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Community Health Care, Inc. receives $250,000 grant for behavioral health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy M Jones   
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:00

Davenport, Iowa—Community Health Care, Inc. (CHC) was awarded a $250,000 grant to enhance or expand the behavioral health services being offered in their clinics.

“We know that our patients have a significant need for behavioral health services,” Community Health Care, Inc. CEO Tom Bowman said. “To help meet this need, we are taking a successful partnership with Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health and expanding on it for our Iowa patients.”

The grant, provided by funding made available by the Department of Health & Human Services through the Affordable Care Act, will add four new staff positions providing integrated primary and behavioral health care.

“This grant will certainly help CHC meet one of our main goals of fully integrating behavioral health services into all of our clinics,” Bowman said. “We know the health of a patient is closely tied to their behavioral health and this grant helps us meet the needs of our patients.”

According to the 2012 Community Health Assessment, 33.3% of Quad City adults reported some difficulty or delay in obtaining health care services during the past year, particularly in mental health services.

The nation’s health center network, which is supported by HRSA’s Health Center Program serves nearly 22 million patients who count on their local health center for high quality comprehensive preventive and primary health care, regardless of their ability to pay. Ensuring that patients of health centers have access to mental health is important to improving overall health outcomes.

Community Health Care, Inc. is a patient-centered primary medical and dental health care organization that serves vulnerable populations—and all people in need. CHC is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center and is accredited by the Joint Commission. CHC is private, nonprofit organization.

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Heartland Yoga presents “Yoga for the Health Professional” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jackie Kamradt   
Friday, 01 August 2014 08:51

Heartland Yoga, in downtown Iowa City, will offer a special two-day training session, Yoga for the Health Professional, Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 from 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm both days. This unique course is for any health professional (i.e. nurses, physicians, mental health providers, PT’s, OT’s, massage therapists) who seeks to be better informed about yoga as a healing modality for a wide range of diseases and conditions. It is helpful to have some personal experience with yoga, but it is not necessary.

Betsy Rippentrop, Ph. D., licensed psychologist and yoga teacher, will teach this course that includes lecture, yoga, breath practice, discussion, and practical ways to integrate yoga into work with patients and clients. Participants will learn about the current research on yoga’s effect on physical and mental health, discuss possible mechanisms for yoga’s benefits, explore yoga as a self-care tool, discuss ethics of integrating yoga, cover practical tips for how to discuss yoga with clients, and practice creating a treatment plan that integrates yoga. Continuing Education Credits will be available.

The cost of this training is $395 for health professionals and $195 for students. For more information or to register, visit www.icheartlandyoga.com

A studio dedicated to mindful practice.

221 E College | Suite 213 | Iowa City | IA | 52240 | 319.354.4062 |www.icheartlandyoga.com

 
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Health and Wellness Services in Communities Across Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:56

New Steps Will Help Expand Access and Quality of Healthcare

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to expand health and wellness services in communities throughout Illinois. The law provides certification standards for community health workers to help bridge a vital link between healthcare providers and the unique needs of Illinois’ communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.

“Community health workers are trusted frontline public health professionals who have a close understanding of their communities’ needs,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law recognizes the vital role these professionals play in the health care system, and helps ensure the best possible delivery and quality of services in neighborhoods across our state.”

“With more people now able to access healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, if workforce shortages are not addressed, it could limit access to services and quality healthcare for all Illinoisans,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “Illinois is already experiencing workforce shortages with many safety net and rural health providers being challenged to deliver adequate care for those in their communities. Community health workers can help fill this void, connect people to services and higher-level health providers, which can ultimately increase the health of the state.”

House Bill 5412, sponsored by State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria), defines “community health worker” and creates the Illinois Community Health Worker Advisory Board to recommend certification requirements for these healthcare professionals to ensure quality care for Illinois’ residents. This 15-member volunteer board comprised of current community health workers, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals will recommend rules to standardize the criteria and process to become a certified community health worker. These workers do not provide any direct care or treatment that requires a license, but can be invaluable for linking specific health and wellness services to residents of individual communities.

The legislation was recommended in the Illinois Alliance for Health Innovation Plan in January. The Alliance was a state-led group of health policy leaders, providers, insurers and stakeholders assembled by the administration of Governor Quinn. The plan recognized the important contribution community health workers make to our healthcare system and recommended the legislation to ensure these workers all meet the same standards to provide the best services to Illinois residents. The law is effective immediately.

“This new law will help people in the community by creating a path for these workers to become respected members of the healthcare team,” Representative Gabel said. “Their role is critical because they help implement the patient’s healthcare plan, and help patients better understand their conditions to achieve a path of good health.”

“Community health workers have become an increasingly important part of our healthcare system,” Senator Koehler said. “It will help both the people working in these important jobs and the public to give community health workers legal recognition and to establish training requirements.”

Governor Quinn is committed to helping to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare in Illinois, especially those in underserved communities.

In May Governor Quinn announced a $14.5 million investment to build and renovate community health centers to help meet the healthcare demand in underserved communities throughout Illinois. A total of $30.5 million in funding from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! program has been distributed since 2011 to community health centers. These centers fill a void by providing care for those whom other providers often do not serve, including the low income, uninsured or homeless; or those with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse problems or special medical needs.

The Governor also signed The Community Health Center Construction Act in 2009 to provide funding to repair outdated buildings, convert vacant commercial space, build new health center facilities and purchase new equipment for additional healthcare services.

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4 Reasons Why Some E-Cigs Are a Safer Alternative to Traditional Smoking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:39
CEO Applauds FDA’s Proposed Regulations

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get a handle on new smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, with newly proposed regulations that include banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to register all of their products and ingredients with the FDA.

