Mental and Emotional Well-being
Why do some people thrive under pressure? It is not possible to avoid all stressors in life -- bad things can happen to anyone. A resilient person can cope and adapt under pressure. Interact for Health is exploring ways that people in our region can become more resilient.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Everybody gets sad sometimes, but what if that mood is the sign of a deeper mental health problem? In a one-day course, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to spot mental illness in family members and friends. It shares places to get help so people can support their loved ones. Interact for Health wants to see Mental Health First Aid be widespread in our area.
Mental Health First Aid communicates about mental health issues in a nonjudgmental way. That increases compassion and empathy for people with mental health problems. People who take the class experience better mental health themselves because they understand mental health better. As more people are educated, the stigma of mental illness in our culture will be reduced.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRISTATE offers classes regularly here in Greater Cincinnati. For more information and to find a class near you, click here. To stay up-to-date about the latest class offerings, like the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mhfatristate.
SCREENING IN PRIMARY CARE
For most people, healthcare starts in a doctor's office or outpatient clinic with a family doctor, pediatrician or nurse practitioner. This primary care provider also coordinates specialty care.
A routine part of primary care is to screen for various risks and illnesses. Interact for Health would like to see screening for trauma, substance abuse and mental illnesses join screening for high blood pressure, lipids and diabetes as the standard of good care.
A good screening approach for these problems is SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). With screening, providers can refer someone with a serious disease to good treatment. If the problem is minor, providers can help patients on the spot to prevent the problems from becoming worse. Primary care providers can use a simple and effective skill called Motivational Interviewing to help patients decide to make needed changes. By treating those who are ill, but untreated, and helping those who need to prevent a problem from getting worse, we can prevent a lot of needless suffering.
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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.