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8 in 10 Kentucky Adults Favor Mandatory Treatment Programs for Drug Possession Offenders

May 2, 2018

The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (82%) favor court-mandated treatment programs for first- and second-time drug offenders. That compares with fewer than 2 in 10 adults (15%) who oppose these programs. Support for mandatory treatment programs is consistent across political groups, with majorities of Kentucky Democrats, Independents and Republicans reporting favorable opinions about such programs.

Most Kentucky Adults Believe Addiction a Disease

April 25, 2018

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 as a result of heroin use, methamphetamine use, or prescription drug use, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.

Ohio, Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family

April 18, 2018

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

April 4, 2018

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

March 28, 2018

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).

Four in 10 Ohio adults keep firearms

March 21, 2018

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.

Most Kentucky Adults Say Childhood Obesity a Serious Problem

March 14, 2018

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.

Most Kentucky adults favor schools helping families get health care services for children

March 7, 2018

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

February 28, 2018

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

February 21, 2018

Rate of employer-sponsored health insurance declines; more Northern Kentucky adults lack insurance than in remainder 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

February 13, 2018

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

February 7, 2018

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

January 301, 2018

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

January 24, 2018

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

January 19, 2018

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).

7 in 10 Ohio adults report having usual place for care

January 11, 2018

Regular health care is important for good health. People with a usual and appropriate place for healthcare have better health outcomes and fewer health disparities than those who do not. According to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), seven in 10 Ohio adults (71 percent) reported having a usual and appropriate place for care.

6 in 10 Ohioans favor raising the minimum age to buy tobacco

January 4, 2018

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.

Number of Ohio uninsured adults remains stable; most say keep and improve Affordable Care Act

December 7, 2017

Fewer than 1 in 10 Ohio adults age 18-64 (8 percent) reported not having health insurance in the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is similar to the results in 2016. In 2017 OHIP asked, “What would you like to see the U.S. Congress do when it comes to the Affordable Care Act?” This was the first time this question was asked on the poll. More than 6 in 10 Ohio adults (62 percent) said they wanted to keep the Affordable Care Act and try to improve it. Three in 10 Ohio adults (31 percent) said they wanted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Walking most popular activity among region’s adults

November 29, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that walking is the favorite activity among area adults, and that 6 in 10 walk for at least 10 minutes every day. However, CHSS also found that 1 in 4 area adults sits eight or more hours each day, and that those with higher education levels were more likely to sit for longer periods. CHSS also explored the availability of sidewalks and shoulders for physical activity, finding that adults in rural areas said sidewalks and shoulders were less available.

Interact for Health is awarding funding to organizations in each of the 20-counties in the Greater Cincinnati region

October 10, 2017

Interact for Health announced today in honor of the local foundation’s 20th Anniversary, it is awarding funding to organizations in each of the 20-counties in the Greater Cincinnati region. Organizations will each the $20,000 grant to reduce tobacco use in low-income communities. The term tobacco use includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, vaping, hookah, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

Survey results: Most area adult rate own homes, neighborhood housing well

October 4, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey found that 8 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky rated the condition of housing in their neighborhood as good, very good or excellent, and that 9 in 10 rated the condition of their own homes well. Results varied by income, geography, race and health status.

Survey results: 2 in 10 area adults report being food insecurity; 6 in 10 in poverty report food insecurity

September 28, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey has found that more than 2 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky reported being food insecure, meaning that sometime in the past year they either worried about running out of food before they had money to buy more, or they actually ran out of food without having money to buy more. For adults in poverty, the number was even higher – with 6 in 10 saying that was the case. Results varied by race, age and geography as well.

4 in 10 Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky adults drink 7 or more sugary beverages weekly

September 13, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that 4 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky drink 7 or more sodas or sugary beverages every week – at least one per day. Results varied by geography, by income, by gender and by race. Rural adults reported drinking more sugary beverages than urban adults; those with lower incomes reported drinking more sugary beverages than those with higher incomes; men reported drinking more sugary beverages more women; and African American adults reported drinking more sugary beverages than White adults.

Kentucky Health Issues Poll summary: Most Northern Kentucky adults’ responses similar to state

September 7, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) wraps today regional reports. KHIP found that Northern Kentucky adults were similar to the rest of the state in many respects. However, there were a few key differences in Northern Kentucky as compared to the rest of the state. Adults in Northern Kentucky were less likely to have a firearm in their home. They were more likely to report easy access to healthy foods in their neighborhoods; rate the conditions of their neighborhood sidewalks and shoulders as excellent, very good or good; rate their neighborhood as a very safe place to walk, jog or bike; and to know someone who has experienced problems as a result of heroin use.

Perception, management of stress varies among region’s adults

August 31, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), sponsored by Interact for Health, found that 2 in 10 of the region’s adults reported high levels of stress, similar to the nation. Women reported higher stress levels than men. Adults in poor health and those with lower incomes also reported higher stress levels than those in better health and those with higher incomes. Most adults in the region (8 in 10) said they did a good job of managing their stress.

Survey results: 3 in 10 rate region as healthy; 4 in 10 rate their neighborhood as healthy

August 8, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey has found that about 3 in 10 of the region’s adults (32 percent) say that the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky area is a healthy place to live, about the same number as in 2017. More than 4 in 10 (44 percent) say that their own neighborhood is a healthy place to live. This is less than in 2013 (48 percent). Results varied by geography, by income and by race.

Majority of area adults say they feel supported by their community

August 1, 2017

The latest results from the 2017 Community Health Status Survey show the majority of adults in the region say that they feel supported in their community. However, results varied by income, race, education and geography. For example, African Americans were less likely than Whites to say they felt supported, and those with higher incomes reported having more support in their communities than those with lower incomes.

Chronic conditions more likely among adults with less income

July 25, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that the percentage of adults diagnosed with several chronic conditions has declined in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. However, it also found that for nearly all of these illnesses, those with lower incomes are more likely to suffer from these conditions. For example, 4 in 10 adults with incomes at 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines say they have been diagnosed with depression, compared to 2 in 10 adults in the region.

Fewer adults in region going without care due to cost; uninsured 3 times more likely to delay care

July 12, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that the percentage of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region going without health care because of cost has dropped significantly since 2013, from 15 percent to 8 percent. However, those who are uninsured, less healthy or who have low incomes are more likely to go without care.

Interact for Health Invites Grant Applications to End Tobacco Use

July 3, 2017

Interact for Health announced today in honor of the local foundation’s 20th Anniversary, it is seeking grant applications from each of the 20-counties in the Greater Cincinnati region. Organizations in each county will be awarded up to $20,000 to help advance Interact’s targeted goal of reducing use of tobacco in low-income communities. The term tobacco use includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, vaping, hookah, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

Few adults in our region eat recommended amount of fruits, vegetables

June 21, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that few adults in our region eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, but that most can purchase healthy foods in their neighborhoods. Though there has been some improvement since the last survey in 2013, still only 2 in 10 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and nearly twice as many don’t eat the recommended amounts of either fruits OR vegetables. Eight in 10 adults in the region say they can purchase healthy foods in their neighborhoods, but that varies by income, race and region.

Interact for Health refines its health promotion strategy

June 20, 2017

Interact for Health announced today it will focus its grantmaking and health policy work to eliminate key barriers to better health in the Greater Cincinnati region, according to Dr. O'dell Owens, president and CEO. For the next five years, Interact for Health will prioritize its efforts to address three core areas: 1) Reducing tobacco use in low-income communities; 2) Creating a regional infrastructure to turn the tide in the opioid epidemic, and 3) Continuing its leadership in providing access to healthcare through growth of school−based health centers serving the entire community.

Nearly 7 in 10 adults in region are overweight; of those, almost half are obese

June 14, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey has found that nearly 7 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are overweight (68 percent), and of those, nearly half are obese. Obesity varied by health status (adults in poor health are more likely to be obese); income (adults in poverty are more likely to be obese); age (adults ages 30-64 are the most likely group to be obese); and race (African Americans are more likely to be obese).

Percentage of smokers in region drops to 23 percent; still higher than nation

June 7, 2017

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. Smoking is also higher in certain demographic groups. For example, nearly half (46 percent) of adults with incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) are current smokers, compared to only 15 percent of people above 200 percent of FPG. CHSS also found that about 2 in 10 adults in the region allow others to smoke in their homes.

Most area adults report usual and appropriate place for health care, although number has dropped since 2013

May 31, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that the percentage of adults who have a usual and appropriate place for health care has declined since the 2013 survey, from 82 percent to 71 percent. This may be because many of the newly insured under the Affordable Care Act have not established a regular health care provider. Age and insurance status also play a role in who has an appropriate place for care. Those who are older and who have health insurance also are more likely to have a usual and appropriate place for care.

Greater Cincinnati region’s uninsured rate declines significantly in 2017; largest drop among low-income adults

May 24, 2017

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that between 2013 and 2017, the rate of adults without health insurance in Greater Cincinnati dropped from 19 percent to 10 percent. Our region is similar to the nation. CHSS also found that the biggest drop was among those under 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), from 37 percent to 8 percent.

Half of Greater Cincinnati adults report excellent or very good health; Income, education and age are factors in overall health

May 17, 2017

The first analysis of results from the 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that about 5 in 10 adults in the Greater Cincinnati region (49 percent) report excellent or very good health. Research has made a strong and powerful link between a person’s response to this question and their predicted length and quality of life. These results are slightly lower than they were when the survey was last done in 2013. The percentage of adults reporting excellent or very good health has remained about the same since 2002, both in the region and across the nation.

2 in 10 Kentucky adults know someone who uses heroin, meth; nearly 3 in 10 know someone who abuses prescription pain drugs

May 9, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults know someone with problems as a result of abusing prescription pain medicines, and 2 in 10 know someone with problems as a result of using heroin or methamphetamine. Results in Northern Kentucky were similar to statewide results with one notable exception – more than 1 in 3 adults in Northern Kentucky (37 percent) said they knew someone with problems from heroin use, compared to 17 percent statewide. Northern Kentucky had the highest percentage of any region in the state of adults who knew someone with a heroin problem.

Half of Kentucky adults know someone with serious problem with depression; Most are aware of support services

April 18, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 Kentucky adults (19 percent) report ever being told by a health provider that they have a form of depression. In Kentucky, as with the nation, fewer than half of adults with a mental illness receive mental health treatment or counseling. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that half of Kentucky adults say they know someone who has a serious problem with depression and 7 in 10 say they know where to find help for someone with a problem. Results in Northern Kentucky were similar to statewide results.

