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How microaggressions in health care hurt minorities

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Far too often, when Sarah Perren went to a Philadelphia hospital for her regular diabetes care, her doctor gave her dietary recommendations that she never could have afforded. Just stepping into the office made the 59-year-old Black woman feel tense and self-conscious; she sensed that the doctor thought she was just lazy for not following his diet.

One time, another doctor at the clinic literally jumped back when she took off Perren’s socks and saw her dry skin—a frequent consequence of diabetes. The doctor announced that she didn’t want any skin flakes to get onto her clothes.

“I felt it was racial,” the West Philadelphia resident recalled. “You just have a feeling the way they talk to you. That’s when I told myself my health is more important somewhere else.”

She has since established care with another hospital, but still feels the toll of what experts

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Futuredontics (1-800-DENTIST) Partners With Denteractive to Provide Immediate Afterhours Dental Care via Teledentistry

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Futuredontics®, the parent company of 1-800-DENTIST® – the dental profession’s #1 source of pre-screened new patient leads, announced details of a partnership with Denteractive to provide immediate after-hours dental care to patients via Teledentistry.

Since 1986, 1-800-DENTIST has helped connect more than nine million new patients to dental practices across the country. Denteractive has one of the largest nationwide networks of TeleDentists available to provide immediate dental care to patients when they need it most. Utilizing the innovative Denteractive Teledentistry Platform, their online dentists connect with patients in live face-to-face Teledentistry video sessions or through private text messaging to assist with all manner of dental issues on a 24/7 basis.

The Teledentistry initiative, announced today, allows 1-800-DENTIST to refer new patients with after-hours dental needs to Denteractive’s staff of 24/7 Online Dentists for immediate care including:

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VA Portland Health Care System

Important information from VA Portland

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We would like to recognize VA Portland’s volunteers who donate their time, talents and resources to support VA in its mission to care for Veterans.

VA established Voluntary Service over 74 years ago and is one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the federal government.

Volunteers carry on a proud history within VAPORHCS. Over 500 volunteers support services such as Patient Escort, Bio-Med, My HealtheVet, Transition Care Management, Social Work, Supply Chain Management, Voluntary Service (office, information desk and Guest Shuttle Program), etc. Our Volunteers also provide special touches by making appointment reminder calls, visiting patients, delivering comfort items, transporting patients (DAV Program), and serving as Red Coat Ambassadors.
 
In fiscal year 2019, volunteers donated 82,916 hours which equates to 53 full time positions for a year!

Thank you, VA volunteers, for your smiles, listening ears and the special touch you so willingly offer.

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Winning Smiles Pediatric Dental Care

We’ve worked hard to create a space that’s welcoming, relaxing, and most of all, fun, for you and your child.  In fact, we like to think of it more as a dental “home” than a dental “office.”  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines a dental home as an “ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.”  From the caring and knowledgeable dentist and staff, to the child, parent and eco-friendly equipment and furnishings, we’ve done our best to make you feel like family in a place that will become your child’s dental home for years to come.  Our mission is to provide the kids of Pittsburgh with high quality dental education and treatment needed to grow into happy, healthy adults. 

Take a look around.  Learn more about our unique ability to

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VA Black Hills Health Care System


 

VA Black Hills COVID-19 Response

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath call your VA health care team or nurse triage right away at 877-339-6837.  VA Black Hills offers limited drive through testing for COVID-19. If your symptoms or health history indicate testing, you may be scheduled for this quick and safe option for testing. 

For your safety and convenience, VA Black Hills offers Curbside Pharmacy Pickup. If you are coming to the Hot Springs or Fort Meade campuses to pick up your medications let the screeners know why you are there. They will call the Pharmacy and direct you to the pickup location. It’s quick, easy, and safe!

There are many ways to stay connected to your health care team through virtual care options.  Here are just a few.

  • Use Secure Messaging. You can send a secure message to your provider about any
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NSW Health Care Complaints Commission

COMMUNICATING WITH THE COMMISSION AT THIS TIME:

As we respond to COVID-19, the Commission is implementing measures that enable us to continue our day to day business in a manner that is safe and protective of Commission staff.

  • Your communication is important to us.
  • We are not presently able to process postal mail and we ask that you communicate with us by email or by phone.
  • In accordance with social distancing guidelines our reception is now closed.
  • Our Inquiry line continues to operate – Please call 1800 043 159 for more information about making a complaint. If your question relates primarily to COVID-19 testing, treatment and responses, we recommend that you call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line 1800 020 080 in the first instance.
    If you wish to make a complaint please lodge it via the online complaints portal at https://ecomplaints.hccc.nsw.gov.au
  • If you
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


 

COVID-19 Updates: What You Need to Know

During this difficult time, VA Palo Alto Health Care System is making your safety and well-being a priority. We are prepared to care for Veterans that test positive for COVID-19 and are following proper CDC protocol to maintain the safety of staff and Veterans on our campuses.

We encourage everyone to follow CDC guidelines for your own safety. You can also visit our Coronavirus FAQs webpage to find many answers to questions about testing, urgent care, medications and other important measures being taken by VA at this time.

Here are the latest updates and guidelines from VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

  • Experiencing symptoms? If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call our Advice Nurses at (855) 632-8262 BEFORE going to a clinic, urgent care center, or emergency room. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff,
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Advocate Health Care Chicago, IL

Heart Institute

Advocate Heart Institute

Experience and innovation drive our vision for patient-centered care. Our 350 specialists perform more than 20,000 heart procedures each year – that’s more than any other provider in Illinois.

And, as a national leader in heart outcomes, we’re pioneering the most advanced programs and technology.

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Cancer Institute

Advocate Cancer Institute

More cancer patients choose us than any other medical provider in Illinois. Our experience, along with our fellowship-trained surgeons and minimally invasive technology, translates into better outcomes for you or your loved one.

And our holistic approach provides you with an integrated care plan for every step of the journey, from genetic testing to treatment to survivorship programs.

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Brain & Spine Institute

Advocate Brain & Spine Institute

We’re transforming neurological care with the precision of 3D and robotic technology, making complex imaging

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