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United Healthcare Community Plan leaders discuss next steps for Hawaii health equity

| Jul 14, 2021 | Hawaii

America’s Health Rankings released its 2021 Health Disparities Report, which provides nationwide and state-specific data on health disparities leading up to the pandemic. United Healthcare Community Plan (UHCP) Hawaii CEO David Heywood and Senior Medical Director Denise Leonardi, MD, discussed the report’s findings and how they will shape the agency’s...[ Read More ]

DOH updates legislature on vaccination efforts, COVID variants

| Jul 12, 2021 | Hawaii

With Hawaii’s vaccination rate hovering just under the 60 percent benchmark Gov. Ige aimed to reach this month, the State Department of Health (DOH) recently provided an update on vaccination efforts to the Senate Committee on Health and the House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. The briefing also addressed...[ Read More ]

Wellcome MD CEO Linda Nash on the future of concierge medicine

| Jul 8, 2021 | Virginia

In June, Virginia Business named Wellcome MD founder and CEO Linda Nash as one of the inaugural recipients of the Virginia Business Women in Leadership Awards. When Nash first ventured into the field of concierge medicine in 2002, the patient-membership niche was unpredictable, she described. Doctors in concierge medicine intentionally...[ Read More ]

Gov. Northam's pay raises could address understaffed state behavioral health facilities

| Jul 7, 2021 | Virginia

Starting in July, Virginia state employees will receive paychecks that include a five percent pay raise. Gov. Ralph Northam and the state legislature approved the 2020-2022 state budget last March and saved $2 billion after freezing newly adopted spending expenses last year due to the pandemic, which will help contribute...[ Read More ]

First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force finalizes recommendations and annual report

| Jul 7, 2021 | Florida

The Florida First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force -- with representatives from five first responder organizations, behavioral health professionals and representatives from the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention (SOSP) and Florida Division of Emergency Management -- discussed action items and recommendations for stakeholders at its June meeting. The task force...[ Read More ]

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies director on the future of Hawaii maternal health

| Jul 6, 2021 | Hawaii

Maternal and child health in Hawaii has declined over the past few years. A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that low birth-weight babies and child and teen deaths per 100,000 have increased in Hawaii since 2010. Rising health disparities further inhibit strategies to reduce poor maternal health...[ Read More ]

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