This past week, Wired magazine held it’s first ever conference on health. The speaker lineup was impressive, and the session moderators top notch at keeping the conversation both moving and on time.
The messages were familiar, but the delivery was not. The classroom was filled with high school students learning about HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention. But instead of a teacher lecturing, or using a flipchart or video, a blind man spoke to the class, with a sign language interpreter communicating his words to deaf students who attend the Dominican Republic’s National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.
Community Health Centers (CHCs) are facing a time of transition. Along with the Affordable Care Act’s opportunities for safety net users come challenges for the organizations that address the needs of the underserved and uninsured. While expansion of Medicaid potentially brings new clients, expanded insurance opportunities mean clients will have a choice of where to access health care and CHCs will have to focus on retaining as well as expanding their client base.
For 35 years, JSI staff have dedicated themselves to improving health care for the underserved. With the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court today upholding the Affordable Care Act, millions of currently uninsured Americans will be able to participate in the health care system. The people of JSI had a lot to say about that:
While teen birth rates in the United States have been in decline over the past two decades, the rates are still the highest among developed countries—and by a substantial margin. When we look at the statistics within minority communities, we see that much of that wide margin is due to disparities between white and minority communities
Healthy Amistad, a MEHAF Integration Initiative project, was launched to help people with mental illness improve their physical health through lifestyle changes and helping them to overcome barriers they face in getting medical care.
Written by Natalie Truesdell JSI Consultant Mental illness, dementia and other behavioral health conditions in the nursing home are well-recognized challenges in both the clinical and policy arenas. It is estimated that 65-91% of adults in a nursing home havea [...]
Written by Margaret Dadian Editor, AIDSTAR-One Few populations are more threatened by the global HIV epidemic than men who have sex with men (MSM). In many regions, they are up to nine times more vulnerable to HIV than the general [...]