Archive for April, 2015

  • “National Health Care Decisions Day”: Bringing Awareness to Advance Health Care Planning

    In case you missed it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently acknowledged “National Health Care Decisions Day” on April 16th. It promoted awareness regarding the importance of advance health care planning, which is a way for people to plan ahead regarding their medical care wishes should they not be able to make them known to their family and or […]
  • April is Minority Health Month!

    April is Minority Health Month! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health (OMH), in collaboration with  the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Minority Health, is celebrating Minority Health Month. This year, the theme is “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” Take a few minutes to read […]
  • If You Care About Healthy Communities: Please Read the New IOM Report “Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters”

    Did you realize that every year in America, we spend millions, if not billions, of dollars rebuilding our communities after the tragedy of disasters. Amazingly, there is very little and rare consideration given to intentionally using those dollars to create healthy communities. As a result, the Institute of Medicine was commissioned to create a Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s […]
  • AcademyHealth’s Concordium 2015: Call for Abstracts – Due May 18th

    I am pleased to serve on the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth’s Inaugural Conference, Concordium 2015 – Data and Knowledge Transforming Health. AcademyHealth is now accepting abstracts for Concordium 2015, a new conference – taking place September 21-22, 2015 – focused on best practices to integrate evidence, practice, and policy. With core support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this […]
  • Be Prepared For The Unpredictable And Perilous Spring/Summer Storm Season!

    As seen in recent news reports, the annual season for destructive and dangerous weather conditions, which can cause unexpected devastation without notice, is upon us!  These natural disasters can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and floods … all of which can be life threatening.  And, these conditions are not limited to the midwest region of our country as in years past … […]
  • I Am Really Excited By the New IOM Report “Dying in America”: Valuable for Patients and Health Professionals!

    The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recently released a new and valuable report that we call can relate to titled “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life”. As stated in the report’s description: “For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end […]