Henry Ford Study Shows Face Masks Strongly Associated With Reducing Healthcare Workers’ Risk of Acquiring COVID-19

A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from researchers at Henry Ford Health System has found that Henry Ford’s early implementation of a universal mask policy in the COVID-19 pandemic was strongly associated with reducing the risk of healthcare workers at Henry Ford acquiring COVID-19.

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UCI Institute for Future Health to harness technology to build personalized health model

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 4, 2021 — A newly established Institute for Future Health at the University of California, Irvine will combine research and clinical work to address the movement toward a more personalized healthcare model. The institute aims to integrate lifestyle, community, environment and socioeconomic factors in conjunction with biomedical and clinical knowledge to radically transform health systems away from hospitals and clinics and into the hands of each individual.

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Systemic Racism & Health Care: Building Black Confidence in the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment. The secret sale of Henrietta Lacks cancer research cells. Jim Crow laws affecting African Americans’ ability to receive medical treatment. For weeks, it’s been hard to hear over the clamor of millions of Americans lining up for COVID-19 vaccines. But not everyone has been enthused — namely, large swaths of minority communities, which comprise the populations disproportionately impacted by the virus, but whose hesitance is largely fueled by the country’s racist medical past.

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The Medical Council of Canada selects Education Management Solutions for the virtual delivery of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

The Virtual OSCE solution from EMS is a secure, turnkey and fully remote high stakes medical licensure examination platform. Now, the Medical Council of Canada will be able to resume the Step II exam, allowing hundreds of candidates across of Canada to resume their journey to full licensure during Covid-19.

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Researchers Propose Transformative Framework for Delivering Virtual Care

In “Ensuring Quality in the Era of Virtual Care,” published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the authors discuss the growing popularity of virtual care in an environment that has had limited discussions about its quality and trade-offs.

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Healthworx and LifeBridge Health Launch Startup Incubator: 1501 Health

Healthworx, the innovation and investment arm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, is partnering with LifeBridge Health to launch 1501 Health, an incubator for healthcare startups. 1501 Health will provide investment and resources to help early-stage companies, located regionally or nationally, develop their healthcare solutions. Companies participating in the program will receive up to $100,000 in investment and have access to unique mentorship and support from payer and provider experts, along with networking and educational events with other startups, investors and stakeholders.

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The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists announces Kellie Rodriguez as 2021 president

Kellie Rodriguez, RN, MSN, MBA, CDCES, was officially recognized today at the meeting of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) board of directors as the 2021 president. Rodriguez brings 23 years of experience in diabetes care and education, with a background in hospital and community-based care both in the U.S. and in her native country of Australia.

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Memorial Hermann First in Houston to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine to Frontline Healthcare Workers

Key Takeaways:
• Memorial Hermann is proud to be part of history in the making, as the first health systems across the country begin receiving and administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to their frontline healthcare workers
• Memorial Hermann’s first vaccine was given to Robert Luckey, a nurse in the COVID ICU at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
• To date, Memorial Hermann has treated more than 12,000 COVID-19 positive patients in its hospitals, more than any other health system in the Greater Houston area
• The system expects to receive 16,575 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first allotment, more than any other health system in the Greater Houston area
• It’s important that everyone continues practicing the three “W’s”: wearing a mask, watching social distance and washing hands frequently

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Circle of Compassion Celebration Raises Necessary Funding for Hackensack Meridian Health Team Members

In lieu of its annual gala, Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation hosted a virtual event, raising more than $600,000 for the Hackensack Meridian Health Circle of Compassion program, which provides compassionate, timely and equitable financial assistance to team members affected by a disaster or personal monetary hardship. Called the Circle of Compassion Virtual Celebration – Essential Workers, Essential Needs, the virtual event took place on Nov. 19 and featured updates from Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, moments of gratitude for frontline caregivers and special appearances by Jon Stewart and other New Jersey celebrities.

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Baylor Scott & White Health announces new affiliations with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University to further expand the pipeline of exceptional clinical talent for Texas

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, today announces two separate academic affiliations: a new affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and an expanded affiliation with their long-time partner Texas A&M University. Both alliances are aimed at training future clinicians and developing programs that advance high-quality care and healthcare innovation.

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Perfect Match: FAU and Memorial Healthcare System Establish Research Partnership

South Florida giants in higher education and healthcare have joined forces to form an alliance that will advance clinical research and clinical trials in the region. Florida Atlantic University and Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County have formed a “Research Partnership to Advance Clinical Trials” (Research PACT), which combines their expertise and resources in clinical research, clinical trials, basic research and translational biomedical research.

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Media Advisory: Today’s Dietitian Webinar

Join moderator Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, and an expert panel of speakers representing a variety of segments of health care foodservice providers as they provide an update about the latest information on this increasingly important topic of Putting Plant-Based Menus into Practice in Healthcare Settings.

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Researchers Find that Expansion of Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act Improved Maternal Health for Low-Income Women

The period of time before pregnancy is critically important for the health of a woman and her infant, yet not all women have access to health insurance during this time. New research finds that the expansion of Medicaid for many states under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a positive impact on a variety of indicators of maternal health prior to conception.

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FAU Offers New ‘Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate Program’

The nation faces physician shortages in primary care and other specialties, including a projected inadequate supply of dermatologists to meet the demand for service. This innovative program will help to address these gaps and will equip advanced-practice nurses with the tools required to provide high-quality, holistic care for their patients with dermatological conditions.

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Rush University System for Health Launches New Website

With Rush’s reputation bolstered by honors such as all three Rush system hospitals receiving high ratings for quality and patient experience from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, achieving Magnet designation, and being awarded high rankings by U.S. News & World Report — including Rush University Medical Center’s inclusion in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll — plus national media attention for Rush’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers increasingly are seeking out Rush University System for Health websites to find health information and health care services.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Awards and Appointments

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces its most recent awards and appointments for the institution’s physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff.

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Some employees more likely to adhere to information security policies than others

Information security policies (ISP) that are not grounded in the realities of an employee’s work responsibilities and priorities exposes organizations to higher risk for data breaches, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Receives 2020 Health Professions HEED Award for Diversity

For a third consecutive year, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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