ABOUT US.Untreated mental health disorders and unmanaged stress are silent killers of Black men. We want to fix that.
Our Leadership Team
Kevin Dedner, MPH
Oliver L. Sims, III, MBA
Rufus Tony Spann, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Ashley White Jones, PhD
Chief Self-Care Support Officer
Chief Design Officer
Why Henry? The story behind our name
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.