Health Care Reform: What’s Next?

Following the failure of the American Health Care Act, Paul Ryan declared that we would be with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. What exactly will that mean for us, though? A few media sources too a stab at what that might mean: What’s Next for the ACA and the People It Covers? Decisions made by the Trump administration and Congress as well as state policymakers over the next few years will help determine how many people the ACA covers, how affordable the coverage is, and its cost to federal and state governments. Such decisions include whether and how the administration...
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Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order to help better protect health and safety of Michiganders

New cabinet-level post and Public Health Advisory Commission created  Thursday, September 22, 2016 LANSING, Mich. – The state’s Chief Medical Executive is being elevated to a cabinet-level position that reports to the Governor and Gov. Rick Snyder is creating a Public Health Advisory Commission through an executive order he signed today. The establishment of a new cabinet-level post focused on public health and the creation of the commission were both recommendations of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force. “We are continuing our efforts to improve the way state government works and ensure that we put people first across all departments and agencies...
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Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary Stakeholder Meeting

Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary Stakeholder Meeting When: Monday, October 24, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Where: Lansing Community College West – Campus Auditorium 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, 48917 RSVP: Attendees are asked to RSVP for this meeting. If you plan to attend, please notify Rita Subhedar, at no later than October 14, 2016. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites the public to attend a stakeholder meeting on October 24 regarding the Michigan Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary. In order to streamline drug coverage policies for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries...
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Overconsumption of Caffeine by our Nation’s Youth Poses Health Risks

By Faith Thornton Caffeine has been called the most widely consumed psychoactive substance on earth. In the United States, adolescent caffeine intake averages 60 to 70 mg/day and ranges up to 800 mg/day. Most caffeine intake among youth comes from soda; however, energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular (Seiffert, 2011). Energy drinks (EDs) have increased in popularity and are now consumed by 30%-50% of adolescents (i.e., aged 10-19 years) and young adults. It is now estimated that 31% of 12- to 19-year old adolescents drink energy drinks regularly (Sanchis-Gomaer et al, 2015).  Frequently containing high and unregulated amounts of caffeine, these...
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How to Keep Your Child Active

By Courtney Fox With a new study showing that obese people now outnumber underweight people across the globe, maintaining a healthy lifestyle has never been more important. Over the past four decades, obesity in men has tripled and obesity in women has doubled. Childhood obesity is also on the rise. Children who are obese are also more likely to be obese as adults. There is no prescription or home remedy or cure for obesity. A healthy lifestyle, with healthy eating and physical activity, is the simplest way to prevent obesity. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of physical...
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My Health Story: Zeaira Chestang

Zeaira Chestang Corner Health Center When I was in High School I was always miss-behaving and not really caring about anything. I barely went to class and when I did go to class I wasn’t very attentive. One day I went to band and my teacher introduced me to a man by the name of Jay Holden and that was the day my band director opened the door to change for me. Jay was a social worker from my school’s health center. School-based/linked health centers are important to me because if they weren’t in my high school my band director...
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Mourning the Passing of an Adolsecent Health Pioneer

Last week, staff members at the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan were informed of the passing of a key figure in the school-based health field. We mourn the passing of Joan Chesler, PhD., the founding executive director of the Corner for 28 years. We wanted to share her life in the words of someone who knew her best: The Corner’s Nicole Adelman. Her vision and dedication guided the Corner and shaped our long-term success. Because of her efforts, thousands of young people have received high-quality, affordable health care in a nonjudgmental, youth-friendly environment. Joan retired from the Corner in 2009, but remained a...
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