Walmart’s Growing Footprint in Healthcare and Public Health, from Guns to Mental Health and Gardens

Health Populi

Over the past couple of weeks, Walmart is demonstrating its growing commitment to and leadership in healthcare and public health. The company’s announcement this week of pulling products that can be used in military-style weapons from its Outdoor Sports/Shooting department is a major move for public health that is something of a watershed that will impact well beyond the company’s inventory and stock price.

The Coronavirus Impact on American Life, Part 2 – Our Mental Health

Health Populi

as most people are “social distancing” or sheltering in place, based on numbers from the early April 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll on the impact of the coronavirus on American life.

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Pope Francis is a Public Health Advocate

Health Populi

He is, I realized while watching this film and hearing this man of words, a public health advocate. This ruins mental health, spiritual health and physical health. So the health mission was certainly alive with the Pope’s namesake’s modus vivendi. ” [FYI, Climate change has many health effects; one that isn’t discussed enough is the phenomenon’s negative impact on mental health, which I covered here on Health Populi.].

Behavioral Health Side-Effects in the COVID Era

Health Populi

“This surge of people experiencing acute behavioral health problems…has the potential to further impact the healthcare system for years to come,” a report from McKinsey expects looking at the hidden costs of COVID-19’s impact on U.S. health care.

The Burden of Depression in the Pandemic – Greater Among People With Fewer Resources

Health Populi

America’s health system should be prepared to deal with a “probable increase” in mental illness after the pandemic, researchers recommend in Prevalence of Depression Symptoms in US Adults Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in JAMA Network Open. In the U.S.,

Art As Medicine – WHO Weaves the Evidence for Arts’ Role in Improving Health

Health Populi

“What’s the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?” ” asks a report from the World Health Organization ‘s Europe region team (WHO-Europe). The first chart illustrates the logic model that bridges arts to health in three segments: “Components” of arts programs, including but not limited to cognitive stimulation (e.g.,

Loneliness, Public Policy and AI – Lessons From the UK For the US

Health Populi

There’s a shortage of medical providers in the United Kingdom, a nation where healthcare is guaranteed to all Britons via the most beloved institution in the nation : The National Health Service. He studies digital health passionately, personally, viscerally.

What the Pew Report on Trust and Distrust in America Means for Health/Care, El Paso and Dayton — Pogo Rears His Head Again

Health Populi

I’ve tracked that social trend here in Health Populi each year since covering the Edelman Trust Barometer , which has traced the downward sloping curve on trust globally and certainly in the U.S. This holds true for health care access, burdens of chronic disease, health literacy, and by definition access to the social determinants of health the bolster well-being. Health Populi’s Hot Points: This last point gives us some hope, perhaps.

Longevity Stalls Around the World And Wealth, More Concentrated

Health Populi

Two separate and new OECD reports, updating health and the global economic outlook, raise two issues that are inter-related: that gains in longevity are stalling, with chronic illnesses and mental ill health affecting more people; and, as wealth grows more concentrated among the wealthy, the economic outlook around most of the world is also slowing. The first chart arrays the x-y data points of life expectancy versus health spending for each of the OECD countries studied.

A Tale of Two America’s for Health

Health Populi

Disparities in Americans’ health vary among people living in each of the 50 states. These differences in health status generally fall into two regions: north and south, found in the Commonwealth Fund’s 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. Health citizens living in states in New England, and then those west of Michigan and north of Missouri and Kansas, demonstrate better-than-average health outcomes.

The Health of A Nation – Being Healthy In America Depends on Where You Live

Health Populi

For health and longevity, sorry to see the lowest five ranked states are Washington DC which ranks last, along with Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama. This sober geography-is-health-destiny update was published this week in JAMA, The State of US Health, 1990-2016: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States. In this chart, green is good for health, signifying lower rates of years of life lost to the disease compared to the mean US rate.

The U.S. is a Nation in Pain – America’s Life Expectancy Fell Again in 2016

Health Populi

wars since 1950, according to Pain in the Nation Update from the Well Being Trust and Trust for America’s Health. The line graph soberly illustrates the growing tragic public health epidemic of mortality due to preventable causes, those deaths of despair as Anne Case and Sir Angus Deaton have observed in their research into this uniquely all-American phenomenon. Nonetheless, deaths across all demographic groups are increasing due to these “despair” causes.

What the Latest Pew Consumer Data Means for #HIMSS18

Health Populi

The Pew Research Group polled 2,002 U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points : Health is social: isolation is a social determinant for ill health. The obvious pearl is that not all social networks fit all people: when you’re a marketing a health care service or product, know your end-user’s media preferences. Underneath the market segmentation/media preference issues, though, remember that trust is a pre-condition for health engagement.

