ZIPHOMECHEF Delivers Food Security, Home Security and Jobs in California During COVID-19

Making Money Cooking from Home Can Help You Stay Safe and Pay Your Bills

In one day, as summer temperatures in California hit a record peak of 125-degrees, ZIPHOMECHEF rose from one employee to 17 new hires. Without fanfare, the high- tech social enterprise moved into Riverside County and began to prepare and deliver fresh, healthy meals made with local produce to more than 350 individuals. Their clients? People who had found shelter from the intense summer heat through a countywide multi-agency program called Project Roomkey. Over the past two months, the company has prepared and delivered over 50,000 meals. Their goal: 100,000 meals delivered by the end of the year.

To get there, plans to grow from one to 100 kitchens in Riverside over the next few months by training people who have a home kitchen and love to cook how to create a licensed microenterprise home kitchen

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Americans need to separate health insurance from our jobs

If we want to radically improve insurance and health care in our country to ensure that every American receives the care they need, we have to be bold. And that begins with divorcing insurance from where we work.

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Not only would that improve the choices of consumers, but it would also help lower costs and provide more options for people who aren’t covered in the current system. That would empower individuals to choose their health plans according to their needs.


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As of March 2019, the U.S. Census estimates that 91% of the population had health insurance. Nearly one third receive coverage from government health insurance, whether Medicare, Medicaid or state employees. Left out are approximately 29.9 million Americans without health insurance — public, private or otherwise.

The number of uninsured is an important metric because it is the target group for

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Health Matters: Artificial intelligence is changing modern medicine | News, Sports, Jobs

Conway McLean, DPM, Journal columnist



Imagine the day: you go to your local health care facility and wait for your turn. Eventually the nurse brings you back to the testing room where you enter a small plexiglass chamber, similar to the airport security scanners. You place your feet on the spots indicated and stand quietly. Whereupon the artificial intelligence running the analysis system promptly spits out a page with your diagnoses and even some specific recommendations for treatment. All without the services (or time) of a physician. And the accuracy is impressive and treatments appropriate. This is the foreseeable future of medicine’s synthesis with AI, artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence in medicine is currently in its infancy. But all those knowledgeable agree, it is only a matter of time. In 10 to 20 years, the capability of the technology will likely catch up to the

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Underground insulin exchanges emerge as workers lose jobs amid pandemic, insurance co-pays fall short

DENVER — D.j. Mattern had her Type 1 diabetes under control until COVID-19’s economic upheaval cost her husband his hotel maintenance job and their health coverage. The 42-year-old Denver woman suddenly faced insulin’s exorbitant list price — anywhere from $125 to $450 per vial — just as their household income shrank.

She scrounged extra insulin from friends, and her doctor gave her a couple of samples. But, as she rationed her supplies, her blood sugar rose so high that her glucose monitor couldn’t even register a number. In June, she was hospitalized.

“My blood was too acidic. My system was shutting down. My digestive tract was paralyzed,” Mattern said, after three weeks in the hospital. “I was almost near death.”

So she turned to a growing underground network of people with diabetes who share extra insulin when they have it, free of charge. It wasn’t supposed to be this way,

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Bon Secours Mercy Health wellness program gets award | News, Sports, Jobs


YOUNGSTOWN — Bon Secours Mercy Health, the parent company for Mercy Health — Youngstown, was recognized for providing one of the best workforce health and employee well-being programs in the U.S.

The award from Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of more than 440 large employers, puts the health care provider among 39 U.S. employers that received the 2020 Best Employers Excellence in Health and Well-Being Award.

Bon Secours Mercy Health received a silver award for its Be Well employee well-being program.

Be Well is designed guide employees and eligible spouses to healthy behavior by providing resources like online coaching, webinars, activity tracking, challenges and health management programs, according to the company.

Participation is incentivized with a health-reimbursement account contribution and yearly sweepstakes.

“Bon Secours Mercy Health’s vision to be where associates want to work, clinicians want to practice, people seek wellness and communities thrive starts

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Survey Reveals 80% Of Workers Would Quit Their Jobs For This

Mental health matters, for today’s remote workforce: a vast majority of workers (80%) would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employees’ mental health. That’s according to a recent survey of 1,000 Americans, published by TELUS International. Research indicates that 75% of U.S. workers have struggled at work due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent world events. On the eve of World Mental Health Day, it seems that the coronavirus has created massive amounts of stress, anxiety and uncertainty for remote workers and leaders alike. Below you will find three things that companies can do, today, to help employees during this difficult time.

But first, consider other results and mental health responses from the survey:

  • 4 out of 5 workers find it hard to “shut off” in the evenings
  • Over half of respondents
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GeekWire Summit Preview: A glimpse of the future of tech, health, education, jobs and more

Our signature technology conference, the GeekWire Summit, kicks off next week. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is known for offering a glimpse of the future through the eyes of leaders in technology, science and business, and in these challenging and uncertain times, this annual tradition has never been more important.

You may have seen the news that Bill Gates has joined the lineup for an hour-long interview on Oct. 15. But the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair is just one element of a larger lineup. In this post and special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, my colleague John Cook and I offer a sneak preview of what’s in store.

The GeekWire Summit will be held virtually over three weeks, from Oct. 13 to 29, with sessions taking place twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from late morning to early afternoon. The full content

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Pandemic’s Fiscal Bite Forces Fairview Health To Close Clinics, Slash Jobs

Others in the news include the nation’s Catholic health system, Hendrick Health System, Shannon Health System, Community Health Systems, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Novant Health, Walden Biosciences, ARCH Venture Partners, UCB Ventures and Virta Health.

Fairview Health To Close 16 Clinics, Cut 900 Jobs

A Minneapolis health care system says the coronavirus pandemic has caused deep operating losses, forcing it to close 16 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin and reduce its workforce by 900 employees. Fairview Health also plans to shut down Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul that had been handling COVID-19 patients and transfer that care to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Inpatient mental health care will continue at the downtown St. Paul hospital at least through 2021. (10/6)

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Diabetes Outreach teams up to offer ‘Better Choices, Better Health’ interactive program | News, Sports, Jobs


MARQUETTE — Since COVID-19 started, are you having trouble taking care of yourself? Have you gained weight, found yourself frequently eating junk food and sitting in front of the TV or computer? This can be harmful if you have diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems, a physical disability or other lifelong condition.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network are working together to offer “Better Choices, Better Health,” an online, interactive program that guides you to positive health behaviors for free. You will join a small group of people experiencing similar struggles and trying to create their best life with an ongoing health condition.

The program provides a supportive environment for people who are facing health challenges and trying to make changes. Together, participants find ways to overcome obstacles and celebrate their successes.

New BCBH groups are starting every week. Enrollment is ongoing

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Fairview restructuring to eliminate 900 jobs, dramatically change health services in St. Paul

At MPR, Matt Sepic says, “Fairview Health Services said Monday it will close two hospitals in St. Paul as part of a major restructuring. Bethesda Hospital near the Capitol will be leased to Ramsey County to be used as a homeless shelter. St. Joseph’s downtown will become a ‘community hub for health and wellness.’ The major restructuring will eliminate about 900 positions. Fairview said it lost $163 million in the first six months of this year … .”

In the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo writes: “Struggling under the weight of pandemic-era financial losses and other industry challenges long in the making, one of the state’s largest healthcare networks will dramatically upend services in St. Paul and beyond, effective almost immediately. M Health Fairview on Monday announced a shake-up that will permanently change the face of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, shutter 16

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