Priorities

Priorities

Interact for Health is focused on building healthy communities for all people, with a vision for making our Greater Cincinnati the healthiest in the nation. Currently, Interact for Health is prioritize its efforts to address three core areas:
  1. Reducing tobacco use in low-income communities
    • While smoking rates have decreased in recent years, there has been little change in low-income populations.
    • In Greater Cincinnati, 46 percent of people below the Federal Poverty Level report they still use tobacco, while only 15 percent earning more than 200% of the FPL say they still use tobacco.
    • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  2. Creating a regional infrastructure to turn the tide in the opioid epidemic
    • Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with Ohio and Kentucky ranking among the highest overdose rates in the nation.
    • Impact spreads beyond those addicted, to the emotional toll on communities and the spread of infectious disease.
  3. Continuing our leadership in providing access to healthcare through growth of school−based 
health centers that also serve the entire community.
    • Of the 44 area Ohio school districts who have a population of at least 500 disadvantaged students, only nine currently have a school-based health center.
    • The goal is not only to increase access for students, but also families and community members, which improved outcomes for managing chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

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  • Chronic medical conditions prevalent among Greater Cincinnati children

    Asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety are the most commonly diagnosed chronic conditions among children in the Greater Cincinnati region, according to data collected through the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey.

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  • Most Ohio adults think state should adopt health education standards

    The Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) is conducted every year to learn more about the health opinions, behaviors and status of adults in Ohio. In 2017, OHIP asked Ohio adults about state health education standards.

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  • Health and healthy behaviors among youth in our region.

    The 2017 Child Well-Being Survey (CWBS) asked parents and guardians of youth in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to describe the overall health of their child. CWBS also asked about specific health behaviors such as physical activity and sleep patterns.

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  • Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.

    The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.

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

    The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.

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