BLOG: The real cost of health inequity

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A recent article published in the Akron Beacon Journal surveyed the true cost of health inequity. Health inequity – which is defined as disparities in health that are a result of systemic, avoidable and unjust social and economic policies and practices – creates barriers to opportunity. These health disparities are the differences in health status among distinct …

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BLOG: Stark County’s focus on positive prevention strategies

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The news is negative…the opiate epidemic, the increasing number of suicides, the impact of marijuana legalization and the availability of alcohol are all public health issues that we hear and read about on a daily basis. The media attention to these issues is important and warranted – they impact our children, young people, families and …

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BLOG: Death of Prince brings to the forefront a larger problem, again

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Although the death of Prince has shocked our nation, it really should come as no surprise that the opioid epidemic has claimed yet another person far before his time. Once again, our nation has had to come face to face with the startling realization that no one is immune from this deadly disease. In fact, …

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BLOG: Just like physical health, mental health deserves your attention all year round

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After StarkMHAR’s month long promotion for Mental Health Awareness, today I am reflecting on what people can do to remain aware and promote wellness and mental health throughout the upcoming year. For 2014 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported 42.5 million people experienced a mental illness–that is 18.2% of the total adult …

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