Survey results: Nearly 6 in 10 Ky. adults aware of needle exchange programs; about half favor them

April 11, 2017

This year for the first time, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll asked Kentucky adults if they were aware of needle exchange programs and what they thought of them. KHIP found that more than half of Kentucky adults (56 percent) were aware of needle exchanges and about half (49 percent) favored them. Among Northern Kentuckians, 46 percent favor and 50 percent oppose syringe exchange programs.

7 in 10 Kentucky adults support statewide smoke-free law

April 4, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults (71 percent) support a statewide smoke-free law, a 5 percent increase since 2015. Support for such a law has increased steadily since the question was first asked in 2011. Support for such a law is strong all across Kentucky and among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. In Northern Kentucky, 73 percent support a statewide smoke free law.

Survey results: More than half of Ky. adults report firearm in home; half of those are loaded

March 28, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more than half of Kentucky adults reported that there were firearms in or around their homes (an increase since the question was last asked in 2011), and about half of them were loaded. Northern Kentuckians reported the lowest number in the state, with 38 percent saying they had firearms around the home (compared to 55 percent statewide). Similar to the state, about half of Northern Kentucky adults reported loaded firearms. Of Kentucky households with children, 6 in 10 have firearms.

8 in 10 Kentucky adults report being physically active, neighborhood conditions vary for exercise

March 21, 2017

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), found that 8 in 10 Kentucky adults said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat physically active (49 percent). The results in Northern Kentucky were similar to statewide results. Responses varied by self-reported health status. Nine in 10 adults with excellent, very good or good health said they were very or somewhat physically active. This compared with only 5 in 10 adults in fair or poor health. Responses also varied by household income; 84 percent of adults earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) reported that they were very or somewhat physically active. This compared with 76 percent of adults earning 200% FPG or less.

Survey results: Fruits, vegetables easy to access, especially in Northern Ky., but cost an issue for some Kentuckians

March 1, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that most Kentucky adults say healthy fruits and vegetables are easy to access (80 percent), especially in Northern Kentucky (91 percent). However, only 58 percent of Kentucky adults say the cost of healthy foods is good, very good or excellent. (That number is 70 percent in Northern Kentucky). Most Kentuckians in fair or poor health (60 percent) say the cost of food is fair or poor.

2 in 10 Kentucky households cite cost as a barrier to medical care

February 22, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that, despite the fact that many more Kentuckians have obtained health insurance, 2 in 10 Kentucky adults still say cost has caused someone in their household to delay or forego medical care. Adult in poor health, with low incomes and lacking insurance are the most likely groups to delay medical care due to cost.

Uninsured rate for Kentucky adults at 12 percent; public insurance declines

February 15, 2017

Having health insurance is an important factor in being able to get needed health care. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that the rate of uninsured adults in Kentucky decreased by half between 2013 (25 percent) and 2014 (12 percent) as the Affordable Care Act went into effect. The percentage of uninsured adults has remained stable since then. In 2016, KHIP found that 12 percent of Kentucky adults were uninsured. Kentucky’s adult uninsured rate was similar to the nation’s.

Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum tobacco buying age to 21

February 7, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (58 percent) favored increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. However, only 5 in 10 Northern Kentucky adults (51 percent) were in favor of this change. A majority of adults from all political parties were in favor of the change as well.

Nearly 4 in 10 Kentucky young adults have tried an e-cigarette; opinions about safety vary

January 31, 2017

The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), asked Kentucky adults about their experiences with e-cigarettes and opinions about their safety. E-cigarettes use a battery and a heating element to deliver nicotine vapor to the user. KHIP found that e-cigarette use was much more common among adults age 45 and younger. Nearly 40 percent of young adults said they had tried an e-cigarette. This compares to only 2 in 10 adults age 46 to 64 and fewer than 1 in 10 age 65 and older. Overall, 25 percent of Kentucky adults had tried an e-cigarette. Three in 10 Kentucky adults said e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco cigarettes. About 2 in 10 said they were less safe. Almost half said there was no difference between the two.

2 in 10 Kentucky adults concerned about losing health insurance

January 18, 2017

The latest results from the 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 2 in 10 insured Kentucky adults reported being concerned about losing their health insurance coverage in the next year. KHIP also found that about an equal number of Kentucky adults reported a positive impact or a negative impact of the Affordable Care Act – 23 percent. Northern Kentucky adults, however, were less likely to say the law had a positive impact, 17 percent vs. 23 percent. Northern Kentucky adults were also less likely to report a positive opinion of the ACA than adults statewide – 34 percent of Northern Kentucky adults had a positive view of the law compared to 40 percent statewide.

Kentucky adults say cancer, obesity are most important health issues

January 10, 2017

Kentucky adults say cancer and heart disease are the top issues facing men and women, and that obesity is the top issue facing children. These results are from the 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Northern Kentucky results were mostly similar to the state, but 7 percent of Northern Kentucky adults said lack of vaccination/screenings is the top issue facing children in the state, compared to only 3 percent of adults statewide (and 3 percent or less in all other regions).

Half of Ohio adults provided unpaid care to older adult in past year

December 20, 2016

The 2016 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health, found that half of Ohio adults (51 percent) have provided unpaid help in the last year to an older relative or friend who was age 60 or older. The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio partnered with Interact for Health on this portion of the Poll. Men and women were equally likely to have provided unpaid help. But caregiving did vary by age and income. Ohioans ages 46 to 64 (61 percent) were more likely than Ohioans of other ages to report providing unpaid care. Higher income adults were more likely to provide unpaid care. Forty percent of adults earning 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or less provided unpaid care, compared to 58 percent of adults earning more than 138% FPL.

Adults cite drug use, insurance as Ohio's top health problems, about half say they are in excellent or very good health

Dec. 15, 2016

The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked Ohio adults what they thought were the top health problems facing the state. This was an open-ended question, so people could answer it any way they wanted. The most frequent answers were drug use (21 percent) and problems with health insurance (18 percent). Concerns about health insurance included cost, coverage gaps when insured, accessibility to all groups and general concerns about the Affordable Care Act. Ohio adults were also asked to rate their own health, and slightly under half (48 percent) said they had very good or excellent health, similar to 2015 results. Adults with higher income and more education reported better health than lower income adults and those with less education.

BUILD Health Challenge invites grant applications to advance community health

Dec. 8, 2016

Interact for Health announced today that it has joined the BUILD Health Challenge, a national awards program supporting Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local and Data-driven community health interventions in low-income urban neighborhoods. Founded by Advisory Board, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the BUILD Health Challenge strengthens partnerships between local nonprofit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and local health departments to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Most Ohio adults have used a farmers market in the past year

Dec. 6, 2016

The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that a majority of Ohio adults have used farmers markets in the past year. Those with more education and higher income were more likely to use a farmers market than those with less education and lower income. The amount spent in the most recent visit was $20 or less for the majority of those who used the markets.

2 in 10 Ohio adults go without medical care due to cost; 3 in 10 go without dental care due to cost

Nov. 29, 2016

The 2016 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that 2 in 10 Ohio adults (20 percent) reported that they went without medical care due to cost in the past year. OHIP also found that nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (26 percent) reported that they had gone without dental care due to cost. Results varied by income and education. OHIP also found that 6 in 10 Ohio adults (61 percent) reported that they had dental insurance in 2016.

Nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults know someone who has misused pain drug; 2 in 10 know someone who has used heroin

Nov. 15, 2016

According to the 2016 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (26 percent) have a family member or friend who has experienced problems as a result of misusing prescription pain relievers. This is similar to 2015, but higher than in 2014, when only 2 in 10 Ohio adults (18 percent) reported this. OHIP also found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23 percent) said they had a family member or friend who had experienced problems as a result of using heroin. OHIP asked adults who knew someone who had problems from misusing these drugs if they had any friends or family members who had overdosed. More than 4 in 10 of these Ohio adults (42 percent) knew someone who had overdosed due to misusing a pain drug. For heroin, that percentage was more than 6 in 10 (63 percent).

Survey results: Most Ohioans favor increasing age for tobacco purchase; 2 in 10 have used e-cigarettes

Nov. 1, 2016

The 2016 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that most Ohio adults favor increasing the minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21, and that most support the creation of outdoor smoke-free environments. OHIP also found that 2 in 10 Ohio adults have tried e-cigarettes. More than 1 in 5 Ohio adults (22 percent) reported that they are current smokers, higher than the nation (18 percent in 2014).

Survey results: Number of uninsured rises slightly; stability of insurance improves

Oct. 25, 2016

The 2016 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), funded by Interact for Health, has found that the number of uninsured adults in Ohio has slightly increased in the past year, from 7 percent to 11 percent, but that the stability of insurance coverage has improved. Young adults had the largest increase in uninsured numbers, from 8 percent to 22 percent. OHIP also found that most adults continue to be insured by their employer.

Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens Named President/CEO of Interact for Health

Sept. 15, 2016

The Board of Directors of Interact for Health announced today that it has named O’dell Moreno Owens, MD, MPH as its next President/CEO. He will succeed James E. Schwab, who will retire in October after more than five years leading the Tristate region’s largest health-focused foundation.

Northern Kentuckians more likely to report being healthy than rest of state

June 8, 2016

According to the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll, more Northern Kentucky respondents described their health status as “excellent” or “very good” than respondents in the state as a whole (54 percent versus 43 percent). About 1 in 3 said making a change to improve their health would be "very easy" or "easy," similar to statewide results.

Lower income adults in Greater Cincinnati face many health challenges

May 17, 2016

The 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that, across a large majority of health measures, adults with income at 100% of poverty or below fared worse than higher income groups – from self-rated health to hypertension to access to healthy foods and many others. They were equal to higher income groups on a few measures, but in no case were health status, outcomes or behaviors better among adults with less income.

Jim Schwab Announces Retirment

May 3, 2016

James E. Schwab, who has served as President/CEO of Interact for Health since 2011, announced today that he will retire at the end of 2016, following decades of service to the Greater Cincinnati community. He and his wife, Vivian, plan to dedicate more time to their family.

Heroin use, prescription drug misuse climbing in Ohio

April 14, 2016

The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found steep increases since 2014 in both the number of adults who said they knew someone with problems as a result of prescription drug misuse and those who knew someone with problems as a result of heroin use. The number rose from 18 percent to 29 percent for those who knew someone with problems from prescription drug misuse; and from 14 percent to 22 percent for those knowing someone with problems from heroin use. For the first time, OHIP also asked those who knew someone with problems if they knew someone who had overdosed. Four in 10 said they knew someone who had overdosed from prescription drugs; for heroin, that number was nearly 6 in 10.

