University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium

University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium











UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy student Megan Wyand checks the weight of donated medical supplies bound for Ghana


Biddeford and Portland, ME (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

The Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) was established as a formal program in spring 2010 to improve the health of the people of western Ghana through development and implementation of collaborative research, education and training programs with local and international partners. Its partners include the University of New England, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Health Mission, Inc. (GHM) and the Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR).

The partnership grew out of a long-established health outreach program between UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and the U.S.-based Ghana Health Mission, Inc. Close to 100 students and faculty from across all UNE Colleges have participated in five exchanges since 2008, providing direct care services, community health education and other unique programs in urban and rural communities in the Sekondi/Takoradi regions of western Ghana.

The UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), which conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad, houses the partnership at UNE. The partnership through CCPH submitted three research grants over the past year—one on chronic disease and two on maternal and child health-system strengthening.

The 21 UNE students and faculty participating this summer comprise an interprofessional group of physicians, physician assistants (PA), pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and dental hygienists, as well as undergraduate medical biology majors. Also joining the group is UNE alum Kathleen Keller, PA-C, a 2009 PA graduate who says, “I had the extreme honor of going to Ghana as a PA student, and it continues to shape my daily practice. I am very much looking forward to going again. I found the experience quite humbling and full of valuable learning experiences.”

The Ghana Health Service Western Region Director, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, as well as three GHM nurses, a dentist and an ophthalmologist, will join the team in August. Cataracts, river blindness and trachoma are common eye conditions in the region.

UNE volunteers have gathered 225 pounds of medical supplies donated by Portland-based Partners for World Health, which the team will use and distribute at the health mission in Sekondi.

In November 2010, leaders from the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Health Partnership traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in Ghana Health Week, a week of informative meetings, presentations, and faculty/student exchanges, combined with cultural events such as African drumming and dancing. On August 10-11, they are collaborating once again for an academic symposium, but this year will gather in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast’s oceanfront campus.

The 2011 symposium will focus on research and educational strategies that advance the work of the partnership, and the plenary session is entitled, “Excellence in Higher Education Across Borders.” Additional topics include:


    Sustainability of Chronic Disease Practice Innovations in Low Resource Communities
    Models of Change for Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
    Water and Sanitation – Advancing Water Research That Impacts Health Status
    Sharing Evidence-Based Strategies for the Care of Rheumatologic Disorders
    Problem-based, Case-based Learning Teaching Methodologies – Lessons Learned and Shared from the University of Cape Coast
    Simulation Strategies to Introduce, Model and Educate Complex Health Situations
    Collaborative Strategies for Teaching, Implementing and Sustaining Cultural Understanding Within a Cross-Cultural Partnership
    Student Presentation on the Ghana Health Mission

About University of New England

The University of New England is a top-ranked independent university with two distinctive campuses located in the coastal communities of Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, offering student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE is the leading provider of health care professionals in Maine; it offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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Father of Raw Plant Based Diet & Wholistic Clinical Research Activist Viktoras Kulvinskas is Over the Moon for the Green PolkaDot Box Natural Food Online Store

Father of Raw Plant Based Diet & Wholistic Clinical Research Activist Viktoras Kulvinskas is Over the Moon for the Green PolkaDot Box Natural Food Online Store











Viktoras Kulvinskas is over the moon for the Green PolkaDot Box Natural Food Online Store


Montezuma, Costa Rica (PRWEB) August 16, 2011

Green PolkaDot Box™ founder Rod Smith today announced his partnership with Viktoras Kulvinskas, the father of the raw food movement. Furthermore, Viktoras is the author of Survival in the 21st Century: Planetary Healers Manual http://www.survivalinthe21stcentury.com which sold over a half a million copies worldwide and was the first wholistic book published with over 400 Medical References. Teaching vibrant health and optimal lifestyle habits has been Viktoras’ life’s work. Now, with great excitement, Viktoras Kulvinskas invites families, businesses and all to consider eating better for a lower cost through the online natural foods shopping alternative offered by the Green PolkaDot Box. http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/viktoras

Viktoras Kulvinskas has spent the last 35 years as a practitioner in the area of wholistic healing modalities and as a living foods chef, who has served vegan, raw food meals to hundreds of thousands of people. He knows that education, combined with making raw, organic and natural foods drastically more affordable will indeed enable a growing number of families to choose healthier lifestyle options.

