We need to think more broadly about health. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
According to the 2017 Community Health Status Survey, 1 in 5 adults in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky said that a doctor or health care provider told them they had depression—and that’s just one of many mental health conditions.
To truly move forward in this area, we need to address stigma. If people feel ashamed, they’re less likely to seek the care they need. Some strategies from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
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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