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Your brand new connection to workplace wellness

Hamilton County offers a generous benefits package for all full-time regular employees. Union positions are governed by collective bargaining agreements which may include benefits different from those listed here. All collective bargaining agreement under the Board of County Commissioners can be accessed under the Policies & Procedures link.

2024 Benefits


Medical & Dental Benefits

Tuition Reimbursement Program

Hamilton County Commissioners approved a tuition benefit program for full-time employees' continued education to attract and retain top talent. Hamilton County has launched the tuition reimbursement program that pays up to $5,250 a year towards an associate, bachelor's, or master's degrees and extends countywide to all 4,300 employees including all elected offices, courts, and departments.

Any questions or completed applications for the Tuition Reimbursement Program may be forwarded to Ed Demeritt, HR Development Supervisor, at [email protected].

Educational Partnerships

The Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, Ohio, have approved new opportunities for eligible Hamilton County employees1 to engage in professional growth through educational partnerships with area colleges and universities. The table below summarizes the partnership with each institution and/or program. Please click the corresponding link to review a copy of the agreement for full details.

Institution Name, Location, and Website Partnership Offering Partnership Agreement To Whom Offering Applies Eligibility Verification Process
Butler Tech Fairfield Township, OH

10% tuition discount (programs offered in person only) n/a Eligible employees only Contact a member of the HR Development team for an Employment Verification form.
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Richmond, KY

20% tuition discount (online or in-person degree programs)

EKU CorpPartner (Flyer)
Fully-Executed MOU with Eastern Kentucky University_2023-01-12.pdf Eligible employees only Employee notes employment with Hamilton County when applying to EKU. Contact a member of the HR development team for an Employment Verification form.
University of Cincinnati (UC) Cincinnati, OH

10% tuition discount (online degree programs only)

UC U2B Employee Brochure - Compressed.pdf

U2B Student Info Handout - QR Code.pdf
Fully Executed - UC-Hamilton County agreement.pdf Eligible employees, employees’ spouses or legal partners, and employees’ unmarried children Instructions are provided in the “Verifying Your Employment” section on the UC website.
Western Governors University - Multiple locations

Eligibility to apply for WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, disbursed in increments of $625 per semester for up to 4 terms

WGU Overview 2023.pdf

WGU Trifold Overview.pdf
HCO-Western Governors University Collaborative Agreement 2022-10-28_fully executed.pdf Eligible employees only Completed during application process.
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH


Offering #1: 25% tuition discount for the Accelerated Degree Completion Program offered through the Adult and Professional Education at Xavier (APEX) program

Offering #2: 15% tuition discount for all Master’s degree programs

Offering #3: 15% discount on instruction fees for Xavier Leadership Center programs
Fully-Executed MOU for Accelerated Degree Completion Discount_2023-01-12.pdf

Fully-Executed MOU for Masters Degree Discount_2023-01-12.pdf

Fully-Executed MOU for Xavier Leadership Center Discount_2023-01-12.pdf
Eligible employees only Contact a member of the HR Development team for an Employment Verification form.

Note: In most cases, these educational partnerships cannot be combined with other discounts. If eligible, an employee may also participate in the Tuition Reimbursement Program by submitting an application as outlined in the Tuition Reimbursement Policy. Any discounts or scholarships received are deducted from eligible tuition reimbursement amounts.

Additional educational partnerships will be announced and added to this page as they become available.

If you have questions about educational partnerships, please contact HR Development Supervisor Ed Demeritt ([email protected]).

1 “Eligible Hamilton County employee” shall mean an individual subject to appointment, removal, promotion or reduction by a Hamilton County appointing authority.

Workplace Wellness Program

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the benefits of workplace wellness programs that support employee health and wellness; they have been shown to increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and on-the-job injuries, and improve the morale and quality of life for employees. Workplace wellness programs can also play an important role in containing healthcare costs for both the employee and the County.

The Purpose of Hamilton County's Workplace Wellness Program is:

  1. To empower employees to attain their best possible health.
  2. To aide in reducing preventable healthcare costs for both the employees and the County.
  3. Provide a supportive work environment that promotes the health and well-being of its employees.
  4. Commit resources to foster awareness about personal health and to build a supportive workplace environment that encourages and motivates employees to make the healthy choice and take healthy actions.
  5. To be a role model for other employers within Hamilton County.

Smoking Cessation Program

No Smoking Logo

Given the new restrictions on smoking, many smokers are trying to break the habit and lead healthier lives. To assist you in your efforts, Hamilton County is teaming up with local hospitals that offer smoking cessation classes, support groups, and various options and resources that may help you stop smoking. Good luck and good health!

Reminder to all Health Care Spending Account Participants...

If you are a participant in the County's Health Care Spending Account Program, you may submit your out-of-pocket medical expenses for patches or medication used for these programs to reimburse yourself. For your convenience, a link to a Chard-Snyder claim form   is here for your use.


Smoking Cessation Programs

UC Health/UC Cancer Institute Smoking Cessation Help 584-QUIT (584-7848)

In partnership with UC Health, the UC Cancer Institute offers a free pharmacist-assisted smoking cessation clinic

  • Free 12-week program with one-on-one coaching and access to smoking cessation medications
  • Appointments available on Mondays and Thursdays at the Barrett Center, 234 Goodman Street
Mercy Health Smoking Cessation Program (513) 624-1090

Smokers and their families may register for a free series of four (4) smoking cessation education classes

  • follows the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program
  • class size is limited to 15 for comfortable group interaction and discussion
Targeting Tobacco: The Christ Hospital  513-263-8699
  • A tobacco cessation wellness coaching program customized to target the triggers that send you back to tobacco use
  • Emphasizes use of nicotine replacement or pharmacological treatment with the use of a support group
Ohio Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)

Toll-free quit line has trained counselors available to discuss quitting challenges, answer questions and send information.

  • Monday-Thursday:
    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday:
    10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
American Lung Association: Free Programs
  • Freedom from Smoking On-line is a behavioral support program. Register at www.lung.org/  . Click on the FFS On-line Program link in the Quit Smoking Section.
  • Tobacco Quitline is available Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at
    1-866-QUIT-YES (784-8937).


Resources and Community Support Group Information

Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine (513) 791-5521
American Cancer Society (888) 227-6446
American Heart Association (513) 281-4048
American Lung Association (513) 751-3650
Children's Hospital Medical Center (513) 636-STOP (7867)
Fort Hamilton Hospital Center for Health and Wellness (513) 846-9355
GlaxoSmithKline Way 2 Quit (877) NO-ASHES (877-662-7437)
Great Start Quit Line (for pregnant women) (866) 66-START (866-667-8278)
Hamilton County Tobacco-Free Partnership (513) 946-7812
Kroger Pharmacies (513) 681-7455
Ohio's Tobacco Quit Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)


Other Links

American Cancer Society www.cancer.org  
American Heart Association www.heart.org  
American Lung Association www.lung.org/  

 (free cessation program)

Kentucky Cancer Program www.kcp.uky.edu/community/tobacco/  
National Cancer Institute Live Chat & Web www.smokefree.gov  
Northern Kentucky Health Department www.nkyhealth.org