“I like these proposals; the public needs clarity on smoking alternatives because we have 42.1 million adult tobacco smokers [CDC, 2012] who may be able to benefit from them,” says Anthony Sarvucci, CEO of American Heritage International, (www.americanheritageonline.com), a company that develops e-cigarettes expressly for adult tobacco smokers who want to quit but have not succeeded.

“The bottom line is that we know how terrible traditional cigarettes are for people, but there has been a vacuum of information about e-cigs, which leads to a great deal of misinformation, some fear-mongering, and even simply making stuff up.”

Sarvucci gives four reasons why some e-cigarettes are easily a better alternative.

•  According to the American Lung Association, the average cigarette contains acetone, found in nail polish remover; acetic acid, an ingredient in hair dye; ammonia, a common household cleaner; arsenic, used in rat poison; benzene, found in rubber cement; butane, used in lighter fluid; cadmium, active component in battery acid; carbon monoxide, released in car exhaust fumes; formaldehyde, embalming fluid; hexamine, found in barbecue lighter fluid; lead, used in batteries; naphthalene, an ingredient in moth balls; methanol, a main component in rocket fuel; nicotine, used as insecticide; tar, material for paving roads; and toluene, used to manufacture paint.

•  “Adult consumers of e-cigarettes deserve to know what they’re smoking,” says Sarvucci, who adds that minors “absolutely should not be smoking or vaping, period.” American Heritage’s vapor fluid contains water and three food-grade quality ingredients – kosher vegetable glycerin and vegetable propylene and natural flavoring, and the nicotine is derived naturally. “We’re the only e-cigarette company for which all of the e-juice ingredients are sourced and mixed in the United States,” he says. “Fluid for most other e-cigarettes is sourced and mixed in China and it often contains dozens of ingredients.”

•  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarettes harm nearly every organ in your body and cause dozens of diseases. Cigarette smoke causes more deaths – combined – than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol consumption, motor vehicle injuries and gun incidents. “We’ve made significant progress against cigarette smoke in recent decades, but it’s not only a problem of the past,” he says. Almost half a million Americans will continue to die each year, even though they know the statistics as well as anyone, because they are severely addicted. “Mimicking an authentic smoking experience, like my company tries to do, at least gives these people a better option that’s also healthier for the people around them,” Sarvucci says.

•  Smokers deserve hope … In American culture, we have a can-do attitude that is unique to the world, which largely accounts for our influence. We often have a tough time, however, admitting that an individual has a problem that’s beyond his or her control. Smoking cigarettes is that problem for more than 40 million of our friends, family and neighbors.

“Look — I wouldn’t have gotten into this business if it were to create new smokers,” Sarvucci says. “I went this route because, yes, it’s a highly profitable space, but it’s also an extremely helpful alternative for traditional smokers. If you’re a nonsmoker, ask yourself: What would you rather have in your body, a few edible compounds, water and naturally sourced nicotine, or nicotine accompanied by the chemical used to exterminate rats?”

About Anthony Sarvucci

Anthony Sarvucci is the CEO of American Heritage International, (www.americanheritageonline.com), a publicly traded company that manufactures, distributes and sells disposable premium electronic cigarettes. The product uses ingredients that are exclusively sourced and mixed in America, and is designed strictly as an alternative for tobacco smokers and chewers. Sarvucci is past president and co-founder of Prairie West Oil and Gas Ltd. and serves as an investment banking consultant.

 
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Life-Saving Measures in Illinois Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:05

Expands Epinephrine Law to Protect Illinois’ Students in Life-Threatening Emergencies

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to sign legislation that will help protect Illinois’ students in life-threatening situations. The new law allows specially-trained school personnel to administer potentially life-saving epinephrine injections to help against serious allergic reactions. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of people across Illinois.

“We want our schools in Illinois to be high-quality places of learning and that includes making sure our students are safe,” Governor Quinn said. “In cases of severe allergic reactions, there is precious time to act and potentially save a life. This new law will provide more life-saving tools to protect all who attend, work in or visit Illinois’ schools.”

“Increasing access to life-saving allergy medication in schools is a simple yet critical safety measure to better protect our children’s health and safety, particularly at a time when dangerous food allergies are on the rise,” Attorney General Madigan said. “This law will allow trained school personnel to act quickly in the case of an unforeseen medical emergency.”

House Bill 5892 was an initiative of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and was sponsored by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). The legislation allows properly-trained school personnel to administer an epinephrine injection, commonly known as epi-pen, when they believe a student, employee or school visitor is having an anaphylactic reaction. Previously, only school nurses could administer these injections to students. The law sets curriculum requirements to train school personnel and allows students to carry and administer their own epinephrine injections as well as their asthma medication with parental consent. The law is effective Aug. 1, 2014.

“Protecting our children both at school and their associated activities is a top priority,” Representative Michelle Mussman said. “This legislation provides our teachers, school nurses, volunteers and students with the tools and resources they need to provide for the safety of every child and adult in our school buildings.”

“More and more children are being diagnosed with food allergies, with peanuts, eggs, milk, soy and wheat as the most common culprits,” Senator Andy Manar said. “Ensuring timely access to this life-saving medication can mean the difference between life and death for a child.”

Governor Quinn is committed to bringing life-saving measures into Illinois schools. In 2013, Governor Quinn convened a School Safety Summit that included more than 50 top experts from across the state to develop short- and long-term actions to further safeguard Illinois schools. In June he signed a law that requires CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools.

Governor Quinn also signed more school safety legislation, making safety drills mandatory at private schools, increasing school safety improvement funds and allowing public school districts to make updated emergency and crisis plans available to first responders, teachers, and administrators through electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops.

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