ABOUT US.

Untreated mental health disorders and unmanaged stress are silent killers of Black men. We want to fix that.

 

Our Commitment

The factors that cause or exacerbate mental illness are often found in higher numbers among males in the Black community as compared to the general population. Our goal at Henry Health is to make access to mental health care easy and convenient, removing all barriers to seeking treatment and we aim to support men in achieving optimal health.

Henry Health is unique because we focus on providing culturally sensitive content and care to Black men. Our practitioners have access to ongoing tailored training, designed by the leading academics in the country, equipping them to treat Black men dealing with emotional and mental health issues.

Our Leadership Team

Adult blacks are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population. Tackling this problem requires a unique understanding of Black men and the utilization of mobile technology in their lives.

With over 100 years of combined experience in clinical treatment, public health, and technology, our leadership team is uniquely suited for creating a new solution to combat mental health issues in the Black community.

Kevin Dedner, MPH
Kevin Dedner, MPH

Co-Founder/CEO

Oliver L. Sims, III, MBA
Oliver L. Sims, III, MBA

Co-Founder/COO

Rufus Tony Spann, PhD
Rufus Tony Spann, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer

Ashley White Jones, PhD
Ashley White Jones, PhD

Chief Self-Care Support Officer

Armando Simmons
Armando Simmons

Chief Design Officer

Detrick DeBurr
Detrick DeBurr

Engineering Lead

Why Henry? The story behind our name

Initially, we asked a focus group of black men to name a name of a man in their life who had successfully navigated life’s challenges. The name, Henry was mentioned by several men. We were thrilled because we knew a backstory to the name Henry.

John Henry is an African American folk hero. He is said to have worked as a “steel-driving man” — a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives, in order to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel. According to legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race that he won, only to die in victory with hammer in hand as his heart gave out from stress.

This popular folktale is also the basis for the John Henryism construct coined by Sherman James in 1994. James suggests daily environmental pressures cause men to increase their effort and determination which can be detrimental to their health. Past studies have focused on the linkages between John Henryism and cardiovascular health.