“No one likes to pay retail for essential foods,” said Viktoras Kulvinskas, Father of Raw Plant Based Diet. “And, while people are always embracing cost effective foods, there is however a fast growing recognition that scientifically links organic foods and their higher nutrient value with optimal health benefits. The Green PolkaDot Box is helping to change the game by bringing all the best companies and products to the table at unprecedented low prices. Savings are up to a 60% on shelf items and up to 80% for fresh produce in bulk!”

The Green PolkaDot Box™ (GPDB) is a membership club that helps consumers combine their purchasing power to bargain directly with manufacturers and growers for the best pricing, whether that is for organic, natural and other healthy whole food products or simply environmentally friendly personal care products. There is also the added service of being able to shop for therapeutic functional foods. GPDB strives to become the leading authoritative source for their members who seek to address food allergies, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and so many other health challenges.

“We are proud to offer the best pricing on organic foods and wholistic products,” said Rod Smith, Green Polka Dot Box founder. “For those dedicated to eating Raw, Living Foods, Vegan or Vegetarian, etc., the Green PolkaDot Box membership will deliver a wonderful variety of fresh produce and the fantastic items you love for less money. Even if you are a health-minded consumer who is trying to eat better, cheaper and have easy delivery, saving both time and energy, GPDB will satisfy your needs.”

The Green PolkaDot Box™ does not carry any products that contain harmful ingredients, including foods that are known to be genetically modified. They only carry products that are believed to represent the highest quality and value. GPDB’s goal is to pass through to its Members all the cost savings possible while at the same time, creating an opportunity for members to share the wealth with others in a variety of ways. The Green PolkaDot Box is an online membership club that provides through its partnerships, the best pricing from manufacturers and growers. The GPDB annual membership includes either a “club” or “reward” membership; the later offering a referral rewards program to help consumers earn their healthy food purchases. Both membership types feature a free delivery option.

By joining The Green PolkaDot Box you can align yourself with other leaders in the Health and Wellness Industry, including organizations like the Organic Consumers Association, Citizens for Health, the Hippocrates Health Institute and the Living Light Culinary Institute and many more, all of which have already embraced The Green PolkaDot Box in order to benefit their constituents.

Please click on this link The Green PolkaDot Box and register NOW for this Limited Time Offer of a Free Club Membership. To contact Viktoras directly email him at vikintheGPDbox(at)gmail(dot)com or leave him a voicemail at 1-866-LIVEMAX (1-866-548-3629).

Reverend Viktoras P. Kulvinskas MS is a Lithuanian World War II survivor who retired from teaching College Mathematics & Computer Systems, as well as a business consultant with the likes of the Apollo Mission, M.I.T., Smithsonian and Harvard…at 29, to pursue wholistic lifestyles. During the last 40 years, he pioneered the co-founding with Ann Wigmore (Lithuanian-born) of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Viktoras developed the Hippocrates Live Food program that has helped millions around the world regain their health through living the Wholistic Lifestyles. He published the best seller with over ½ million in print, the first Wholistic Lifestyle manual “Survival in the 21st Century: Planetary Healers Manual” survivalinthe21stcentury.com. Viktoras has developed over 100 Super Food Supplements and authored 8 other books and lectured world-wide reaching millions. Viktoras does ongoing research in soil-less indoor gardening, probiotic kitchen cuisine and an Essene Biogenic Low Cost diet. Viktoras continues to lecture, teach and give consultations worldwide as well as offering retreats in Montezuma, Costa Rica where he resides most of the year. For more info: http://www.viktorasretreats.com

Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), a world renowned, first of its kind integrative wellness center, which began in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1960’s was co-founded by visionary humanitarians Viktoras Kulvinskas, M.S. and his then partner, Dr. Ann Wigmore. The Hippocrates program is based on a vegan, living, enzyme-rich diet. For more info: http://www.hippocratesinst.org/our-history http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/viktoras

Rod A. Smith, founder of The Green PolkaDot Box, has launched numerous successful ventures in his professional life after an earlier career in Commercial Real Estate. Prior to The Green PolkaDot Box™ he also founded and development of the company known today as InContact (NASDAQ: SAAS), a diversified communications company. For more information about Rod Smith and his reason for founding The Green PolkaDot Box™, please visit The Green PolkaDot Box

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Creighton Explores Ethics Of Using Human Tissue For Research

Creighton Explores Ethics Of Using Human Tissue For Research











Omaha, NE (PRWEB) August 18, 2011

When you have blood taken for a test or have tissue removed for a biopsy, it may be used for medical research. While there are clear benefits to such research, medical and health care professionals need to be aware of cultural and confidentiality concerns on the part of patients.

