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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health News and Grants
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2012

University of Texas Doctoral Candidate Awarded Moore Fellowship to Study Forced Relocation

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June 18, 2012

 

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded the $20,000 Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship to Esther Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. ... Sullivan was chosen as this year's fellow for her research proposal on the effects of mass residential relocations.

http://hogg.utexas.edu/detail/258/2012MooreFellowship.html 

 

 

Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Health Care Approach

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

June 13, 2012

 

The Hogg Foundation and the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH) have released -- Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach, a collaborative project between OMH and the Hogg Foundation.

http://nned.net/index-nned.php/NNED_content/news_announcement/health-disparities-clc 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texans Brace for Supreme Court's Health Care Verdict

The Texas Tribune

June 18, 2012

 

... No matter which decision is made, the state will continue to be involved in health care debates, said Attorney General Greg Abbott. If the law is upheld, Abbott said, there will probably be new lawsuits - both at the state and federal levels- concerning its other components. And if the law is completely struck down, both Congress and Texas will look for other legislation to address health care reform.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/state-prepares-supreme-court-health-care-verdict/ 

 

 

Medical consortium spreads $600,000 among local universities

Fort Worth Business Press

June 15, 2012

 

... The six awards from Texas Medical Research Collaborative carry about $100,000 each and aim to propel research in the areas of brain imaging, gas detection through sensors and auditory devices that may reduce the risk of falling. Research award topics also include developing imaging devices for skin cancer diagnosis, computerized infusion and monitoring system for fetal blood transfusion, and

developing a wireless implantable device to treat depression.

http://www.fwbusinesspress.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=19234&SectionID=29&SubSectionID=54&S=1 

 

 

Federally Mandated Improvements at Parkland Will Top $31 Mil

Dallas Observer

June 18, 2012

 

... According to tomorrow's briefing, Parkland will need to spend at least $31 million to bring itself into compliance with federal rules. ... The presentation doesn't get into too many specifics, but the additional cash will add 57 new beds to the hospital and improve infection control, medication management, psychiatric services, etc.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2012/06/federally_mandated_improvement.php

 

 

Nursing the demand

Abilene Reporter-News

June 18, 2012

 

Taylor County ranks seventh in the ratio of registered nurses to its population, a fortunate circumstance that several health experts said was good news. ... in 2011, the last year for which statistics are available, Taylor County's population of 131,663 was served by 1,528 nurses, improving the ratio to one nurse for every 86 people.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2012/jun/18/experts-nursing-ratios-favorable-but-more-will/ 

 

 

Man escapes Kerrville State Hospital

KXAN

June 18, 2012

 

... The Kerrville Police Department asks the public help to find Carlos Melendez-Martinez, who escaped sometime Sunday from Kerrville State Hospital. ... Kerrville State Hospital is one of 10 mental health facilities in the state system that provides care for adults with major mental illnesses who need the safety, structure and resources of an inpatient setting.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/man-escapes-at-kerrville-state-hospital

 

 

Schizophrenic sentenced for bizarre nursing home attack

San Antonio Express-News

June 18, 2012

 

A San Antonio man with a history of mental issues who broke into a Northeast Side nursing home three years ago and beat an elderly stranger to the brink of death agreed Monday to a 60-year sentence.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Schizophrenic-sentenced-for-bizarre-nursing-home-3642942.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Workplace Clinics Are Expanding Focus Beyond Injuries, Preventive Care

Kaiser Health News

June 18, 2012

 

... Then companies added primary care and started emphasizing preventive screenings and other "wellness" services. Now, some big employers are beefing up their clinic offerings further with a host of add-ons, including physical therapy, dental and vision exams, mental health counseling and even acupuncture and massage.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/2012/Workplace-Clinics-Expand-Michelle-Andrews-061912.aspx 

 

 

College Students Bridge Chasm Between Medical Care And Poverty

Kaiser Health News

June 18, 2012

 

... Health Leads now operates in 23 urban clinics, emergency rooms and community health centers in Washington, Baltimore and four other cities. ... Although study after study has linked poverty to poor health -- a 2006 report in the journal Pediatrics found that children whose families cannot pay their utility bills are 30 percent more likely to be hospitalized -- the medical and social service systems have long operated in largely separate and disconnected spheres.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/June/19/health-leads.aspx 

 

 

Advocate blasts NY's new plan to protect disabled

San Antonio Express-News

June 18, 2012

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A man whose autistic son died in state care said a deal announced to better protect disabled people in state facilities will only perpetuate abuse and cover-ups because the bill won't create true independent oversight of the system.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Advocate-blasts-NY-s-new-plan-to-protect-disabled-3642300.php 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

How Obamacare Ruling May Affect Senior Healthcare

U.S. News & World Report

June 18, 2012

 

