The Health 202: A court with Amy Coney Barrett is more likely to reinterpret Roe than reverse it

That’s the trajectory those on both sides of the abortion debate expect if Barrett joins the court.

“The point is she could rid of the right for millions without actually overturning Roe,” Leila Abolfazli, director of federal reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, told me. “It’s like bit by bit narrowing the procedure until there is no procedure left.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List, put it this way: “Reinterpreting Roe, that is how I think about it.”

Barrett, who will sit again before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a third day of confirmation hearings, is expected to tilt the court further to the right, potentially giving it a five- or even six-vote majority on cases involving abortion restrictions passed by the states.

She has a lengthy public record that underscores her personal opposition to abortion. But through hours of hearings

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‘I’m a Black Doctor. I Feel the Weight of Representing My Community’

A distinct memory I have from my childhood in Sacramento, California is overhearing my dad taking calls from worried parents. He has been practicing as a general pediatrician for 25 years and answers every call with patience and compassion that I deeply admire.



Savatheda Fynes standing in front of a building: Rebekah Fenton was a pediatrics resident at Seattle Children's hospital before taking her current position as adolescent medicine fellow in Chicago.


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Rebekah Fenton was a pediatrics resident at Seattle Children’s hospital before taking her current position as adolescent medicine fellow in Chicago.

As I grew older, my father started sharing some of his patients’ stories with me and I began to realize that I also wanted to work in medicine, but that I wanted to focus my career on working with teenagers.

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However, as a Black girl growing up wanting to be a doctor, I became aware that I was the personification of my parents’ and communities’ dreams. At church or community events, I’d often hear, “your parents must be so proud.” And,

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CommonSpirit Health Closes Care Gaps with Personalized, Community-Based Care Navigation in Partnership with Docent Health

Research demonstrates improved health outcomes for maternal and orthopedic patients through a technology-enabled, community-based care model

CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system serving patients in 137 hospitals and 1000+ care sites across 21 states, and Docent Health are expanding their virtual care navigator program to build on the program’s success in improving health outcomes for maternity and orthopedic patients. Docent Health is a leader in consumer engagement and patient navigation technology and services. Partners since 2016, the virtual care navigation program has paired patients with care navigators who are in and of CommonSpirit’s communities and provide individualized guidance to patients.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has stated that achieving health equity and driving improvements for all patients requires further investment in tools that address social determinants and close care gaps. CMS notes that social determinants of health – including housing, transportation, education, social isolation, and more –

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Release of module and mapping of tools on stakeholder and community engagement in quality of care initiatives for maternal, newborn and child health

The WHO and UNICEF recently published a module to guide policy makers and programme implementers working in quality improvement in maternal, newborn and child health, to support making comprehensive and meaningful stakeholder and community engagement an integral part of quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Orientation module

This module compliments the implementation guide developed by The Network for Improving Quality of care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (QoC Network).  Four key topics are covered, including: rationale for engagement; building and
strengthening partnerships; strategies for information, communication and advocacy; and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Mapping of tools

The mapping of tools identified 70 tools to further support implementation of stakeholder and community engagement across the seven steps of the Quality of Care Network’s Implementation Framework*. The
tools are available through an online portal, which allows uses to filter based on the different topic focus and phase of implementation. 

* 1) establish leadership

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Boston’s DIY Hip-Hop Community : NPR

Boston’s emerging do-it-yourself hip-hop community gives artists tremendous freedom.

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Boston’s emerging do-it-yourself hip-hop community gives artists tremendous freedom.

Jesse Haley

It’s 1986, and there’s a voice on the radio talking about a place called “Fresh Avenue.” “There’s a place yes a place to be / Where party people chill in harmony / No prejudice no crime or guns / Just the hip-hop and a lot of fun / I’m talking about the place Fresh Avenue / And I’m MC Keithy E from the Gang Starr Crew.”

You’ve heard drums before, but not quite like this. It’s the texture, the grit, the rawness — it draws you in. You’re like, “Bet, I’m there,” and, taking your hand off of the dial, you carefully listen for any new information about the place where you can experience this music live.