Fewer Kentucky households delaying health care due to cost, but 2 in 10 still delay care

April 12, 2016

According to information released today by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in 2015, 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (20 percent) had delayed or gone without medical care in the previous year due to cost. This is about the same as in 2014 (22 percent). However, it is much lower than in 2009, when 32 percent of adults said yes. Information is from the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). In 2015, nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults (28 percent) reported having problems paying medical bills.

Most Ohioans willing to be friends, neighbors and work with those having mental health issues

April 6, 2016

Despite the prevalence of mental illness, stigma about it remains. In 2014, 18 percent of U.S. adults, or about 43 million people, had a mental illness. The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked Ohio adults several questions about mental health and mental illness. To better understand issues of language and stigma, OHIP asked the questions two ways: one group was asked questions about mental health problems; the other group was asked about mental health challenges. More than 9 in 10 adults agreed that they would be willing to continue a relationship with a friend who developed a mental health problem or challenge. Nearly 9 in 10 adults agreed that they would be willing to live near someone with a mental health problem or challenge. About 8 in 10 Ohio adults agreed that they would be willing to work with someone with a mental health problem or challenge. Nearly 7 in 10 adults agreed that they would be willing to live with a person with a mental health problem or challenge. For these questions, there was no difference between those asked about a mental health challenge or problem.

Support strong in Kentucky for 100 percent tobacco-free schools

March 15, 2016

According to the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (85 percent) favored schools in their communities adopting tobacco-free campus policies. This is similar to 2013 when KHIP found that 84 percent of Kentucky adults favored such a policy. Large majorities of Kentucky adults in all groups tracked by KHIP favored schools adopting tobacco-free campus policies. Majorities of current smokers, nonsmokers and former smokers favored such as policy, as did adults in all regions of Kentucky.

Increasing exercise and improving diet are greatest challenges for Ohioans to improve health

March 7, 2016

 In 2015, nearly half of Ohio adults (47 percent) reported that their health was excellent or very good. Ohio is in a tie for 31st out of 50 states in the percentage of adults reporting excellent or very good health. Results are from the 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll. When asked the most important thing they could do to improve their health status by one level, nearly 3 in 10 adults said they could increase exercise to improve their health and nearly 2 in 10 adults said they could improve diet to improve their health. They cited time and willpower most often as barriers to improving health. About 6 in 10 adults (61 percent) said the change would be difficult or very difficult.

Increasing exercise and improving diet are greatest challenges for Kentuckians to improve health

March 7, 2016

In 2015, 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (43 percent) reported that their health was excellent or very good. Kentucky ranks 46th out of 50 states in the percentage of adults reporting excellent or very good health. Results are from the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll. When asked the most important thing they could do to improve their health status by one level, nearly 3 in 10 adults said they could increase exercise to improve their health and nearly 2 in 10 adults said they could improve diet to improve their health. They cited time and willpower most often as barriers to improving health. Nearly 7 in 10 adults (65 percent) said the change would be difficult or very difficult.

Kentucky's uninsured rate at 13 percent; unstable insurance declines

March 1, 2016

Having health insurance is an important factor in being able to get needed health care. According to the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), only 13 percent of Kentucky adults lack health insurance. The rate of uninsured Kentucky adults dropped by half from 25 percent in 2013 to 12 percent in 2014 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect, and Medicaid was expanded in Kentucky. This was the second highest drop in uninsurance in the nation. The rate remained stable at 13 percent in 2015.

Nearly half of Ohio adults report excellent or very good health; adults with higher incomes report better health

February 12, 2016

The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that nearly half of Ohio adults (47 percent) report that they are in excellent or very good health. This has remained stable since 2008. As has been found in previous OHIP results, better self-reported health is strongly associated with higher incomes. In 2015, nearly 6 in 10 adults earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) reported excellent or very good health. This compares with only 35 percent of adults earning 200% FPL and below.

Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum age for tobacco purchases, divided on increasing cigarette tax

February 8, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (60 percent) support raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products to 21, but by a narrow margin oppose increasing the excise tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack (51 percent opposed; 45 percent favor). In Northern Kentucky, results are slightly different, with only 54 percent supporting raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products, and a more even split on support for an increase in the excise tax (47 percent favor; 49 percent oppose).

3 in 10 Ohio adults use trails weekly or more often

January 26, 2016

The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), funded by Interact for Health, asked Ohio adults how often in the past 12 months they had used off-street trails to exercise, and how often they had used off-street trails to travel to work or a store or to run errands. OHIP found that about 1 in 3 Ohio adults used trails weekly or more often for exercise or travel. OHIP also found that 6 in 10 Ohio adults never used trails for travel and 4 in 10 never used them for exercise.

More than 3 in 10 adults in Northern Kentucky report knowing someone with problems from heroin use, highest in state

January 19, 2016

According to the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll, adults in Northern Kentucky are nearly three times as likely as adults statewide to report that they know someone with problems from heroin use – 35 percent report this issue in Northern Kentucky compared to 13 percent statewide. One in four adults in Kentucky (25 percent) report knowing someone with problems from misuse of prescription pain relievers. In Northern Kentucky, that number is 3 in 10 (30 percent).

One in 10 Ohio adults report lack of or type of insurance as a barrier to finding a trusted health care provider

January 14, 2016

The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked Ohio adults about possible barriers they might have experienced when seeking a health care provider they could trust: lack of health insurance, type of health insurance, and race or ethnicity. About 1 out of 10 Ohio adults said that lack of or type of health insurance had prevented them from finding a trusted provider. African-American adults reported these barriers twice as frequently as White adults. Among all surveyed Ohio adults, fewer than 1 in 20 felt that their race or ethnicity had been a barrier to finding a trusted provider. There was no significant difference between the “yes” responses from African-American and White respondents. However, 7 percent of African-American adults replied “Don’t Know” to this question, compared with zero White respondents.

Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum wage to $10.10

January 12, 2016

According to the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults favor increasing the minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 per hour. KHIP is sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The current minimum wage in Kentucky for most workers is $7.25 per hour. This is about $15,000 per year for a full-time employee. In July of 2015, an executive order by State Governor Steve Beshear raised the minimum wage for state employees only to $10.10 per hour. However, this increase was repealed by an executive order from newly elected Governor Matt Bevin in December 2015. Support for a minimum wage increase was seen across Kentucky. At least 6 in 10 Kentucky adults in each region favored the change to the higher minimum wage.

Most Ohio adults support taxing, regulating e-cigarettes

January 7, 2016

The 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), funded by Interact for Health, asked Ohio adults about their experience with and opinions about the use, regulation and taxation of e-cigarettes. OHIP found that about 1 in 4 Ohio adults (24 percent) reported having ever used an e-cigarette, slightly more than the percentage of Ohio adults who reported being current smokers (19 percent). An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette, is a system that uses a battery and a heating element to deliver nicotine vapor to the user. Using such a device is widely known as “vaping.” More than 6 in 10 Ohio adults (62 percent) said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. This level of support was consistent among both adults who had used (57 percent) and never used (63 percent) e-cigarettes.

Most Kentucky adults favor a statewide smoke-free law

January 4, 2016

The 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that two-thirds of Kentucky adults (66 percent) support a statewide smoke-free law. Support for a smoke-free law in Kentucky has remained steady at nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults since 2013. In addition, a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents support such a law, as do majorities in all regions of the state.

Kentucky adults with favorable view of Affordable Care Act increase

December 10, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that the number of Kentuckians with a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act has been increasing, as has the number of Kentuckians who say that the law has had a positive impact on them. Four in 10 Kentucky adults (41 percent) report favorable views of the ACA; more than 4 in 10 adults (46 percent) report unfavorable views of the law. The percentage of respondents who view the law favorably has increased since 2010, while the percentage of respondents who view the law unfavorably is similar to 2010 results. In 2015, more than 2 in 10 adults (23 percent) report the law has had a positive effect on their family, compared to fewer than 1 in 10 adults (7 percent) in 2013. The percentage of adults (23 percent) who report that the law had a negative impact on their family has remained stable in recent years.

Interact for Health Welcomes New Board Member

December 4, 2015

Interact for Health has named Tom Williams to its Board of Directors. Mr. Williams is President and CEO of North American Properties, a national real estate development company, which he has led since 1986. Mr. Williams is also one of the principal owners of the Cincinnati Reds, where he also serves as Vice-Chairman.

Survey results: Butler County adults say Greater Cincinnati is healthy place to live; report fewer smokers

December 1, 2015

Results are now available for the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) report on Butler County adults. The CHSS found that Butler County adults were more likely than adults in the region to say their neighborhood was a healthy place to live, but less likely to have gotten a routine checkup in the past year. Butler County adults also reported a higher rate of diagnosed depression and binge drinking than adults in the region.

Interact for Health Partners with Xavier Athletics to 
Launch Healthy X Factor Contest

November 18, 2015

Good nutrition and plenty of exercise are the building blocks for strong growth, healthy development and lifelong wellbeing for children. Interact for Health, a regional foundation that invests in creating healthier communities, is partnering with Xavier Athletics to launch the “Healthy X Factor” contest. In an effort spur local kids to make healthier choices each and every day, kids who share their Healthy X Factor story will be entered to win either tickets to a Xavier basketball game, or the chance to attend a VIP Xavier basketball camp this spring.

Ohio parents say more school lunches should be made from scratch

November 5, 2015

Schools play a major role in feeding America’s children. In 2014, more than 1 million Ohio children participated in the National School Lunch program. Some schools serve fresh whole foods cooked from scratch as an alternative to processed or prepackaged foods. The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) asked Ohio adults with children living in their household about school lunches. A majority of Ohio parents (66 percent) said their oldest child’s school lunch is very nutritious or somewhat nutritious. However, about 7 in 10 Ohio parents (71 percent) said their child’s school should offer more lunch options made from scratch.

More Ohio adults attribute purchasing their own health insurance to health care reform; rate of employer sponsored insurance also rises

October 30, 2015

With the rate of insured Ohio adults at its lowest in many years, more say they are accessing health care through their employers or with the assistance of enrollment components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2015, about 6 in 10 working age Ohio adults (58 percent) received health insurance through their employer or a spouse’s employer. The percentage rose for the first time since 2011. It had been at about 5 in 10 adults from 2012 to 2014. Insurance through an employer is the most common source of coverage.

