Senior Program Officer, Empowering Communities
Senior Program Officer, Empowering Communities
Mary Francis is the senior program officer for Interact for Health's Empowering Communities initiative, which engages communities to adopt evidence-based practices to promote health and develop community infrastructure to sustain the work. Mary was formerly director of Interact's ASAP Center, which supported grassroots community-led prevention from 2002 to 2014.
Previously, Mary worked seven years as Director of Prevention Services at the Alcoholism Council of the Cincinnati Area. Mary provided oversight for prevention staff and projects at Glad House for five years. Mary also worked with Wright State University's SARDI program, writing and teaching about curriculum adaptations for people with disabilities. Mary provided prevention education for eight years at the Miami County Recovery Council. She was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Cincinnati in Teacher's College for 15 years, where she wrote the course syllabi and taught prevention courses for the UC Addiction Studies program. Before that Mary served as an AmeriCorp volunteer mobilizing adults and youths to do community-based prevention.
Mary has an Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from Edison State College, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the Union Institute, and a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix.
Mary is a member of the advisory board for LISC Place Matters. Previously Mary served as a board member for Serenity House, and was an advisory board member for Santa Maria's Bienestar program, Cincinnati Public Schools' Safe and Drug Free Schools, Ohio Statewide Prevention Coalition's evaluation committee, and a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association.
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Traumatic experiences among children in Greater Cincinnati
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need “safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments” to grow up to be healthy. A lack of healthy relationships and environments or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to long-term health challenges and negative health outcomes.
Seven in 10 parents in the region reported that their child’s teeth were excellent or very good
The 2017 Child Well Being Survey (CWBS) asked parents and guardians in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to rate their child’s dental health and asked how many times their child had seen a dentist for preventive care in the past 12 months.
Access to health care among children in Greater Cincinnati
Most children in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have a usual place to go when they are sick or need advice about health.
Health insurance coverage among children in our region
Most parents and guardians reported that their child had health insurance coverage in the past 12 months.
Delayed health care among children in Greater Cincinnati
Most parents reported that their child received health care when it was needed.
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.
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.
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.
Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.
Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.