After halting the program for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Dream Catcher Program has returned. The program inspires Native American middle school students to pursue careers in the healthcare field through mentoring and hands-on educational activities.  The Dream Catcher initiative is part of an overarching program called Native Journey … Read more

This month the UC San Diego’s new and improved Shiley EyeMobile rolled into action by bringing optometry care to low-income and underserved children at schools in San Diego County. The Shiley EyeMobile for Children is a program of UC San Diego Health and is funded by an estate gift from a former patient. Within the … Read more

Under a new partnership announced between UC Davis Health and WellSpace Health on Friday, Medi-Cal beneficiaries will have greater access to specialty care in Sacramento. The new program, Specialty Connect, places UC Davis Health providers into WellSpace Health’s Oak Park Community Health Center, located at 3415 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, to provide high-quality specialty … Read more

While the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) hasn’t disenrolled Medicaid and KidsCare members, regardless of eligibility, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, AHCCCS is redetermining eligibility for the programs on April 1st.  Eligibility redeterminations come shortly after the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was passed last December, and includes changes … Read more

Arizona’s Naloxone Leave Behind program allows emergency responders to provide lifesaving naloxone to administer and leave behind when responding to opioid overdoses. The program was administered in 2019 by the Arizona Department of Human Services (ADHS). State law allows Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies to leave behind prepackaged, intranasal naloxone, or Narcan, if an EMT … Read more

During their final meeting of the year last week, the Arizona House Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee adopted recommendations to put the committee’s work into action. The committee was established earlier this year to research and review information on how substance abuse, bullying, and social media affect the mental health of Arizona’s youth, including teenage … Read more

Over the last year, there have been over 4,000 reported fatal substance overdoses in Florida, while current data indicates that Gulf County is among the top ten counties in the state with the greatest fatal overdose rates.    On December 7th, Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, alongside Secretary Shevaun Harris of the Department … Read more

In 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration partnered with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to initiate a challenge for states and cities.      The effort is called Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenges to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Made up of military and civilian teams, the … Read more

The California Department of Social Services has awarded $5 million to the Abundant Birth Project (ABJ), a San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) program that provides monthly income stipends to pregnant Black people to reduce racial health disparities. The funds will expand the program and provide support to additional families throughout the state, and … Read more

A program recently implemented through a partnership between MedZed and Molina Healthcare providing home-based medical care and social supports to high-risk Molina Medi-Cal members has significantly lowered hospital utilization rates in the San Diego area, according to MedZed Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Neil Solomon, MD.     The program provides longitudinal team-based care, with … Read more