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Bringing meals to people with food insecurity may deliver savings to the healthcare system

Imagine you are the tightfisted potentate of a small republic, plotting the least expensive way to care for subjects in fragile health who depend on your beneficence.<p>You could watch while your subjects who are elderly or disabled (or both) scramble to find and pay for healthy meals. And you could …

Health Care

Can Health Systems Solve America’s Social Inequities?

Share62<p>Share<p>Tweet29<p>Email<p>Shares 91<p>March 29, 2018; Managed Care<p>In its 2018 analysis of top issues facing the health care industry, PwC Health Research …

Health Care

Would Americans Accept Putting Health Care on a Budget?

If you wanted to get control of your household spending, you’d set a budget and spend no more than it allowed. You might wonder why we don’t just do the same for spending on American health care.<p>Though government budgets are different from household budgets, the idea of putting a firm limit on …

Health Care

Uninsured struggle to obtain, afford doctor appointments

(Reuters Health) - Without some kind of health insurance, getting an appointment with a primary care doctor, and being able to pay in full or over time remains a challenge for millions in the U.S., a recent study suggests.<p>Although the number of uninsured is down from a high of 49 million people in …

Health Care

This Startup Lets Neighbors Pool Their Money To Invest In Their Communities

Cooperative Capital lets people pool small amounts of money, vote on how they want to invest it to improve their neighborhood–and then generates returns.<p>Buying an abandoned house in Detroit, remodeling it, and then renting or reselling it can be a good investment, but it’s something that many …

Venture Capital

Home-delivered meals might reduce ER visits, study suggests

Delivering meals to vulnerable sick people might be a simple way to cut back on emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reining in some of the costliest kinds of medical care, according to a new Health Affairs study.<p>Low-income seniors or disabled younger people who received home-delivered meals …

Health Care

Salvation Army Opens Its First Nonprofit Grocery Store To Combat Food Deserts

The Salvation Army is adding healthy grocery shopping to its list of charitable endeavors.<p>The nonprofit opened its first full-service grocery store in Baltimore on Wednesday in what it hopes will be the first of many stores to help combat the nation’s number of “food deserts,” which are …

Drug Rehab Centers in Birmingham Supplement Programs with Yoga

Birmingham, Alabama drug rehab centers are offering adjunct therapy to supplement drug detox to patients and prevent drug relapse. One of the most …

Yoga

Experts in Connecticut and Beyond Explore Opioid-Free Pain Treatments

+3<p>Emma Seppälä recently gave birth to her second child without the aid of painkillers.<p>Instead, the Madison mom was armed with what may sound like …

Pain

Nonprofit Rate = free money for your cause

By onMarch 12, 2018 in nonprofit growth, Nonprofit How-to<p><b>Use nonprofit discounts to shift funds to your mission</b><p><i>By Tom Peterson</i><p>When you get to be my …

Rethinking Rural Health Solutions To Save Patients And Communities

Heidi Schultz grew up traveling from one end of South Dakota to the other, tagging along as her sister saw doctors and specialists in the "big cities" to treat her diabetes.<p>Schultz thought she knew rural America well when she took a position with the Helmsley Charitable Trust overseeing their rural …

Health Care

Q&A: Thomas Bashore of Nashville NC program on substance abuse

By onMarch 5, 2018 in Community Health, Stakeholder Health Q&A<p><b>Nashville NC Police Department Breaks with Tradition and Provides HOPE to Drug</i> …

Income Disparities in the Prevalence, Severity, and Costs of Co-Occurring Chronic and Behavioral Health Conditions

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Tererai, the improbable story of Oprah’s “favorite guest”

By onFebruary 27, 2018 in nonprofit marketing, world changing<p><b>How one guy’s simple goal, and one woman’s determination led to Oprah’s “all-time</b> …

Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, And Western Medicine: A Healthy Convergence by Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP, C-IAYT (Paperback)

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The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

It could, if the results stand up, be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure? No, it’s a newfangled intervention called community. This week …

Immune System

Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

Populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at alarming speed. One radical solution is to make 50% of the planet a nature reserve<p>The orangutan is one of our planet’s most distinctive and intelligent creatures. It has been observed using primitive tools, such as the branch of a tree, to hunt …

Wildlife

Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma

Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from …

Incorporating Exercise and Wellness Can Increase Years of Happiness and Health

Nearly two decades ago, Jessica, 72, was recovering from breast cancer surgery and felt her body had become a foe. She discovered relief and strength …

Yoga

Can a Prescription for Fresh Food Treat Diabetes? At Geisinger, an Informatics-Driven Project Is Showing Promising Results

Heather LandiWith the aim of addressing food insecurity and to improve patients’ diabetes management, Geisinger launched a Fresh Food Farmacy …

Digital Health

Mind-body therapy effective for military veterans with PTSD

Post-9/11 military veterans who receive mind-body therapy have significant improvements in symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), …

Free public transport for older adults tied to less depression

(Reuters Health) - Eliminating cost as a barrier to getting around town may improve the mental health of older adults by reducing loneliness and lack of social engagement, suggests a UK study that followed over 18,000 people for more than a decade.<p>Researchers found that increased eligibility for a …

Mental Health

The Breakthrough Mindset: 5 Keys For Exponential Innovation To Solve Global Problems

How big business can solve the world’s largest, most mind-numbing problems.<p>Elon Musk may be worth the $56 billion payout he is asking for to lead Tesla into the future, or maybe not. Time will tell. But one thing is clear: No other business leader has yet captured quite so dramatically the …

Innovation

Growing number of suburban poor discover health care's nowhere land

The promise of cheaper housing brought Shari Castaneda to Palmdale, California, in northern Los Angeles County, about nine years ago.<p>The single mom with five kids had been struggling to pay the bills. "I kept hearing that the rent was a lot cheaper out here, so I moved," she said.<p>But when she …

Health Care

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase join forces to tackle employees’ health-care costs

Three giant and influential employers, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, announced Tuesday they were partnering to create an independent company aimed at reining in health-care costs for their U.S. employees.<p>There were almost no details available about what the company would do or how …

Health Care

Social Impact by Design

Review By Nadia RoumaniThis book offers useful ideas for integrating design thinking into a work environment but could provide more specific …

Design

2018 CIC Call for Proposals

SYTAR 2018<p>Common Interest Community<p>Call for Proposals<p>Yoga therapy ideas worth sharing!<p>Call for proposals is now open. Submission deadline is February …

Hospitals In States That Expanded Medicaid Less Likely To Close

The expansion of Medicaid helps rural hospitals stay afloat in states like Colorado, which added 400,000 people to the health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid were about 6 times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states, …

Health Care

Find your community (or create it)

By onJanuary 16, 2018 in Social Change<p><i>By Tom Peterson</i><p>In the words of an internet meme, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” The converse is also true: …

Inspiration