Physical Health

The Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice aligns with the principles of community-centered health initiatives.  Our efforts focus on reimagining the health system with a “community first” approach, placing emphasis on addressing disparities and promoting equity in healthcare access. 

Here’s how our initiatives reflect these values:

1. Community Engagement and Collaboration: We prioritize collaboration with diverse communities across Ohio, working hand-in-hand with local stakeholders to identify barriers to health equity, including those related to mental health. By fostering meaningful community engagement, we ensure that our initiatives are responsive to the unique needs and challenges faced by different populations.

2. Equitable Access to Mental Health Services: Our work is dedicated to promoting equitable access to mental health services for all Ohioans. We recognize the disproportionate impact of socioeconomic factors on mental health outcomes and strive to address these disparities through targeted interventions and advocacy efforts.

3. Breaking Down Barriers to Care: We actively work to break down barriers to physical healthcare, including issues related to accessibility, affordability, and stigma. Through policy advocacy and community outreach, we seek to dismantle systemic barriers that prevent individuals from accessing the care they need.

4. Empowering Communities: Central to our approach is the empowerment of communities to take charge of their health and well-being. We provide resources and support to community-based organizations, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to advocate for policy change and drive local initiatives aimed at improving mental health outcomes.

5. Promoting Policy Change: We advocate for policy change at the local, state, and national levels to advance physical and mental health equity. By engaging with policymakers and advocating for evidence-based policies, we seek to create a policy environment that supports equitable access to health services and promotes wellness for all.

Through these initiatives, the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice works to advance the vision of a health system that prioritizes the needs of communities, addresses disparities, and ensures that all individuals have access to the mental health services and support they need to thrive.