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Latest from the Virginia Health Innovation Network

  • 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……
  • Risk Assessment-8Ps Project BOOST-modifying a predicitive model to enhance care of complex patients in ambulatory settings January 21, 2017
                The importance of appropriate transitions of patients through the healthcare continuum, especially those with complex needs, has been a conundrum that continues to exist between the acute and ambulatory care.  Acute care settings utilize predictive models and tools such as LACE, HOSPITAL, and PRA to evaluate patients and iden……
  • Fate of the Affordable Care Act on Day 1 January 20, 2017
    The Republican Party has spent years attacking certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – the insurance networks are too narrow, prices are too high, and it has left 25 million people still uncovered. During the primaries all the way up until Trump won the election, the GOP rallied behind anti-ACA sentiments. In fact, emotional disdain towards the law has been one of the few binding aspec……
  • Addressing Mental Health Consequences of False-positive Breast Cancer Screening Results December 31, 2016
    In 2016, the Unites States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) changed the official recommendations for mammography screenings, stating now that most women should begin at age 50 instead of age 40, and that the frequency be every two years instead of annually through the age of 74.   While this is a step in the positive direction in regards to preventing over-screening and misdiagnoses, ……
  • Role of Technology in the Management of Chronic Disease December 22, 2016
    This is my final post as a fellow for the Virginia Health Innovation Network, and as such, I find it important to leave on a relatively serious [though encouraging] note. In the final semester of my MPH program, I was part of a study that researched the use of technology in the management of chronic disease. Specifically, we conducted eight semi-structured interviews with individuals suffering fr……
  • Is Appreciative Inquiry Part of Your Practice Problem Solving Model? December 15, 2016
            Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a multidimensional change model that combines action research with positive, progressive problem solving. The model has been incorporated into the business management culture to grasp the fundamental goodness of a problem while continuing to actively solve difficulties troubling a practice. Appreciative Inquiry recognizes the……
  • Innovator Interview: Rajesh Balkrishnan & Héctor Alcalá December 5, 2016
    Rajesh Balkrishnan, Ph.D. and Héctor Alcalá, Ph.D., MPH, CPH are two of the researchers from the University of Virginia behind an ongoing study on cancer incidence in rural Appalachia. Let's start out with a brief overview of your work in rural Appalachia. What is the focus of your research?R: We have analyzed epidemiological data and found that the incidence of certain types of cancers are ……