Your Health with Dr. Owens

Your Health with Dr. Owens

At Interact for Health we're focused on building a healthy community for all people. One of the best things you can do to protect and improve your health is to stay informed. In this space we'll be sharing information about a variety of health topics, events--and some simple ways you can steer your own health.

 

January 2018: Start the year with annual exams 
February 2018: Women: know heart attach signs

March 2018: Be on the lookout for added sugar
April 2018: Properly dispose of your unused prescription drugs
May 2018: Help reduce the stigma about mental health
June 2018: Prepare food safely this summer
July 2018: Better health begins at home
August 2018: Good Sleep Habits Help Kids Thrive

Dr. O'dell Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens holds both an MD in obstetrics and gynecology and a master's of public health from Yale University 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 of the Cincinnati Health Department.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Delayed health care among children in Greater Cincinnati

    Most parents reported that their child received health care when it was needed.

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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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