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2011-01-05 13:11:05

While some community-based interventions to prevent the 3.2 million annual deaths due to stillbirth have proved effective in controlled settings and specific contexts, there is an enormous challenge in bringing these interventions to scale. A new analysis in this week's PLoS Medicine addresses this "implementation research challenge" by identifying key priorities for research and action. Asha George from UNICEF, New York, USA and a group of international colleagues used the Child Health and...

2010-11-30 13:15:05

Giving emergency artesunate suppositories to children with suspected severe malaria before referring them for treatment is a cost-effective intervention that can substantially improve the management of childhood malaria in remote African settings, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health [BUSPH] researcher Yesim Tozan, PhD, (link to profile: http://sph.bu.edu/tozan) The study, which appears online Nov. 29 in The Lancet , builds on previous research that found...

2010-10-11 11:56:00

Newly released report chronicles successes of 10-year collaboration to improve health EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --In a report released this week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation highlights the accomplishments of a collaborative effort to improve the health of underserved populations through the training and use of community health workers, titled Community health workers in Minnesota: Bridging barriers, expanding access, improving health....

2010-09-21 22:08:33

Anti-malarial drugs are being used inappropriately for sick children in Zambia with fevers and difficulty breathing "“ a problem that can be addressed by arming community health workers with a simple rapid-diagnostic test and a supply of antibiotics, a study led by a team of Boston University School of Public Health [BUSPH] researchers has found. In the study, published online Sept. 21 in PLoS Medicine, the research team from the Center for Global Health and Development at BUSPH...

2010-08-09 09:49:00

Training Frontline Workers is Focus of the National Jobs to Careers Initiative Efforts to be Celebrated During National Health Center Week, August 8-14 BOSTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the National Association of Community Health Centers prepares to recognize the service and contributions of Community Health Centers during National Health Center Week (August 8 - 14), some community health centers are offering a way to fill critical workforce shortages, long seen as a major...

2010-06-04 14:05:13

Report shows both mothers and newborns at risk A lack of skilled attendants at birth accounts for two million preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths each year, according to the newly released Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010). The report shows that nearly 50 percent of women in the 68 countries carefully tracked in the Countdown report "”most of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia"” still give birth without the aid of a trained midwife,...

2010-06-02 17:19:14

Interventions increase breastfeeding and decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, study finds Community intervention can help American Indian families change behavior related to early childhood weight gain and obesity, according to a new Kaiser Permanente and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) study. The study, published online in the Journal of Community Health, also finds that adding in-home visits to the community intervention has an even more profound effect on...

2010-06-01 11:35:00

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has developed an innovative program called Health Navigator designed to help IEHP Members better understand how to use their health care. Launching this month, the program will arrive in select communities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It aims to increase preventive-care visits and reduce avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Based on the promotores program model, IEHP...

2010-03-22 07:05:00

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- As surprising as it sounds in the current employment market, a renowned labor economist projects that there will be more jobs than people to fill them in the United States by 2018. Assuming a return to healthy economic growth and no change in immigration or labor force participation rates, Barry Bluestone, Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, predicts that within the next eight years there could be at...

2009-09-21 23:01:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Management Sciences for Health (MSH) today reported that the first year of its four-year $12.5 million CGI Commitment to Action to introduce and expand Performance-Based Financing (PBF) has resulted in dramatically improved quality and delivery of health services for millions of people in Rwanda and Haiti. PBF empowers health managers to allocate resources in a way that rewards meeting health goals. By improving financial management capacity...