... Seniors age 65 and older already have guaranteed access to health insurance through Medicare and, for lower-income seniors, Medicaid. They thus would not be directly affected by the most far-reaching and controversial requirement of the law. ... However, the law has already influenced an enormous range of prices for procedures and medical products offered under Medicare. Were the court to strike down elements of the law governing these changes, some experts predict, healthcare providers would be hard-pressed to know what to charge for healthcare.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/the-best-life/2012/06/18/how-obamacare-ruling-may-affect-senior-healthcare 

 

 

Health insurance options for college students

The Washington Post

June 18, 2012

 

College students and their families will have better options for health insurance in the upcoming school year, but there will be higher costs, too. ... Many students choose the first option now that plans are required by the 2010 health law to cover children up to age 26. An estimated 2.5 million young adults joined a parent's plan through June 2011, according to a government report. Insurers responded to this requirement by slightly raising their prices.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/health-insurance-options-for-college-students/2012/06/18/gJQAL6eulV_story.html 

 

 

Most Americans won't like healthcare ruling -- whatever it is

NPR

June 18, 2012

 

... A new poll shows that most people will be unhappy regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in its much-anticipated decision on the nation's sweeping healthcare law. The survey by the Pew Research Center found that regardless of whether the law is upheld, struck down or kept intact except for its "individual mandate," fewer than half those asked would be happy with the outcome.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-most-americans-wont-like-healthcare-ruling-whatever-it-is-20120618,0,186358.story

 

 

Parties jockey on healthcare ahead of court ruling

Reuters

June 19, 2012

 

Eric Cantor pulls no punches about what Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will do to "Obamacare" if the Supreme Court leaves any of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law intact.

"We're going to take a bill to the floor that calls for the total repeal of Obamacare," the House majority leader said in a nationally televised press conference this month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/19/us-usa-healthcare-court-campaign-idUSBRE85I07J20120619

 

 

OPINIONS

 

The human dimension in controlling health costs

The Dallas Morning News

June 18, 2012

 

... The lack of serious cost-control elements is one reason I would not have voted for the proposal. But I think those of us in that camp need to be honest about something, and that is controlling costs is not always so easy. There is a simple reason for that: we're all humans. We are going to opt for tests that could better identify a problem. It would be nice if medicine were always clear cut, but it isn't, as one doctor told me while caring for my mom. You sometimes have to keep digging for information.

http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/06/the-human-dimension-in-controlling-health-costs.html/ 

 

 

America's aging population demands financial attention

The Dallas Morning News

June 17, 2012

 

I just returned from Washington where I joined several fellow journalists at the National Press Foundation to discuss the aging phenomenon in our country, and the challenges it poses to us as individuals and as a society. ... But aging involves more than money woes. There's depression, loneliness and other mental health issues among the elderly - subjects that are painful to discuss because they afflict our parents and other loved ones. ... These are important issues to older Americans and their families and a key reason why I'm expanding my coverage responsibilities to include senior lifestyles and trends.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/pamela-yip/20120617-americas-aging-population-demands-financial-attention.ece?action=reregister 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Survey Finds More Evidence That Mental Disorders Often Begin in Youth

National Institute of Mental Health

June 18, 2012

 

About 8 percent of U.S. teens meet current criteria for having a serious emotional disturbance, according to two NIMH-funded studies published in the April 2012 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2012/survey-finds-more-evidence-that-mental-disorders-often-begin-in-youth.shtml 

 

 

Anxiety, Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

HealthDay

June 18, 2012

 

People suffering from anxiety, depression, sleeplessness or other forms of psychological distress are at greater risk of death from a stroke, according to a new study.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=665705 

 

 

Sleep quality predicts mood outcomes in bipolar patients with SUDs

MedWire News

June 19, 2012

 

Results from a US study suggest that reduced sleep quality is associated with poorer mood outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs).

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/100163/Psychiatry/Sleep_quality_predicts_mood_outcomes_in_bipolar_patients_with_SUDs.html 

 

 

Sexual dysfunction prevalent in psychosis patients

MedWire News

June 19, 2012

 

Sexual dysfunction is very common among patients with psychosis and is often present before the onset of full-blown symptoms, UK researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/100164/Psychiatry/Sexual_dysfunction_prevalent_in_psychosis_patients.html 

 

 

Rate of Bipolar Symptoms Among Teens Approaches That of Adults

National Institute of Mental Health

June 18, 2012

 

... The findings reveal that the prevalence of bipolar disorder in adolescents approaches that of adults, underscoring the widely held belief that the disorder first appears in youth. In addition, the presence of mania alone suggests that mania without depression should receive greater attention when evaluating mood disorders in teens, especially since it may precede or be associated with behavioral problems such as substance use disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the researchers.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2012/rate-of-bipolar-symptoms-among-teens-approaches-that-of-adults.shtml 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

June 18, 2012

 

This guide was created by the National Center on Trauma-Informed Care as a technical assistance document to help make trauma-informed peer support available to women who receive or have received services in behavioral health or other human service systems. It is designed as a resource for peer supporters in these or other settings who want to learn how to integrate trauma-informed principles into their relationships with the women they support or into the peer support groups of which they are members.

http://www.nasmhpd.org/EngagingWomen.cfm 



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