The Veterans Administration in St. Paul, serving nearly one-half million veterans in Minnesota, is receiving one of 50 new mobile counseling centers.
The National Children’s Study will examine environmental influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The study will be based on volunteer participants in 105 locations, including Lincoln, Pipestone, Ramsey and Yellow Medicine counties. Becker, Clearwater, Mahnomen and Stearns countries will become active in 2009. The large study will be carried out in stages.
UCare awarded $1 million to Stratis Health to build cultural competency in Minnesota's health care community. In 2000, 9 percent of the population identified themselves as nonwhite—by 2030 this is projected to be 16 percent. Patient populations may not speak English, may not be familiar with Western medical customs, and may be distrustful of how health care is delivered in the United States. Cultural competency is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.
The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) declared November as Medical Home Awareness Month. MAFP posted information on medical homes, including how to find out where you are in the journey to becoming a medical home. Health and Human Services is collecting feedback until November 14 on the Draft Medical Home Extension/Gap.The New England Journal of Medicine's September 18 issue includes two articles on medical homes: No Place Like Home and Building a Medical Neighborhood.
New Routes to Community Health, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Benton Foundation, is a new model for improving the health of immigrants. Eight immigrant-led collaborations across the United States, including the Twin Cities' Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health, are each receiving $225,000 over three years to create locally-focused media and outreach campaigns that speak directly to immigrants' health concerns.
Dick Adair, M.D., an internist at Abbot Northwestern Hospital is using a grant to determine if combining electronic medical records, contracts between patients and doctors, and the skills of care guides can improve health and reduce costs for patients.
Abdirahman D. Mohamed, M.D. joined Access Medical Center as chief of staff. Dr. Mohamed recently returned to Minnesota from a five-year project in Zambia.
The National Rural Health Association's fall issue of The Journal of Rural Health features Recruitment and Retention of Rural Physicians: Outcomes From the Rural Physician Associate Program of Minnesota.