Kentucky adults think economy, education, jobs and health care should be state’s top priorities

October 27, 2015

The 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) asks Kentucky adults “How important is it to you that the next Governor and the Kentucky Legislature work on each of the following issues in the next year? About 9 in 10 Kentucky adults said it is extremely or very important for policymakers to work to improve Kentucky’s economy , to improve the quality of K-12 public education and to improve the job situation in the state. KHIP is conducted by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. More than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults said it is extremely or very important for policymakers to work to reduce the cost of health care and improve the health of Kentucky residents.

Interact for Health joins with YMCA to open Y’s to the entire community for free family-friendly activities in November and December

October 26, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is partnering with Interact for Health to provide a series of free health and wellness opportunities for all in the community. Funday Sundays will be held from noon until 6 p.m. at 13 YMCA locations in November and December 2015. During the initial Funday Sundays program in February and March, there were over 8,000 community visits to participating Y branches to enjoy indoor fitness opportunities.

African Americans in Greater Cincinnati less healthy than White adults, ratings for community support improve

October 22, 2015

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that only 4 in 10 African American adults in the region described their health as excellent or very good, compared to 5 in 10 White adults. In addition, more African American adults than White adults reported lack of insurance or type of insurance as barriers to finding a trusted health care provider. However, more African American adults reported having health insurance than in the previous survey and the ratings for community support also improved.

Rate of Ohio adults without health insurance is lowest ever

October 15, 2015

The first analysis of results from the 2015 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) shows that the rate of adults without health insurance has dropped significantly for the second year in a row, and is at the lowest measured by the poll since its inception in 2006. Only 7 percent of Ohio adults age 18-65 are without health insurance, compared to 17 percent just two years ago. The percentage of adults who said they got their insurance as a result of the new health care law has more than doubled since last year.

Latino adults in Greater Cincinnati less healthy; less likely to carry insurance than adults in region

Septempber 29th, 2015

The 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey’s (CHSS) analysis of health data from Latinos in our community found that only 4 in 10 Latino adults described their health as excellent or very good. This is less than among all adults in Greater Cincinnati, and is lower than the Greater Cincinnati Bold Goal of 70 percent. However, nearly 3 in 10 Latino adults ate the recommended daily amount of both fruits and vegetables, better than the 2 in 10 adults in the region who did this. This is likely related to the fact that nearly 9 in 10 Latino adults agreed that it was easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood, which is better than the 8 in 10 adults in the region who agreed.

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8 in 10 Adams County adults have health insurance and an appropriate source of care

September 11, 2015

According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), about 8 in 10 Adams County adults have health insurance and an appropriate source of care. To learn more about adults in Adams County, the CHSS conducted additional surveys there to get results about the health of Adams County adults. In Adams County, about 2 in 10 adults said someone in their household had not received a doctor’s care because they needed the money for food, clothing or to pay for housing.

Health of Avondale adults shows strong improvement in second comprehensive survey

July 23, 2015

Results from the second comprehensive health survey of Avondale adults has shown strong improvement in many measures. The 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey results showed that more Avondale adults reported having health insurance, fewer reported avoiding dental care, fewer were obese and more felt they could depend on their community than in the previous survey in 2010. Many initiatives and organizations came together in Avondale came together to bring about these results, including a focus on access to healthy foods, exercise programs, health clinics and others.

Interact for Health Spurs Tobacco-Free Environments in Tri-State

July 13, 2015

Interact for Health announced today it has awarded four grants totaling $180,000 to expand the number of tobacco-free environments in the Greater Cincinnati region. Tobacco-free environments, prohibit both smoke and smoke-free tobacco use.

Northern Kentucky adults say they are healthier than rest of state

June 25, 2015

Northern Kentucky residents feel better about their health than other Kentuckians, but also report a higher rate of knowing someone who has experienced problems because of heroin use. Results are from the 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll, which found that that more than half of Northern Kentucky adults described their health status as “excellent” or “very good.” This is significantly higher than the proportion for the state as a whole (41 percent). This Northern Kentucky report wraps up the 2014 KHIP results.

Interact for Health names new Board Members

June 22, 2015

Interact for Health has named Margaret Buchannan, Lynn Marmer, Molly Murphy and Brewster Rhoads to its Board of Directors. Departing the Board is Thomas Dewitt, MD who served on the board for nine years and served as Chair leading Interact for Health during its shift in strategy in 2013.

Nearly 8 in 10 Highland County adults said their neighborhood is healthy place to live; more than 8 in 10 say they can depend on others in community

June 11, 2015

The home and community in which a person lives can affect all aspects of health. For this reason, the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) conducted additional surveys in Highland County, Ohio, to learn more about its residents and their views on issues related to their health. Nearly 8 in 10 Highland County adults said their neighborhood was a healthy place to live. And nearly 9 in 10 Highland County adults rated the condition of their own house or apartment highly. However, only about 6 in 10 Highland County adults rated Greater Cincinnati as excellent, very good or good as a healthy place to live, lower than the overall results in the region. And fewer than 8 in 10 Highland County adults rated neighborhood housing highly, lower than among adults in the region.

Results available for first comprehensive health survey of Brown County adults

May 28, 2015

The community plays an important role in our health status. For this reason, the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) surveyed the residents of Brown County, Ohio, to learn more about their views on issues related to their health. The CHSS found that nearly 7 in 10 Brown County adults said the Greater Cincinnati region is excellent, very good or good as a healthy place to live. The CHSS also found that nearly 8 in 10 said their neighborhood was a healthy place to live. These results are similar to the percentage among adults in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Interact for Health restructures, announces new department leaders

May 21, 2015

Interact for Health has reorganized to better support its focus on health promotion work. Interact for Health will now have four core areas: Community Strategies, led by Anne Barnum; System Strategies, led by Kate Keller; Innovation and Learning, led by Jennifer Chubinski; and Operations, led by Patti Ruwe.

Community gains access to regular dental care in third in-school center

May 19, 2015

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and the Cincinnati Health Department Community members announced the opening of its third school based dental center. The Withrow High School Campus Dental Center is a collaborative effort between CPS, the Cincinnati Health Department, with Funding was provided by Interact for Health and Patterson Dental and many other generous community partners.

Twenty Local Nursing and Allied Health Students Receive Funding to Advance Careers; Distinguished Nurses Honored

May 12, 2015

InterAct for Change and Deaconess Associations Foundation, today announced they have awarded scholarships to fifteen local nursing students. Interact for Change also presented the Nursing Excellence Award to two nurses demonstrating outstanding contributions and Deaconess awarded additional scholarships to five allied health students.

Survey shows some health improvements for Price Hill adults

May 6, 2015

The second comprehensive health survey of Price Hill adults, conducted as an oversample of the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), has shown improvements in some areas. The CHSS oversample in Price Hill found that nearly 6 in 10 adults rated Greater Cincinnati excellent, very good or good as a healthy place to live, only slightly lower than the overall results in the region, where 7 in 10 adults thought the region was a healthy place to live. The CHSS also found that just less than 1 in 10 Price Hill adults had no usual source of care, down from 2 in 10 in 2010. About 8 in 10 Price Hill adults had gotten a routine checkup within the past 12 months, about the same as among adults in the region, and an improvement in Price Hill since 2010.

Second comprehensive health survey of Covington, Ky., adults finds improvement in many measures

April 16, 2015

Adults in Covington, Ky., are reporting better health, according to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS). The CHSS oversample in Covington found that about 7 in 10 Covington adults said that people could depend on each other in their community, an improvement over the 2010 results in Covington, when only 6 in 10 adults felt this way. The CHSS also found that about 8 in 10 Covington adults had gotten a routine checkup within the past 12 months, which is an improvement over the 7 in 10 adults who had done so in 2010.

YMCA, Interact for Health, Humana, and the Cincinnati Bengals Play60 program, invite all to free Healthy Kids Day® event at Parky’s Farm

April 10, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Interact for Health, Humana, and the Cincinnati Bengals Play60 program, invite all local children and their families to a free afternoon of fun at Parky’s Farm, located at 10073 Daly Road in Cincinnati, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Healthy Kids Day® will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering fun and creative healthy living activities for the whole family.

Half of Kentucky adults think higher insurance rates for smokers are justified

April 9, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that half of Kentucky adults think it would be justified to set higher insurance rates for people who smoke, while just under half (45 percent) think higher insurances rates for smokers would not be justified. Kentucky’s results are similar to the nation’s, where a majority of Americans, 58 percent, say that it would be justified to set higher health insurance rates for smokers. KHIP also found that only 3 in 10 Kentucky adults think higher insurance rates for those who are significantly overweight would be justified.

Age, poverty status influence Kentucky adults’ self-reported health; Northern Kentucky adults more likely to report good health

March 26, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) asks Kentucky adults “Would you say that, in general, your health is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?” Four in 10 Kentucky adults (41 percent) reported that their health, in general, was “excellent” or “very good.” Adults in Northern Kentucky were more likely than adults statewide to report excellent or very good health – more than half (52 percent) reported excellent or very good health. In 2014, more than 5 in 10 Kentucky adults living above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (55 percent) said their health was “excellent” or “very good.” Only 3 in 10 Kentucky adults living at or below 200% FPL (29 percent) said this.

Kentucky parents say more school lunches should be made from scratch

March 19, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that nearly 7 in 10 parents in Kentucky think that their oldest child’s school lunch is very or somewhat nutritious. In Northern Kentucky, that number is even higher – 8 in 10 parents aid that their oldest child’s school lunch was very nutritious or somewhat nutritious. KHIP also found that most Kentucky parents (about 7 in 10) think more school lunches should be made from scratch.

Interact for Health Leads Local Communities in Grassroots Efforts to Promote Health and Wellness

March 17, 2015

Interact for Health announced today it has awarded funding to three area communities to develop programs that will promote health in the Greater Cincinnati region. The grants are in addition to ongoing coaching and expertise Interact for Health provides through their community guidance model.

Kentucky adults evenly divided on opinion of soda tax, most favor soda health warning labels

March 12, 2015

Kentucky adults are nearly equally divided on the question of whether soda and other sugary drinks should be taxed to pay for school nutrition and physical activity programs. Fifty-one percent favored and 47 percent opposed taxing soda and other sugary drinks for this purpose. Nutrition labeling also can help reduce sugar consumption. KHIP asked what respondents thought about requiring health warning labels on soda and other sugary drinks. Seven in 10 Kentucky adults (71 percent) favored requiring this type of health warning label on soda and other sugary drinks.

