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Allina Hospitals & Clinics leaders selected for national leadership program to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care

Allina Hospitals & Clinics leaders selected for national leadership program to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health carePenny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and Pamela Jo Johnson, MPH, PhD of Allina’s Center for Healthcare Innovation have been selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

“We are committed to not having geography, ethnicity, gender, or poverty determine the health care one receives. Through this program, we will help ensure that our mission of exceptional care applies equitably to all,” Dr. Wheeler said.

The Disparities Leadership Program is the first program of its kind in the nation for health care leaders and is led by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
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2nd Annual Relay For Life Delta Air Lines and the MSP Community Airport employees team up with American Cancer Society in fight against cancer

The airport community has returned for another very special American Cancer Society Relay For Life event at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport on Thursday, May 12th.  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Delta Air Lines and the MSP community will run from 6Am to 6PM. More than 400 workers at the airport, including Delta Air Line employees will use their hearts and feet to help fight cancer.

"It worked so well last year here in Minneapolis, other airports around the country are now following our footsteps," said Todd Peterson of the American Cancer Society. "at least 6 other airports will hold similar events.
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How safe is soy?

How safe is soy?Dear Earth Talk: How healthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown using chemicals like other crops and is even being genetically modified.   -- D. Frinka, Syracuse, NY

Food products made with soy have enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years. Two decades ago, Americans spent $300 million a year on soy food products; today we spend over $4 billion. More and more adults are substituting soy—a great source of protein—for meat, while a quarter of all baby formula contains soy instead of milk. Many school lunch programs nationwide have added soy-based veggie burgers to their menus, as have countless restaurants, including diners and fast food chains.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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