Peer support can help bridge gaps in mental-health services

A recent  report by Deloitte forecasts Canadians will experience an increase in mental-health issues over the coming years in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It suggests medical visits for mental-health issues could rise by between 54 and 163 per cent, and the total number of Canadians seeking medical attention for these issues will range from 6.3 million to 10.7 million. These are astronomical and concerning numbers.

A discarded surgical mask lies in a pile of leaves in Montreal Monday September 28, 2020. Even once the pandemic is over, there is expected to be a longer-term impact on the demand for mental-health services.

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A discarded surgical mask lies in a pile of leaves in Montreal Monday September 28, 2020. Even once the pandemic is over, there is expected to be a longer-term impact on the demand for mental-health services.

Other reports are also suggesting during this pandemic young adults are more likely to experience moderate-to-severe anxiety, and feel lonely and feel depressed, compared with older populations.

It’s evident young adults in Canada face and will continue to face mental-health challenges at

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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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Community paramedics fill the gaps in health care no one else can | Health

The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority created the community paramedicine program in May 2017 to fill the gaps in health care that no one else can.

Monica Mason, director of clinical services and education at the ambulance authority, said the community paramedicine program serves the “frequent flyers” or “high-utilizers” of 911 emergency calls and hospital visits.

“Community paramedics work with hospitals within our area and they see patients post-discharge from the hospital that the facility feels are at an increased risk for readmission,” Mason said, “and what the community paramedic will do is go out and see that patient 24 hours, 48 hours after their discharge from the hospital.”

“We do medication reconciliations with them, go over their disease processes, answer questions that they may have,” she said, “and make sure they have their doctors appointments scheduled and follow-up appointments.”

Community paramedics are a lifeline for some of Kanawha County’s

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Trump’s health condition highlights gaps in the 25th Amendment

Sixty-two years after Eisenhower’s letter, another American leader is in the hospital, and the circumstances around his condition are equally murky. His doctor insists he is well, while anonymous officials whisper to reporters that he might not be.

Questions are swirling about what happens if President Donald Trump, a man not known for his probity or transperency, becomes incapacitated. To a large extent, Covid-19 remains a mysterious disease, with uncertain long-term consequences and a penchant for taking sudden, violent lurches for the worse in its hosts.

And the 25th Amendment, a rough map for replacing a president should he die, resign, or become disabled in some way, provides some answers — but not all.

It allows for temporary transfers of authority, such as in 2002 and 2007 when President George W. Bush transferred authority temporarily to Vice President Dick Cheney for a few hours each time while he underwent routine

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Opinion: Close public health infrastructure gaps before next pandemic | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed holes in the U.S. public health infrastructure, particularly the lack of mechanisms to generate, collect, analyze, and compare data, according to experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In a September 24, 2020 Washington Post op-ed, Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD), and Yonatan Grad, Melvin J. and Geraldine Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and a CCDD faculty member, wrote that testing shortages and inflexible and outdated surveillance systems have hampered efforts to control disease spread. They said that lack of sufficient information about where transmission is occurring makes it difficult to determine which areas can safely reopen or where prevention measures need strengthening.

The authors called for investment in nontraditional sources of data, such as tracking people’s mobility through cell phones to see how people respond to lockdowns, measuring viral

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Healthy US economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019


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Trump promotes health care ‘vision,’ but gaps remain

“Executive orders issued close to elections are not the same thing as actual policies,” said Katherine Hempstead, a senior policy adviser with the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which works on a range of health care issues, from coverage to quality.

Trump’s speech served up a clear political attack, as he accused Democrats of wanting to unleash a “socialist nightmare” on the U.S. health care system, complete with rationing. But Democratic nominee Joe Biden has rejected calls from his party’s left for a government-run plan for all. Instead, the former vice president wants to expand the Affordable Care Act and add a new public program as an option.

Trump returned to health care amid disapproval of his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and growing uncertainty about the future of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

In a rambling speech, he promised quality health care at affordable prices, lower prescription drug

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Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ but gaps remain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“This is affirmed, signed, and done, so we can put that to rest,” Trump said. He signed an executive order on a range of issues, including protecting people with preexisting medical conditions from insurance discrimination.

But that right is already guaranteed in the Obama-era health law his administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissively said Trump’s “bogus executive order on pre-existing conditions isn’t worth the paper it’s signed on.” Democrats are betting heavily that they have the edge on health care this election

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AHA News: Young Immigrant Works to Eradicate Health Gaps in Her Latino Community | Health News


TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Growing up in Colima, Mexico, Lorena Melendez-Chavez remembers there was always nourishing food on the table – beans, rice, legumes, tortillas, cheese, vegetables and fruits – despite her family not having financial resources to spare. Her mother, who grew up on a small farm, also insisted her four children exercise because it was just as important to burn off energy as to eat well.

“I don’t know where she got all of that information, but I was very aware of the connections between healthy food and well-being from an early age,” Melendez-Chavez said. “And later, when I came to the United States for high school and started trying other foods, I saw the difference in the way I felt. … I was very lucky because I had one teacher that I could talk to about food and healthy eating, and

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