America’s Health Rankings® has been tracking the state of our nation’s health for over 20 years. This analysis provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, state by state.
America’s Health Rankings®-2010 Edition shows Vermont at the top of the list of healthiest states again this year. Massachusetts is ranked second this year, an improvement from ranking third last year. New Hampshire is number three, followed by Connecticut and Hawaii. However, although Mississippi is 50th and the least healthy state, Louisiana is 49th. Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma complete the bottom five states.
Louisiana dropped two spots from last year due to several factors including a high rate of obesity and smoking. On the positive side, Louisiana has a high ranking for access to prenatal care and childhood immunizations. Stay Healthy, Louisiana has a great summary of the state’s ranking.
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.
Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with the launch on December 2, 2010 of its ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations.
New topic areas for 2020 include:
Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease
Early and Middle Childhood
Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Social Determinants of Health
Stay connected to Healthy People 2020 by signing up for e-mail, following on Twitter, connecting on LinkedIn, or joining the Consortium to stay up-to-date with the latest Healthy People information and events.
Money Magazine came out with it’s list The 50 Best Jobs in America in the November issue. LSUHSC New Orleans is preparing its students for many of these.
#4 Physical Therapist
#13 Nurse Anesthetist
#19 Occupational Therapist
#25 Emergency Room Physician
#27 Director of Nursing
#34 Primary Care Physician
#44 Speech-Language Pathologist
#46 Physical Therapy Director
If you have an interest in Forensic Sciences, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field. The workshop will include luncheon speakers Orleans Parish Coroner, Dr. Frank Minyard, and crime writer, forensic anthropologist, and academic, Kathy Reichs (of Bones fame.)
The 13th Annual Investigation for Identification: Forensic Sciences Enter a New Decade
Sponsored by LSU Continuing Dental Education.
Friday, August 27 – Saturday, August 28, 2010
14 hrs CDE (non-clinical, lecture) – 14 hrs CME Cat. 2 – 14 hrs CLE
Philip J. Levine, DDS, MS, MSM — Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD — Robert B. Brannon, DDS, MS
Michael Baden, MD — Henry C. Lee, PhD — Sam Brothers — Mary Manhein, MA — Tommy Martin — Robert B. J. Dorion, DDS — Christopher G. Fielding, COL, DC, USA — Joe Navarro, BS, MA
Check out the brochure or the schedule.
Welcome (& welcome back), School of Allied Health students! Here are some library tips as you (re)orient yourself to campus:
1. The Registrar’s office is on the fourth floor of the library. Students get their IDs here. After getting your ID, stop by the Circulation desk for a library barcode.
2. You need a library barcode for off campus access.
3. Your ID can also store money for printing, books and food purchases. Get it formatted in the LSUHSC Bookstore on the 2nd floor of the Resource Center Building to access this feature. More info about PayPaw.
4. Computers are available in the Library Commons and the open access lab on the library’s 4th floor. Simply log in with your lsuhsc user id and password.
5. Wireless access and laptop ports are available throughout campus. Wireless instructions.
6. More questions? The library is here to help.
Changes coming to PubMed in early February include:
Advanced search page streamlined
link to Clipboard will be added to the homepage, if applicable
new Limits page with additional limits for dates and search field tags
Not to be missed is tomorrow’s 3rd Annual LSUHSC Health & Wellness Event, hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy and the DPT Class of 2011.
Join them Friday, October 23rd in Seminar Room 4 on the third floor of the Medical Education Building (across from the cafeteria) for a number of health and wellness activities. I attended last year and discovered my flexibility range, BMI, and other health information, and got advice on posture exercises and how to lift a heavy box properly.
If you plan to attend there’s also a LSUHSC Health & Wellness Event 2009 Demographic Survey. See you tomorrow!
October is National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM)! This year’s celebration will center on the family-focused theme “A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime.”
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is encouraging dental hygienists and other dental professionals and supporters across the country to get involved with NDHM this October to increase public awareness of the oral health-total health connection and the importance of educating the entire family on situations which impact their oral health. It is imperative to start early with a daily oral care routine to help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. NDHM is the perfect time to spread that message even more—while celebrating the profession of dental hygiene!
National Physician Assistant Week is celebrated each year from October 6-12. It is “intended to support, celebrate, highlight, and recognize the significant impact PAs have made and continue to make in health care. It is an opportunity to promote public awareness of the physician assistant profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the PA workforce.” LSUHSC Shreveport will be admitting students to its PA program next fall. The School of Allied Health Professions in New Orleans has a PA program in its strategic plan as well.
