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


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. That’s why our initial target customers are black men. 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 and their families in achieving optimal health.

Henry Health is unique because we focus on providing culturally sensitive content and care to men and their families. 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

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


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

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.

Henry Health

Henry Health’s mobile app provides self-care support and culturally sensitive teletherapy to men and their families.

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