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How to Make a Face Mask: Protection Against COVID-19

Join others in learning how to sew face masks for your community members that desperately need them! Click HERE to view easy-to-follow instructions and a video made by Deaconess Hospital staff.  

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Guest View: Don’t forget about medical cannabis patients in rural Virginia

The Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition has made 2020 their year to advocate for barrier reduction when it comes to creating patient access to cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. A statement from the Pharmacist in Charge and Founder/Chief Pharmacy Office of Dharma Pharmaceuticals details their plans to bring regulated, medical-grade cannabis to Health Service Area 3.… Continue reading Guest View: Don’t forget about medical cannabis patients in rural Virginia

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Rethinking Rural Health: Maternal and Infant Health RFI

Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, brings her personal experience working on infant mortality prevention into today’s conversation on maternal and infant health. She discusses the trajectory of the issue and remarks on CMS efforts and their ‘Rethinking Rural Health Initiative’. A Request for Information has been released and is seeking feedback from the community to better direct… Continue reading Rethinking Rural Health: Maternal and Infant Health RFI

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Needle Exchange Program: Examining the Results Statewide

Comprehensive data on the three C-H-R Programs implemented in Wise County, Smyth County and Richmond for the past 1 1/2 years: 779 registered users 161, 924 needles handed out 137, 800 needles received for disposal 437 referrals for substance abuse treatment 248 individuals attended a first appointment 251 self-reported reversed overdose - Naloxone use Click HERE… Continue reading Needle Exchange Program: Examining the Results Statewide

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Reuters: Trump Administration Restricts Some E-Cigarette Flavors

The U.S. Health & Human Services secretary along with several public health advocates weigh in on the Trump administration’s decision to exempt tobacco and menthol from the e-cigarette flavors ban. A FDA regulation, set to take effect in February, is meant to curb future users and the usage among the existing 27.5% of addicted high… Continue reading Reuters: Trump Administration Restricts Some E-Cigarette Flavors