Our ZIP code may play a greater role in health than our genetic code. Differences in life expectancy across America's cities and towns is tied to race/ethnicity and social factors such as income, education, employment – and housing.
Our home's condition can affect our health. Water leaks, poor ventilation, dirty carpets and pest infestation can lead to mold, mites and allergens, which can cause asthma.
The 2017 Child Well-Being Survey found that in Cincinnati and Hamilton County, where housing is older and more families have lower income, children had higher rates of asthma compared with kids in other parts of our region. Fortunately, you can make your home healthier. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Healthy Homes initiative offers these recommendations:
Visit https://extensionhealthyhomes.org/ for more tips.
Dr. O'dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master's of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department.
Interact for Health regularly conducts research and collects data in order to monitor and evaluate our region’s health status and to measure public opinions about health policy.
Our Health in Action stories highlight the innovative work our grantees are doing to help reduce tobacco use, address the opioid epidemic and ensure that children can access health care through school-based health centers. We also interview people working on those issues at other organizations across the country to learn what works for them.
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