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Integrating Global Best Practices in Establishing Pennsylvania’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Date Created: June 7, 2018 01:50 PM
Author: WHAMglobal

 

Mothers are dying at higher rates in the United States than any other developed nation. As healthcare systems scramble to address the growing spotlight on maternal mortality and morbidity, accurate data is a critical first step. As Dr. Vivian Lee, an expert radiologist and member of Women of Impact, recently reminded our health activists, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

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Activist Spotlight: Accessibility is a health and civil rights issue

Date Created: May 14, 2018 01:59 PM
Author: Scotland Huber

 

It may surprise you that many locations are still inaccessible for individuals in wheelchairs, but it’s unfortunately true. “Making buildings accessible sounds like such an easy, simple thing. But it’s not,” says local health activist Heather Tomko. “It is expensive and requires work and planning. But when things are inaccessible, you become a lot more isolated. And research has shown that has major health implications.”

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Three Focus Areas for 2018

Date Created: April 23, 2018 12:30 PM
Author: Scotland Huber

 

The Health Activist Network is excited to announce a directed effort to unite health activists to impact three primary focus areas:

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Let’s Call it 'Reinvesting in Health'

Date Created: April 18, 2018 10:35 AM
Author: Scotland Huber

 

We’re not here to simply point to “waste” or “unnecessary services.” We want practical tools to help reinvest into the areas of our healthcare system that give the best value and drive the greatest health outcomes.

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Smart Adolescent Behavioral Health Advocacy

Date Created: April 12, 2018 12:53 PM
Author: Scotland Huber

 

On March 28, the Health Activist Network hosted an event that served as both an advocacy workshop and the beginning of a full-court press on creating the kind of adolescent behavioral health system that our region deserves. More than 60 attendees gained insights on effective advocacy from individuals who have rallied around children on the autism spectrum in Pennsylvania, and identified opportunities to apply similar strategies to efforts around adolescent behavioral health. The event also featured a panel discussion on engaging parents and teens in behavioral health advocacy, featuring youth and family support specialists who use their lived experience to help others enduring similar challenges.

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The Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellowship: One of the Health Activist Network's main highlights from 2017

Date Created: December 12, 2017 02:57 PM
Author: Ashley Chung

 

Approximately 170 people attended the Health Activist Expo on Thursday, November 30 at the August Wilson Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. During the Expo, the 2017 Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellows pitched their visions for social change. These projects ranged from addressing the opioid epidemic to rallying support for social workers who advocate for social justice for their clients, and everything in-between.

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2017 Salk Fellow Spotlight Series: Wilson Mui

Date Created: December 6, 2017 11:12 AM
Author: BeLinda Berry

 

Meet Wilson Mui, a recent Jonas Salk Fellow!

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2017 Salk Fellow Spotlight Series: Andrew Atterbury

Date Created: November 27, 2017 10:27 AM
Author: BeLinda Berry

 

Meet Salk Health Activist Fellow, Andrew Atterbury!

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2017 Salk Fellow Spotlight Series: Maria Violante

Date Created: November 13, 2017 10:13 AM
Author: BeLinda Berry

 

Meet Salk Health Activist Fellow, Maria Violante!

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Salk Fellow Spotlight Series: Julia Holber

Date Created: November 2, 2017 11:36 AM
Author: BeLinda Berry

 

This week we are featuring Salk Health Activist Fellow, Julia Holber!

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Casey

Date Created: October 23, 2017 11:24 PM
Author: A. Wendy Fujita

 

This story was this year's Right Care Alliance Story Jam winning story submission!
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One Phone, Many Recoveries

Date Created: October 23, 2017 08:57 PM
Author: Kathleen Hoagland, LPC, CAADC

 

This story was among the top 3 story submissions for the 2017 Right Care Alliance Story Jam held earlier this year in October. It focuses on how eliminating phone tree and using a laptop reduced barriers to treatment for individuals struggling with Opioid Use Disorder.

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2017 Salk Fellow Spotlight Series: Amanda Budzowski

Date Created: October 19, 2017 02:37 PM
Author: BeLinda Berry

 

Welcome to the Salk Fellow Spotlight Series!

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Heroes Among Us

Date Created: June 15, 2017 01:17 PM
Author: Amanda Bolden

 

One day at work in the hospital - in a rush, like most of us are - a patient yelled from the room to have someone come in. Since I was closest, I stepped in to say hello. The patient said, "You are wonderful; thank you for coming in." I smiled and said that his politeness made my day and asked what I could do to help. The patient asked me to please sit down. A little surprised at the gratitude and welcome, I sat. Little did I know that sitting down for 10 minutes would change how I approach healthcare, and well, life.

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The Armor America Needs: Possible Solutions to Helping the Mentally Ill

Date Created: June 13, 2017 11:31 AM
Author: Maia Krivoruk

 

One in five New Yorkers is affected by a mental health condition in any given year. Stigmas surrounding mental health have pervaded through the American psyche for far too long. Manifesting in the ways we think and speak, these stigmas lead to unproductive discussions about mental health. In fact, it seems as though we only talk of mental illness in relation to violence and tragedies, especially gun violence.