HRSA awards grants to train veterans as primary care physician assistants   08/06/2012
The Health Resources and Services Administration last week awarded $2.3 million in grants to help 12 schools train returning veterans as primary care physician assistants or PA educators. "If you can save a life on the battlefield in Afghanistan, you can save a life here at home," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "These grants will help ensure veterans who served our country can use their military medical training and get good jobs serving patients." The five-year grants are funded by HRSA's Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Program.
CDC: Fewer adults have high blood pressure, cholesterol   08/06/2012
The proportion of U.S. adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure or cholesterol declined between 1999 and 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Both conditions are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, as is smoking. In 2010, about 23% of adults had high cholesterol while 12% had high blood pressure, CDC said. That's down roughly 8 and 9 percentage points, respectively, from 1999. An estimated one in four adults smoked cigarettes in 2010, about the same as in 1999. About 58% of African-American adults had at least one of the three risk factors in 2010, compared with 47% of white and 45% of Mexican-American adults. The findings are based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Partnership launches healthy food initiative for hospitals   08/06/2012
The Partnership for a Healthier America invites hospitals and health systems to join its Hospital Healthy Food Initiative through Sept. 15. Participants agree to adopt certain standards related to healthy food and beverage offerings and marketing. For more on the initiative, contact PHA's Susan Roberts at or (202) 842-9001, ext. 202. Founded in 2010, PHA works with the private sector to help reduce childhood obesity.
AHA posts videos of Summit award recipients    08/06/2012
The recipients of the 2012 Circle of Life Award, Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership, and AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize are spotlighted in new videos on the AHA's YouTube channel. The awards were presented last month at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Francisco.
Health care leader chaired AHA in 1980s   08/06/2012
Stanley Nelson, who served as president and CEO of the Henry Ford Health System from 1971-88 and as AHA chairman in 1982, died last week at age 85. He was the current chairman of the Scottsdale Institute in Minneapolis. During his long career in hospital administration, Nelson served as CEO of hospitals and health system in Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan. He also served as founding president of Voluntary Hospitals of America from 1977 to 1981, managing VHA under the umbrella of Henry Ford Hospital. He was inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame in March 1999. "Stan was a true health care visionary and at the forefront of pioneering changes that have endured and thrived to the benefit of all hospitals and the patients they serve," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "His long and distinguished career never really ended and his legacy will endure for years to come. We will miss him."