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Who We Are

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

Who We Are

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

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.

The factors that cause or exacerbate mental illness are often found in higher numbers among minorities as compared to the general population. Our goal at Henry Health is to make access to mental health care accessible and convenient, removing all barriers to seeking treatment.

We are superserving black men through our first digital community, Men Thrive. Black men have the lowest life expectancy of any adult subgroup in the United States. Changing the health of black men will improve their economic and social potential, and ultimately change the world.

To serve diverse populations, Henry Health is proud to guarantee culturally intentional care and tailored content built on evidence-based practices. Our practitioners have access to ongoing training designed by leading academics to equip them to treat any population dealing with emotional and mental health issues.

The Story Behind Our Name

Initially, we asked a focus group of black men to name 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” who was tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives during the construction of a railroad tunnel. According to legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a machine. He won the race only to die in victory with hammer in his 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.

John Henryism

Meet Our Leadership Team

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 for minorities.

Kevin Dedner, MPH

Kevin Dedner, MPH

Founder, CEO

Emily Feenstra

Emily Feenstra

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Rufus Spann

Dr. Rufus Spann

Chief Clinical Officer

Jerome Carter M. Eng, CSM

Jerome Carter M. Eng, CSM

Chief Information Officer

Laura Stokes

Laura Stokes

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Chief Community and Cultural Officer

Kevin Dedner, MPH

Kevin Dedner, MPH

Founder, CEO

Emily Feenstra

Emily Feenstra

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Rufus Spann

Dr. Rufus Spann

Chief Clinical Officer

Jerome Carter M. Eng, CSM

Jerome Carter M. Eng, CSM

Chief Information Officer

Laura Stokes

Laura Stokes

Chief Strategy Officer

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Chief Community and Cultural Officer

Henry Health

We provide culturally sensitive self-care support and mental health services to empower people to show up whole, operate with joy, and live with power.

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Contact Us

Henry Health Inc. 

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

Tel: 724-250-8855
Fax: 724-788-0617

Email: hello@henry-health.com

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