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Nov 20th

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UCare’s Salute to Excellence event honors Crown Medical Center

UCare’s Salute to Excellence event honors Crown Medical CenterAt its annual provider recognition event on May 3, UCare recognized outstanding performances by Minnesota clinics and care systems that participated in its Pay for Performance (P4P) Program.

Among the providers honored at UCare’s ’Salute to Excellence!’ event were Dr. Chike Onyekaba and Dr. Joyce Onyekaba of Crown Medical Center. This medical center, with clinics in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center and a nonprofit division as well, was recognized for Medicaid Overall Performance Quality of Care.
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Central and Sheridan Neighborhood HealthSource sites are taking patients while Fremont Clinic remains closed

An inspection of the Fremont Clinic has found no major damage from Sunday’s tornado that hit north Minneapolis.  Fremont was closed on Monday and Tuesday and Executive Director Steve Knutson says Fremont will be closed again Wednesday; but will re-open as soon as power and needed data services are restored and the streets are cleared. 

In the meantime, patients are being routed to Neighborhood HealthSource’s sites in Northeast Minneapolis, Central Clinic and Sheridan Clinic. Staff has been shifted to those sites as well to help with the increase in patients. 
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Federally funded Great Trays Partnership provides training to help schools buy and prepare nutritious foods

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and seven public and private partners are collaborating to bring more nutritious, kid-friendly foods into school cafeterias across the state. The Great Trays Partnership, funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides training and tools to help schools statewide improve their menus and help kids eat healthier meals.

Great Trays efforts are a critical strategy to fight rising childhood obesity rates, which have tripled over the past three decades. Poor nutrition and obesity put children at risk for lifelong struggles with health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
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New research team to investigate mystery behind premature births

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Kevin Bracy calls July 9, 2001, a “bittersweet” day—sweet because his wife delivered their son, Kobe; bitter because he was born three months premature and weighed only 2.5 pounds.

The birth of their second son exactly four years later quickly turned into grief for the couple. Kaleb, four months premature, weighed less than a pound and lived only an hour.
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Hennepin County offers low-cost vaccination clinics which includes measles

Vaccines prevent diseases for people of all ages, and Hennepin County is offering low-cost immunizations – including shots to prevent the measles –to people who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines.

Hennepin has about two dozen people infected with measles, and the public health department is reminding parents of the importance of keeping immunizations up to date. The clinics will be:
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Study: HIV treatment prevents new HIV infections

A groundbreaking new study has shown that HIV infected partners are much less likely to pass on the virus to uninfected partners if they are put on antiviral treatment sooner, rather than later-on in their infection. The study is being hailed as perhaps the most significant breakthrough in HIV prevention to date.

The study results were not entirely unexpected. Previous “test and treat” studies have already shown that when an HIV infected individual is diagnosed and put on treatment they are less infectious. What's significant is the new study is the first major clinical trial to show how best to make that work.
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Voting rights under attack

At the signing of the historic Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965 striking down the discriminatory practices many states had put in place to prohibit Blacks from exercising their right to vote, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.” Many Americans think of the fight for voting rights as a struggle that was settled once and for all during the Civil Rights Movement in that celebrated “triumph for freedom,” and is now a piece of history. But that’s a dangerous assumption. While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion, and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote. Just as we are experiencing a quiet but systematic rise in school segregation across the country, many people don’t realize that there is once again a quiet but systematic movement that would deny many African Americans and other American citizens the ability to vote with 21st century versions of old exclusionary practices.
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