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To improve health equity, leaders must make it ‘the center of your strategy’
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To improve health equity, leaders must make it ‘the center of your strategy’

More health systems say they are aiming to close disparities in healthcare. Susan Garfield of EY outlines steps to help move the needle.Susan Garfield has been working on health equity issues for 25 years.“The issues aren’t new,” she says.Nonetheless, Garfiled, the chief public health officer at Ernst & Young (EY), says she is glad health equity issues are gaining more attention from healthcare leaders. Many of those issues have been vividly illustrated in the COVID-19 pandemic.“COVID has brought the challenges of health equity and health disparities to the forefront,” she says. “It has shown the impact persistent health disparities and health inequities have.”“It has always been a topic that is real and prevalent,” she says. “It has emerged as a priority for healthcare organization...
1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened During Pandemic
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1 in 3 U.S. Public Health Workers Feels Threatened During Pandemic

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter(HealthDay)WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of public health workers have endured threats, anger and aggression from the public during the pandemic, and that has come at a steep cost to their mental health, a new study finds.“The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers have been documented and the research on psychological impacts is building,” said lead study author Hope Tiesman. She is a research epidemiologist with the division of safety research at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in Morgantown, W.Va.“Public health workers do the important work of disseminating information and services to the public; making sure their health and well-being are addressed in the face of workplace ...
Santa Clara Family Health Plan Taps Yes Health for Diabetes Prevention Program
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Santa Clara Family Health Plan Taps Yes Health for Diabetes Prevention Program

Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) has selected Yes Health, a diabetes prevention startup, to provide care to at-risk Medi-Cal members for no cost, the organizations announced Monday. Medi-Cal members over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at risk of prediabetes are eligible for Yes Health’s program. The Mill Valley, California-based company is recognized by the CDC and provides concierge health coaching and services for weight loss and diabetes prevention, all through its app. After taking a short quiz, SCFHP members will receive a personalized plan — created by the company’s dietitians, nutritionists, fitness experts and psychologists — to improve their health. The app also offers an AI-powered service where members can take pictures of their meals to...
Give Health Care Workers the Mental Health Support They Deserve | Healthiest Communities Health News
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Give Health Care Workers the Mental Health Support They Deserve | Healthiest Communities Health News

Advocating for health care workers has become an essential part of our day-to-day. In March, we were proud to see the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act enacted to provide $135 million for programs aimed at supporting the mental health and well-being of health workers. However, while this was a welcome first step, it’s only the beginning of the work needed to protect our clinicians.The next crucial step falls to the states: They must remove language in their licensing and credentialing processes that stigmatizes health care professionals who have sought treatment for mental health concerns.Our research has identified 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that may still use invasive or stigmatizing language requiring applicants to disclose any history of mental healt...
How Are Investors Thinking About Healthcare Investment Trends for 2023?
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How Are Investors Thinking About Healthcare Investment Trends for 2023?

This article is part of a series sponsored by HLTH highlighting topics that will be discussed at the HLTH conference November 13-16 in Las Vegas. If you were to sum up healthcare investment trends in 2022, behavioral health, healthcare on demand and automation would be among the most active areas of investment. Although digital health funding fell in the third quarter, investors attributed it to factors such as the rise in interest rates, limited market for initial public offerings, and preparation for the risk of a recession. Other noticeably attractive areas include pharma tech and health equity. Here’s how some investors are looking at healthcare investment. They each responded to emailed questions. Steve Kraus is a partner with Bessemer Venture Partners which invests across stage...
Why care at home belongs in health equity strategies
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Why care at home belongs in health equity strategies

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed dramatic acceleration in the movement of more healthcare into the home. With healthcare leaders estimating 20-30% of all Medicare spending could shift to the home in the next few years, that momentum is continuing in spite of sluggish permanent payer incentives. Moving care into the home provides value in terms of lower costs and better clinical and safety outcomes, but one topic that doesn’t get enough attention is the opportunity care at home provides to address health equity in our communities. The care models that have arisen in this space, from Hospital at Home to chronic care management, offer better interactions between patients and providers, and allow us to more meaningfully address the numerous factors affecting health equity. The ho...
Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender-affirming surgery for minors
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Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender-affirming surgery for minors

CNN  —  Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender clinic in Nashville has paused gender affirming surgeries for patients under the age of 18, a top executive at the center told a Tennessee lawmaker Friday. Republican Tennessee state Rep. Jason Zachary – who had asked VUMC to permanently end gender affirming surgeries for minors – posted a letter to Twitter he received from VUMC’s Chief Health System Officer, Dr. C. Wright Pinson. In the letter, Pinson informs the lawmaker that the nonprofit hospital is “pausing” gender affirmation surgeries on patients under age 18 while it reviews “new recommendations.” The move came amid pressure from Tennessee’s Republican leaders who sent ...
Manitoba backbencher says bill would protect health-care providers, patients
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Manitoba backbencher says bill would protect health-care providers, patients

A backbench member of Manitoba’s governing Progressive Conservatives is proposing new limits on protests outside hospitals, clinics and schools. Shannon Martin introduced a bill in the legislature Tuesday that would create “access zones” of between 50 and 150 metres around schools, hospitals and other areas where health care is provided.If the bill becomes law, people could be fined or jailed for trying to prevent people in those zones from accessing health services. They would also be penalized for harassing health-care providers, either in-person or online.“We need to ensure … that any individual accessing legal services or providing legal medical services are protected from harassment or dissuasion,” Martin said.Bills put forward by backbench members or Opposition politicians –...
Business growth requires effective change management
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Business growth requires effective change management

Change is all around us. From technological innovations to cultural shifts in the ways we live, play, and travel, our world is in a constant state of motion. Business is moving faster than ever, too, putting more emphasis on change management, which is now viewed as a necessity to guide companies through major adjustments. But how often is exciting and rapid growth considered a major adjustment? Rarely. And that’s a problem. Change management techniques are vital to bringing companies through adjustments in how we do business, how we must adapt to shifting business needs, or changes that have the potential to create discord among employees. Yet, all too often the need for change management in positive growth situations is overlooked. People assume that companies can absorb this kind o...
Engaging vulnerable populations: Making the right connections for better health
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Engaging vulnerable populations: Making the right connections for better health

A woman from a low-income neighborhood chooses not to receive care from her closest health center, which is located in a wealthy community, because of a demeaning interaction she previously had with the office staff there. A Spanish-speaking man whose prostate cancer has been in remission avoids making a follow-up appointment because he’s uncomfortable navigating discussions with staff in English. His daughter would go with him if he asked, but he doesn’t want to impose. Instead, he takes his chances and stays home. As these two examples demonstrate, barriers to healthcare access among those most vulnerable go beyond social determinants of health (SDoH) such as lack of reliable transportation or economic instability. Cultural, racial and socioeconomic barriers also play a role, from ...