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MNA conflicts with MHA over nurse-patient assignment ratio bill package

| Jul 27, 2021 | Michigan

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) called on state legislators last week to set limits on nurse-patient assignment ratios in hospitals to improve patient outcomes and reduce burnout. The Safe Patient Care Act, a bill package in both chambers of the Michigan legislature, would address these concerns. The Michigan Health and...[ Read More ]

ODE updates back-to-school COVID framework for the 2021-2022 school year

| Jul 26, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released an update to a back-to-school health framework of “advisory guidance” last week to ensure students and staff have a safe school environment in-person. The framework addresses variation in COVID-19 vaccination status that might be seen in schools and continues to align with the...[ Read More ]

Utah DOH and DHS release organizational structure draft for merger

| Jul 23, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) released a draft of their new Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) organizational chart last week, marking a “critical milestone” into the new department’s implementation.      The new organization is broken up into three main branches:...[ Read More ]

OCN hosts weekly meeting with nursing leaders to discuss declining workforce

| Jul 23, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) hosts a weekly meeting called the Friday Huddle during which nursing leaders, educators, and stakeholders talk through Oregon’s nursing workforce issues. This Zoom call met this Friday to discuss the reasons for workforce shortages and the role of new nursing graduates.     Friday...[ Read More ]

MDHHS provides free mental health webinars for adults and children

| Jul 22, 2021 | Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Stay Well crisis counseling program is hosting two free webinar series throughout the summer to combat the growing mental health crisis in Michigan and to promote resilience.      Michigan, along with the rest of the country, is experiencing anxiety and...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Melanie Brim of MHC talks about the future of Michigan's health care workforce

| Jul 21, 2021 | Michigan

Melanie Brim is the president and CEO of the Michigan Health Council. She was previously the senior deputy director of the Public Health Administration and the state health officer at the Michigan Department of Community Health.  In this Q&A, Brim discusses building up the health care workforce, instilling interest in...[ Read More ]

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