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AIDS patients fear discrimination in ACA exchange

AIDS patients fear discrimination in ACA exchange | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Patient advocates say some insurance companies are making HIV and AIDS drugs unaffordable in plans issued through the Affordable Care Act by shifting much of the cost to customers.
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1934 Louisiana Lomax Recordings Now Available Online | WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM

1934 Louisiana Lomax Recordings Now Available Online | WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
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Complaint accuses 4 Fla insurers of discrimination

Complaint accuses 4 Fla insurers of discrimination | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal health officials Thursday alleging some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their insurance plans in a way that discourage consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing those plans.
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Film Reveals The Not So Sweet Truth About The American Obesity Epidemic

Film Reveals The Not So Sweet Truth About The American Obesity Epidemic | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Sugar addiction and the increasingly evident obesity epidemic, are the just the tip of the ice-burg for upcoming film Fed Up, which opens nation wide on May 9. Produced and narrated by legendary TV personality Katie Couric, this film exposes American obesity and takes on greedy junk food corporations, lazy and unethical legislation, and persisting government ignorance. In addition to the enigmatic Couric, this film is jam packed with contributions from former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman and many more. For those with their ear to the ground when it comes to the health issues plaguing our nation, this is one film you won't want to miss.
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Top L.A. County public health official announces he's retiring

Top L.A. County public health official announces he's retiring | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
The head of Los Angeles County's public health department has announced his intention to retire.
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Announcing Money, Politics and Transparency: A project to improve global political finance transparency

Announcing Money, Politics and Transparency:  A project to improve global political finance transparency | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
The Sunlight Foundation is partnering with Global Integrity and the Electoral Integrity Project to create Money, Politics and Transparency — a project aimed at improving political finance transparency globally. The project, with generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation and Open Society Foundations hopes to become the go-to resource for reformers, ...
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JOURNAL OF WORLD-SYSTEMS RESEARCH

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Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
One of agricultural biotechnology's great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement squandered the benefits of genetic modification. After years of predicting that it would happen, scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms resistant ...
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Rick Scott 'oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history,' Florida Democratic Party says - Political Currents - MiamiHerald.com

Rick Scott 'oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history,' Florida Democratic Party says - Political Currents - MiamiHerald.com | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Florida Democrats claim Gov. Rick Scott “oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history.”
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UIC Faculty: We’re Striking for Students

UIC Faculty: We’re Striking for Students | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Two faculty members at the University of Illinois-Chicago give a firsthand account of why they're striking.
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Registration

Registration | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
  Register Now Registration FAQs Individual Registration Form (pdf) Registration Fees Early bird registration rates end March 18, 2014.   Early Standard Full Conference For-profit $725 $825 Fu...
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Payments to CEO raise new conflicts at top health quality group | Broward Bulldog

Payments to CEO raise new conflicts at top health quality group | Broward Bulldog | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Broward Bulldog is an independent, not for profit online-only newspaper created to provide authoritative local reporting in the public interest. We are Florida’s first non-profit regional news site staffed by veteran, professional journalists. Our reporters will provide issue-oriented and investigative coverage of government, politics, the courts, education, business, the environment, health and public safety.
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Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer

Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
An online interactive musical instrument modelled on the classic Moog theremin
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D.C. Appeals Court Overturns Subsidies For Federal Exchange - Kaiser Health News

In what could be a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Tuesday that subsidies may not be offered in the federal health exchange. The decision overturned a lower court ruling.
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Drug Discount Policy For Hospitals, Clinics Under Scrutiny - Kaiser Health News

Drug Discount Policy For Hospitals, Clinics Under Scrutiny - Kaiser Health News | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
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Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare

Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
– Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program and to collect their horror stories.
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Editorial: Time to stand and be counted on water

Editorial: Time to stand and be counted on water | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
The Florida Senate is closing out an election-year session with a historic package to restore the state's natural springs. The House is moving in the opposite direction, readying an anti-environmental bill that is bad for the ecosystem, bad for taxpayers, bad for local control and bad for anyone interested in the security of the state's drinking water supply. This is a moment for lawmakers to choose sides and for voters to watch.
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Local breweries strike a blow against Big Beer

Local breweries strike a blow against Big Beer | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
“Some folks recognized that there were problems that needed to be addressed,” said Josh Aubuchon, a Holland & Knight lobbyist who represents the Florida Brewers Guild, a consortium that includes 90 local breweries in Florida, including 28 in the Tampa Bay region.
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Gilead Sciences' $84,000 price for hepatitis drug is scrutinized

Gilead Sciences' $84,000 price for hepatitis drug is scrutinized | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc. to justify the price of its new $84,000 drug for hepatitis C patients amid growing concern about the high cost to taxpayers and consumers.
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Gov. Scott chose a familiar face to manage his $72 million blind trust | Broward Bulldog

