Excerpt | The Life Sciences Discovery Fund supports innovative research in Washington state to promote life sciences competitiveness, enhance economic vitality, and improve health and health care.
Action | The WA Senate sent the wrong message when they voted to eliminate the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) in their supplemental budget proposal. Cutting millions of research dollars across the state – including an $11 million cut to the UW – is bad for our state, our citizens and our economy.
Click here (http://bit.ly/Nteg2e) to send a message to your legislators TODAY - it takes just 30 seconds, no password required. Urge the Legislature to pass a budget that restores funding to the LSDF.
Since 2005, LSDF grants have:
Resulted in $450 million in additional research dollars flowing into the state.Saved an estimated $67 million in unneeded health care costs – resulting in a seven-fold return on the original LSDF investment.Created over 3,000 jobs and one billion dollars in economic activity.Lead to some 33 startup companies.
In an effort to increase the satisfaction of veterans and their families with the care they receive at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics, Columbia University Medical Center's (CUMC) Program in Narrative Medicine is hosting a first-of-its-kind three-day workshop, "Challenges in VA Health Care: A Narrative Response," from March 9-11, 2012.
Excerpt | "Author and researcher Dr. Robert Emmons has discovered what gives life meaning: Gratitude.
Emmons, a University of California, Davis professor, backs up his claim with eight years of intensive research on gratitude in his best selling book, 'Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier'..."
The HIV/AIDS epidemic created a new context for the pharmaceutical
Dena Rosko's insight:
Excerpt | "Initiating and maintaining continuous change in an organization requires a foundation of stability. Understanding that paradoxical statement is crucial. Put another way, managing continuous change is not the same as managing a project or an individual change program; it is a capacity that gets built into organizations over the long term, allowing them to deal on an ongoing basis with environmental shifts, new competitors and disruptive technologies. To establish such a foundation, companies must provide the necessary conditions for each of the four roles —evangelist, autocrat, architect and educator — to flourish..."
Excerpt | "PRINCETON, N.J.—A new culture of health care has been ushered in by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) but, for some, it may be even more complicated than some reports suggest. Americans with income fluctuations, such as those with multiple part-time jobs, may experience shifts in coverage, requiring them to "churn" between Medicaid and private insurance, potentially affecting affordability and continuous access to care."
"While acknowledging the not inconsiderable pitfalls awaiting the interpreter of illness narratives, I argue that ultimately, physicians and scholars should approach patient stories with an attitude of narrative humility, despite inevitable limits on reliability and authenticity. "
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) has released Healthcare Stories, a video series that explains how disability stereotypes and inaccessible environments continue to provide barriers to health care services and information,