.

Porter will be responsible for directing policy and advocacy actions promoting the All-In Cincinnati mission; building strong relationships with local nonprofits, city officials, government agencies and community partners; and facilitating meetings, communications and recruitment with the All-In Cincinnati Core Team and Coalition members. In addition to supporting the All-In team, members and relevant subgroups, she will provide leadership to align the efforts and resources of community partners.

Denisha who has served as the Director of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness as well as the Director of the Creating Healthy Communities Coalition for the Cincinnati Health Department since 2010 has dedicated her career to public service. In this previous role, Denisha supervised several projects within the Health Department's strategic plan. She also maintained over 100 collaborative relationships between public, private and civic entities including schools, churches and non-profit agencies to promote public and population-based health. Importantly, Denisha worked with the United Dairy Farmers, a local chain of 210 convenience stores to carry fresh produce in food deserts. She assisted the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority in creating and implementing a smoke-free multi-unit housing policy that now protects over 13,000 residents from second hand smoke. She also developed several policies with the City of Cincinnati to promote breastfeeding (Breastfeeding Friendly Policy) and reducing smoking among teenagers (Tobacco 21 Ordinance). Denisha has successfully obtained over $2.5M in funding from local, state, and federal sources and she has implemented more than 400 location-specific policy, systems, and environmental changes in Ohio and Kentucky.