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2 posts from April 2015

04/20/2015

Care Provided by Visiting Nurses: A Conversation with Tracey Moorhead (April 20th)

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Visiting nurse services have been delivering home-based health care since the late 19th century providing everything from maternal and child health to geriatric care.  Today their services are more frequently being sought due to an ever-increasing emphasis on keeping patients out of the hospital (and emergency department), improving care coordination, comprehensiveness and patient satisfaction and paying for care that improves quality and care outcomes and that is more cost efficient.  

During this 19 minute discussion Ms. Moorhead discusses the goals of VNAA and its members, services its visiting nurses and other home health providers deliver, health care outcomes achieved and a range of federal Medicare policy options currently under discussion to improve care in the so called "post acute" care setting.   (One factual correction: Medicare spending on post-acute care in 2013 was $59 billion.)

Tracey Moorhead is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Associations of TraceyMoorhead_webonlyAmerica (VNAA).  VNAA educates, advocates and promotes nonprofit providers of home-based care services including home health, palliative care and hospice. Previously,  Tracey served as CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance.  Prior roles also include serving as Executive Director of the Alliance to Improve Medicare (AIM), a bipartisan coalition advocating comprehensive Medicare improvements through the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and Vice President, Government Relations for the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC). She was graduated from The George Washington University.  

For more about the VNAA go to:  www.vnaa.org.

 

04/14/2015

Street Sense's Effort to End Homelessness in DC: A Conversation with Brian Carome (April 14th)

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Street Sense is a tabloid newspaper that has been sold biweekly by the District of Columbia's homeless residents for the past 12 years.  The publication's focus is on homelessness and related issues confronting the poor.  DC has one the highest rates of homelessness in the country with over 2,000 individuals and families sleeping on the streets on any given night, a quarter of whom are veterans.  Unemployment, obviously a major cause of the problem, is 7.8 percent in the nation's capital or one and a half times the national average.  For DC's African Americans unemployment is 10 percent. Nearly 20 percent of DC's residents live in poverty.  Beyond homelessness, Street Sense vendors typically face a long list of health issues.  Recently however a city inter-agency council on homelessness unanimously endorsed a plan, that DC's new mayor supports, to end homelessness over the next five years.

During this 18 minute discussion Brian Carome discusses the purpose and success of Street Sense to date, it's vendors, the health and social issues they confront and his outlook for finally solving DC's homelessness problem.

Brian Carome has served as Executive Director of Street Sense since 2011.  Previously he was Unnamed[1]Executive Director at Housing Opportunities for Women, Project Northstar and A-SPAN.  He has also worked at new Hope Housing, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and the Father McKenna Center.  He has lectured on homelessness and at risk populations at the Catholic University of America's School of Social Service and Georgetown University Law School.  Brian was graduated from Boston College with a BA and earned an Executive Certificate form the Georgetown University's Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership.  

To learn more about Street Sense go to streetsense.org.