Interact for Health Partners with Local Communities to Build Physical Activity Spaces

March 3, 2015

Interact for Health announced today it has awarded seven grants to area communities and organizations to plan, build or enhance trails, play and fitness areas in the Greater Cincinnati region. The projects will improve access to physical activity for many residents, resulting in overall better health in the community.

Nearly half of Northern Kentucky adults communicate electronically with their doctor; highest in state

February 26, 2015

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that nearly 5 in 10 Northern Kentucky adults reported having electronic communication with their doctor. This was much higher than the state overall, where less than 3 in 10 said they have communicated with their doctor electronically in the past year. KHIP also found that most Kentucky adults were confident they could find information about health care charges associated with certain procedures.

Article in Journal of Appalachian Studies features results from Kentucky Health Issues Poll

February 23rd, 2015

The Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Appalachian Studies includes an article highlighting data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The lead author is Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research, Interact for Health. Other authors are Sarah Walsh, formerly of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and Toby Sallee and Dr. Eric Rademacher, of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. The article is titled “Painkiller Misuse among Appalachians and in Appalachian Counties in Kentucky” and reviews the growing problem of misuse of prescription drugs in Kentucky, and the disparity between Appalachians, residents of Appalachian counties and the rest of Kentucky.

Two in 10 Kentucky households have forgone or put off health care due to cost

February 19th, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that two in 10 Kentucky households have delayed or skipped medical care because of cost, and that nearly three in 10 Northern Kentucky households have skipped or delayed care. KHIP also found that three in 10 adults had problems paying medical bills. Those in poverty were much more likely to skip or delay care, and to have problems paying medical bills.

7 in 10 Madisonville adults say they can depend on neighbors; 6 in 10 rate recreation facilities highly

February 17th, 2015

In the first ever comprehensive health survey of Madisonville adults, the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) found that about 7 in 10 Madisonville adults said people can depend on each other in their community, and about 7 in 10 agreed that people can get help from the community if they are in trouble. Six in 10 said that living in their community gives them a secure feeling. CHSS found that six in 10 adults in Madisonville rated the availability of recreation facilities in the neighborhood as good to excellent, lower than the Greater Cincinnati region. But nearly 9 in 10 agreed that there were more sidewalks available to allow for exercise, higher than the region.

Madisonville moves to get healthier

February 17th, 2015

The Madisonville community announces two new programs to help the community get healthier. Madisonville is partnering with Interact for Health and go vibrant to get people who live and work in the neighborhood up and walking or running. In 2013 the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC) created the neighborhood’s first 5K run/walk. It was a great hit and got even better in 2014. For 2015 MCURC has teamed up with Interact for Health to create a training program which will allow people to not only prepare for September’s 5K, but also will encourage people to stay fit and get in the habit of exercising all year round.

Employer-provided insurance rises in Kentucky, uninsured rate drops

February 12, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that 12 percent of working-age Kentucky adults lack health insurance, compared to 25 percent in 2013. This is the lowest percentage of uninsured adults ever measured by KHIP. Results in Northern Kentucky were similar; 15 percent of Northern Kentucky adults reported lacking health insurance. KHIP also found that half of Kentucky adults reported having insurance through their employer or their spouse’s employer. In Northern Kentucky, 61 percent of working age adults had insurance coverage through their employer or their spouse’s employer.

1 in 5 Kentucky adults know someone who has had problems as a result of misusing prescription pain relievers

Februarly 5, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that Northern Kentucky adults are nearly three times as likely to know someone who has had problems as a result of heroin use than adults across the state, the highest of any region in Kentucky. These results are similar to the 2013 KHIP. KHIP also found that 1 in 5 Kentucky adults know someone with problems as a results of misusing prescription pain relievers, with similar results in Northern Kentucky.

Understanding, support for Affordable Care Act grow in Kentucky

January 29, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has risen in the past year, and about 4 in 10 Kentucky adults support the ACA. A similar number oppose the law. About half of Kentucky adults say they understand the law. Though most Kentuckians say that the law has had no impact on them personally, about 2 in 10 say it has had a positive impact, and a similar number say the impact has been negative.

Half of Walnut Hills adults say their health is excellent or very good

January 27, 2015

The community plays an important role in health status. For this reason, the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) conducted an oversample in Walnut Hills to learn more about its residents and their views on issues related to their health. The CHSS found that 5 in 10 Walnut Hills adults described their health as excellent or very good, similar to the percentage reported overall in Greater Cincinnati. Six in 10 Walnut Hills adults said Walnut Hills was a healthy place to live.

YMCA and Interact for Health partner to open Y’s to entire community for free family-friendly physical activities

January 26, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is partnering with Interact for Health to provide a series of free health and wellness opportunities for all in the community this winter. Funday Sundays will be held from noon until 6 p.m. at 12 YMCA locations in February and March, then again in November and December.

Majority of Kentuckians support expanding domestic violence law

January 23, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (80 percent) favor changing Kentucky law to allow people to file a domestic violence protection order against a current or former dating partner with whom they have not lived or do not share a child. Majorities of both women and men favor this change. In all of Kentucky's regions, substantial majorities of adults favored changing Kentucky law to allow people to file a domestic violence protection order against a dating partner.

Majority of Kentuckians support expanding domestic violence law

January 22, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (80 percent) favor changing Kentucky law to allow people to file a domestic violence protection order against a current or former dating partner with whom they have not lived or do not share a child. Majorities of both women and men favor this change. In all of Kentucky's regions, substantial majorities of adults favored changing Kentucky law to allow people to file a domestic violence protection order against a dating partner.

Majority of Kentuckians support excise tax, FDA regulation for electronic cigarettes

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that more than half of Kentucky adults (53 percent) favor the Commonwealth of Kentucky placing an excise tax on the sale of e-cigarettes so that e-cigarettes are taxed at a rate similar to a pack of cigarettes. Kentucky currently places both a sales tax AND a $0.60 cent per pack excise tax on the sale of traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes are only subject to sales tax. Six in 10 Kentucky adults (61 percent) said the FDA should regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.

Area Schools Participate in Program to Offer Healthier Cafeteria Choices

January 12, 2015

Interact for Health announced today three school districts will participate in Cook for America®, a three-phase program that helps schools assess their current food program and develop plans to serve healthier meals within their current food system.

Majority of Kentuckians support smoke-free law; support strong in all political parties

January 5, 2015

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that support for a smoke-free law in Kentucky remains strong, with nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults (66 percent) favoring a state law in Kentucky that prohibits smoking in most public places. In Northern Kentucky, 63 percent of adults favor a smoke free law. A majority of adults in all political parties measured by the poll reported support for a smoke-free law, as did majorities in all geographic areas of Kentucky.

Large majority of Kentucky adults aware of state’s insurance exchange

December 29, 2014

The 2014 Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (77 percent) reported hearing something about kynect, the state's insurance exchange. Northern Kentucky adults were similar to the state – 76 percent reported hearing something about kynect. The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 respondents (27 percent) had heard a lot about kynect. In Northern Kentucky, more than 2 in 10 adults (23 percent) said they had heard a lot about kynect.

Interact for Health Funds Program to Connect Residents with Behavioral Health Needs to Help

November 19, 2014

Interact for Health announced today the launch of Tristate Mental Health First Aid, an initiative to educate residents how to identify, understand, and respond to individuals showing signs of a mental illness or substance use. The program is managed and operated by Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio.

Greater Cincinnati adults report fewer healthy days

October 28, 2014

The number of unhealthy days experienced by an average Greater Cincinnati adult in the past month has increased since 2010. In 2013, the average number of unhealthy days per adult was 8.4. This is up from 7.7 days in 2010 and 7.6 days in 2005. This compares with 6.2 days per adult nationwide in 2010. Those who are poor and uninsured report fewer healthy days than those with higher incomes and who have health insurance.

Ohio adults less informed than nation about Affordable Care Act

October 21, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that adults in Ohio continue to lag behind the nation when asked if they felt they had enough information about the health reform law to understand how it would affect them personally. OHIP found that 4 in 10 Ohio adults felt they DID have enough information, while 6 in 10 felt they did not. This has not changed significantly since the question was last asked in May 2012. The percentage of Ohio adults who feel they understand the law remains below the 6 in 10 adults in the nation (57 percent) who do.

8 in 10 give neighborhood homes positive ratings; 9 in 10 give their own home positive ratings

October 14, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey has found that most adults in Greater Cincinnati rated the condition of houses in their neighborhood highly, and of their own house even more so. However, it also found that African Americans, City of Cincinnati residents, those in poverty and those with less education gave lower rankings.

More than 1 in 4 adults in Butler County reported binge drinking; 1 in 20 adults in Butler County reported heavy drinking

October 7, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey has found that, for the most part, adults in Butler County are similar to adults throughout the region in their consumption of alcohol – about half of Butler County adults drink alcohol and about 1 in 20 are heavy drinkers. However, Butler County adults report a higher rate of binge drinking than Greater Cincinnati adults – 26 percent are binge drinkers compared to 20 percent across the region. This is also higher than the national rate of 17 percent.

Large majorities of area adults say community is supportive

September 30, 2014

In general, large majorities of Greater Cincinnati adults say that their community is supportive. While majorities of all groups say that their community is supportive, reported levels of support vary based on poverty status, race, education and geography. Whites are more likely than African Americans to report a supportive community. Adults living in the Indiana counties of our region are most likely to report having supportive communities; adults living in the City of Cincinnati are least likely to report this.

2 in 10 Butler County adults report mental health not good; 3 in 10 report diagnosis of depression

September 23, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey has found that, nearly 2 in 10 adults in Butler County (18 percent) reported that their mental health was not good for 14 or more of the past 30 days, similar to the total for Greater Cincinnati of 17 percent. Three in 10 Butler County adults (30 percent) reported being diagnosed with depression, higher than the region (23 percent) and the national results for 2012 (18 percent).

8 in 10 Ohio adults consider their neighborhood a healthy place to live

September 19, 2014

According to the 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), more than 7 in 10 adults said Ohio rated excellent, very good, or good as a healthy place to live. OHIP also asked Ohio adults “How would you rate your neighborhood as a healthy place to live?” These neighborhood assessments are slightly higher than the state assessments, with 8 in 10 adults rating their neighborhood as excellent, very good, or good. Among white adults, about 8 in 10 consider both the state overall and their own neighborhood a healthy place to live. African American adults are much less likely to give a positive assessment. About 5 in 10 African American adults consider their neighborhood a healthy place to live, and even fewer – just over 3 in 10 – consider Ohio a healthy place to live.

