Health notes: Grant allows Northland health agency to expandA $1.5 million grant from the state will help a regional health agency expand its preventative health efforts over the next two years, an official said.
By: Compiled by John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
A $1.5 million grant from the state will help a regional health agency expand its preventative health efforts over the next two years, an official said.
Healthy Northland will use the money to continue existing programs and add two more, said Susan Michels, regional coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Program, known by the acronym SHIP.
The new efforts:
The program is sponsored by the Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board but also covers Aitkin, Itasca and Koochiching counties and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
The state Department of Health awarded more than $21.2 million in SHIP grants to 38 agencies, a Health Department news release said. The Healthy Northland grant was the fifth-largest, with all of the top four going to the Twin Cities metro region.
Healthy Northland has won grants in all three cycles of the SHIP program, Michels said. The current grant began Nov. 1. The previous grant was for a little more than $900,000 and covered 18 months.
The additional money allows Healthy Northland to start the two new programs as well as add two additional staff members, Michels said. Those won’t necessarily be full-time positions.
SHIP funding, which began in 2008, has made a difference, she said. She pointed to programs such as the gardens that have been grown outside of schools and the produce that has been brought into cafeteria kitchens to encourage healthier eating.
“We’re just thrilled with all the progress we’ve seen,” Michels said. “It’s starting early, and that’s why we’re moving into child care because we’re catching those kids even earlier.”
Health exchange border wars
What you pay for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act might vary a great deal depending on which side of the Blatnik Bridge you live on.
A 50-year-old nonsmoking St. Louis County resident who chooses the second-lowest-priced “silver plan” through the MNsure health insurance exchange would pay a monthly premium of $290, according to an interactive graphic published online this week by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
If that same resident purchased the same plan through healthcare.gov in Douglas County, the monthly premium would be $441.
The newspaper’s graphic used data compiled for 35 states by the Centers for Medicaid Services. St. Louis County ranked among the 25 percent of counties with the lowest premiums; Douglas County ranked among the 25 percent with the highest premiums.
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CT scanning accredited
Two facilities affiliated with St. Luke’s hospital have been awarded three-year accreditations in CT scanning, a St. Luke’s news release said.
It’s the first time both the St Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic in Mountain Iron and Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have been accredited for CT scans, the news release said.
CT (computed tomography) scans use X-rays to create three-dimensional images to diagnose fractures, tumors, abdominal diseases and head injuries.
St. Luke’s has invested in both facilities recently, the news release said. A new low-dose CT scanner was installed at Lake View Hospital a year ago. At Laurentian Medical Clinic, a $2.3 million expansion of imaging services opened in February.
The accrediting agency is American College of Radiology.
Essentia sponsors free talk by Funt
Humorist and wellness expert Juliet Funt will give a talk in Duluth next week.
It might date you if the Funt name seems familiar — Juliet’s father was Alan Funt, host of the “Candid Camera” TV show.
She’ll speak on “Redefining what’s important in the Age of Never Enough” at
7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fregeau Auditorium of Marshall School, 1215 Rice Lake Road. The free event is sponsored by Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. No tickets are required.
Panel to discuss medical marijuana
A panel discussion on the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bohannon Hall (Room 90) on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
The event is sponsored by UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy.
Shop early, help hospital
The gift shop at St. Luke’s hospital is having a holiday sale today and Friday to raise money for the hospital’s patient care programs and the purchase of medical equipment.
Toys, jewelry, decorations and home-baked treats are among the sale items, a St. Luke’s news release said.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gift shop is on the second floor of the main hospital building at 915 E. First St.
Kids driving you crazy?
“Raising the Kids without Raising the Roof” is the topic of today’s edition of the mental health program “Speak Your Mind.” The half-hour call-in program airs at 7:30 p.m. on PBS North, Channels 8.1 and 31.2.
It follows “Doctors on Call” at 7 p.m., which this week focuses on stroke and other neurologic problems.