Members of the Creighton University faculty and others will present on those topics as part of “The Use of Human Tissue and Public Trust: The Chasm Between Science and Ethics,” an upcoming conference sponsored by Creighton’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics (CHPE) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity.

The conference will take place Monday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Ahmanson Ballroom at Creighton’s Harper Center, 602 N. 20 St., in Omaha. It is free and open to the public. Registration is online at http://chpe.creighton.edu.

The conference is designed to expand awareness about the importance of weighing the benefits of knowledge derived from tissue research against such issues as cultural traditions and beliefs; exploring the concept of trust among patients, especially from the perspectives of populations vulnerable to exploitation or marginalization; and identifying gaps in communication and understanding between the science community and the public regarding the use of human tissue. The event is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, health care educators, public health professionals, medical students, and members of the public.

CHPE Professor John R. Stone, M.D., Ph.D. will give a presentation on “Ethical Issues – Trust and Trustworthiness, Dispelling Myths.” Stone has often focused on social justice in his work, particularly health inequalities that affect minority populations. Other Creighton faculty members involved in the conference include CHPE Director Amy Haddad, Ph.D., the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences, who is the primary organizer of the conference, and Donald Frey, M.D., vice president for health sciences, who will welcome attendees.

“The conference speakers are top scholars and researchers in health care ethics and related fields, and we are really honored to host them at the conference,” said Dr. Haddad. “In addition, the agenda is packed with sessions that will cover cutting-edge topics in the field. Attendees will come away with so much more understanding of this complex, sensitive, and challenging issue, which is increasingly prominent in health care.”

The Center for Health Care Policy and Ethics is home of Creighton’s Master of Science in Health Care Ethics, which is offered entirely online. The interdisciplinary program educates students who must deal with bioethics as part of their duties (such as physicians, nurses, public health workers, attorneys, and chaplains) on the various issues and factors involved in the field, giving them greater ability to explain, justify and analyze ethical decisions in health care. To learn more about the online Creighton University Master’s in Health Care Ethics, go to http://creighton-online.com.

About Creighton University:

Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.creighton.edu.

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New Research Shows Americans Falling Behind on Proper Food Safety Practices

New Research Shows Americans Falling Behind on Proper Food Safety Practices














Washington, DC (Vocus) May 20, 2009

Foodborne illness outbreaks have been a regular feature in the news lately and are top of mind when consumers think of food and health issues, but new International Food Information Council Foundation research shows that fewer people are taking basic precautions that could significantly reduce their risk of becoming sick.

According to the Foundation’s fourth annual Food & Health Survey, more than half of Americans think foodborne illness from bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, is the most important food safety issue today (52 percent). While 95 percent say they take at least one food safety precaution when cooking, preparing and consuming food, the number of people taking various precautions is down for nearly every action from 2008:

    Wash hands with soap and water (87 percent in 2009 vs. 92 percent in 2008)
    Wash cutting boards with soap and water or bleach (77 percent in 2009 vs. 84 percent in 2008)
    Cook food to required temperature (71 percent in 2009 vs. 76 percent in 2008)
    Properly store leftovers within two hours of serving (69 percent in 2009 vs. 79 percent in 2008)
    Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from ready-to-eat food products (63 percent in 2009 vs. 70 percent in 2008)
In addition, only 50 percent of Americans report using different or freshly cleaned cutting boards for each product (such as raw meat or poultry or produce) and only one in four use a food thermometer to check the doneness of meat and poultry items (25 percent).

Americans are also faring worse when it comes to following microwave cooking instructions in 2009 :

    Follow all the cooking instructions (68 percent in 2009 vs. 79 percent in 2008)
    Flip, rotate or stir during the microwave cooking process (62 percent in 2009 vs. 72 percent in 2008)
    Let food stand for appropriate time after microwaving (48 percent in 2009 vs. 58 percent in 2008)
    Increase or decrease cooking times based on the wattage of my microwave (48 percent in 2009 vs. 58 percent in 2008)    

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of following proper food safety practices,” says David Schmidt, International Food Information Council Foundation CEO. “Clearly Americans understand the need for these practices, but they still can do a better job of handling food properly at home, which potentially decreases the risk of foodborne illness.”

