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Northwestern Now: Safe Gun Storage Programs Are Successful — If Implemented

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From Northwestern Now: A secure firearm storage program in which pediatricians engage with parents on the importance of secure storage has been proven to help keep firearms out of the hands of young people. But a new study from scientists at Northwestern Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania, Henry Ford Health and Kaiser Permanente Colorado has found preliminary evidence that this program may not be reaching all parents equitably. In the new study, scientists examined a well-established firearm violence-prevention program offered to parents of children ages 5 to 17 during routine pediatric checkups as a way to universally prevent suicide. They discovered…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Home Visiting Programs Allow Nurses To ‘Meet Families Where They’re At.’ Advocates Want Congress To Extend Its Funding

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From The Philadelphia Inquirer: NaTosha Robinson has stage four lymphoma and after losing her left lung in 2020 often struggles to breathe. Her 5-year-old daughter, Sierra, struggled with delayed speech development. Robinson wanted to prepare her for school but didn’t know how to address concerns like Sierra’s difficulty holding a crayon, while also coping with her own health challenges. “It’s a lot being a single parent and doing it on your own,” she said. Things changed in 2021, when Jackie Nguyen entered their lives through a federal program that provides at-home support to pregnant people and families with young children who…

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STAT: How Health Systems Can Truly Value Black Lives: Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap

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From STAT: By George Dalembert, Atheendar Venkataramani and Eugenia C. South Institutional declarations of support for Black lives were ubiquitous in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. The radical, transformative change demanded by hundreds of thousands of protestors across the country, however, has not been realized. Health systems can and must help move the country in that direction. Addressing immediate social needs, such as food insecurity, housing, or access to health care, as some health systems are now doing, is important. But to truly value Black lives, they must also be willing to tackle one of the most upstream drivers of racial health…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: COVID-19 Showed the Benefits of At-Home Testing. A New Partnership Is Expanding Access to HIV Testing Kits

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From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Three Philadelphia community groups are joining forces to apply the COVID-19 pandemic’s lessons about the utility of at-home medical testing to HIV, a disease that has long presented its own challenges to screening efforts. Bebashi Transition to Hope, a nonprofit founded to serve people of color living with HIV, is collaborating with two grassroots organizations to distribute HIV self-testing kits to vulnerable populations in Philadelphia. Also involved are SistaTalkPHL, which serves single Black women, and Ark of Safety LGBTQ+ Safe Haven, focused on members of the LGBTQ community who are experiencing homelessness. Together, the groups aim to…

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The Conversation: One Way To Help College Students Get Enough Sleep – Pay Them To Go to Bed

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From The Conversation: Author: Osea Giuntella Small financial incentives can get college students to go to bed earlier and sleep significantly longer. That’s what my colleagues and I found through an experiment that involved 508 students at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oxford. When the students were offered US$7.50 per night Monday through Thursday – a total of $30 per week – to sleep longer, they were 13% more likely than those who were not offered the incentive to sleep seven to nine hours. They were also 16% less likely to sleep fewer than six hours. We collected data from…

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