GMEC Publication POINTS OUT Tuskegee LEgacy

Ashley Marshall, a CEO of the YWCA non-profit in Lynchburg, is a contributing author to COVID Conspiracies, edited by GMEC’s CEO Wendy Welch.

Marshall discussed the legacy of true conspiracies such as the Tuskegee Project on Black community responses to COVID-19 vaccine trials, in a podcast for the Virginia Rural Health Association.

The National Rural Health Association expressed appreciation for the insights via their newsletter:

COVID conspiracies and African American communities The latest Rural Health Voice podcast hosted by NRHA member Beth O’Connor of the Virginia Rural Health Association focuses on COVID-19 conspiracies in African American communities. Ashley Reynolds Marshall of YWCA of Central Virginia, who coauthored a forthcoming book about COVID-19 conspiracy theories, discusses how mistrust of public health initiatives is sometimes well earned, particularly among minority populations. “It’s actually very serious when people stop to think about how many of these conspiratorial thoughts are actually rooted in historical facts and historical events for communities of color,” Marshall says. NRHA is currently seeking session proposals and original research for presentation at the association’s Health Equity Conference, which is scheduled for May 4 in New Orleans.

head for the hills

FOR CME CREDITS: 

This Live activity, Head for the Hills 2020, with a beginning date of 09/19/2020, has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Ballad Health and GMEC. Ballad Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide 4.0 CME credits for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

To claim the credit physicians must submit to the AMA the completed Direct Credit Application or Resident Credit Application, along with the required documentation and appropriate processing fee. Complete instructions are found on the AMA website.

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  • What: GMEC’s Annual CME Conference
    • Theme: Contemporary Opioid Prescription and Management
    • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Ballad Health and GMEC. Ballad Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide 4.0 CME credits for physicians.
  • When: September 19th from 2PM to 6PM
  • Where: Virtual Zoom Webinar -or- The Inn at Wise | Wise, VA
  • Guest Speakers: 
    • Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Addiction in Primary Care – Kevin Myers, PsyD (Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Cherokee Health Systems)
    • Controlled Substance Safe Prescribing: Including TN/VA State Regs/Guidelines  and Federal Laws – Steven J. Baumrucker, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM (Medical Director, BHMA Palliative Medicine Associates)
    • Understanding Opiate Addiction – Vance Shaw, FASAM (Medical Director, High Point Clinic)
  • Please click HERE for free registration

More than $38 million available to Virginia schools in additional coronavirus relief

Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020Additional funding through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund will be available statewide. 

$21 million in available GEER funds will be distributed to schools through formula-based and competitive grants. The money will support things such as:

  • School nutrition operations and
  • Virtual instruction for students in need of devices and broadband access.

$17.75 million in available ESSER funds will support:

  • Special education services and supports;
  • School-based mental health services and supports;
  • Social-emotional screening;
  • Summer academic academies;
  • Instructional delivery supports;
  • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies for schools and school buses; and
  • Facilities upgrades and protective equipment.

School divisions received a consolidated application for GEER and ESSER state funding earlier this week. The due date for completed applications is Aug. 14.

Click HERE for updates on K-12 Education. 

Ballad Health and ETSU Collaborations for Increased Research on Rural Health

Ballad Health has announced that their 10-year investment in ETSU’s newly established Center for Rural Health Research will include an in-depth study on rural hospitals. Harvard Medical Center will assist with researching how non-urban markets – where a recent surge has forced many hospitals to span across markets and state lines – struggle to keep themselves at a competitive advantage. The new study will also seek to find the predictors of hospital closure and acquisition. The hope for the study is to provide a better informed view of the rural health system for future policy decisions. 

Click HERE to read. 

In addition to this study, Ballad Health’s Strong BRAIN – ‘Building Resilience through ACEs-Informed Networking’ – Institute will shed a light on the impact adverse childhood experiences have on the developing brain. The CDC estimates that “1.9 mil cases of heart disease and 21 mil cases of depression could have been avoided by preventing those events”.   This is key information for SWVA residents seeing as how their health is driven by income, education, access to healthy food, and other social determinants of health.  

Click HERE to read.

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