Shortsighted cuts could hurt community health advancements

The Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program was initiated in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an attempt to address health disparities, help control health care spending, and create a healthier future. To this end, federal funds from the Affordable Care Act were allocated to select communities across the U.S. to help support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases by expanding efforts in “tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and quality clinical and other preventative services.” Minnesota fared well in the selection process: the state was awarded $4.7 million per year (including $1.1 million for Hennepin County) for what was supposed to be a five-year program.


Farmers markets, chili cook-offs will have specific food safety regulations

State food inspection law has been changed to specifically regulate farmers markets.


Health and Human Services supplemental budget bills increase funding for health care workers

The Legislature made important progress in increasing access to health care for Minnesotans last session using limited resources, and the positive balance in the February Forecast has allowed policymakers to propose additional investments in health and human services this year.


Smoke rings and mirrors: Are Minnesota Republicans pivoting on medical pot or just talking in circles?

With KSTP/SurveyUSA's polling showing that 68 percent of Minnesotans favor the legalization of medical marijuana, it's not surprising that Republican supporters of the legislation like Pat Garofalo are hoping to blame all DFLers for impeding passage of state representative Carly Melin's (DFL-Hibbing) HF1818 (and the overflow bill) and the companion bill offered by Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).


Free testing for lead-based paint hazards

Peeling paint is not only a housing code violation in the City of Minneapolis, but could pose a serious risk to children under the age of 6. Recent research from the Minnesota Department of Health states that there is no safe level of exposure to lead.


Call for investigation as African American chemical dependency services providers say Hennepin County referral process is unfair

John Woods (Photo by Brandon Jones)

Hennepin County residents seeking chemical health assistance are offered “culturally competent and specific” programs to meet their needs, according to County officials. But providers of culturally specific services claim that is not what’s happening.


Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short, supporters plan to push the proposal again next year

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short.


Reflections of New Minnesotans: Immigrants in American society

On this week's episode, Julia and JP discuss immigrant communities, health care, prisons, and other current issues. [Audio below]

Local high schools to host University of Minnesota medical residencies

Family medical residents from the University of Minnesota will work in Minneapolis schools as part of a new five-year partnership set to launch next academic year.


Me and "The Girls"

Today’s guest post comes from Renee.

I am a healthy 56 year old person. I rarely get ill. I am not on any medications. My family history is pretty devoid of chronic health problems other than cardiovascular disease, but even that hasn’t kept many of my family members living to very advanced ages. I don’t have a family history of cancer or dementia. I will admit, with some sheepishness, that I don’t have all the yearly checkups a person my age is supposed to have.

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