ABOUT US

Untreated mental health disorders and unmanaged stress are silent killers. 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.

We are aggressively serving black men, who have the lowest life expectancy of any adult subgroup in the US. Why? Changing the health of black men will improve their economic and social potential, and — as a result — it will change the world.

To serve diverse populations, Henry Health is proud to guarantee culturally sensitive content and care– built on an evidence-based approach. Our practitioners have access to ongoing tailored training, designed by the leading academics in the country, equipping them to treat any population dealing with emotional and mental health issues.

Our Leadership Team

Henry Health addresses a problem that no one has been able to solve and that people have been scared of attempting to solve. 

One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and adult blacks are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population. Tackling this problem requires a unique understanding of cultural differences and the utilization of mobile technology.

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 among men and their families.

Kevin Dedner, MPH
Kevin Dedner, MPH

Founder/CEO

Emily Feenstra
Emily Feenstra

Chief Operations Officer

Oliver Sims
Oliver Sims

Founder/Senior Advisor

Kevin Dedner, MPH

Founder/CEO

Emily Feenstra

Chief Operations Officer

Oliver Sims

Founder/Senior Advisor

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.

Research

Henry Health

Henry Health is a digital community that provides culturally sensitive self-care support and mental health services so that black men can show up, whole, powerfully, and joyfully.

© 2020 Henry Health Inc. All rights reserved.

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740 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC  20005

Email: hello@henry-health.com

GET HELP NOW! 

If you or a loved one are in crisis or in a life threatening situation, call +1 (800) 273-8255 or use these resources to get immediate help.

Henry Health

Henry Health is a digital community that provides culturally sensitive self-care support and mental health services so that black  men can show up, whole, powerfully, and joyfully.

© 2020 Henry Health Inc. All rights reserved.

PRESS RESOURCES

For Press inquiries please contact us at press@henry-health.com

FOLLOW US

Henry Health Inc.
740 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC  20005

Email: hello@henry-health.com

GET HELP NOW! 

If you or a loved one are in crisis or in a life threatening situation, call +1 (800) 273-8255 or use these resources to get immediate help.