Improving Health Outcomes in Papua New Guinea

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International Development

Tetra Tech’s Amy Gildea explains how an understanding of the social economy, politics, and culture in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is crucial to improving health outcomes on the island in the Western Pacific. In this post, Amy, the managing director of international development, Asia Pacific for Coffey, a Tetra Tech Company, explains that health and development programs need to be designed smarter and in a way that considers all the drivers of change.

This post originally ran on Devex.

PNG has historically been of key strategic importance for Australia. As the country’s closest neighbor, PNG has represented a key line of defense by maintaining a social and political balance between Australia and the South Pacific region. As a result, successive Australian governments have attempted to support—through financial, social, and other schemes—the development, advancement, and stability of PNG’s political systems, society,

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Quest Diagnostics Receives 2020 C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Outstanding Employee Health Program

Named for C. Everett Koop, the 13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982-1989), the award is given by The Health Project to organizations that demonstrate their health programs deliver significant health improvements and business results. In a quarter of a century, fewer than 70 organizations have won the honor. Quest Diagnostics is the sole winner in 2020.

The award was presented last month as part of the virtual annual Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Forum. To watch a video about the Quest Diagnostics employee population health program that won the award, click here.

“Quest Diagnostics is committed to fostering a healthier world, starting with our employees,” said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, CEO and President, Quest Diagnostics. “To achieve that goal, we empower our employees with health insights, based on lab and biometric data. But we don’t stop there. We also provide our employees with access to medical expertise

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Central Oregon Crossroads: Air pollution and health | Local&State

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has reduced air pollution — just ask anybody who lives in Beijing, China — who for a month or two could see blue skies again before they got the virus under control and went back to business as usual.

This real-time demonstration of what happens following a reduction in fossil fuel emissions should convince everyone that an active decarbonization program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would provide similar results. In Central Oregon, our summer wildfires are creating an additional challenge in the form of air pollution that has similar effects on health as fossil fuel emissions.

In testimony on Aug. 5, to Congress, Professor Drew Shindell from Duke University reported on new research from his lab. He writes:

“The study estimates effects on the health and economic benefits to Americans if the United States and the rest of the world mitigate climate change to

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Report shows lack of health care access in Black Belt

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

a path with trees on the side of a road: Black Belt counties have less physical access to health care in Alabama.

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Black Belt counties have less physical access to health care in Alabama.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s Black Belt counties have less physical access to health care options and the state overall is suffering poor health outcomes, according to a recent report released by the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center.

The EPC’s definition of the Black Belt includes 24 counties, and Monday’s report, “Health Care: A Key Challenge in Alabama’s Black Belt,” said 17 of them have fewer than the statewide average of 3.9 hospital beds per 1,000 people.

Four Black Belt counties, Lamar, Lowndes, Perry and Pickens, don’t have any hospitals.

“These data suggest that the Black Belt is largely underserved in terms of health care,” the report says. “Specifically, it indicates that Black Belt residents lack physical access to health care, i.e. the nearest hospital or

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Barring better health, Auburn shouldn’t be favored by 3.5 at South Carolina

It’s been a difficult year to handicap college football teams.

Bettors have had to wade through a combination of opt-outs, practice disruptions, COVID game cancelations and injuries, often with teams being less forthright than usual about who may or may not be available.

I’ve fallen victim to that a few times, failing to account for Auburn’s many injuries when handicapping the team’s game against Arkansas.

So although Gus Malzahn sounded optimistic about several key players on Sunday, until we know more information, it’s not a good idea to bet on Auburn at South Carolina.

The Tigers were 3.5-point road favorites as of Tuesday morning.

My current power rankings, which are based solely on which team I’d favor on a neutral field as of today and only rank the 77 FBS teams currently playing, slot Auburn at No. 16 and South Carolina at No. 22.

Home-field advantage has been more difficult

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What is health literacy? | University of Nevada, Reno

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October is Health Literacy Month. Alexandra Watson, M.D. ’17, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine fourth-year family medicine resident, wants to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand, while finding ways to make the health care system easier to navigate.

What is health literacy and why is it important?

Health literacy is the ability of an individual to acquire and understand health information in order to make appropriate decisions about their own health and the health of others. The health care system in the U.S. is complex, and health care decisions can be exceedingly complicated.

It is important for all patients to have sufficient health literacy. Improved health literacy leads to better health outcomes! Patients with low health literacy may have difficulty following medication regimens, utilizing available health services, completing medical or insurance paperwork, and keeping up on their

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Vital Decisions and Aetna Better Health Team Up to Support Members and Families Facing Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care Decisions

EDISON, N.J., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vital Decisions today announced a collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Virginia to extend support for seriously ill individuals and their families. The organizations will provide a telehealth program to engage health plan members in discussions about their care preferences and goals as they endure an advanced illness.

For over a decade, Vital Decisions’ clinical specialists have helped people explore, define, document and communicate their care wishes to loved ones and healthcare providers.  The result: individuals and their families feel empowered, informed and in control of their care decisions, leading to improved health outcomes, reduced stress for all parties involved and a higher quality of life experience.

“Our goal at Aetna Better Health of Virginia is to best serve our members at every stage of their lives, and to do so with compassion in trying times for individuals and their families,” said

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Breathe new life into public health. Far too many Indians rely on Baba Ramdev, Akshay Kumar

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Media headlines and public discourse might not reflect it, but one of the most important policy priorities for India now and over the next decade is health. The immediate task, of course, is ensuring that we bring the pandemic under control within the next year. The longer term challenge is to create a health care and public health system that will form the basis of our future growth and development.

Public policies designed to bring about better health outcomes are desirable in and of themselves. But in the post-pandemic world, investment in health is important for an instrumental reason as well — to revive the Indian economy in the short-term and create a new engine of growth that the country desperately needs. Despite the beating the system has received due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian healthcare sector has the potential and the opportunity

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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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Dr. William B. Applegate and Dr. Christopher C. Colenda: A broken system and broken promises on health care | Columnists

Many of Trump’s allies and supporters have disingenuously tried to praise the job our current president has done. It is hard for us to fathom that our older patients can accept these assertions given the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Others will attribute these sad events to “misfortune” or “bad luck.” Our interpretation is that these events, particularly for older voters who supported the current leadership, are an unprecedented betrayal.

Dr. William B. Applegate is president and Dean Emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and professor of medicine, geriatrics and gerontology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Christopher C. Colenda is president emeritus of West Virginia University Health System in Morgantown, W.Va., and dean emeritus of the College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Sciences in Bryan, Texas.

Also contributing to this column were Dr. Dan G. Blazer, a professor emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and

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