Link Round Up: July 17 – 23

Link Round Up: July 17 – 23

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up covers a town hall meeting/barn dance sponsored by local health leaders, using telemedicine in the fight against opioid addiction, and a new healthcare law concerning transgender patients.

Do you live in Wallowa County? Does barbeque make your mouth water? Are you a fan of dancing….barn dancing that is? Well come on down to Enterprise and Joseph, Oregon on July 23rd where OHSU Family Medicine and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) are celebrating their 25th anniversary of improving healthcare in Wallowa County. There will be a town hall meeting from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise and immediately following the meeting there will be square dancing and a community barbeque at the Blue Barn Farm in Joseph. See you there!

Telemedicine is proving effective in providing treatment for patients who live in rural areas. But what using telemedicine to help treat opioid addiction? New grants from the USDA are going to examine this question to help improve health care for rural patients, a population that is disproportionately affected by “opioids and other substance misuse”. Read more about the USDA’s grants here.

“One study showed that 70 percent of transgender people have experienced discrimination in health care.” Hopefully these numbers will now be a thing of the past as new regulations state that US Department of Health and Human Services, doctors, and hospitals that receive federal funding will face penalties if they discriminate against people based on gender or gender identity. Read and listen about this new law here.