Most healthcare organizations in the United States suffer from a chronic shortage of allied healthcare workers to fill basic positions at their facilities. These can be Medical Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Dietitians, Medical Lab Technologists and the like. Given these shortages, many organizations have been more fully exploring the ability to sponsor foreigners in these positions to complement their existing workforce. The following article will give a basic overview of the options available to healthcare organizations, specifically Non-Profits and Federally Qualified Health Centers and Clinics.
Due to centuries of systemic inequities, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations disproportionally experience health disparities and a lack of access to high quality, culturally responsive healthcare. Relatedly, AI/AN people are also vastly underrepresented in healthcare careers. These challenges highlight a need for a tribally-driven, culturally tailored healthcare system that centers AI/AN healthcare providers. The Tribal Community Health Provider Program (TCHPP) is addressing these needs by developing and implementing accessible, step-wise workforce education programs designed specifically for providing healthcare in Tribal communities.
In today's complex and rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, executives and board members of healthcare organizations face a multitude of challenges and risks. Risk of cybersecurity attacks, workplace violence, and medical malpractice claims are particularly relevant today. Inadequate risk management practices in these areas can expose an organization and the personal assets of its leadership team to significant legal and financial liabilities. For community health centers, a well-structured Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance program can provide critical protection to the individual members of their executive team and board, allowing them to focus on their vital roles.
Long COVID, or post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), represents a significant and lingering burden on individuals who have recovered from the acute phase of COVID-19. This syndrome manifests itself in patients as a constellation of symptoms that persist well beyond the expected recovery period for the initial viral infection. Specifically, individuals suffering from Long COVID experience symptoms that continue for at least 60 days post-infection and may extend for at least 90 days. The range of symptoms associated with PASC is extensive and heterogeneous, with effects that can significantly impede activities of daily living and impact almost every major organ system. The persistence and severity of these symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another, leading to weeks or even months of ongoing health issues.
By Katharine Rossitch, DDS & Mai Jackson
Oral health in elementary-aged children is a critical issue in Washington State, with statistics revealing a pressing need for improved dental care among young students. It is important to rethink access to oral health services so children and families can be met where they are. School based oral health programs (SBOHPs) provide a unique twist on the conventional dental experience. While each program is different, they all have a mutual goal to bring dental care focused on prevention to the place where kids often spend the most time outside of home and feel the most comfortable. They can often be the first step towards connecting students to a dental home within their community since these programs provide referrals for comprehensive care. Washington Dental Service (WDS), the parent company to Delta Dental of Washington and the Arcora Foundation, has created a School-Based Oral Health Program Learning Collaborative, a 24-month initiative designed to enhance oral health outcomes for elementary-aged children in Washington.