Welcome to the Grantee Spotlight section of Interact for Health's website. Here we will periodically share the stories of grantees who are improving the health of people in the Cincinnati region.
More school-based health centers open in area schools
As another school year begins, Interact for Health is excited about the launch of new and renewed services at school-based health centers (SBHCs) in our region. Interact funded the planning and implementation of these SBHCs.
The Rothenberg Preparatory Academy SBHC in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood held its official grand opening Aug. 16. It had been open for a few weeks in May. At that time, the center saw about four children a day, according to Brook Gumm, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Crossroads Health Center, which operates the center. The Aug. 16 ceremony also marked the opening of Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Center for Better Health and Nutrition Clinic. The SBHC can refer four children each month to the clinic, which offers treatment for overweight and obese children involving the whole family, said Dr. Robert Siegel, the center's medical director.
The SBHC in Adams County has a new medical partner and a new name: Valley View Health Centers at the Manchester School Campus. The SBHC will provide medical, dental and vision care to students, school personnel, their families and the community. Superintendent Craig Hockenberry told a crowd of about 50 at the Aug. 22 reopening ceremony that the center had already received 700 consent forms from parents after being open only seven days.
"Nothing's more important than kids being in school." said Ron Ruddick, Ohio State Board of Education member. Health is "the rock that we build their future on."
Finally, the Mount Airy Elementary School SBHC opened Aug. 22. The Cincinnati Health Department operates the latest SBHC in Cincinnati Public Schools. Primary care and mental health services will be offered onsite to the school's nearly 600 students. SBHC clinicians also will perform vision screenings and refer students to the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School in Lower Price Hill if they need glasses. They will also provide dental screenings and refer students to the CincySmiles mobile dental van or health department dental clinics.
Since 1999 Interact for Health, working with a broad coalition of health, education and civic partners, has funded 30 SBHCs in nine school districts serving 28,000 students in Greater Cincinnati.
First up, the Northern Kentucky Regional Mental Health Court. A three-year grant awarded to the Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation created a regional mental health court to serve Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. It diverted mentally ill people from jail, improved their health and saved money. Read more here.
Shawnee Mental Health Center is the only provider offering a full array of mental health services in Ohio's rural Adams, Lawrence and Scioto counties. A three-year grant from the Health Foundation enabled Shawnee to offer physical healthcare services to its mental health clients. Because of the new services, participants’ health has improved, and fewer smoke or use the emergency room for physical healthcare. Shawnee’s success helped it win a four-year $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand its integrated care program. Read the full Grantee Spotlight here.
Our latest Grantee Spotlight highlights the work of Sojourner Recovery Services, a provider of drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in Hamilton, Ohio. Sojourner sought ways to help clients deal with anxiety and drug cravings in the first weeks of treatment that can cause patients to abandon treatment after only a few weeks. Seeking a way to retain more clients, Sojourner decided to add a nontraditional practice to its residential program: ear acupuncture. Clients reported fewer drug cravings and reduced anxiety and more clients completed the program. Read the full Grantee Spotlight here.
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Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.
Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.
8 in 10 Ohio adults say it’s easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood
A majority of Ohio adults (81%) agree that it is easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood. However, responses vary by income. Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio adults in households earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (87%) agree. That compares with fewer than 8 in 10 adults in households earning 200% FPG or less.
Half of Ohio young adults have used an e-cigarette
Nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (28 percent) reported having ever used an e-cigarette, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health. This is higher than in 2016 (19 percent) and about the same as in 2015 (24 percent).
Half of homes with children have guns
The most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found more than 4 in 10 (42%) of Ohio adults report keeping at least one firearm in or around their home. This number has increased from 2013, when 36% reported keeping a firearm.
Number drops to slightly less than half in Northern Kentucky
A majority (56%) of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a serious problem in the state, according to the most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll.
Nearly all support having a nurse in each school building.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (84%) strongly or somewhat favor schools taking a more active role in helping families get health care services for children. Healthy students are able to achieve more academic success than those facing challenges to their health.
More Kentucky adults have favorable opinion about ACA
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more Kentucky adults have a favorable opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (44%) than a negative opinion (33%). The percent of adults with a favorable opinion has been increasing since the poll first started tracking the ACA in 2010, when it became law. In 2010, 26% had a favorable opinion of the ACA.
One in 4 Kentucky adults concerned about losing their health insurance.
Rate of employer-sponsored health insurance declines; more Northern Kentucky adults lack insurance than in rest of state. The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found one in four (24%) of insured Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 are concerned about losing health coverage within the next year.
Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor tobacco-free schools.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 9 in 10 adults (87%) favor schools adopting tobacco-free campus policies in their communities. Support for tobacco-free school policies has been consistently strong -- favored by 85% of Kentucky adults in 2015 and 84% in 2013.
Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This support has held steady since 2015, the first time KHIP asked this question. Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky sponsored the poll.
Nearly half of young adults in Kentucky have tried an e-cigarette
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The rate is higher than national statistics, where just over 2 in 10 adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The highest reported use was among young adults in Kentucky, where nearly half said they had ever used an e-cigarette.
Most Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law
The 2017 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 71 percent of Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law. This remains the highest level of support since the poll began tracking this topic.
Half of Ohio adults say they favor needle exchange programs
Half of Ohio adults (50 percent) said they favor and about 4 in 10 Ohio adults (42 percent) said they oppose needle exchange programs, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP).
6 in 10 Ohio adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21
Six in 10 Ohio adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 according to the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is an increase from 2016. A majority of Democrats (67 percent) and Republicans (60 percent) favored increasing the purchase age to 21. OHIP also asked if Ohio adults support a tax increase of 65 cents per pack of cigarettes; half of Ohio adults (53 percent) were in support.
2 in 10 allow smoking in homes.
The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that 23 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area are current smokers. Although the rate has been steadily declining, our region is still higher than the nation, where 18 percent of adults were smokers in 2015.
Greater Cincinnati Health Watch
Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care.