Insight News

Feb 07th


Waterborne illness avoidance tips

With the warmer weather and increased number of people using recreational water venues, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) encourages local public health officials to be aware of recreational water illness. To date in 2012 there have been over 130 illnesses associated with recreational water outbreaks in Minnesota, the largest number of recreational water-associated illnesses in 10 years.


MUL, NorthPoint applaud Supreme Court health care ruling

With the United States Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), area groups believe African-Americans and other minorities will be the greatest beneficiaries.

The act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is a sweeping overhaul of the healthcare system that calls for every citizen to receive health insurance – regardless of ability to pay. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior White House official said up to 5.5 million previously uninsured African-Americans will now be afforded health coverage.


Annual report shows progress in quality of care provided to low-income Minnesotans

With the release of the fifth annual Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP), long-term progress is clear. Measures for controlling high blood pressure, appropriate testing for children with sore throats, screening for breast and cervical cancer and providing childhood immunizations improved between 11 and 30 percentage points.

Despite this progress, the quality of health care provided to people who have coverage through MHCP continues to lag behind that provided to those with other insurance. This includes care of serious illnesses like diabetes and vascular conditions, which are among the measures with the greatest disparities.


U.S. Supreme Court ruling moves nation forward

The Supreme Court ruling on June 28, 2012 moves our nation forward by saving lives and promising every single American a better future.  SEIU Minnesota believes the ruling is a resounding victory for working people and for the more than 100 million Americans of all political parties, ages, incomes and occupations who are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.

The court rejected the cynical approach of corporations and Republican extremists who consistently have put profits and politics ahead of working people and whose cold and bitter vision for America is simply that "we are all on our own." 


Black Caucus Chair, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, pleased Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC – On June 28, Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act:

“I am pleased that the highest court in the land has ruled that the Affordable Care Act in its entirety is constitutional. I believe not only in the constitutionality of the law, but the right—not the privilege—of quality healthcare for all. For far too long, access to healthcare has been in the hands of those who value money over lives. I commend President Obama for leading the charge for this change.


Hampton University's historic cancer-fighting efforts: Give Alfred Scott "a new lease on life"

Hampton University's historic cancer-fighting efforts: Give Alfred Scott

Hampton, Va. - African-American men lead the world in prostate cancer incidences, according to the American Cancer Society's 'Cancer Facts and Figures 2009'.

Hampton University is addressing this and other cancer-related minority health disparities with the most precise form of cancer treatment to date. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) is the largest of its kind in the world and when its doors opened in August 2010, became only the eighth facility in the country to offer proton therapy.

Proton therapy is able to target tumors with millimeter accuracy, sparing surrounding healthy tissue resulting in reduced side effects for the patient.


Minnesota health officials encourage Minnesotans without power to follow food safety advice

Power outages from recent storms may cause foods to become spoiled and cause illness if eaten, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Health. To prevent illness, officials encourage Minnesotans without power to follow basic food safety advice.

"Do not trust your eyes or sense of smell to determine if food has gone bad," said Assistant Commissioner of Health Aggie Leitheiser. "Food may be unsafe to eat, even if it doesn't look or smell bad. The old adage applies: when in doubt, throw it out."

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