Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

What if we knew how to prevent children and youth from engaging in risky and self-destructive behaviors?  What if we can use scientific research to identify those factors that work and then could replicate success?  In 2009, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine issued a report: Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders among Young People: Progress and Possibilities that change the thinking of researchers and policymakers about behavioral health.  It launched a new era of prevention research and we are beginning to see the dividends today.  Policymakers are now looking for ways to prevent as well as treat social problems. …

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#BehavioralHealth, #ChildWelfare, #Employment, #Research, #Work

Will the Supreme Court Deal a Fatal Blow to ObamaCare?

All eyes are on Republicans gaining control of the Senate and affirming their commitment to repealing the Affordable Care law.  However, the decision by four Supreme Court justices to hear arguments in King v. Burwell challenging premium subsidies on healthcare exchanges operated by the federal government could deal a blow to the ACA if the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies….

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#Affordable, #Conservatives, #CRISP, #Federal, #PublicPolicy, #Republicans, #SupremeCourt

Study Alert: The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities

By Sharon E. Chin

Can victims of sex trafficking be identified?

The usefulness of training U.S. healthcare providers to identify victims of human trafficking has long been debated. As ongoing – slim – research reveals more information about shared characteristics and symptoms a ……

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#Healthcare, #Location, #ReproductiveHealth, #SexTrafficking

Release of Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Health Care Sector_Part 1

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has recently released an abridged version of the 2013 “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States” specifically developed for the health care sector. The original, a dense report at 465 pages, was fi ……

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#HumanTrafficking, #MentalHealth, #PublicHealth, #SexualExploitation

Compassion Across Borders: International Disparities in the Vocation of Healthcare Providers

The following essay was the first-prize winner of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education’s 2014 Dr. Kuo York and M. Noelle Chynn Undergraduate Prize in Ethics, an essay competition to stimulate self-examination about concepts of ethics and morality encountered personally or as a concerned member of society. The Chynn Prize is funded by the Chynn Family Foundation. 

By: Michael Menconi

Patient names have been changed to ensure confidentiality and protect privacy.

Healthcare professionals often refer to their careers in medicine as a life purpose—their “calling” is to treat the sick, mend the injured, comfort the vulnerable, and instill courage in those who have lost all hope. Doctors have a moral, ethical, and professional obligation—or perhaps duty—to do no harm and perform acts of healing, both of which were fundamental virtues established by the Hippocratic Oath over five centuries ago. For a field with such an extensive, prolific history of emphasizing compassion and care for those in need, it is expected (and often assumed) that healthcare providers treat every patient with a fundamental respect for the human condition, unwavering empathy, and superior levels of social and cultural competency. …

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#Addiction, #ChynnPrize, #DrugUse, #FordhamUniversity, #Poverty

Examining Health Care and New York’s transition to Managed Care

In the Spotlight: The transition to Managed Care 
Healthcare redesign continues to be a topic of much discussion, especially as government experts announced on September 3 that national healthcare spending will peak as a result of economic improvements and increased coverage. With the expansion of Medicaid, mental health clinics, now able to treat individuals who were previously unable to access services, have seen a surge of clients.

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#Healthcare, #MedicaidRedesign

What Role Can Healthcare Play in Anti-Trafficking Efforts?

By: Sharon E. Chin

This past week, JAMA Pediatrics released two articles discussing the role of healthcare providers and education within anti-trafficking efforts in the United States. The issue of human trafficking occurring in America is still a novelty to many American citizens….

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#HumanTrafficking, #Pediatrics, #PublicHealth, #UnitedStates

Canada’s First Responders’ Suicide Crisis

According to this article, 13 of Canada’s first responders have committed suicide in a span of about 10 weeks, i.e paramedics, firefighters, police officers, dispatchers and prison staff have ended their lives after working in challenging jobs that regularly required them to act in emergency situations that most individuals choose to avoid to maintain their own safety and wellbeing. Despite working in the best interest of others, these first responders did not receive the necessary support in their own times of crisis to save their lives; these tragedies demand changes be made towards preventing such occurrences….

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#Canada, #FirstResponders

Hobby Lobby decision will hurt those living in poverty the most

The Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision issued by the Supreme Court on June 30, maintains that closely held corporations, where a majority of the company’s shares are held by fewer than five people, are not required to cover employee contraception as stipulated by the Affordable Care Act if they claim religious objection. …

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#HobbyLobby, #McSilver, #WomensHealth

What’s in a number? Increased access to health care services

In the Spotlight 

Since October 1, 2013, over 10 million Americans have enrolled in either public or private health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the enrollment deadline that passed on March 31, the White House announced that 7.1 million people enrolled in private health care plans using the electronic insurance marketplace. In addition to enrollments in private healthcare coverage, at least 3 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid or in the Children’s Health Insurance Program….

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#ACA, #Healthcare, #McSilver