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Q&A: Sandra Heffern on Community Based Health

| Jul 19, 2021 | Alaska

In 2017, the CDC reported that community level health care was key to improving health outcomes saying, "[it] promotes healthy living, helps prevent chronic diseases and brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people in need."  Alaska uses a hub-and-spoke model of healthcare at the community level to overcome geographical and demographic diversity....[ Read More ]

Anchorage homeless shelter project scrapped by procedural technicality

| Jul 15, 2021 | Alaska

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday scrapped Mayor Dave Bronson’s proposal to build a $15 million homeless shelter and treatment center.  Assembly members refused to put the proposal on the agenda for a public hearing scheduled for July 17, effectively ending the project.     The proposed facility would have provided...[ Read More ]

Alaska senators introduce Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act

| Jul 7, 2021 | Alaska

Alaska Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski last week introduced the Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act. The legislation aims to permanently expand access to telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Alaska senators were joined by Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Ray Lujan...[ Read More ]

Study reveals efficacy of CHW-led iniatives in maternal health outcomes

| Jul 1, 2021 | Arizona

A study published by BMJ Open revealed that expectant mothers serviced by community health workers are less likely to experience low birthweights and pre-term deliveries compared to those who did not receive those supports.  The ten-year study, conducted by the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, examined if participation...[ Read More ]

Keeping professionals in-state key to solving health care labor shortage

| Jun 30, 2021 | Alaska

The health care industry in America is facing a massive labor shortage. Although this shortage has been anticipated for over a decade, the urgency to fill these positions is growing rapidly and certain states are feeling the crush more than others. Alaska is one of them. Data gathered by ValuePenguin...[ Read More ]

CMS revokes Medicaid work requirements

| Jun 25, 2021 | Arizona

On June 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially revoked Arizona’s Medicaid work and community engagement requirements, undoing the previous approval by the Trump administration in 2019. The decision comes after a February 2021 letter in which CMS warned the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)...[ Read More ]

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