NKY Health has built vital relationships with behavioral health organizations interested in working toward tobacco-free environments. Bach shared that the success of this work has been made possible through the support and collaboration from "our NKY ASAP Treatment Collaborative and the relationship we have built with BH WELL. We are always learning from BH WELL every time we have a conversation.”
Dr. Zim Okoli, Executive Director of BH WELL, shares, “Our partnership with the Northern Kentucky Health Department is an example of collaborations that make a difference. By joining together and merging our expertise in public mental health education, research, and advocacy, we are slowly promoting pro-tobacco free cultures within mental and behavioral health organizations. Ultimately, our partnership will show that mental and behavioral health organizations which implement tobacco-free environments and support tobacco treatment are those that foster recovery, mental health, and the overall wellbeing of people living with mental and behavioral health challenges.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death among people living with mental illnesses and continues to take huge tolls on the lives of Kentuckians. The Northern Kentucky Health Department is making a difference.
The Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) research team is partnering with the Northern Kentucky Health Department to promote tailored behavioral health tobacco treatment services. BH WELL exists to promote behavioral health and wellness among individuals facing behavioral health challenges.