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Youth art sought for Health Air Living calendar contest
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Youth art sought for Health Air Living calendar contest

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking youth artists to help create their 2023 Healthy Air Living Kids calendar. All San Joaquin Valley students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to enter this annual contest, allowing kids the opportunity to create their vision of Healthy Air Living. Entries are due by Oct. 14. Winners and their artwork will be featured in this bilingual calendar, showing how individuals can help improve air quality and quality of life for all Valley residents. The District plans to print and distribute calendars to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities and other clean-air partners, as in years past. The 2022 calendar included artwork from two local students. Ballico Cressey Elementary student Paul Voight shared a ...
Atrium Health, Advocate Aurora Health merger suffers setback in Illinois
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Atrium Health, Advocate Aurora Health merger suffers setback in Illinois

A state board in Illinois initially voted against the deal, but then agreed to consider it later. The two systems are seeking approval of a merger that would create an organization with $27 billion in annual revenue.The planned merger of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health, one of the biggest proposed hospital mergers in years, has run into a setback in Illinois.The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board initially voted against the deal, but then agreed to consider the planned merger at a later time, The Chicago Tribune and other Illinois media reported Tuesday. The board said it would allow both systems to submit more information. The board’s approval is a necessary step for the deal to move forward. Advocate Aurora operates in Illinois - it’s the largest health syst...
New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available at County Health Departments
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New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available at County Health Departments

This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies. JACKSON, Miss. – Starting today, appointments for the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot are available at all Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) county health department clinics. Appointments can be made through https://covidvaccine.umc.edu or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 877-978-6453. The FDA has authorized an updated COVID-19 booster that offers improved protection against recent variants. The new booster is bivalent, providing better protection against both the original strain of COVID-19 and the Omicron variants that are currently causing most infections (BA.4 and BA.5). The updated vaccines are recommended for use as a...
What mental health resources are available to Missouri schools?
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What mental health resources are available to Missouri schools?

Here's how one Missouri school district is making mental health support more accessible to its students. JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — From years of COVID-19 isolation to recent mass school shootings, many school officials are saying anxiety among kids has reached an all-time high, and schools are pleading for help. Rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression among adolescents are up, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jefferson R-7 School District Intervention Specialist Steve Horn said the May 24 shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school ignited a fire within him to make mental health resources for students a priority. ...
Washington Department of Health using red dye to study water quality around Oak Harbor
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Washington Department of Health using red dye to study water quality around Oak Harbor

The DOH is observing the movement of water from a reconstructed clean water facility to monitor the impact on nearby shellfish harvesting operations. OAK HARBOR, Wash. — If you saw red water around Whidbey Island Monday, there's no need to worry.  Scientists with the state Department of Health added red dye to the water around Oak Harbor to evaluate the wastewater movement near a reconstructed clean water facility. The state department of health tossed the red dye into the water at the facility to map out where it would go, for a very important reason. Ian Jefferds is the general manager of Penn Cove Shellfish located a couple of miles away. ...
Oregon 1st state to get extra funds for mental health crisis services
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Oregon 1st state to get extra funds for mental health crisis services

Oregon is the first state approved to receive federal Medicaid funding for services provided by mental health crisis teams such as Cahoots in Eugene, state and federal officials announced Monday.The new stream of federal money will allow more communities to send trained mental health workers instead of police to incidents that involve non-violent behavioral health emergencies. Source link
Capito, Manchin Announce $4.9 Million for Six West Virginia Health Services Programs
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Capito, Manchin Announce $4.9 Million for Six West Virginia Health Services Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $4,995,609 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for six programs that will support healthcare services across West Virginia.  “I’m thrilled to see support heading to West Virginia to help strengthen research initiatives, improve important health services, and increase access to substance abuse treatment,” Senator Capito said. “The research and medical training happening in West Virginia is vital to the future of our state, and I will continue to advocate for the resources our people need to lead healthy lives.”“I’m pleased HHS is investing more than $4.9 million in these six critical programs ...
Eye Health America Partners with West Georgia Eye Care Center
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Eye Health America Partners with West Georgia Eye Care Center

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eye Health America (EHA), is pleased to announce a new partnership with West Georgia Eye Care Center, the company’s second partnership in Georgia, and 22nd partnership overall. Founded in 1951 by Dr. Floyd Jarrell in Columbus, GA, West Georgia Eye Care Center (WGECC), has grown to a 3-location practice in Columbus, GA with a two-room ASC serviced by a total of 14 providers across all eye care specialties (cataract, cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, retina, medical ophthalmology, optometry, optical, hearing) including Lasik and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Evan Sussenbach, President of WGECC shared, “We are excited about our affiliation with Eye Health America (EHA), who is one of the premier leaders in eye care in the Southeast. We think that the par...
2015 behavioral health tax benefits so far unrealized
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2015 behavioral health tax benefits so far unrealized

Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal Part two of a two-day series Seven years ago, Bernalillo County raised taxes on the sale of nearly every good and service. The goal of the one-eighth of 1 percent gross receipts tax hike, according to the county website, was to “develop a comprehensive, well-networked and accessible continuum of care for children, youth, and adults in need of behavioral health services” in partnership with federal, state and local government partners, plus the nonprofit and private sector. It has yielded nearly $161 million in its first seven years. It moved $80 million out the door in that time, and has some of the balance committed to major projects. But whether it has been effective remains an ongoing questi...
Pardee UNC Health Care announces newest Team Member of the Month
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Pardee UNC Health Care announces newest Team Member of the Month

Jocelin Angeles, a certified medical assistant, is the newest Team Member of the Month for Pardee UNC Health Care.  Angeles is part of the team at Vascular Surgery at Pardee and works directly with patients and clinicians to provide care from taking a patient’s medical history and vitals to assisting a provider during examinations, according to a news release from Pardee.  Nominated by her fellow team members, Angeles is described as a hardworking team player who goes above and beyond for each patient, colleague and provider.  “She always makes the patients feel like they are the most important person,” a colleague said. “With the complex care these patients need, she always treats each with dignity and compassion.”  Angeles is commended for always stepping in to offer help, even if it’...