Health Notes: Amberwing offers more mental health classes
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Mental health first aid classes keep filling up, and Amberwing keeps offering more of them.
The latest, specifically for youth mental health first aid, will take place during the evening hours of May 15 and 16 at Amberwing, 615 Pecan Ave.
Miller-Dwan Foundation spokeswoman Joanna Carlson said the May class was half-filled from the waiting list for the April class as soon as it was offered.
The class is taught by Lee Berlinquette, a certified youth mental health first aid instructor. She previously has taught several mental health first aid classes. The class in April — which was filled weeks ago — will be the first youth mental health first aid class offered in the region.
President Obama on Jan. 16 called for mental health first aid training for the faculty and staff of schools.
The course is intended for anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth, including coaches, mentors and juvenile justice professionals as well as teachers. It provides eight hours of continuing education credit.
The hours are 5-9:15 p.m. each day, and the registration fee is $125.
For more information or to register, contact the Miller-Dwan Foundation at (218) 786-5829.
Conference to focus on dementia
Health-care professionals have been invited to an all-day conference on dementia care next week in Superior.
The conference, “Multifaceted Dementia Care: Pearls of Wisdom, Gems of Hope,” is sponsored by the Amery Regional Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin-Superior and will take place April 5 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior.
The event will begin at 8 a.m. with on-site registration and a continental breakfast.
For more information and online registration, go to www.uwsuper.edu/health, and click on “Multifaceted Dementia.” To register by phone, call (715) 394-8469 or (800) 370-9882. Continuing education credits will be offered.
Grant to help doctors choose wisely
Minnesota physicians may be less likely to recommend certain tests and procedures as the result of a grant from a Philadelphia-based foundation.
The grant from the ABIM Foundation will help the Minnesota Medical Association advocate “Choosing Wisely,” an initiative the foundation and Consumer Reports launched last year to encourage doctors and patients to reconsider medical tests and procedures that might be unnecessary and even cause harm.
Among the dozens of tests and procedures that aren’t recommended:
The grant will pay for medical association projects to educate Minnesota doctors on what shouldn’t be ordered and on how they should discuss these matters with patients.
More information is online at www.choosingwisely.org.
Benedictine Health CEO to retire
Dale M. Thompson will retire as president and CEO of Benedictine Health System at the end of the year, the nonprofit health-care provider announced.
Thompson, 65, was named president and CEO in 2003.
Sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Benedictine Health System consists of about 40 campuses in six states and serves about 6,000 aging adults on a daily basis. It generates about $400 million in annual revenue and has more than 5,000 employees.
A successor to Thompson is expected to be named in the fall, a Benedictine Health System news release said.
Minnesota, Wisconsin get ‘B’ for transparency
Minnesota and Wisconsin are above average when it comes to helping patients know what they’re paying for health care. “Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws,” released last week by two nonprofit groups, gave each state a “B” in terms of “how well they support the information needs of consumers” of health care.
Minnesota and Wisconsin were among just five states to merit a “B,” the groups concluded. Only two states — Massachusetts and New Hampshire — scored “A’s.”
On the other end, 29 states got an “F.”
“With recent studies showing us that the price for an identical procedure within a market can vary seven-fold with no demonstrable difference in quality, price transparency is more important than ever,” wrote Francois de Brantes and Suzanne Delbanco in a cover letter with the report. They are the executive directors of the two sponsoring groups, the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and Catalyst for Payment Reform.
Study: Mom’s work doesn’t hurt baby
Working during pregnancy doesn’t have a negative effect on the baby’s health.
That’s the conclusion of a study by researchers in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.
The study, led by the university’s Katy Backes Kozhimannil, was based on survey responses of mothers who delivered a child in 2005, a U of M news release said.
Researchers found no differences in low birth weight on the basis of
employment status and no difference in pre-term birth on the basis of employment status.
Results were similar comparing full- and part-time workers, the news