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Local Investments by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies and Foundations Advance Community Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s The Health of America Community Investment Report shows efforts to address social conditions that contribute to poor health
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CHICAGO, June 21, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies and their foundations around the country increased their support for community programs that promote healthier behaviors and address social determinants of health – the social factors that can negatively impact health – such as homelessness and food insecurity, according to the ninth annual “The Health of America Community Investment Report.”

The Role of Hand Hygiene in Reducing Health Care-associated Infections

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Learn more about the role of Hand Hygiene in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs) including the role of dispenser placement in maximizing usage. Visit Tork | Better Business in HealthCare to learn more about the importance of dispenser placement.   

Learn more SCA: Hygiene Matters

BD Releases 2016 Sustainability Report

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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today issued its 2016 Sustainability Report.
 
BD’s sustainability strategy is driven by its purpose – advancing the world of health. The report describes BD’s progress against its 2020 Sustainability Goals in four key strategic areas:

Unreasonable Impact | Putting Empathy Back in Healthcare with 3D Printing: Q&A with Andiamo

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In 2003, Naveed and Samiya Parvez gave birth to their son, Diamo. Medical negligence during birth led to cerebral palsy and severe developmental delay for Diamo, who required help with the most basic of functions, from sitting to eating. He wore several orthotics and braces to aid these daily functions.

Report Calls for Better Measurement of Access-to-Medicine Programs to Support the World’s Poorest

Pharmaceutical companies have long experience in measuring the impact of their business programs. The same should apply to their access-to-medicine efforts
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Richard Laing, from the Boston University (BU) School of Public Health and former World Health Organization official, says that many efforts to expand access to medicines fail to gather sufficient evidence on how effective they are. His team at BU recently issued a study highlighting these gaps, and emphasizing the need for companies to better document the impact of their programs.

On the Front Lines with Dr. Weaver

A Kentucky physician wages his own battle against lung cancer, one house call at a time
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Dr. Tony Weaver pulls out of the parking lot at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, a rural hospital in the small town of Morehead, Kentucky. He has a house call to make. Today’s appointment is 20 minutes from town, down a two-lane road with no cellphone reception.

He makes rounds of home visits every other week, seeing six or seven patients each time—a welcome change from the dozens he once rushed through on an average day at a clinic.

Better Hearts Better Cities: Launching a Multisector Effort to Combat Hypertension in Low-income Urban Communities

Making our cities into places of wellbeing, exciting growth and opportunity will require every sector to join forces on urban health, says Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation.
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By Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation

Walking through the wealthier streets of cities like Geneva, London or New York, it seems that health and fitness is an international obsession. National food chains boast of fresh ingredients, light options, and low-fat meals. Shelves are stacked with the trendiest superfoods – quinoa, chia seeds, kale and avocado.

Novartis Access and Government of Pakistan Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Novartis reaches agreement with Pakistan to supply medicines that address the rapid rise of chronic illness among poor people in the world's sixth most populous nation.
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May 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- We are pleased to announce that Novartis and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement Novartis Access in Pakistan. Novartis Access medicines will be made available to the poorest population through hospitals under the Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program.

Empowering the Aging Population to Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. John Feather of Grantmakers in Aging

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"American individualism; the notion that we work hard, we do good, we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps has in some ways devastating impact on the way we think about aging." - Dr. John Feather

Marlin’s Sustainable Healthcare Legacy

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One of Goldcorp’s six pillars that guide our everyday actions and support Goldcorp’s vision and values is to Grow Sustainability. This means we are committed to leaving a positive economic, social and environmental legacy everywhere that we operate.  In 2017, Goldcorp’s Marlin mine in Guatemala advances towards closure, marking the end of more than a decade of sustainable mining practices and the beginning of a new chapter as we look forward to the opportunities after mining.

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