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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — March 27, 2015

erikapeterson1. STORIES:

30 Clinicians Making a Difference: ESRH’s Erika Peterson Honored By Migrant Clinicians Network

Migrant Clinicians Network, a nationwide nonprofit that works with clinicians who serve migrant populations, recently granted an award to Erika Peterson of Eastern Shore Rural Health Systems, Inc.

Next week, MCN will be launching 30 Clinicians Making a Difference, in which they celebrate the work of 30 individuals who have dedicated their lives to migrant health, across the US and abroad. As one of the honorees, Erika’s life’s work is deemed to be making one of the biggest impacts for farmworkers in the whole country.

You can read more about Erika’s work and background by clicking here. Congratulations, Erika!


pophealthsummit2. SUMMITS:

First Annual Population Health Summit for Virginia

The First Annual Population Health Summit for Virginia, held in Charlottesville this week, is an effort to find ways to improve patient experience and healthcare quality while reducing overall costs.

Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel spoke, highlighting the importance of aligning goals between government and healthcare organizations in central Virginia.

The event was co-hosted by the University of Virginia Health System, The Virginia Center for Health Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University, and The Virginia Department of Health.


diabetes3. STUDIES:

Earlier Detection of Diabetes Prompted By Medicaid Expansion

A study published this week suggests that in the 26 states (and District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid last year under the Affordable Care Act, there was a 23 percent increase in newly diagnoses diabetes patients. In the 24 states that did not expand Medicaid, the increase was only 0.4 percent.

Through the expansion of Medicaid, patients that previously had limited access to primary care can now identify risk factors at an earlier stage, and at the very least prevent or delay major complications. Some of those complications include kidney disease, increased risk for stroke, and poor circulation that can lead to amputations.