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.
The Virginia Department of Health is alerting the public of new coronavirus cases on a daily basis. Check the VDH website for prevention tips and the latest updates.
Unfortunately, we will be reading more and more news reports about the escalating coronavirus cases in the United States. However, we can stay alert and informed on the spread. The World Health Organization has released their information on the matter and further guidance on how to avoid infection.
This week, AmeriCorps wishes to recognize the efforts of their VISTA members and the work being done throughout the communities they serve. As part of our introduction to Wise County, Virginia – GMEC along with our VISTA member – led the incoming family medicine residents on an exercise to help them better understand their patient… Continue reading AmeriCorps VISTA: Service Spotlight
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
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
CEO of the National Rural Health Association shares his top concerns facing the rural health care landscape. Read more about the work the NRHA has accomplished and how it has given rural residents a national platform to voice their personal stories. Click HERE to read.
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
In regional news, Virginia state legislators are seriously promoting economic development through a series of investment strategies in order to attract high-tech companies to the area, such as Amazon. Rural development and health care go hand in hand, and small infrastructure investments will lead to big rural health gains. Click HERE to read about InvestSWVA.
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