Physician Burnout is a Public Health Crisis

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Given the rapidly changing health care environment, it is critical to quantify the economic impact physicians have on society. BHM watches health trends and understands the importance of improving and changing with the industry. Physician burnout is a public health issue that “urgently demands action” from the rest of the healthcare industry, according to a report from Harvard University and Massachusetts trade groups.

How the Coronavirus and Technology Are Reshaping Home-Work, -Life and -Health

Health Populi

households’ changing behaviors for consuming content, stocking the pantry, engaging with social media, and using online health and fitness tools. These become the tech-platforms for people working, living, socializing, and accessing health care virtually at home. For health and fitness , the most-recommended physical activity has been walking outside — being mindful about keeping 6 feet apart through social distancing.

Slow Food, Slow Medicine: What Italy Can Teach America About Health

Health Populi

In addition, America’s overweight and obesity epidemic results in lost worker productivity, mental health and sleep challenges, and lower quality of life for millions of Americans. can learn from the food culture, policy and economy of Italy when it comes to health.

People Want to Flourish, Not Just Live – Speaking Health Politics to Real People

Health Populi

“How should we define ‘health?'” The context for the question was that the 1948 World Health Organization definition of health — that health is, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”– was not so useful in the 21st century. And I daresay, health reform. ” a 2011 BMJ article asked.

Intent, Insiders/Outsiders and Insights — Disney Institute’s Women’s Leadership Summit

Health Populi

In this post, I aim to share the key lessons that resonated with me, many of them through my broad lens on health. Each embodies different backgrounds, career pathways, ethnicities – but they’ve all embraced the Disney way of intention, mindfulness, positive attitude, can-do spirit, and very important to me, a larger embrace of life beyond the workplace and self-defined holistic health. Energy is currency in the brain, which operates on an ROI mentality.

The True Costs of Diabetes Go Well Beyond the Wallet

Health Populi

The daily life of a person managing diabetes feels many costs: at work, on relationships, at play, during sleep, on time, on mental health, and to be sure, on personal finances. Upwell Health surveyed 5,255 people with diabetes online in 2017.

Heart Health at #CES2019 – Food and Tech as Medicine

Health Populi

Self-care is the new health care as patients, now consumers at greater financial risk for medical spending, are learning. Using food and tech as medicine can help people avoid going on medications like statins and others for heart health. Dr. Dean Ornish’s research has proven patients diagnosed with heart disease can reverse cardiac damage through adopting several behavior changes: exercise, a low-fat diet, On smoking cessation, stress management, and group support.

The 2020 Social Determinants of Health: Connectivity, Art, Air and Love

Health Populi

the health/care ecosystem warmly embraced social determinants of health as a concept in 2019. A few of the mainstreaming-of-SDoH signposts in 2019 were: Cigna studying and focusing in on loneliness as a health and wellness risk factor. health care delivery. Across the U.S.,

Health Care and the Democratic Debates – Round 2 – Battle Royale for M4All vs Medicare for All Who Want It – What It Means for Industry

Health Populi

But this was Round 2 of the debate, with ten more White House aspirants sharing views — sometimes sparring — on issues of immigration, economic justice, climate change, and once again health care playing a starring role from the start of the two-hour event. Harris and VP Biden on race, busing, and segregation — which in the larger public health context continue to have a direct impact on health equity, health disparities, and socio-economic status.

Doctors tell Trump, Congress to stop blaming mental health for gun violence

FierceHealthIT

Six prominent physician groups have called on President Donald Trump and Congress to take comprehensive action to help end gun violence following last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school. The medical associations issued a joint statement urging government action, including labeling gun violence a national public health epidemic

Cancer in the Age of COVID: Delayed Care May Reverse Survival Gains Particular Among Black People

Health Populi

The drop in deaths from cancer in America was indeed positive during the current public health COVID-19 pandemic, a public health data story easily lost in an overwhelmingly tough week in the U.S.: Health inequities persist in the U.S.

Health, Wealth & COVID-19 – My Conversation with Jeanne Pinder & Carium, in Charts

Health Populi

The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically impacting and re-shaping our health and wealth, simultaneously. Today, I’ll be brainstorming this convergence in a “collaborative health conversation” hosted by Carium’s Health IRL series. We’ll be brainstorming Health and Wealth in the coronavirus pandemic, covering a broad array of facts, health consumer challenges and hacks in our conversation. Across income groups among likely U.S.

Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Although research supported the efficacy of video telepsychiatry, the National Institute of Mental Health-funded study notes, only 5% of psychiatrists in the Medicare program had ever provided a telemedicine visit. Department of Health and Human Services indicated that it would waive penalties for good faith use of non-HIPAA compliant video conferencing software during the nationwide public health emergency." Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publicatio

Senator Tina Smith: 'We have to learn from our experiences' on telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced legislation to inventory telehealth programs nationwide and evaluate ways to plan for public health emergencies using virtual care. " “Telehealth has been instrumental in connecting patients and health care professionals during COVID-19. "This bill examines what’s worked across the country so we can more effectively respond to future health emergencies."

