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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- Healthy Choices About Substance Use
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.