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Feb 11th


A New Health Care Plan for all Minnesotans

The MN Legislature may soon be voting on the MN Health Plan, a single-payer system that would cover all of Minnesota’s medical needs. Health care would be publicly-financed while being delivered through existing medical providers.

A single-payer health care system would not affect the ownership and management of physician groups, clinics, and hospitals. Currently, hospitals and clinics need to hire a large number of staff people just to manage billing operations. This is because insurance companies use different formulas to determine which services they choose to cover. However, instead of the multitude of insurance plans currently available, each with a different network of providers, we could have one, comprehensive plan for everyone.

Communities mobilize to preserve human rights funding

Communities mobilize to preserve human rights fundingIf the republican-controlled state legislature has its way, the Minn. Dept. of Human Rights (MDHR) could have its budget slashed by as much as 65 percent.

This is despite the fact that the current state deficit is at about 13 percent and most other cuts proposed by the house and senate are coming in at between four and six percent. In dollars, the MDHR could lose between $1.55 million and $2.1 million of its annual operating capital if the cuts take effect. 

An evening to talk about it

An evening to talk about itIt can be hard to sponsor lasting health initiatives in the community with the economy in current disarray, but that has yet to be the case for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Let’s Talk About It initiative. With community organizations—Community Fitness Today, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Kofi Services, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Open Cities Health Center, Q Health Services, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, and Vision Church—ACS has held 119 sessions  educating  over 2027 individuals on the effects of colorectal and prostate cancer.

Early parenthood may lead to unhealthy adult life: U of M Study

University of Minnesota’s Project EAT (Eating and Activity in Teens and Young Adults) has recently taken a study that links early parenthood to poor diet and low physical activity, specifically especially mothers. University of Minnesota physician Jerica Berge, Ph.D. said that parents used for the study were children they had followed to adulthood through the program Project EAT for the past ten years.

Cities kick off 2011 Step To It Challenge

Four years and more than a billion steps later, the four-week Step To It Challenge promises to be bigger than ever when it launches, May 9, in 22 Hennepin County communities.

Over 3000 residents in 18 communities participated in the physical activity competition last year, with Plymouth walking away with the Most Active City Award after reporting 96 million steps. Hopkins claimed the Most Active Residents Award with the highest average steps per participant.

HIV-positive former inmates face new obstacles in society

Life isn't easy for African American men and women re-entering society after incarceration, but the prevalence of HIV in the Black community creates a new set of challenges.  Many former inmates may find themselves at an increased risk of contracting HIV once they leave prison, and those who are already infected often have difficulty finding sufficient medical and emotional resources on the outside.

Formaldehyde in hair-smoothing products

Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health are warning hair salon owners and their customers about certain hair-smoothing products—sometimes referred to as keratin treatments—that may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can present a health hazard if workers or customers are exposed. It can irritate the eyes, nose, and skin; increase the risk of asthma and/or allergic reactions; and is linked to an increased risk of some types of cancer.
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