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Fri, Nov 22 10:31am · Hospitals Turn to Community Partnerships to Improve Health Equity

Residents living in Chicago’s West Side have a 16-year-shorter life expectancy than their neighbors living just a few miles away in the city’s Loop neighborhood. But a program called West Side United, made up of several Chicago hospitals and civic groups, aims to change that by addressing some of the health equity issues that contribute to such disparities. It is well documented that factors such as unequal access to employment, healthy food, transportation, and exposure to neighborhood violence all contribute to illnesses—including heart disease—that can reduce life expectancy, noted Darlene Hightower, associate vice president of the Office of Community Engagement at Rush University, 1 of West Side United’s partners in a press release. “So if being healthy is largely determined by what happens outside of the four walls of a hospital, we needed to go to the people working in many sectors across multiple neighborhoods to determine what those barriers to health are,” said Hightower in the release.

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Fri, Nov 8 12:16pm · Extension as a Backbone Support Organization for Physical Activity Promotion: A Collective Impact Case Study From Rural Kentucky.

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Rural counties in the United States face daunting structural issues that reduce their populations’ physical activity levels, including geographic isolation as well as deficits in infrastructure, public transportation, health care providers, and funding.

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Fri, Oct 25 10:33am · A "Tea and Cookies" Approach: Co-designing Cancer Screening Interventions with Patients Living with Low Income

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In our primary care organization, we have observed income gradients in cancer screening for our patients despite outreach. We hypothesized that outreach strategies could be improved upon to be more compelling for our patients living with low income.

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Fri, Oct 18 4:00pm · Development and implementation of an LGBT initiative at a health sciences library: the first eighteen months

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is the pilot site for the eQuality project, an initiative to integrate training for providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients into the standard medical school curriculum. Inspired by and in support of this School of Medicine initiative, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library staff have developing our own initiative. Because of past and current lack of competent provider training and the resulting need for patients to be knowledgeable self-advocates, however, our initiative was broadened to include the goal of providing LGBT individuals in our communities—both on campus and in the broader public—with the resources and tools that they need to access information about their own health. Case Presentation This paper describes the development of that twofold initiative and the tangible methods used in its implementation, including collection development, interdepartmental collaboration, electronic resource guide creation, and community engagement through outreach.

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Fri, Oct 18 3:55pm · Addressing Isolation in the Scientific Community

In STEM, and particularly in science, many early career researchers find themselves isolated and lacking guidance. There is an enormous need to connect early career scientists with experienced professionals outside their immediate work environment. A new initiative aims to create a supportive community to foster communication between scientists through all stages of their career.

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Fri, Aug 16 2:42pm · Changing prescribing behaviours with educational outreach: an overview of evidence and practice

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General practitioners (GPs), or family practitioners, are tasked with prescribing medications that can be harmful to the community if they are inappropriately prescribed or used (e.g. opioids). Educational programs, such as educational outreach (EO), are designed to change the behaviour of health professionals. The purpose of this study was to identify the efficacy of EO programs at changing the prescribing behaviour of GPs.

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Fri, Aug 9 2:52pm · Prescription Drug Abuse Among Patients in Rural Dental Practices Reported by Members of the National Dental PBRN

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This study compared rural to nonrural dentists with respect to opioid prescribing practices, perceptions about prescription drug abuse among patients, and training relevant to pain management and addictions.

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Fri, Jul 26 9:26am · Community Health Centers: a Key Partner to Achieve Medicaid Expansion

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Medicaid expansion is an important feature of the “Affordable Care Act” and also is proposed as a component of some incremental plans for universal healthcare coverage. We describe (1) obstacles encountered with Medicaid coverage, (2) their potential resolution by federally qualified community health centers (CHCs), (3) the current status and limitations of CHCs, and (4) a proposed mega CHC model which could help assure access to care under Medicaid coverage expansion. Proposed development of the mega CHC model involves a three-component system featuring (1) satellite neighborhood outreach clinics, with team care directed by primary care nurse practitioners, (2) a hub central CHC which would closely correspond to the logistics and administration of current CHCs, and (3) a teaching hospital facilitating subspecialty care for CHC patients, with high-quality and cost-effectiveness. We believe that this new model, designated as a mega CHC, will demonstrate that CHCs can achieve their potential as a key partner to insure care under Medicaid expansion.

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