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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Mental Health

Integrating dental care at the same sites as people get medical care is one idea that could make Kentucky's Medicaid program work more efficiently. (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A broad cross-section of people who are interested in how Kentucky will implement changes to its Medicaid program have spoken - and their ideas are now being made public. Nearly 130 stakeholders were brought together earlier this month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Acc ...Read More

Barbara Van Dahlen, the national founder of Change Direction, will be at the State House along with Gov. Maggie Hassen and the congressional delegation to launch Change Direction NH. (Change Direction)

CONCORD, N.H. - First Lady Michelle Obama was among the first supporters of a new approach to mental health called Change Direction, and now the Granite State is becoming the first in the nation to launch a statewide effort. Doctor Bill Gunn is director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at the NH ...Read More

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Association of America. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One in 100 people has some form of Tourette Syndrome or TS, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. It is estimated 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibits ...Read More

Using people-first language to talk about mental disorders can help fight the stigma of these health conditions. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say we should think twice the next time we call someone crazy or mentally ill. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Chris B ...Read More

About 107,000 people have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in the state of Washington. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Alzheimer's disease is the third-leading age-adjusted cause of death in the state of Washington and kills here at the highest rate in the nation, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis released this week. However, state officials are not taking this alarming data lying down. The De ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the ...Read More

A statewide listening tour heads to Greeley Tuesday, May 24 in an effort to learn more about barriers to accessing mental health care. (Counselling/Pixabay)

DENVER - Mental Health Colorado is bringing its statewide listening tour to Greeley on May 24 in an effort to engage more residents in breaking through the barriers of mental health care. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of the group, says more than 1 million Coloradans experience a mental-heal ...Read More

As Minnesota faces a community care staffing shortage, advocacy groups say a state pay raise could help attract more workers to the field. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With a serious workforce shortage expected to worsen, home care providers are pushing state lawmakers to increase pay for tens of thousands of Minnesota caregivers. The home care providers say a 5 percent pay boost for caregivers, many of whom make just above minimum wage, ...Read More

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