Confidence in and Perceived Responsibility for Ensuring a Safe Food Supply

Americans’ confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply remained stable in 2009, but still only 49 percent of consumers say they are confident in the safety of our food. (See video) When asked who is responsible for food safety in the U.S. Americans look to food manufacturers (72 percent) and the government (72 percent) first, followed by farmers/producers (57 percent), retailers (49 percent)and consumers/individuals (41 percent).

These findings are part of an extensive look at what Americans are doing regarding their eating and health habits in the fourth annual Food & Health Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation. The survey of 1,064 American adults was conducted over a two and a half-week period in February and March of 2009.

Other key findings from the 2009 Survey include:

The Impact of the Economy on Food and Beverage Purchases (See Video)

    Price is having a bigger impact on consumers’ food and beverage purchasing decisions (74 percent in 2009 vs. 64 percent in 2006).
    Consumers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to say price is a major influencing factor.
    Taste remains the biggest influence on purchasing decisions (87 percent) followed by healthfulness (61 percent) and convenience (52 percent).

Top Impacts on Americans’ Health (See Video)

    Consumers believe exercising has the biggest impact on their health (80 percent) ranking ahead of making healthful food choices (66 percent) and managing weight (53 percent).
    Americans rate their health status very high (81 percent as “excellent,” “very good” or “good,”), but far less (58 percent) are “somewhat” or “extremely satisfied” with their health status indicating that they think they could do better.
    Nearly two in three (64 percent) are trying to improve the healthfulness of what they eat with the top reasons being to improve overall well-being (64 percent), improve physical health and lose weight (both 61 percent).

Dieting and Weight Management (See Video)

    Consumers are confused by calories:

o    Less than one third of Americans (30 percent) correctly say that “calories in general are most likely to cause weight gain.”

o    Just 15 percent of Americans are able to provide an accurate estimate of the number of calories they should be consuming.

o    Still, calories remain number one on the list of things people look at on the Nutrition Facts panel of food and beverage packages (75 percent).

    Seventy-eight percent of Americans say they’re trying to lose or maintain their weight.
    Those trying to lose weight say they’re most encouraged by “improvement in physical appearance” (69 percent); “improvement in health/overall well-being” (67 percent); “increased self-esteem” (49 percent); and “increased energy” (49 percent) among others.

The 2009 Food & Health Survey also covers consumer attitudes toward meal occasions, dietary fats, carbohydrates and sugars, foods and beverages with added health and wellness benefits, low-calorie sweeteners, caffeine, food additives and colors, awareness and use of government-sponsored programs such as MyPyramid, and use of the Nutrition Facts panel and other forms of food and beverage labeling.

For a copy of the entire survey and other resources for journalists and bloggers please visit ific.org or contact the Foundation media team at 202-296-6540 or media(at)ific.org.

The International Food Information Council Foundation effectively communicates science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. The Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Foundation materials are available at http://ific.org/newsroom. For interviews with experts or for more information, call (202) 296-6540.

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St. Vincent Health and Indiana Health Information Exchange CMIO to Deliver Beacon Community Research Study Presentation in Seattle

St. Vincent Health and Indiana Health Information Exchange CMIO to Deliver Beacon Community Research Study Presentation in Seattle












(PRWEB) August 04, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today that Alan Snell, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, St. Vincent Health and Indiana Health Information Exchange will be delivering a presentation entitled “Beacon Community Research Study: Reducing Hospital Readmissions via Remote Patient Management” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The research design includes eight acute care institutions within the Central Indiana Beacon Community Program through the Indiana Health Information Exchange, subcontracting with St. Vincent Health for the remote patient management and nurse monitoring. The study outcomes will compare ED visits and readmissions within 30 days post-discharge between the two groups, as well as patient management skills and understanding of their underlying disease process.

“Through the Beacon programs we hope to learn innovative use of technologies and data management to improve quality and lower costs for patient populations,” said Dr. Alan Snell. “At St. Vincent Health, our research project to reduce hospital readmissions through remote patient monitoring and nurse interaction is an example of that innovative approach.”

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, VoCare, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

http://www.ihealthtran.com

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