The well-being and welfare of our children should always be our focus. ~ Todd Tiahrt
News, Announcements, Celebrations
- Mental Health Month Declaration is being sponsored by Mental Health Colorado and Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council. You can join these folks and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne in the west foyer of the State Capitol May 1st 12-1PM, 200 E. Colfax Ave.
- Leadership through Change: Managing health care in today’s environment will involve a panel discussion by experts in mental health, including Andrew Romanoff, to discuss perspectives on caring for acute behavioral health patients. May 5, 7:45AM-12:45PM, COPIC Insurance bldg., 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver – sponsored by COPIC and the Colorado Hospital Association.
- Help others by sharing your personal story is a page on Mental Health Colorado’s website to which they post stories submitted by Coloradans who have faced mental health or substance use problems.
- Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention by Communities to Promote Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health in Children is the proceedings from the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health’s workshop in DC last summer. It brought together researchers, program developers/implementers, state and local officials, community leaders, health care providers, patient advocates, and other stakeholders to examine how knowledge from researchers and practitioners can best be implemented in community settings.
- Learning to Broaden How We Think about Health is a posting by Karen McNeil-Miller on the Colorado Health Foundation’s blog in which she discusses her beliefs about what constitutes health, and how the foundation has committed 1 of 6 focus areas to behavioral health.
- A Hideous Past as Prologue? How the Nuremberg Trials Helped Shape Modern Medical Ethics is a CPR interview with the Farley Center’s esteemed colleague, Daniel Goldberg, on the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials about the case of 23 doctors charged with conducting experiments on prisoners without consent…leading to the creation of the Nuremberg Code.
- In her own words: Denver mom talks overcoming heroin addiction is a story reported by Denver 9News about a woman’s battle to recover from heroin addiction, precipitated by Percocet for severe migraines.
- Boot Camp Translation: A Method for Building a Community of Solution by Ned Norman and others published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine a few years ago, describes the community –based participatory research/translation of evidence-based guidelines and recommendations approach being used in a current Farley Center project. This method has successfully engaged community members in patient-centered outcomes research.
- Health insurance for new college grads: What to know about your options is an article in The Washington Post by Michelle Andrews about issues to consider when a graduate is looking into insurance options, and the lack of privacy as a possible downside if remaining on parents’ policies.
- Headucation UK has launched a petition to make mental health education compulsory in all UK schools is a story in METRO by Ellen Scott about how Headucation UK has launched a petition to make mental health education compulsory in all UK schools. They need 25,000 more signatures by May 3rd to make sure the petition is considered for debate in parliament.
- Achieving Health Equity through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016 is a community case study done by Dr. Kevin Grumbach and colleagues who used a novel collective impact model that blends community engagement with evidence-to-policy translational science. The model involved diverse stakeholders, and authors reported on prevention initiatives to reduce consumptions of sugar sweetened beverages, regulating retail alcohol sales, and eliminating disparities in children’s oral health.
- What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win over the Freedom Caucus is a posting by Margo Sanger-Katz on The New York Times’ site, The Upshot that includes a simple guide as to what’s new in the amendment to the American Health Care Act, drafted by congressman, Tom MacArthur (NJ). He proposes to keep much of the AHCA in place, but recommends a waiver program to allow states to apply to eliminate three major insurance regulations.
- The Role of Medicaid in Rural America is an issue brief by Julia Foutz and colleagues posted on The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation site that describes Medicaid’s role for 52 million nonelderly children and adults living in the most rural areas in the United States, and discusses how expansion or reduction in Medicaid could affect rural areas.
- Work requirements for Florida Medicaid recipients move forward in House is a story reported in the Miami Herald by Michael Auslen about how some low-income people (excluding those with disabilities) who rely on Medicaid may have to meet new work requirements to keep their healthcare due to legislation passed by the Florida House this week.
- Jim Martin: Legislature must address failing mental health system is an opinion piece by Jim Martin in the Boulder Daily Camera that discusses Colorado bi-partisan Senate Bill 207, a $7.1 million proposal (from Marijuana Cash Tax Fund) that would make it illegal to use jails as facilities for those who should be placed on mental health holds. The money would be used to build 2-person mobile crisis teams that include a police officer and a behavioral specialist to step in to move the person in trouble to a treatment facility rather than make an arrest.
- Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal is a story on Vox reported by Sarah Kliff earlier in the week and here she provides an update from Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) that he released a statement saying he will close the loophole that provides for this exemption.
- If we want to improve mental health, first we need to tackle poverty is a story in The Guardian by Dawn Foster who talks about how removing stigma alone is not enough and that the debate needs to look hard at the role of poverty. There must be recognition of the link between socioeconomic deprivation and mental health, which creates a drain on the public purse.
- Supreme Court to decide whether defendants are entitled to a mental-health expert on their side is a story by Robert Barnes in The Washington Post about how previously poor defendants whose mental health might explain their criminal actions have a right to expert evaluation. This week the Supreme Court’s liberals and conservatives disagreed on whether an Alabama inmate was entitled to a mental-health expert to be on his side in fighting the state’s attempt to sentence him to death.
- American health care is so messed up that a whole industry has been created to help
navigate it is a story posted on Market Watch about how medical bill advocates and other third-party businesses have sprung up in the gaps and blind spots of America’s complicated, fragmented health care system.
- Health Care in America: An Employment Bonanza and a Runaway-Cost Crisis is a posting on Kaiser Health News by Chad Terhune about the health care industry now employs 1 in 9 Americans. Harvard economist, Katherine Baicker, says we should be aiming for a health care system that operates more efficiently and effectively, which might mean better outcomes for patients, but fewer jobs…which will be a tough habit to break.
- Change in 52 year-old Medicaid rule will expand mental health care is a story in The Columbus Dispatch by Alan Johnson about how, effective July 1, Ohio Medicaid recipients, aged 21 to 64 years in a managed care plan, will be eligible for up 15 days of inpatient mental health treatment. The program specifically exempted that group from inpatient coverage since it was founded in 1965.
Research, Data, Evaluation
- Five questions for Dana Dabelea is an interview captured in CU Connections by Cynthia Pasquale with Dana Dabelea, Conrad M. Riley Endowed Professor in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health about her work in diabetes and clues to diabetes prevention she’s detected. She believes in going upstream and studying younger people with diabetes to increase the chance of finding risk factors for the disease progression before the complications develop. Social policy matters.
- Food insecurity can affect your mental health: Large worldwide survey points to link is an article in Science Daily about a worldwide study that determined that food insecurity (affects nearly 795 million people) was associated with poorer mental health and specific psychosocial stressors across global regions (149 countries), independent of individuals’ socioeconomic status.
- Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds is a story reported by Shira Schoenberg on Mass Live about a Harvard University study commissioned by environmental groups. She indicates that instituting a carbon fee in Massachusetts can have substantial benefits to public health through improving air quality, a study based on the projected decrease in air pollution generated by a carbon fee.
- Managing Your Practice: Understanding Total Cost of Care by Steve Melek, May 17th, noon to 1PM MDT. Watched for registration.
- Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are working in Colorado to link primary care practices with local resources to improve the health of the community, and to help remove healthcare barriers.