Minnesota addresses laboratory shortages through innovative partnerships
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:59
Clinical laboratories in the United States are in crisis due to workforce shortages, increased laboratory testing needed to sustain patient care, and educational program closures caused by high costs necessary to maintain them.
As we learned from the shooting in Red Lake, MN, youth violence permeates U.S. communities of every description. The problem of violence infects our towns, neighborhoods and schools — every aspect of the daily lives of our children. What strategies can we use to help curb this problem?
Health disparities among minority populations getting worse
Thursday, 09 April 2009 18:35
WARSAW, IN -- Despite government efforts to address disparities in the past decade, beginning with President Clinton's 1998 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Initiative, there has been very little progress. African Americans have more disease, disability, and early death than Caucasians(1).
A new report finds a second year of increases in the state's teen pregnancy and birth rates; a trend that has teen advocates worried. A study by the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting shows the state's teen pregnancy and birth rates increased by two percent over the past year.
Minnesota-Based community, labor and faith-based organizations join together to fight for health equity
Thursday, 02 April 2009 17:22
Racially disparate health outcomes are a national crisis according to members of ISAIAH, SEIU Minnesota State Council, and TakeAction Minnesota who announced the Minnesota launch of a national effort calling for solutions to systemic racial disparities in health care.
A pack of smokes will cost more under state legislation expected to be introduced today. The bill, authored by Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-64A, would increase the state cigarette tax $1 a pack. She says the revenue would pay for crucial health-related programs for the underinsured. And, she adds, her plan would lower health-care costs.
The 50 Million Pound Challenge announces one-millionth member
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 14:08
In just under two years, The 50 Million Pound Challenge has rallied more than a million Americans to come together to 'Give up the pounds, not the fight.’ In doing so, those individuals have improved their lives and health and logged more than 3.8 million pounds lost at 50millionpounds.com.