Dallas is Stepping Up its Fight Against HIV

Dallas County Health and Human Services recently released a report that highlights HIV and its effect on Dallas county residents, hoping to gain support behind joining Fast Track Cities, an initiative that allows countries to better collaborate on accelerating local AIDS response and attaining HIV prevention. So far, 21 U.S. cities have signed on to the Paris Declaration, which means they have committed to four goals: achieving a 90-90-90 target (assuring that 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status and are receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people who receive that therapy has an undetectable… Full Story

A New Take on the Sexual Health Clinic

Dallas County led the nation for the highest rate of increase for new Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections from 2016 to 2017 and is one of 48 counties nationwide with the highest rates of new HIV infections. In response, a number of organizations are teaming up with the Dallas County Health and Human Services department to fight the stigma and impact of HIV in Dallas. The plan involves identifying those who are at risk and have been effected with HIV, and to get those individuals on proper medication and in touch with the health system. It also means reaching the populations… Full Story

Barber Shops, Baylor, and CitySquare are Fighting Health System Stigma

Clippin Crownz 4Christ, Jay Vee Burberry’s shop next to the Forest Theater in South Dallas, is decked out with Dallas Cowboys gear and the plaid pattern that shares his last name. Burberry used to be homeless, but with the help of a nearby nonprofit he was able to start his own business. Every fourth Monday he can be found cutting hair for free at his shop, paying forward his good fortune.  In addition to his services for the homeless, Burberry is one of several barbers in mostly black South Dallas who have partnered with Baylor Scott & White and CitySquare… Full Story

Study: Texas Ranks Dead Last in Nursing Home Quality

Texas ranks 40th in senior health according to the United Health Foundation’s 2019 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, and scores dead last when it comes to the availability of quality nursing homes. Texas has a low smoking rate that puts it in the top 10 in the country, but still ranks low for obesity and physical activity for the health of its seniors. The number of seniors has grown 45 percent since 2000, and more than 50 million seniors are living in the United States today.  Texas improved one spot since last year, but has hovered around 40th in the country for… Full Story

How Community Health Workers at Baylor are Reducing Trips to the Hospital

As healthcare costs continue to rise, stakeholders are looking for ways to bring down costs. Dallas is one of the most expensive places in the country to receive healthcare, and emergency room visits and hospital admissions are two of the most expensive contacts a patient can have with the healthcare system. Consumers, payers, and even health systems are looking for ways to reduce these high cost visits. One might think that hiring more nurses or social workers might provide patients contact that could help keep them out of the hospital, but at Baylor Scott and White, a grant has helped… Full Story

Genesis Physicians Group Expands Value-Based Care with Population Health Partnership

Genesis Physicians Group has partnered with Innovista Health Solutions, a population health management organization owned by Health Care Services Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ parent company. The move will expand Genesis’ independent physicians ability to participate in better coordinated value-based care. The partnership is meant to reduce avoidable health care cost increases by combining Genesis’ experience as an independent physician association and Innovista’s industry expertise and population health technology. It will facilitate Genesis physicians transition to value-based care from the fee-for-service model. It will also improve coordination between primary care and specialist physicians. “Genesis and Innovista have come… Full Story

Texas Ranks 49th in the Country for Children’s Healthcare

Texas ranked near the very bottom when indicators of cost, quality and access were analyzed for children’s healthcare by WalletHub. The study revealed that children will cost around $230,000 to raise, and that while insurance rates have increased, costs have also risen nearly 20 percent between 2013 and 2017. The rankings rated each state and the District of Columbia based on health and access to healthcare, nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and oral health. Texas’ overall rank was 49 out of 51, and ranked 50 in access, 38 in nutrition, and 31 in oral health, ahead of only Louisiana and… Full Story

Report: Substance Abuse Death Rates in North Texas Outpacing State and National Averages

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says that more than 15,000 people die from prescription opioid overdose each year, while 88,000 people die annually from alcohol-related injuries. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that substance abuse costs the country $232 billion each year, with $740 billion lost in crime and lost work productivity. North Texas counties have higher death rates due to drug and alcohol misuse than state and national average, according to a report from the North Texas Community Health Collaborative. The Substance Abuse/Misuse Community Needs Assessment Report of North Texas report showed that eleven regional counties have higher… Full Story

THR Awards $5.2 Million to Address Social Determinants of Health

In Johnson County, the suicide rate for seniors is 25 percent above the Texas average, but a grant from Texas Health Resources is working to help isolated seniors. THR will be distributing $5.2 million worth of community impact grants all across North Texas to address everything from depression to food scarcity. The initiative is called Texas Health Community Impact and focuses on specific ZIP codes where chronic disease and premature death are more common, and partners with agencies in education, healthcare, and government. The funds will be directed toward 12 agencies across five geographic regions made up of 401 ZIP codes… Full Story

Autonomous Vehicles and Drones May Help Address Rural Healthcare Disparities

Autonomous vehicles, drones, and tele-enabled ambulance services are being considered to address rural health disparities by a partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas A&M Health Science Center. The joint project will research innovative care delivery strategies and other rural health issues. BCBS of Texas is contributing $10 million to the Health Science Center as a part of the Affordability Cures program to reduce healthcare costs, address health disparities and improve social determinants of health. Projects will look at engaging vulnerabilities and improving access to healthcare, which will include the use of autonomous vehicles, drones, and… Full Story