Wow! What a conference and what an opportunity– to pull back from routine work and look ahead to ponder with 13,000 colleagues on ways to address the global health challenges of the next 20 years!
In the midst of the San Francisco Giants’ sweep of the World Series, there is other excitement to report here from “the city by the bay.”
At JSI, we look forward to the American Public Health Association conference as an opportunity to gather each year to learn from and be inspired by our colleagues in the public health world.
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.
As health reform rolls out and Medicaid is expanded, there is going to be a lot of interest in the various federal programs related to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status and workforce development. Individual organizations and providers who want access to additional federal resources – for example those that are thinking about a transition to FQHC status, becoming a Look-Alike, or applying to the National Health Service Corps for providers – might want to reevaluate their designation status.
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:
Twenty years ago, the countries of the former Soviet Union declared independence. Since that time, many countries in the region have experienced what can rightly be described as a revolution in women’s health care. Thanks in large part to U.S. investments in the country of Georgia’s health sector, for example, maternity care has been modernized … Continue reading “U.S. Investments in Health are Working — and Georgia Reminds Us We Must Sustain and Extend the Gains”
“Sexual health is an important part of the overall health and well-being of teenagers,” Gottlieb added. “For too long, we as a nation have been far too squeamish about sexual health issues for teens, but we owe it to our kids to get over it.” FACT: Reducing unintended pregnancies, particularly among adolescents, would improve educational … Continue reading “Healthy and Balanced Sexual Eduation”
Using HIV treatment as a strategy for prevention of HIV transmission.