Roundup: NHS Wales creates system for storing COVID-19 results, X-ON develops remote consultations and more briefs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

” DIGITAL APPOINTMENTS COULD BE PROBLEMATIC FOR MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS. Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Martin Marshall, has expressed concern as to the suitability of remote consultations for managing patients with mental health issues.

Legislators and healthcare orgs rally in favor of bipartisan telehealth bill

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of Health and Human Services, said Bordenick, have allowed individuals suffering from COVID symptoms to get virtual treatment. But the waivers have fulfilled another important function: "It's allowed individuals to manage their non-COVID treatment," such as cancer treatment, mental health care and diabetes management. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19

TheraNest

In an effort to increase access to remote medical services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has recently announced that they will exercise enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements of HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth. You’ll be able to host group therapy sessions.

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A Smarter Home for Healthy Living at CES 2019….and a nod to Microsoft

Health Populi

Health begins at home. Lyn and Frances tested three assumptions that they believed linked housing and health: that housing contributes to health; that housing is not routinely included in health or social planning;’ and that the potential contribution of primary care is wasted. Their conclusion: that the housing-health link was not receiving the recognition that connection needs. One doesn’t need to have a connected kitchen to act on health.

Opioid Drug Addiction: How Digital Health Technologies Can Help

The Digital Health Corner

After a hiatus I am returning to my beloved Digital Health Corner. In a previous post I discussed important public health issues that digital technology can address. The NIDA of the NIH has a group of evidence-based screening tools for adolescents and adults to be used by health professionals. The classification of substance abuse as a chronic condition by the ACA has implications with regards to digital health. Drug addiction affects all age groups.

National Efforts to Prevent Suicide

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

In late October, leaders from transportation, media, entertainment, law enforcement, technology, healthcare and other industries convened at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to collaborate toward a national and comprehensive approach to preventing suicide, a public health issue affecting millions of American individuals, families and communities each year. About the Center for Total Health.

Join us at “Transforming Community Pharmacies in to High Street Clinics”

mHealth Insight

The conference will highlight the potential of delivering high quality and easily accessible, personalised healthcare in North East London, including clinical and public health services and the NHS 10-year plan.

Designing for Healthy Habits & Better Outcomes

The cHealth Blog

We’re in full-scale planning mode for the 2019 Connected Health Conference and I am once again honored to be Program Chair. The Connected Health Conference is a place where people come to get a look at the near-term future and meet the innovators and thought leaders who will make that future a reality. 2019 will mark the third year Partners Connected Health has teamed with the HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) to produce the Connected Health Conference.

From the Couch to the Screen

TheraNest

My name is Tiffany Chhuom and I’m a therapist, researcher, and the owner of EthTech: a consulting firm on technology and ethics for mental health professionals. Now it’s public. I really like using Facebook groups to network with colleagues and gain referrals. If you decide to see another therapist as a client, talk to them in advance about shared circles like Facebook Groups. This is the best way to see what information you have online that is public.

The 2020 Amwell Client Awards

American Well

At a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty for our healthcare system and our nation as a whole, the health plans and health systems recognized in the four categories below have shown exceptional vision and leadership in scaling virtual care and improving health outcomes for individuals and communities. Indiana University Health. M Health Fairview. Gundersen Health System. Nemours Children’s Health System. Penn State Health.

From the Couch to the Screen

TheraNest

My name is Tiffany Chhuom and I’m a therapist, researcher, and the owner of EthTech: a consulting firm on technology and ethics for mental health professionals. Now it’s public. I really like using Facebook groups to network with colleagues and gain referrals. If you decide to see another therapist as a client, talk to them in advance about shared circles like Facebook Groups. This is the best way to see what information you have online that is public.

Community-Based Organizations Remain Integral to Reduce HIV/AIDS Disparities

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Through the initiative they have found that community-based organizations play a critical role in serving people living with HIV when they are able to link their medical care with social, economic and behavioral support services – the total health of an individual. . CBOs connected to racial/ethnic minority or socially vulnerable groups (e.g., UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health- UCSD GEH , San Diego CA. Public Health Institute (PHI) , Oakland CA.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

Community health centers (CHCs), which serve more than 28 million low-income and disproportionately uninsured patients in rural and underserved urban areas of the United States, have not fared as well since ambulatory visits have disappeared , resulting in furloughs, layoffs , and more than 1,900 temporary site closures throughout the country. Preparedness Of Community Health Centers For Telehealth. Moreover, many low-income patients lack health and digital literacy.