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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — March 20, 2015

PI1. POLICY:

NACHC Policy and Issues Forum

This week, the National Association of Community Health Centers held its Policy and Issues Forum (P&I) in Washington, D.C.

P&I engages community health center leaders, focusing on the most important state and federal policies affecting community health centers and healthcare. This year, a major issue being addressed is the funding cliff  community health centers face could face a 70 percent reduction in federal support in October 2015.

To read more on the potential effect of the funding cliff on community health centers, click here.


data privacy2. PRIVACY:

Amid Data Breaches, Does Patient Privacy Exist?

The ability to access medical records electronically has both benefits efficient care, quick communication between providers and patients and disadvantages. Recently, those disadvantages have been highlighted with a wave of health data breaches.

To read more on the state of health privacy and medical data breaches, check out this interview provided by NPR and ProPublica. What do you think?


poison prevention3. PREVENTION:

National Poison Prevention Week: March 15-21

More than 90 percent of the time, poisonings happen in people’s homes, primarily in the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. However, many of these poisonings can be easily prevented!  That is why it is important to follow simple steps to prevent a poisoning from happening at home.

Click here for tips on how to keep poisonous items safe in your home. Remember, if you suspect that you or someone you know has been poisoned, immediately call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center.