Red Deerians gather to share concerns about health care system and ways to fix it

About 140 Red Deerians who wanted to share ideas to help fix Alberta’s health care system attended a public engagement session on Thursday led by Alberta Health.

Participants were divided into groups to talk about problems with health care, offer ideas, as well as learn about the province’s plan to streamline Alberta Health Services and create different organizations to oversee acute care, primary care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions.

A participant, who spoke to the Advocate following the session, was concerned that public health was left out of the government’s new multi-organization plan.

“Public health is more than COVID and immunization. Decreasing smoking in society, that was driven by public health, same for car seats. All of that’s been left out,” she said.

At her table, there was also a lot of distrust about the impact of public engagement sessions, she said.

“I believe that change is

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Next UI Health Care VP is former U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Denise Jamieson

Dr. Denise Jamieson answers a question from the audience during a May 1 forum at the Medical Education Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Then a finalist for the position of vice president of medical affairs, Jamieson was hired for the position this week. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)
Dr. Denise Jamieson answers a question from the audience during a May 1 forum at the Medical Education Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Then a finalist for the position of vice president of medical affairs, Jamieson was hired for the position this week. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The next head of the University of Iowa’s sprawling health care enterprise and medical college will be retired U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Denise J. Jamieson, who accumulated decades of leadership and health care experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at Emory University.

Most recently serving as professor and chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine — as well as chief of gynecology and obstetrics for Emory Healthcare — Jamieson, 58, will start Aug. 1 as UIHC vice president for medical affairs and

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A health data privacy showdown

The Federal Trade Commission’s notice last week about its plan to crack down on health care companies that use customer data for marketing signals legal warfare to come.

That’s according to the legal experts Ben consulted.

The plan to use a 14-year-old cybersecurity rule “really is pushing the envelope,” said Kirk Nahra, a privacy attorney at law firm WilmerHale.

He added: The agency is “retroactively” looking to “revise the rule to fit enforcement actions that it has already taken.”

Nahra expects plenty of comments about the notice’s scope — at this point, it remains a proposal, not a final rule — and potential legal challenges if the FTC doesn’t scale it back.

“They are 100 percent right that health data … does need more comprehensive privacy regulation, but I’m not sure FTC has been

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Resident physicians strike at Elmhurst hospital in Queens, New York

About 150 resident physicians at Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens, New York, began a five-day strike for better wages on Monday. They also are demanding hazard pay for the physicians who worked at Elmhurst during the beginning of the pandemic, when Queens was severely affected. This is the first strike of New York City physicians since 1990, when resident physicians at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital walked out for nine days.

Striking resident physicians at Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens, New York [Photo: WSWS]

Although the striking residents work at Elmhurst, which is a municipal hospital, they are employed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. No agreement has been reached after almost a year of contract negotiations. The residents are members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), which has accused management of negotiating in bad faith. 

Martha, a resident physician on the picket line, told the 

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New CT scanners double capacity at Selkirk Regional Health Centre

The Manitoba government is investing more than $15 million to reduce patient wait times by adding two new scanners at Selkirk Regional Health Centre and doubling CT scan capacity for Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.

“The Selkirk Regional Health Centre plays an important role in our health-care system, serving as a central hub for hospitals and health centres throughout the Interlake-Eastern health region,” said Health Minister Audrey Gordon. “Investing in two new CT scanners and more staff to operate those means residents in Selkirk and the broader health region will have improved access to integral diagnostic services closer to home.”

One CT scanner will be entirely new to the facility, while the other will replace aging equipment to ensure safe, reliable and efficient services. The funding will allow for double the CT scans to be performed in Selkirk to 34,000 scans from the current 17,000 scans annually. Combined, they will serve

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State budget needs to do more for health care, advocates say

While health care is rightfully an issue of national relevance, the manner in which that care is funded and delivered is a much more local issue, with individual states making important budget decisions that impact how and where their residents can receive care.

Here in Connecticut, more than 417,000 of our residents — or about 11 percent of our state’s total population — have their health care needs met by a community health center, commonly known as a federally qualified health center, or FQHC. With more than 250 locations across Connecticut, every corner of our state is served by one of these health centers, and served well. They provide care for Connecticut residents suffering from mental health disorders, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence and more.

Unfortunately, in a budget proposal from the Connecticut Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, there is not nearly enough funding to support community health

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Pacers Take Space offers health care service at Grant Union High

The mental and physical health care services will be available on-campus at no cost to students.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There’s a new health center for students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood. It’s called “Pacers Take Space.” 

Grant Union High held a ceremony on Wednesday, unveiling the new center at the school. The purpose is “to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational trauma and poverty by providing students with access to mental and physical health care services on campus.”

“We are especially proud that our long-envisioned dream of a school-based health center at Grant Union High School has become a reality, thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation in Del Paso Heights, the Sacramento Native American Health Center and Sutter Health,” said Dr. Steve Martinez, superintendent of Twin Rivers Unified School District. “Our students at Grant will not

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