Guardians Life Insurance Company of America committed $1 million to the Children’s Health Fund. The donation launched the Guardians of the Smile partnership to provide quality dental care and education to children in underserved communities across the United States. From January to June 2018, Children’s Health Fund’s programs provided more than 7,500 dental encounters to children in Washington D.C., Dallas, Idaho, Los Angeles, New York, and Southern Arizona thanks to Guardian’s support.
The spokesperson for the Austin branch of the Guardians of the Smile is former pro-football player Michael Griffin. Michael Griffin will lead the partnership in Austin starting with Cook Elementary School. Students at Cook Elementary School learn about the importance of good oral hygiene at a fun and interactive event. K-2 students at the Austin school will brush larger-than-life teeth, wrangle giant floss, and meet the Tooth Guardian™. For more information visit check out their website:
Is the future of healthcare shifting towards employing clinical analysis technology to administer value-based care? Analytic technology allows healthcare providers to understand their patient population better using social determinants of health. The analytic technology uses electronic health records to measure health trends amongst the targeted population.
Value-based care is collecting relevant data sources specific to socio-economic and social determinants of health unique to a specific population to plan appropriate interventions. These strategies have the potential to improve health outcomes specifically targeted areas at lower costs. Cost can be lower through a thorough analytical investigation of community needs trends and provider behaviors that increase cost. Carilion Clinic in Virginia is currently utilizing value-based care and analytical technology to serve its community better.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recalled 90,000 pounds of ham. Johnston County Hams recalled five different ham products Tuesday. The contaminated meat product got distributed to Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, and Virginia. These are the products:
Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham
Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham
Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country Ham Boneless Glazed With Brown Sugar
Premium Fully Cooked Country Hamm Less Salt
Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led an epidemiological investigation of listeriosis after reports from the FSIS. Through the combined efforts of local state departments and the CDC, the outbreak link is between illness and Johnston Country Ham products. The recall stemmed from ham products possibly exposed to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is one of the most common foodborne illness-causing agents. This example continues the streak of the foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. My last blog touched more on this public health issue.
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One public health issue that needs more attention is foodborne disease outbreaks. Foodborne outbreaks account for approximately 9.2 million illnesses each year. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 800 foodborne disease outbreaks are reported annually, resulting in roughly 15,000 illnesses (18% of which resulted in hospitalization) and 20 deaths each year.
Figure 1: Displays the most common pathogens that cause food borne illness, outbreaks, hospitalization, and deaths from 2009-2015.
Foodborne outbreaks are the result of two or more cases of foodborne illness caused by a similar pathogen. When foodborne outbreaks occur, the cases are reported to both the local and state department. After gathering information from those departments, the CDC follows up with an investigation. It is always important to be aware of warnings for food outbreaks and food recall alerts. Be careful of what you eat. Remember to Wash your hands when preparing and handling foods.
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Health technology has the potential to enhance our public health system. Tech companies can improve how we monitor disease and potential health risks. Apple has stepped into the health tech field with the introduction of its new product the Apple Watch Series 4. The watch is equipped with features that measure abnormal heart activity and a built-in emergency response contact system. Not only can the user have a constant heart monitoring system, but also the stored information can be shared with the user’s physician. This is one of the first FDA approved consumer devices used for medical purposes.
This opens the gateway for technology companies to partner with the healthcare system to develop healthcare interventions using consumer devices. These partnerships could potentially lead to increases in public awareness of health outcomes, improve medical data collection, and expand patients access to health information. Is this the beginning of how we connect our healthcare system and improve public health?
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This community in New Mexico took the effort to combat childhood trauma to new heights. A group of Dona Ana county agencies initiated a childhood trauma project using data on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). A high ACEs score can result in a child’s diminished capacity to learn in school, diminished work performance, or ability to establish healthy relationships. The project was in response to a community movement to end childhood trauma and maltreatment based on a real Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department Case.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention Project launched on Aug. 8, with a series of events in Las Cruces. The program includes a face-to-face classroom experience and five web-based lessons for participants to explore strategies for meeting the needs of families and preventing ACEs and trauma. The group believes through a data-driven citywide process, ACEs can be predictable and preventable.