Gov. Scott chose a familiar face to manage his $72 million blind trust | Broward Bulldog | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Broward Bulldog is an independent, not for profit online-only newspaper created to provide authoritative local reporting in the public interest. We are Florida’s first non-profit regional news site staffed by veteran, professional journalists. Our reporters will provide issue-oriented and investigative coverage of government, politics, the courts, education, business, the environment, health and public safety.
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Children & Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Children & Youth With Special Health Care Needs | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
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Medicaid contracts, a close friend, big money and Gov. Scott’s re-election campaign | Broward Bulldog

Medicaid contracts, a close friend, big money and Gov. Scott’s re-election campaign | Broward Bulldog | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Broward Bulldog is an independent, not for profit online-only newspaper created to provide authoritative local reporting in the public interest. We are Florida’s first non-profit regional news site staffed by veteran, professional journalists. Our reporters will provide issue-oriented and investigative coverage of government, politics, the courts, education, business, the environment, health and public safety.
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Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, South Florida | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, South Florida | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
Drug Abuse Trends in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, South Florida: June 2013
James N. Hall

Summary of Key Findings for the 2012 Reporting Period:

Deaths related to nonmedical use of prescription opioids declined 17 percent across Florida in the first half of 2012 compared with the previous 6 months.

There was an increase in injection drug use among a new, young adult cohort of prescription opioid injectors, heroin initiates, and methamphetamine users in South Florida.

Cocaine
Significant shifts in drug abuse patterns were underway in 2012. Cocaine consequences stabilized or increased following several years of steady declines.

Heroin
Heroin indicators were rising, while deaths related to nonmedical prescription drug abuse declined sharply in the first half of 2012.

Synthetic Cannabinoids
The number of synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., “K2,” “Spice,” and “Mr. Nice Guy”) and substitute cathinones (e.g., “bath salt” stimulants) detected by South Florida crime laboratories increased tenfold between 2011 and 2012. While local retail sales of these now mostly illegal drugs have diminished, new venues of illicit distribution were appearing, ranging from online orders to courier delivery services, as street and club sales also continued.

Marijuana
Consequences of marijuana use and addiction continued at high levels, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Miniature vaporizers disguised as pens were widely available and used for heating glycerin cannabinoid cartridges whose smokeless vapor is inhaled.

Methamphetamine/MDMA
Numerous anecdotal sources reported increasing methamphetamine use, particularly among men who have sex with other men (MSM) and heterosexual heavy club drug users. Emergency department (ED) reports for “ecstasy” pills of unknown composition increased in the South Florida area, as reports of methylone sold as “Mollys” also increased.

Prescription drugs
Deaths related to nonmedical use of prescription opioids declined 17 percent across Florida in the first half of 2012 compared with the previous 6 months. That is when numerous diversion control strategies were launched, including the State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The decline translates to eight fewer deaths per week across the State attributable to prescription drug overdoses. Opioid-related deaths declined in the two South Florida counties as well. Overdose fatalities linked to other prescription medications also decreased locally and statewide.
Drug use prevalence and consequence trends do not always rise or fall together. Between 2008 and 2010 Broward County experienced the highest rates among all other counties in the Nation of prescription opioid diversion, “pill mill” retail sales, high-level opioid dispensing practitioners, prescription drug deaths, and medical emergencies; it also reported the lowest prevalence rate in the Nation for nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers. The Broward County rate of 3 percent for residents reporting any past-year use of a prescription pain reliever was the lowest percentage for any of the 362 substate regions within the 50 States and the District of Columbia, as reported by the 2008–2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Substate Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders, released in 2012.

Injection Drug Use
In 2012, there was an increase in injection drug use among a new, young adult cohort of prescription opioid injectors, heroin initiates, and methamphetamine users. Most of these new injection drug users (IDUs) were born after 1990 and were only toddlers when the public learned about the high risk of infected syringes, as well as how to clean them.

HIV/Hepatitis C
A public health threat of increased human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C transmission is already occurring.

For inquiries regarding this report, contact James N. Hall, Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Substance Abuse, Nova Southeastern University c/o Up Front, Inc., 13584 S.W. 114 Terrace, Miami, FL 33186, Phone: 786–547-7249, E-mail: upfrontin@aol.com.
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AIDS Drug Assistance Programs: Keeping a Watchful Eye on ACA Implementation, and ADAPs

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs: Keeping a Watchful Eye on ACA Implementation, and ADAPs | Leadership and Management Consultant, Public Health | Scoop.it
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▶ Chaos, Complexity, and Public Policy

Irene Sanders Executive Director and Founder of the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy and author of "Strategic Thinking and the New Science: Planning in the Midst of Chaos, Complexity, and Change."

 

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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 11, 2:09 PM

A way cool panel discussion.  I wish I could be a full practitioner of this new, empirically based governing and political strategic thinking.

Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 12, 10:34 AM

Loving these new video resources for understanding complexity and it applications.

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, March 23, 9:16 PM

are our politicians aware of these concepts?