Poor, less educated, uninsured, more likely to report poor mental health

September 16, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that the percentage of adults reporting poor mental health is increasing in our region. CHSS looked at multiple measures for mental health, including how people thought about their mental health, diagnoses of depression and various feelings that denote mental health. CHSS also found that the percentage of adults reporting they had been diagnosed with depression is higher than the national rate, 23 percent in Greater Cincinnati compared to 18 percent nationally. Those in poverty, with less education and without health insurance were more likely to report poor mental health.

2 in 10 Ohio adults know someone who has had problems from misuse of prescription pain relievers

September 9, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that 2 in 10 Ohio adults have family members or friends who have experienced problems as a result of abusing prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine. This translates into over 1.6 million adults in Ohio. OHIP also found that more than 1 in 10 Ohio adults said that a friend or family member had problems as a result of using heroin, or over 1.2 million adults.

Article on Kentucky Health Issues Poll collaboration featured in Health Affairs

September 8, 2014

The September issue of Health Affairs, available today, will feature a GrantWatch article focusing on the long-standing collaboration between Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in sponsoring the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). KHIP is an annual opinion survey of Kentucky residents from across the state about ongoing concerns and timely policy issues that affect health in the commonwealth. Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. authors are representatives from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky & Interact for Health, and include Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research, Interact for Health. The article is entitled “For Two Regional Health Foundations, Returns From The Kentucky Health Issues Poll Are Worth The Investments.”

Half of Ohio adults report excellent or very good health; Income, education and age are factors in overall health

September 5, 2014

The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that half of Ohio adults report excellent or very good health. This number has remained stable since 2008. OHIP also has found that those in poverty, those who are less educated and those who are older are less likely to report good health that those with higher incomes, those with more education and those who are younger. These results are important because research has made a strong and powerful link between a person’s response to this question and predicted length and quality of life.

About 3 in 4 area adults report good oral health; those with poorer oral health likely to delay dental care

September 3, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that 3 in 4 adults in Greater Cincinnati report good oral health, but that adults who are in poverty and with less education are more likely to report poor oral health, and more likely to delay dental care. African Americans and White Appalachians are also more likely to report poor oral health.

Most Ohioans still receive health insurance from their employer; uninsured Ohioans at record low

August 29, 2014

Both in our region and nationally, the percentage of working-age adults receiving health insurance through their employer has been gradually decreasing over time. However, this remains the most common source of insurance coverage. According to the 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), in 2014, over half of Ohio working-age adults received health insurance through their employer or a spouse’s employer. This is similar to the 53 percent reporting employer-based coverage in the past two years. Results previously reported for OHIP found that the number of uninsured Ohio adults declined significantly in 2014 – to 11 percent from 17 percent in 2013.

Community Agencies Receive Grants to Fight Harmful Effects of Heroin

August 18, 2014

Four area agencies, The Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Talbert House and Transitions, Inc receive grants to implement programs that will reduce the harmful effects of the growing heroin epidemic in the Greater Cincinnati region.

New RFP addressing the opioid epidemic announced.

More than 7 in 10 adults in region report good availability of recreation facilities

August 14, 2014

More than 7 in 10 Greater Cincinnati adults report the availability of recreational facilities such as parks, pools and bike trails in their neighborhood as excellent, very good or good, but only 3 in 10 adults report visiting a recreational facility in their neighborhood at least once a week. The survey found that across nearly every category measured, when access to facilities was higher, usage of these facilities was higher as well.

Number of Ohio adults without health insurance is lowest since 2006

August 12, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that slightly more than 1 in 10 Ohio adults (11 percent) ages 18-65 lack health insurance. This is the lowest level of uninsured adults ever measured by the poll. In 2013, the percentage of uninsured Ohio adults was 17 percent, similar to what it had been since 2007. OHIP found that 1 in 10 Ohio adults (10 percent) who purchased insurance on their own said they had gotten health insurance as a result of the health care law.

Local School Districts Participate in Cook for America® Culinary Boot Camp;Erlanger-Elsemere, Norwood, and Milford School Districts

July 31, 2014

Food service staffs from Erlanger-Elsmere, Milford and Norwood will participate in a 5—day Cook for America® Lunch Teachers®Culinary Boot Camp covering all basic competencies necessary to prepare food service personnel to run professional, cooked-from-scratch school lunch operations.  Interact for Health announces new Cook for America Request for Applications.

Number of Greater Cincinnatians who have ever been told they have a chronic condition is on the rise; asthma, diabetes and cancer increase

July 29, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that, as in many other areas, education, poverty, age and race affect chronic conditions. For 8 out of 10 of the diseases surveyed by the CHSS, adults with less education and lower income were more likely to have been told by a doctor that they have these conditions. For 7 out of 10, the incidence increased with age. Results also showed that the incidence of asthma, diabetes and cancer are increasing in the region, while the number diagnosed with high cholesterol/high triglycerides has declined.

More than 1 in 7 area adults say they or family member went without care for financial reasons

July 22, 2014

According to the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, more than 1 out of 7 adults (15 percent) in Greater Cincinnati reported that they or someone in their household went without a doctor’s care in the past 12 months because the household needed the money to buy food or clothing, or to pay for housing. This number has remained relatively steady since 2010, after nearly tripling between 2005 and 2010.

Binge drinking in Greater Cincinnati slightly higher than nation, Most area adults think binge drinking is harmful

July 16, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that 20 percent of area adults report binge drinking in the 30 days before the survey, higher than the national rate of 17 percent. The survey also found that most area adults think binge drinking is harmful. Just over half of adults had at least one alcoholic drink in the 30 days before the survey and about 6 percent reported heavy drinking in the past month. The rates of drinking and heavy drinking are similar to the nation.

Northern Kentuckians more likely to report ease of purchasing healthy foods, safety of neighborhoods for exercising

July 10, 2014

Analysis of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) is now complete, and regional reports have been issues. Northern Kentuckians are similar in their responses to adults throughout the state, but there are some key differences. They are more likely to report the ease of purchasing healthy foods in their neighborhoods and the safety of their neighborhoods for exercising. They are less likely to know about kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance marketplace.

Fewer than 2 in 10 adults in region eat recommended amounts of fruits and veggies

July 1, 2014

According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), fewer than 2 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and nearly half of Greater Cincinnati adults don’t meet the nutrition requirement for either fruits or vegetables. The survey also found that access to healthy foods is not evenly distributed – access differs by geography, income and race.

3 in 10 think region is healthy place to live; half rate neighborhood healthy

June 26, 2014

The latest analysis of data from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that only about 3 in 10 adults in our region think that the region is a healthy place to live, but about half rate their own neighborhood as healthy. Responses vary across the region, with residents of Hamilton County suburbs most likely to rate the region as healthy and residents of southeast Indiana and rural Kentucky as least likely to say the region is a healthy place to live. Race, poverty and education also play a role in how adults rate the health of the region and their neighborhood.

Funding for Screening in Primary Care Facilities Across the Tri-State

June 24, 2014

Interact for Health announced today it has awarded nine grants totaling more than $400,000 to regional healthcare providers to identify mental health issues and substance abuse problems with an ulitmate foal of connecting patients to the care they need. 

Poor, minorities more likely to report barriers to finding trusted health care provider

June 17, 2014

The Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey has found that race and ethnicity as well as lack or type of insurance are seen as a barrier to finding a trusted health care provider in our region, and that’s especially true of the poor and minorities. Those in poverty are much more likely to report race and ethnicity as a barrier to finding a trusted provider, and to report lack of or type of insurance as a barrier, than those with higher incomes. African-Americans are also more likely to report these same barriers to finding a trusted provider.

Greater Cincinnati smoking rate declines, but still higher than nation’s

June 10, 2014

According to data from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), the smoking rate in Greater Cincinnati continues to be above the national average of 20 percent. In 2013, 25 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati region were current smokers. The smoking rate in Greater Cincinnati has been steadily decreasing, down from 35 percent in 1999. However, the smoking rate is still double that of the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12 percent.

Most Greater Cincinnati adults have a usual and appropriate place for health care

June 3, 2014

Results from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) show that about 8 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati (82 percent) report having a usual and appropriate place for health care. An appropriate place for health care is a place where the patient's health history is known to the provider, allowing for regular and preventive care. This result is an increase from recent years, but is still well below the community's Bold Goal of 95 percent.

Poor, less educated, young and those in fair or poor health least likely to have health insurance coverage

May 27, 2014

According to the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), just under 2 in 10 Greater Cincinnati adults (19 percent) reported being currently uninsured in 2013. This places the Greater Cincinnati region just below the national rate of 21 percent. The rate of uninsured adults in Greater Cincinnati has remained stable since 2010.

Greater Cincinnati adults more obese than the nation; race influences obesity

May 20, 2014

According to the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey, 65 percent of Greater Cincinnati adults are overweight or obese, compared with 63 percent in the nation. More than 3 in 10 adults (33 percent) in Greater Cincinnati were obese in 2013, compared to less than 3 in 10 (28 percent) in the nation in 2012. Obesity in our region has grown over the past several years. African Americans have higher overweight and obesity rates than Whites. Nearly 8 in 10 African Americans are overweight or obese compared to 6 in 10 Whites.

Half of Greater Cincinnati adults report excellent or very good health

May 13, 2014

The first analysis of results from the Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that about 5 in 10 adults in Greater Cincinnati (52 percent) report excellent or very good health. People in poverty are less likely to report excellent or very good health. Adults with at least a college degree are more than twice as likely as adults who did not finish high school to report excellent or very good health.

InterAct for Change and Deaconess Associations Foundation Award Scholarships; Recognize Nursing Excellence

April 30, 2014

InterAct for Change, a leader in innovative philanthropic solutions, along with Deaconess Associations Foundation, today announced they have awarded scholarships to fourteen local nursing students. InterAct for Change also presented the Nursing Excellence Award to two nurses demonstrating outstanding contributions.

Kentuckians support children’s health policies in schools

April 16, 2014

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that Kentucky adults support children’s health policies in schools. A large majority favored adopting of a tobacco-free campus (84 percent), adopting United States Department of Agriculture nutrition standards (78 percent) and requiring schools to provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day for students (97 percent).