The LSUHSC Libraries have access to almost 200 databases so how do you decide which one to start searching in? The Reference Librarians have created 6 E-Resources at a Glance sheets for each of the school of LSUHSC.
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Allied Health
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Dentistry
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Graduate Studies
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Medicine
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Nursing
Electronic Resources at a Glance: Public Health
Let us know what you think.
LSUHSC Occupational Therapy faculty and students will be providing a Fall Prevention Workshop on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 2700 Canal St. Other participants include the LSUHSC Departments of Physical Therapy, Medicine, Community Nursing, as well as the Louisiana Fall Prevention Coalition and the Office of Public Health Injury Research and Prevention Program. For more information, see the official LSUHSC press release.
Just in time for fall semester, we’ve created a brand spankin’ new guide for you allied health folks. Whether you’re a cardiopulmonary-specialist-to-be or a long time OT faculty member, we’ve got you covered.
Find all the databases for your specialty, plus lists of selected journals, online books, and websites, all in one place:
ALLIED HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE
For a number of years, there have been a several of different certifications for medical laboratory professionals. Depending on whether you were a clinical laboratory scientist or a medical technologist, you may either have a certification of MT or CLS. These certifications were managed by two different credentialing agencies: the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (BOR) and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA).
Complicated? You bet! Having two credentialing agencies created competition and division, and certainly must have been a challenge to both entry level professionals and the labs that hire them to determine which certification was needed, required, and ensured best practices.
However, hope is on the horizon. Recently the ASCP and NCA announced the creation of a single credentialing agency, effective October 23, 2009. The NCA will be dissolved and the new, consolidated credentialing entity will be called the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC). Medical Technologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists will credentialed as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), and the â€˜ASCPâ€™ suffix will be attached to all BOC certifications. Medical Laboratory Technicians and Clinical Laboratory Technicians will be unified as Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT).
For more information on these upcoming changes check out this article from the Dark Daily, a site for clinical pathology news and trends. Detailed information on the unification process can be obtained from this NCA presentation.
Can pain relief be attributed to the use of static magnets? Is T’ai Chi an effective intervention for rehabilitating stroke victims? Can biofeedback (a therapy that uses specialized devices to help individuals learn how to influence the function of organs or body systems that arenâ€™t usually thought to be under conscious control) control urinary incontinence?
Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness, edited by Carol M. Davis (EdD PT), attempts to addresses these questions and more. Rest assured, this is not some crunchy book on new age medicine. All chapters are written by licensed rehabilitation professionals, 12 of which hold PhDs in areas such as physical therapy, pathokinesiology, biochemistry, and neurophysiology, and backed up with references as well as a healthy dose of skepticism.
22 chapters are divided into 5 sections, beginning with an introductory manifesto on “energy techniques as a way of returning healing to healthcare.” Section two delves into the science that supports complementary therapies, such as quantum physics and psychoneuroimmulology. The final sections (body work, mind/body work and energy work, respectively) cover various approaches to rehabilitation, including Tai Chi, Myofascial Therapy, Yoga, and Rolfing.
In addition to very useful chapters and images on the use of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong in rehabilitation, what I like about this book is that the authors of the chapters offer a degree of skepticism when it comes to their subject, and hold no punches if the available research evidence is not up to snuff. As Neil Spielholz, author of the chapter “Magnets: what is the evidence of efficacy?” puts it, “Do not complain that you cannot get your work into the peer-reviewed literature when the reason is that the ‘research’ does not qualify as being credible.” References are provided at the end of each chapter, another trove of information for specific holistic approaches.
Overall, Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness is well-written and easy to read, either all at once or for a a specific technique. As written in the dedication, the book is for “all those people who are willing to hold an open mind and a positive attitude about the findings of ‘new science’…[and to] those helping to move science forward for the good of improved patient care.” For those interested in complementary approaches to patient care, and the theories behind it, this book is an excellent starting point.
Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness (3rd Edition: 2009)
Carol M. Davis, Editor
WB 320 D29c 2009
AVAILABLE FOR CHECK OUT — NEW BOOK SHELF — 3RD FLOOR OF LIBRARY
A new database for PTs, OTs and rehabilitation professionals is now available.
Rehabilitation Reference Center is a clinical reference tool designed for use by rehabilitation clinicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists at the point of care. It provides valid and relevant information intuitively and conveniently, using the best available evidence to help support clinical decisions.
Diseases & Conditions: Evidence-based Clinical Reviews
Exercise Images: instructional images for handouts
Practice Resources: practice guidelines & featured full-text Books
The RRC is available to LSUHSC faculty staff & students, & can be accessed off campus with a valid LSUHSC library barcode & PIN. You can find a link to the RRC from our Electronic Resources page.