VHIN Blog

Latest from the Virginia Health Innovation Network

  • The Great American Smokeout is coming! November 10, 2017
    The Great American Smokeout is coming!November 16, 2017 Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. [1]. Every year, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths in our country; this is more deaths than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, injuries from motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined. Smokers are at higher risk of developing coro……
  • Virginia's Response to the Opioid Epidemic November 1, 2017
    The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. In 2015, drug overdose was the leading cause of death. Over 30,000 of these deaths were due to prescription opioids or heroin.1 Prescription opioids are everywhere. Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen was the most commonly prescribed drug in 2010, with the U.S. consuming 99 percent of the world’s supply.2 A……
  • Innovator Profile: Dr. Clifford Morris October 20, 2017
    Dr. Clifford Morris leads the Morris Cardiovascular and Risk Reduction Center in Chester, VA. Dr. Morris is a board-certified cardiologist who takes an innovative approach to health and wellness. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Dr. Morris about his practice style and views on health care. Dr. Morris said he “fell in love with medicine” at an early age. Although his specialty ……
  • Breast Cancer is More Than a Pink Ribbon October 9, 2017
    The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) believes breast cancer is more than a pink ribbon and is dedicated to providing Virginians with knowledge and a voice in the fight to end breast cancer. VBCF was founded by a group of women who felt the resources offered to breast cancer patients were insufficient in Virginia in 1991, the year with the highest cancer death rate in the United States. VB……
  • A New Model for Dementia Care September 30, 2017
    The shifting age demographics in the United States are impressive. By 2050, the population over the age of 65 is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double of what it was in 2012.1 Within this age bracket, the population over the age of 85 specifically will reflect an even more precipitous increase. In Virginia, the senior population is expected to double by 2030. This gradual shift will continu……
  • Robot-assisted surgery in Gynecology September 22, 2017
    Robot-assisted surgery was initially developed more than 25 years ago [1] by the military for use in the battlefield [2]. Since then, the science and technology of robotic surgery has grown exponentially due to its benefits in the surgical suite, including heightened stability, accuracy, and enhanced range of motion versus traditional surgical techniques [1]. Gynecology is one of the increasing n……
  • Let's get moving! Walk with a Doc program at Augusta Health September 6, 2017
    Physical activity is a key component to a healthy body and mind. Research has shown that physical activity can have a significant impact on health [1]. Those who engage in physical activity for approximately 7 hours a week have a 40% lower risk of early death than those who are active less than 30 minutes per week. There are multiple health benefits of regular exercise. Physical activity can……
  • Public Schools, A Venue for America's War on Obesity September 4, 2017
    At Buckingham County Elementary in rural Virginia, thanks to an innovative cafeteria design, learning goes beyond simple math and reading to include skills essential for a lengthy, healthy life. Here, students watch as their food is prepared, see where the vegetables are planted in the school garden, spend time in the “food lab” learning how to fix nutrient-rich recipes and discover the benefits ……
  • Women's Health Focus August 31, 2017
    Men and women were not created equal…especially when it comes to health. There are certain health issues that are unique to only women and certain disease processes women are more at risk of developing that men, while other health issues affect women and men differently.  Health issues unique to women are those related to the female organs, pregnancy and menopause [1]. Other considerations t……
  • A Snapshot of HPV Vaccination Rates in Virginia August 23, 2017
    The arrival of August often comes with an important appointment: a back-to-school physical and immunizations at the pediatrician’s office. As children and adolescents prepare for the upcoming academic year, immunizations can sometimes bring up controversial views and resistance from those who may be unaware of the benefits of vaccination. No vaccine seems to bring up as much debate as the one for……
  • Don't Forget…Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need Vaccinations Too! August 19, 2017
         August is National Immunization Month. Although there is a necessary focus on ensuring pediatric vaccination, we must not forget about our adult patients with chronic disease, who are often at higher risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses. In the specialty area of Gastroenterology (GI), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which encompasses ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease, is……
  • VCHI Travels to Wise County for Nation's Largest Free Medical Clinic July 25, 2017
    For the last 17 years, the Wise County Fairgrounds have transformed one weekend each July into the bustling center of medical care for the underserved and uninsured of rural Appalachia. This past weekend, the VCHI team made the 6-hour drive west to witness the nation’s largest free medical clinic and assist its volunteer army of doctors, dentists, optometrists and community workers in provid……
  • Men's Health Month Brings Awareness to the Gender Disparity in Health, Calling for Behavioral Change June 30, 2017
     June is Men’s Health Month- a time to promote awareness of preventable, male health problems and encourage active involvement by men in the betterment of their own physical and mental wellness. Since 1994, the nationally recognized month has been observed throughout the U.S with media campaigns, health education events, screening promotions and the wearing of the color blue.1 This……
  • Same Day Access: “One of the Most Significant Improvements for Mental Health in Virginia’s Recent History” Launches July 1st June 23, 2017
    As a state ranked 42nd overall by Mental Health America for a high prevalence of mental illness and limited access to care,1 The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ launch of the Same Day Access Program is a valuable step in bettering the initial assessment and care management for the estimated 29.4 percent of Virginians reporting poor mental health.2; The program, beginni……
  • Reforming Medical Education to Prevent Provider Burnout June 2, 2017
    Physicians are not immune to mental health issues. More than 300 physicians commit suicide each year, a rate higher than the national average. Burnout and compassion fatigue have long come to the forefront of issues related to health care providers and medical education. Rates of depression in medical students (15%) and residents (30%) are also significantly higher than in the general population.……
  • Innovator Interview: Mary Ann Hager May 2, 2017
    Mary Ann Hager, RN, MS, CHPN is the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the VCU, Massey Cancer Center and Administrator for the Oncology Business Unit, VCU Health System. One area where Mary Ann has spent time during her nursing career is developing cancer outreach programs in rural areas of Virginia to improve cancer care and to offer access to clinical trials in underserved areas.V……
  • In Case You Missed It: Highlights from Virginia’s Third Annual Population Health Summit April 14, 2017
    On Wednesday March 29th and Thursday March 30th, the conference room at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, VA was filled with many members from the public health community convening to learn how to leverage data and ignite positive change for the health and well-being of Virginians. The goal of the Third Annual Population Health Summit was to foster new and existing relationships, identify opport……
  • March is Nutrition Month: Healthy Eating is a Journey, Not a Destination March 19, 2017
                                                               March is Nutrition Month and an excellent time to renew interest in supporting healthy dietary ……
  • Preview of the Third Annual Population Health Summit – Register Today! February 22, 2017
    The Third Annual Population Health Summit is just one month away!  This two-day live conference engages leaders within organizations or in communities, public health professionals, employers, healthcare providers, policymakers, consumer advocates, or any other individuals concerned about improving population health for the citizens of Virginia. The overall goal for each summit has been ……
  • Telemedicine Landscape Across the Commonwealth : AMA Ethical Guidance February 10, 2017
    The American Medical Association (AMA) recently clarified its ethical guidelines on Telemedicine.   AMA board member, Dr. Jack Resneck summarizes that "Telehealth and telemedicine are another stage in the ongoing evolution of new models for the delivery of care and patient-physician interactions.  The new AMA ethical guidance notes that while new technologies and new models of care……