Most Kentucky adults get drinking water from the tap; nearly 1 in 10 report not drinking water daily

April 8, 2014

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that nearly 1 in 10 Kentucky adults report drinking no water each day. About 3 in 10 Kentucky adults report drinking 1 to 3 cups each day, and more than 3 in 10 report drinking 4 to 7 cups each day. The remaining 2 in 10 respondents drink 8 or more cups per day. About 5 in 10 adults say they drink tap water most often, and 4 in 10 say they drink bottled water most often. Only 4 percent of adults report getting drinking water mainly from a well.

Most Kentucky adults have had dental visit in past year; those in poverty less likely to have visited dentist

Mar 27th, 2014

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (64 percent) reported visiting a dentist or dental clinic within the past year. However, almost 1 in 6 had not visited a dentist or dental clinic in five or more years. Only 5 in 10 adults with incomes at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level reported seeing a dentist in the past year, compared with 8 in 10 adults with incomes above 200% FPL.

Tri-State Counties Fare Poorly in National Health Rankings

March 26, 2014

A county-by-county look at health and health determinants indicates that in Ohio, Warren County is the healthiest county in the Greater Cincinnati region while Adams County is the least healthy. In Kentucky, Boone County ranks among the healthiest and Gallatin County among the least healthy. The fifth annual County Health Rankings was released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

Neighborhood conditions for physical activity vary widely

March 13, 2014

According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 5 in 10 Kentucky adults rate their neighborhood as an excellent or very good place to walk, jog or bike. Fewer than 3 in10 Kentucky adults rate the condition of sidewalks/shoulders where they live as excellent or very good. However, responses varied by region. Northern Kentucky adults are the most likely to report having excellent or very good sidewalks/shoulders (47 percent) while adults in Eastern Kentucky are the least likely to report excellent or very good sidewalks/shoulders (12 percent).

Interact for Health and ArtsWave Launch New Series to Promote Active Living

February 28, 2014

Interact for Health and ArtsWave provided more than $300,000 in funding to 21 local organizations to plan new, recurring active living events for large groups of people. Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into everyday routines, resulting in healthy lifestyles. Join the Fun organizations represent a variety of locations and types of events across the Greater Cincinnati region.

Only 2 in 10 Kentuckians eat enough fruits and vegetables; cost may be an issue

February 20, 2014

According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, only 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (39 percent) say they have an excellent or very good diet, and only 2 in 10 eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Half of Kentucky adults say the cost of fruits and vegetables where they typically shop is fair or poor, while only 19 percent say the cost is excellent or very good.

1 in 4 Ky. adults know someone who has had problems from misuse of prescription pain relievers

February 6th, 2014

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that more than 1 in 4 Kentucky adults (27 percent) reported having family members or friends who have experienced problems as a result of abusing prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine. This is down from previous years. This year, for the first time, KHIP also asked questions about use of two illegal drugs – heroin and methamphetamine. In Northern Kentucky, the percentage of people who know someone who has had problems as a result of heroin use is more than triple the percentage of other regions in the state – 3 in 10 compared to less than 1 in 10 in other regions.

6 in 10 Ky. adults don’t have enough information about Affordable Care Act

January 30, 2014

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has found that almost 6 in 10 Kentucky adults reported not having enough information to know whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would impact them personally. Three in 10 Kentucky Adults reported favorable views of the ACA; 5 in 10 reported unfavorable views. Almost 7 in 10 Kentucky adults reported that the health care reform law had no impact on themselves and their families.

Lorraine Kawecki promoted to director of education at Interact for Health

January 27, 2014

Lorraine Kawecki, MBA, has been promoted to director of education at Interact for Health. Kawecki, who joined Interact for Health in 2008, manages the organization’s capacity building workshops as well as the nursing scholarship program at Interact for Change.

Gallery Salveo Exhibition “Common Surprise” Celebrates Diversity of Local African-American Artists

January 24, 2014

In recognition of Black History Month, the latest exhibition at Gallery Salveo is “Common Surprise: Celebrating the Diversity of Black Artists in Cincinnati.” The exhibition features work by Antonio Adams, Monique Brent, Cedric Michael Cox, Vince Gray, Jimi Jones, Marc Lambert and Nancy Williams. A reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Large majority of Kentucky adults support Medicaid expansion, aware of insurance exchange

January 24, 2014

The 2013 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults favor Kentucky's decision to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people. KHIP also found that nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults reported hearing something about kynect, the state's insurance exchange.

Interact for Health Funds Healthy Eating Program in Cincinnati-area Schools

January 17, 2014

Interact for Health, a catalyst for health and wellness, announced today it has invited three school districts to participate in Cook for America®, a three-phase program that helps schools assess their current food program and develop plans to serve healthier meals within their current food system.

4 in 10 working-age Kentucky adults have health insurance from employer

January 13, 2014

The 2013 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that more than 4 in 10 adults age 18-64 (44 percent) are insured through their employer or their spouse’s employer. KHIP also found that 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (20 percent) report having some type of public insurance and that more than 2 in 10 (25 percent) have no health insurance. In addition to the more than 2 in 10 Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 that are currently uninsured, an additional 1 in 10 (8 percent) lacked health insurance at some point in the past year.

Interact for Health Releases the Thriving Communities Request for Proposals

January 10, 2014

Interact for Health will use its Empowering Communities Strategy to help organizations transform their neighborhood to support well-being and make healthy choices easy and affordable. Empowering Communities will use the National Prevention Strategy, which offers the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being, as its guide. Interact for Health's Empowering Communities also will offer technical assistance to help organizations successfully implement activities in their communities. Interested communities may apply for one of the three Thriving Community grants that will help communities address one of Interact for Health's four health promotion priorities: Healthy Eating, Active Living, Mental and Emotional Well-being, Healthy Choices About Substance Use

Jaime Love joins Interact for Health

January 7, 2013

Jaime Love has joined Interact for Health in the newly created position of program officer, healthy eating and active living. This position reflects the organization’s new focus on health promotion. Love was a health educator with Hamilton County Public Health for over 10 years. She focused on chronic disease prevention, working on the WeTHRIVE! Initiative. She holds a Master of Education degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Fitness from Central Michigan University.

Support for smoke-free law in Kentucky continues to grow; 7 in 10 favor a ban

January 2, 2014

According to the 2013 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), nearly 7 in 10 Kentucky adults (65 percent) favor a statewide smoke-free law, while fewer than 3 in 10 (29 percent) oppose such a law. Support for a law has consistently increased since the Kentucky Health Issues Poll first started asking the question in 2010. Northern Kentuckians are similar to the Commonwealth in support for a smoke free law. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have comprehensive smoke-free laws; Kentucky does not.

Only 3 in 10 Ohio adults eat enough fruits and vegetables; cost may be an issue

November 11, 2013

A healthy diet including fruits and vegetables is important for good health. According to the 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), only about 3 in 10 Ohio adults (29 percent) eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily. Cost may be a factor in this statistic. Many Ohio adults (41 percent) rate the cost of fruits and vegetables where they typically shop as fair or poor. This is in contrast to the less than 3 in 10 adults (26 percent) who rate the cost of fruits and vegetables as excellent or very good.

Eight in 10 Ohio adults report being physically active; majority thinks increasing physical activity would improve health

October 22, 2013

Being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. According to the 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), 8 in 10 Ohio adults report being very or somewhat physically active. Neighborhood conditions, such as access to shoulders or sidewalks and perceived safety, influence the physical activity levels of residents. says Jennifer Chubinski, Director of Community Research, Interact for Health. Overall, 6 in 10 Ohio adults (62 percent) rate their neighborhood as an excellent or very good place to walk, jog or bike.

More than one in three Ohio adults report having guns at home; most believe mental health screening/treatment would reduce gun violence

October 15, 2013

According to the 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), more than one in three Ohio adults reported having guns in or around their homes, equating to about 3.2 million adults with guns at home. OHIP also found that nearly 600,000 Ohio adults live in homes where guns are loaded and unlocked. The vast majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent. However, nearly eight in ten Ohio adults think better mental health screening and treatment would help prevent gun violence. Ohioans are evenly split on whether enacting new laws to reduce gun violence or protecting the right to own guns is a higher priority.

Many lack access to dental care in Ohio; 4 in 10 lack dental insurance

September 25, 2013

According to the 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), nearly 4 in 10 Ohio adults reported having no dental insurance. Having dental insurance is an important factor in being able to get oral health care. Adults without health insurance, those living in poverty and those older than age 65 were more likely to report not having dental insurance. Of those who lack dental insurance, nearly half have not been to a dentist in the past year.

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati is now Interact for Health

August 20, 2013

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati announced today it has changed its name to Interact
for Health. Interact for Health remains dedicated to its mission of being a catalyst for Greater Cincinnati to be the healthiest region in the country; the new name embodies its shift to a health promotion strategy.

Ohio adults with higher incomes report better health; health status of adults in poverty declines

Aug. 13, 2013

Since 2006, the Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has tracked the health status of Ohio adults. In Ohio and in similar national surveys, adults with higher incomes consistently report being in better health. In 2013, 6 in 10 Ohio adults (59 percent) above 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) report “excellent or “very good" health, compared to less than 3 in 10 adults (26 percent) below 100 percent FPL. The 2013 OHIP also found that less than 3 in 10 adults (26 percent) living below 100 percent FPL reported having “excellent or “very good" health. This is down from a high of nearly 4 in 10 adults (36 percent) in 2012 and is more in more line with the results from the mid-2000s.

More than 1.25 million Ohio adults lack health insurance; 5 in 10 working age adults get insurance from employer, a downward trend

July 22, 2013

The 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found that nearly 2 in 10 of Ohio adults (17 percent) ages 18-65 lack health insurance. OHIP also found that since 2006, the percentage of Ohio adults getting their insurance from an employer has steadily declined to from more than 6 in 10 (64 percent) in 2006 to 5 in 10 (52 percent) in 2013. Currently 2 in 10 working age Ohio adults (20 percent) are covered by public insurance from Medicaid, Medicare, veteran benefits or a combination of the three, up from 1 in 10 adults (12 percent) in 2006.

Health Foundation and Deaconess Associations Foundation partner to provide dental services for west side students

July 10, 2013

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and The Deaconess Associations Foundation have provided funding to construct a dental center as part of the new Deaconess Health Check School Based Health Center at Western Hills University High School/Dater High School. The four-chair dental center is currently being constructed as part of a comprehensive school-based health center and is expected to open in January 2014. The center will provide year-round dental services to students and nearby Head Start toddlers. The center is expected to serve 2,000 children and teens annually.

