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June 10 screening accents video storytelling, healthy communities

by Matt Rosenberg June 1st, 2011

Get an in-person look 6 p.m. June 10th in the Chinatown Community Center at grassroots videos by South Seattle residents on nutrition and health, which are featured in an innovative digital storytelling public health campaign that will utilize online mapping and collaboration with Seattle neighborhood groups. The videos feature stakeholders from The International District, Georgetown, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, and other South Seattle neighborhoods telling their own stories about starting community gardens, finding youth sports programs for low-income families, green space and exercise, smoking and other prevention and health topics. The June 10 screening coincides with an open house at the center, and refreshments will be provided. There will be Q & A with the video producers and organizers welcome suggestions from attendees on how and where to use the videos in their community outreach effort. Some of the videos are already posted to an interim Vimeo channel and in October 2011 will be available via an online map at the Mapping Our Voices for Equality (MOVE) web page. (It currently re-directs to the interim Vimeo channel).

MOVE is a digital media and health initiative staffed by several Seattle-area non-profits with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Public Health Seattle and King County. It’s part of a program in King County and 54 other locales nationwide called Communities Putting Prevention To Work, designed by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, and aimed at obesity and tobacco use among low-income and minority populations. Following are several of the videos.

U.S.: Washington’s child, family services fall short

by Matt Rosenberg June 1st, 2011

SUMMARY: A recently released U.S. government assessment found that as in the last federal review, dated 2003, Washington state is still failing to meet baseline standards in seven of seven key outcome areas for its child and family services – centered around safety, permanency and well-being. The assessment, called a Child and Family Service Review, was based on a review of foster and in-home child welfare cases in King, Spokane and Whatcom counties. It accents the responsibilities of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, and parents, in ensuring the health and welfare of children. The report also evaluated organizational strengths and weaknesses, and found the state meeting standards in five of seven areas.

Audit: Bureau of Indian Affairs Jails Still Mismanaged

by Matt Rosenberg May 26th, 2011

SUMMARY: Seven years after the problem was highlighted in a government report, a 2011 follow-up investigation reveals that despite a nearly 50 percent increase in funding, understaffing remains a problem at detention facilities in Indian Country because of poor working conditions, low pay, use of funds for other purposes, and failure by Bureau of Indian Affairs management to focus on the problem. Attrition, low morale and increased security risks are among the results. In addition, the physical condition of many of the detention facilities visited is poor.

U.S. warns consumers of unsafe cribs

by Matt Rosenberg May 25th, 2011

SUMMARY: A U.S. government agency yesterday issued a warning to purchasers of about 22,000 Chinese-made Dram On Me brand drop-side and portable drop-side cribs sold nationwide at major U.S. retailers and online. Consumers should stop using the products right away because of safety hazards including possible strangulation or suffocation. Free repair kits or replacements will be made available by Dream On Me in July.

Federal Way hospital nurse charged with rape of patient

by Matt Rosenberg April 26th, 2011

SUMMARY: A registered nurse working in the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. has had his license suspended and has been charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a patient seeking treatment for severe back pain. The alleged incident occurred when he performed an unauthorized pelvic examination.

Report: U.S. Military Must Fix Vaccine Program

by Matt Rosenberg April 6th, 2011

SUMMARY: A new report by a prominent U.S. military medical official, published in an Air Force policy journal, faults the Department of Defense for failing to sufficiently protect the health of U.S. military forces with vaccines for common naturally occuring infectious diseases. The author asserts, and documents that a growing emphasis on perceived threats of biological warfare has drained DoD resources and attention away from the everyday occurrence of infectious diseases – which can diminish the readiness and effectiveness of U.S. military units. He recommends a better cost-benefit calculus be developed, more resources granted to infectious disease vaccines for the military, and management of the two programs merged to support better, more integrated decision-making.

Merrill Gardens Med Tech Cited For On-The-Job Intoxication

by Matt Rosenberg April 4th, 2011

SUMMARY: The state department of health released case information last week on Joseph B. Barsana, who worked as a registered nursing assistant/medication technician at a West Seattle assisted living facility, and has failed to contest a citation of unprofessional conduct after he was found passed out in a stairwell while on duty, with a half bottle of whiskey in his work station. A pill bottle with his name and a glass pipe were also found, both containing a substance police tests later revealed to be cocaine. Additionally, the narcotics cart was found unlocked with patient doses of oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine missing. His registered nursing assistant license was expired at the time, but was not then required to have been renewed in order to work in an assisted living facility, according to state officials. The state will decide whether Barsana can become eligible to regain his credentials, and if so, under what conditions. Meanwhile, felony drug possession charges for cocaine are pending, and could be dismissed if Barsana successfully completes a court-supervised rehabilitation program in which he has enrolled.

DSHS Must Pay Back $8.4 Million For Medicaid Claims

by Matt Rosenberg March 31st, 2011

SUMMARY: In response to a recently issued federal audit, Washington state’s Department of Social and Health Services will pay Medicaid back $8.4 million for improper reimbursement it claimed and received for family planning services and products. The mistakes occurred because work related to patient conditions such as lumbago, diabetes, hypertension – and for child care – was incorrectly classified as eligible for the 90 percent family planning reimbursement rate, rather than the 50 percent rate that actually applied. The federal audit suggests that similar overpayments likely also occurred before the period examined, and that DSHS should work with Medicaid to develop a best estimate of additional paybacks, even though the state says its new Medicaid Management Information System can’t examine those older claims.