How the Ohio Men’s Action Network is engaging conversations and creating community leaders. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network in partnership with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, created the Ohio Men’s Action Network (OH-MAN) in 2012. OH-MAN focuses on preventing gender-based violence through a unique approach of initiating a conversation amongst men to stop the violence within each other and their communities.
According to the documentary, when boys are growing up, they often learn in order to be respected – to be a man – there also needs to be violence.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for all communities to learn about domestic violence and to do their part to help prevent it. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network defines domestic abuse when a person uses a pattern of coercive and assaultive behaviors to obtain power and control over another person.
Many experts agree that prevention-focused programs are needed to educate youth about healthy relationships. In particular, men can play a critical role in preventing domestic violence by serving as positive role models to young boys.
“The majority of men are not violent and want to prevent violence in their communities,” said India Harris-Jones, prevention coordinator, Ohio Domestic Violence Network. “The best way to engage men in these communities is by having the majority speak to the minority that are violent and help them understand other ways to work out their problems.”
The trainings have impacted many participants, further encouraging them to take a stand on domestic violence. Clark Echols, a participant in one of the OH-MAN Columbus trainings, was so inspired that he started an OH-MAN branch in Cincinnati to start engaging men in his own community. In June 2015, he showed the documentary, The Mask You Live In, to a crowd of more than 100 individuals, who all shared interest in joining the organization to help prevent domestic violence in their community.
To learn more about OH-MAN, visit www.mensactionnetwork.com.
Each year, 168,000 Ohio children are exposed to domestic violence, and this has lasting effects on them. To bring light to this issue, HealthPath partnered with Case Western Reserve University on Impact of Domestic Violence Exposure: Recommendations to Better Serve Ohio’s Children. This report explores the short- and long-term effects and economic impact of domestic violence exposure on children and recommendations on the best way to support them. The paper also lists evidence-based and promising interventions that can reduce the negative effects of domestic violence on children and help build the protective factors that promote resilience.
During National Mental Health Month in May – and every month – Partnership for Violence Free Families (PVFF), a coalition comprised of individuals representing more than 50 organizations in Allen County, works to support safe and healthy communities through awareness, education and prevention of important issues, such as mental illness.
“Many individuals don’t have the mental health literacy or know what to do when they see someone suffering from a mental illness – but they understand and are even trained to perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),” said Donna Dickman, PVFF executive director. “Our goal is to create the same level of understanding within our community and provide similar structured training to address mental health issues.”
PVFF supports evidence-based programs to address abuse and mental health problems in five prevention focus areas, including child abuse, teen dating violence, child sexual assault, mental illness and suicide. One of these programs includes the highly-interactive Mental Health First Aid program, which is an eight-hour course that teaches community members (aiders) how to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
In the adult Mental Health First Aid program, aiders learn about anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. Specifically, they learn to be health literate and how to react when they see someone with a mental illness. The program has a five-step action plan to help someone with a mental health problem or how to react in a crisis:
Funding provided by The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has allowed the Mental Health First Aid program to train nine instructors in a 40-hour course for adult mental health. Additionally, in the last 18 months, more than 380 aiders have been trained.
For more information about the program, visit www.pvff.org.
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Ohio is a rapidly aging state. In fact, projections for the year 2020 suggest that in 86% of Ohio’s counties, 1 in 4 residents will be aged 60 or older. For Warren County, the senior population (ages 65+) grew by 54.4% from 2000 to 2010. As senior citizens age, loneliness is one of the major factors that contribute to a decline in physical and mental health. Being alone, without social support, can lead to depression and self-neglect among the elderly.
The Warren County Friendly Visitor Program began in 2007 after a coalition of professionals interested in helping older adults age safely decided that they
needed extra help to provide their clients with the best support and service. The group’s answer was to solicit individuals equipped to handle a variety of situations and to act as an extra set of eyes and ears, as well as to be a senior’s friend.
Warren County’s Friendly Visitor program is comprised of 22 volunteers who go through a significant selection and training process in order to be prepared to help clients. Through training, they learn about the aging process, the emotional and social changes seniors go through, HIPPA and other regulations, how to identify elder abuse, and home safety, among other topics.Volunteers visit client homes a minimum of once a month and just talk with the seniors. They do not help them clean their homes, deliver them food, or fix items – they sit and have a conversation with them.
“We once had a client who said that their volunteer was the only person to truly look them in the eye and have a conversation with them,” said Karen Hill, aging services director, Warren County Community Services. “It’s a simple act – just to visit with someone. But our volunteers who visit them at least once a month mean the world to them and it’s the highlight of their day.”
To help care managers, volunteers provide a report after each visit. Volunteers have been confronted with many situations that would not have been taken care of if it wasn’t for the trust clients had in them or their frequent visits to their homes. For example, one volunteer was visiting a client and found that she hadn’t been visited by any home care professionals in three days; the instance was reported and she was immediately provided help. Another client trusted her volunteer enough to confide in that the family and neighbors who were supposed to be taking care of her instead were taking advantage of her. She was scared to call the authorities because she was afraid she would be taken out of her home and lose her independence. However, she felt safe to tell her volunteer, and the problem was resolved.
To learn more about the program and other services that the Warren County Community Services offers, visit www.wccsi.org.
(February 24, 2015) February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of oral health.
March 30, 2015 - Ohio’s youth often find their future and career paths intimidating. They may not know all of the options available to them or where to look to find opportunities. In some rural or urban areas, youth may not think there are any opportunities and they move away, decreasing the valuable human capital in some areas.
To help introduce youth to health care career opportunities and balance the workforce distribution, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio has invested in organizations that provide education and funding to Ohio youth who are interested in continuing their education in health disciplines.
Two such projects are Health Professions Affinity Communities (HPAC) and Building Bridges to Careers. HealthPath is currently funding three universities to establish HPACs in our service area: Northeast Ohio Medical University (featured below), the University of Cincinnati, and Youngstown State University.
Programs like HPAC and Building Bridges to Careers strive to find the next generation of professionals who want to better serve their communities and become role models, helping HealthPath further its goal of improving workforce development.
To raise awareness about health, HPAC students wrote positive messages and health facts outside of their schools.
Northeast Ohio Medical University’s (NEOMED) HPAC is a program designed to support and guide high school students who have an interest in a career in the health profession. The program offers a variety of academic and community-based experiences with the goal to empower students to take charge of their future and their academic and career development, and to make a difference in the health of their communities in Northeast Ohio. NEOMED is using the HealthPath funding to establish HPACs at Marietta Senior High School in Washington County and Shenandoah High School in Monroe County.
Established in 2011, the NEOMED HPAC program brings student’s ideas to life operating in five stages utilizing the “IDEAS” concept.
Since its inception, more than 2,000 Ohio students have participated in NEOMED HPAC’s five-step program. Additionally, each program is enacted in the local communities and schools and is shared online and in person. NEOMED estimates that more than 10,000 people in Ohio have been impacted by its HPAC.
For more information on HPAC, visit HPAC.me or Facebook.com/NEOMEDHPAC. For more information on Building Bridges to Careers, visit BuildingBridgesToCareers.org.
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