CMS awards $66.1 million to territories, Florida to fight Zika

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday awarded $66.1 million in funding to health departments in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida to help combat the Zika virus. Funds will support prevention activities and treatment services for health conditions related to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

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Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, access

MI health system receives 2016 Foster McGaw Prize

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Spectrum Health today received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service in recognition of its cutting-edge programs and services to reach the underserved residents of Western Michigan. The Baxter International Foundation, AHA and Health Research & Educational Trust sponsor the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, awards

CDC: Rural Americans more likely to die from five leading causes

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Americans who live in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease or stroke than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Detailed community-based case-control studies... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, rural

Journal publishes special issue on Zika virus global pandemic

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The January issue of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, published by The College of American Pathologists, focuses on pathology and laboratory medicine aspects of the Zika virus global pandemic. The open access articles are available at http://www.archivesofpathology.org

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

CDC reports on trends in drug overdose deaths

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The number of drug overdose deaths per year rose 23% between 2010 and 2014, to 47,055, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 10 most frequently involved drugs included six opioids (heroin, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and fentanyl); two... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids, prevention

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Go to your local hospital, and you’ll see the women and men who work there filled with compassion for those under their care. You’ll see them brighten the day of someone in need with the smallest gesture. And you’ll see them strive to give their patients just a little bit more—a little more health and... read more

Topic: Community Health

AHA report looks at role of health system leaders in improving community health

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A new AHA report examines how five diverse health systems are working with stakeholders to improve the health of the communities they serve, offering guidance for governing boards and leaders at other nonprofit health systems committed to improving community health. “America’s health system is changing,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

CDC issues Zika travel, testing guidance for Brownsville, TX

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued Zika-related travel and testing guidance for pregnant women, women who may become pregnant and their sexual partners in Brownsville, Cameron County, TX, after Texas health officials say five cases of the virus in that area were spread locally by... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Zika

CDC: Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids up sharply last year

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The rate of overdose deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone increased 72.2% in 2015, likely driven primarily by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overdose death rate from methadone fell by 9.1%. The overdose... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

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