A few miles away, on

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At federal hearing, community outrage over plan to abandon Exide battery plant

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Portions of the Exide Technologies, lead-acid battery recycling plant located in Vernon are wrapped in white plastic even as a press conference with state and local elected leaders was held at Resurrection Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to express their opposition to Exide's proposed bankruptcy settlement, specifically in regard to the option for Exide to fully abandon the facility in Vernon and its responsibility to clean the environmental damage it caused. Resurrection Church on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
The closed Exide Technologies lead-acid battery recycling plant in Vernon is partially enclosed in plastic to prevent the release of lead and other contaminants. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Federal authorities faced an outpouring of community opposition at a public hearing Tuesday over an Exide Technologies bankruptcy plan to abandon a shuttered Vernon battery recycling plant blamed for spreading lead contamination across southeast L.A. County.

The near-universal indignation came from dozens of members of the predominantly Latino communities surrounding the closed Exide Technologies facility. One person after another during the hours-long hearing blasted the proposal and urged authorities to reject it and pursue actions to hold the company accountable for its pollution.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have agreed not to oppose the company’s plan, which is scheduled to be considered for approval at a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday.

“Accepting this terrible proposal would be

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Annual Binational Health Week continues amid pandemic

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara County all this month is keeping alive its annual effort to help address health disparities experienced by Latinx people in the region.

The 16th annual Binational Health Week features a series of in-person events with safety precautions and online informational sessions that include drive-up resource fairs and webinars on checking and controlling blood pressure. There was also a free COVID-19 testing and face covering giveaway at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose over the weekend.

  • SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 10: Myrna Ash, right, receives a nasal swab from Ingrid Rodriguez with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center during a free COVID-19 testing and flu shot event held at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department partnering with multiple organizations held the free event as part

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Allscripts To Sell CarePort Health Biz To WellSky For $1.35 Bln

(RTTNews) – Shares of Allscripts (MDRX) surged 55% in extended trading session Tuesday after the company said it agreed to sell its CarePort Health business to WellSky Corp., a health and community care technology company, for $1.35 billion.

WellSky is jointly owned by private equity firms, TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.

CarePort solutions assist hundreds of hospitals and thousands of post-acute care providers to efficiently coordinate and transition patients through different settings of care.

The agreed sale price of $1.35 billion represents a multiple of greater than 13 times CarePort’s revenue over the trailing 12 months.

The transaction is expected to close before the end of the year.

“WellSky is a great company that will provide both an ideal and permanent home for CarePort and its almost 200 team members,” said Rick Poulton, Allscripts President and Chief Financial Officer. “This agreement is another all-around win for Allscripts as

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Allscripts to sell CarePort Health business to WellSky

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its CarePort Health (“CarePort”) business to WellSky Corp., a global health and community care technology company. WellSky is jointly owned by two of the world’s largest private equity firms, TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.

CarePort solutions assist hundreds of hospitals and thousands of post-acute care providers to efficiently coordinate and transition patients through different settings of care.

The agreed sale price of $1.35 billion represents a multiple of greater than 13 times CarePort’s revenue over the trailing 12 months, and approximately 21 times CarePort’s non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA over the trailing 12 months. CarePort is included in Allscripts Data, Analytics and Care Coordination reporting segment and represents approximately 6% of Allscripts consolidated revenues. Reference should be made to the Allscripts quarterly earnings reports and supplemental financial data for a reconciliation of non-GAAP Adjusted

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Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

Health New England is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Ira M. Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, to the role of Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. In this position, Dr. Klein is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services for Health New England members, and will focus on clinical excellence, innovation and technology to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Klein joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to Richard Swift, President and CEO, Health New England.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Ira Klein as our new Chief Medical Officer. With decades of experience in the health care industry, he is uniquely qualified to serve our members and strengthen our mission to improve the health and lives of the people in our communities,” Swift said. “He is joining Health New England at a very important time and will be a tremendous asset to

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