Health Foundation promotes Kate Keller to vice president, Daniel Geeding and Patricia O'Connor to executive vice president

June 25, 2013

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has promoted Kate Keller to the newly created role of vice president, policy and external relations. Keller previously was senior program officer, school-aged children’s healthcare. Daniel W. Geeding Ph.D., CPA, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Patricia O’Connor, Ph.D., has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Health Foundation elects new board chair, four new board members

June 21, 2013

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has elected Thomas J. Klinedinst, Jr., as chair of the board of directors and has elected four new board members: Sarah Giolando, Diane Jordan-Grizzard, Jeanne-Marie Tapke and Woodrow “Woody" Uible. The Health Foundation also recognized outgoing board chair Thomas DeWitt, M.D.; and retiring board members Eileen Cooper-Reed, who is a former board chair; Constance Cooper; and Ardith Davis. The board also marked the passing of Rev. Clarence S. Wallace who joined the board in 2012, and died on Dec. 16, 2012.

Thousands benefit from Health Foundation-funded criminal justice initiative

June 18, 2013

Multiple studies show that people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders are over-represented in the criminal justice system. This led The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati to fund a 9-year initiative to address this issue in our region. An independent study was recently completed showing that the initiative has been very successful throughout the region - serving nearly 9,0000 people and generating estimated savings of $16.4 million.

Clear majority of Ohioans support Medicaid expansion

June 14, 2013

The 2013 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found that more than 6 in 10 Ohio adults (63 percent) support Medicaid expansion in the state. Ohio’s governor supports the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, and the state legislature is currently considering options for expansion. OHIP, funded by The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati asked, “Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose expanding Medicaid to provide health insurance to more low-income uninsured adults"? The majority of Ohio adults, crossing all Ohio demographic groups and geographies tracked by OHIP, favored expansion. A majority of registered voters in Ohio favored expansion as well.

Northern Kentuckians more likely to consider health care costs a burden; less likely to have visited a dentist in the past year

June 14, 2013

The 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll found regional differences throughout the state. In many ways, Northern Kentucky is comparable to the state, but there are some key differences. More than 6 in 10 Northern Kentucky adults reported that some aspect of their health care costs was a financial burden, slightly more than adults statewide. In addition, the majority of Kentucky adults reported that they or another family member living in their household have put off some form of health care because of the cost in the last 12 months. Fewer than 6 in 10 Northern Kentucky adults have visited a dentist in the past year, less than the state and much less than the nation.

Kentuckians split on whether legislators or voters should decide whether marijuana is legal for medical use

May 13, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than 4 in 10 adults support lawmakers making the decision of whether or not marijuana is legal for medical purposes in Kentucky. About the same number say voters should decide. The Food & Drug Administration lists marijuana in the most restricted category of the Controlled Substance Act, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and is not safe for use, even under medical supervision.

Half of Kentuckians lack dental insurance, 4 in 10 skip dental care because of cost

April 23, 2013

According to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than half of Kentucky adults reported having no dental insurance. The Health Foundation estimates that 1.7 million Kentucky adults lack dental insurance. That’s more than 10 times the number of people who attended the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Nearly 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (37 percent) reported that someone in their household skipped dental care or check-ups in the last 12 months because of the cost.

Health Foundation plans transition to health promotion strategy

April 22, 2013

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati is planning a shift in strategy to promote health, moving from its current focus on access to care. The Affordable Care Act will provide access to health care for tens of thousands in our community who previously lacked those services. For this reason, the Health Foundation is transforming its direction to promote healthy lifestyles and to be a catalyst sparking measureable improvement in the community’s health. The Health Foundation is scheduling six public forums throughout the region over the next few weeks to introduce its new strategy and obtain feedback from the community.

Health costs are burden for many Kentuckians, especially the poor

April 9, 2013

The latest analysis of results from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that health care costs are a significant burden for many Kentuckians; 6 in 10 report that health care costs are a burden and of those, 4 in 10 report that health care costs make it hard to pay for things that they need. More than 6 in 10 Kentuckians report that they put off some form of health care because of costs. Respondents with incomes at or near the federal poverty level were significantly more likely to report that health care costs were a burden, and were much more likely to go without care because of cost.

Most Kentuckians concerned about air quality

March 26, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than half of Kentucky adults (51 percent) said they were very or somewhat concerned about the quality of air in their community. Women (56 percent) were more likely than men (46 percent) to be concerned about air quality. However, nearly half said they were not at all concerned and nearly half do not change their activities at all when an alert is issued.

Most Kentuckians don’t know drug poisoning is leading cause of unintentional deaths

March 19, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than 4 in 10 adults correctly said unintentional drug poisonings were the leading cause of unintentional death in Kentucky. However, more than half incorrectly said traffic accidents, firearms or falls were the leading cause. In 2010, 857 Kentuckians died from unintentional drug poisonings, more than 16 per week, according to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. This significant increase from 205 deaths in 2000 was driven largely by prescription drug overdoses.

4 in 10 Kentuckians have never been tested for HIV

March 12, 2013

Approximately 4,500 Kentuckians are living with HIV infection. However, it is estimated that nationwide 1 in 5 people who are HIV positive do not know they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine HIV screening for all patients ages 13-64. To learn how Kentucky providers are adopting the CDC recommendations, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) included questions about HIV screening. Four in 10 Kentucky adults (40 percent) report they have never been tested for HIV.

Kentuckians with higher incomes report better health; more Kentucky adults living in poverty

February 26, 2013

Having health insurance is an important factor in being able to get needed health care. Since the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) began, people with higher incomes have consistently reported better health status. Nearly 6 in 10 Kentuckians living above 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) reported being in “excellent" or “very good" health since 2008. This compares with about 2 in 10 Kentuckians living below 100% FPL and about 3 in 10 living between 100% and 200% FPL. Kentucky is not alone. In similar national surveys, adults with higher incomes also report being in better health.

Kentuckians are comfortable receiving care from diverse health care practitioners

February 21, 2013

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) asked respondents about their comfort level with health care providers like nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and advanced dental hygiene practitioners (ADHPs). Often known as “midlevel" clinicians, these practitioners have been shown to improve access to care for rural and underserved people while limiting costs. KHIP found that 8 in 10 Kentucky adults are somewhat or very comfortable with receiving care from nurse practitioners (80 percent) or physician assistants (81 percent) and that more than 7 in 10 (74 percent) would be comfortable with receiving care from ADHPs.

Many Kentucky adults uninsured for at least part of 2012

February 12, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky working age adults are uninsured, similar to previous surveys. In general, as age, education level and income increased, the percentage of Kentuckians who were uninsured decreased. In 2008, more than 5 in 10 Kentucky adults got health insurance from their employer or their spouse’s employer. In 2012, fewer than 4 in 10 Kentucky adults got health insurance from an employer. More working-age adults are receiving public insurance. Currently, nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults ages 18-64 are covered by some form of public insurance. That’s more than twice the percentage of adults ages 18-64 who were covered by public insurance in 2008.

Kentuckians see next generation as worse off economically, less healthy

January 23, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), most Kentuckians appear to be pessimistic about the “American Dream," the belief that if we work hard, we will get ahead, and life will be better for the next generation. KHIP found that Kentuckians think their parents were better off, and that their children will be worse off economically. They also believe that their parents were healthier than they are, and that their children will be less healthy.

One in three Kentuckians know someone with problems from prescription drug misuse

January 17, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), more than half of Kentucky adults reported being prescribed a pain reliever that could not be bought over the counter, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet or codeine. About 1 in 14 said they had used a prescription pain reliever at least one time when it was not prescribed to them or for the feeling it caused. And 1 in 3 Kentuckians said they have friends or family members who have experienced problems as a result of misusing prescription pain relievers.

Majority of Kentuckians favor integrated physical and mental health care

January 10, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), about 7 in 10 Kentucky adults favor physical and mental health services being offered in the same place. Northern Kentuckians were similar to the state, with 66 percent in favor of care in the same place. More and more, Kentucky health care providers are talking about and working toward an integrated system of care. Integrated care means that people’s physical health and mental or behavioral health are treated in a coordinated, convenient and respectful way, often in the same place.

Majority of Kentuckians support smoke-free law

January 7, 2013

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), about 6 in 10 Kentucky adults and more than half of Northern Kentuckians favor a statewide smoke-free law. Support for the law has been growing since the Kentucky Health Issues Poll began asking the question in 2010.The Kentucky legislature is considering a statewide law banning smoking in all indoor public places.

Providers discuss health needs in Price Hill; make plans for next steps

November 29, 2012

More than 40 attendees, representing 20 organizations, heard presentations about health behaviors and access and health perceptions in Price Hill and discussed the findings at the Price Hill Health Information Day held in early November and hosted by the Urban Appalachian Council at the Health Foundation. The data came from a neighborhood oversample of the 2010 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey. Participants also heard a panel discussion by health funders. The day ended with small group discussion in four areas, focusing on the implications of the information and discussion of concrete plans for moving forward. Small groups included behavioral health & substance abuse, healthy lifestyle, culture and collaboration. Participants agreed to obtain approval from their organizations to form a coalition of providers. The coalition would communicate and meet regularly to share information and resources to address the health needs of Price Hill residents.

Majority of Kentuckians think ACA opponents should move on to other issues

November 28, 2012

According to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), About 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (41 percent) reported having enough information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to understand how it would affect them personally. Although this is more than in previous years, it means that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults need more information to understand how the law affects them personally. Almost half of Kentuckians have an unfavorable view of the ACA and about a third have a favorable opinion of the law. Opinions on the law vary greatly. However, the majority of Kentuckians said opponents of the ACA should stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems.

Kentucky voters say economy, health care are most important issues in presidential election

October 25, 2012

On Nov. 6, Kentucky voters will go to the polls to help decide who will be the next President of the United States. The 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that the economy and health care/health insurance are the most important issues to Kentucky registered voters. Nearly two in three of Kentucky’s registered voters said that the economy was their first or second most important priority in deciding their presidential vote, and more than 4 in 10 said health care or health insurance was one of their top two priorities.

Health Foundation awards over $800,000 in grants as part of Launching Solutions; 21 organizations receive funding for health improvement projects

October 9, 2012

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has awarded $813,220 as part of the first round of its “Launching Solutions: Seizing New Opportunities in Health" initiative. Grants in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 were awarded to 21 organizations for health improvement projects throughout the Tristate. The request for proposal, announced in February, received 125 letters of intent. Of those, 26 projects were invited to submit a proposal. The Health Foundation approved 21 external proposals for funding.

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