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Settlement funds to combat opioid crisis in the US | VIDEO

A number of pharmaceutical companies in the US have been forced to settle claims related to a deadly opioid epidemic. Experts have linked the crisis to prescription practices in the country. In the second of this two-part series, William Denselow looks at efforts to change those practices and how settlement funds could be used to help people struggling with addiction.  

How Staten Islanders can apply for 5 training programs with paths to healthcare jobs

Those interested in furthering or finding a career in the healthcare field can take one of Staten Island Performing Provider System’s (SI PPS) new apprenticeship programs that will work to fill the healthcare workforce gap on Staten Island.

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Apprenticeship programs look to fill healthcare workforce gap on Staten Island

Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) received approval from the New York state Department of Labor (DOL) for three new apprenticeship programs that will work to fill the healthcare workforce gap on Staten Island.

The apprenticeship programs are: Community Health Worker (CHW), Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), and Certified Nursing Assistant. It is the first time these apprenticeship programs have been approved by the state of New York.

Community of Trust

“In seven short years, this integrated healthcare network has completely redefined how the borough’s healthcare delivery system views population health, and impacted tens of thousands of lives and according to its executive director, the work has only just begun.”

Safe opioid prescribing: a community-based approach

A committee of prescribers was formed to create safe prescribing guidelines. The recommendations included prescribing standards, education on non-opioid alternatives, safe disposal, and screening for substance misuse. Community-wide attention was brought to the topic via media campaigns, patient literature, and the involvement of multiple community stakeholders. After the education of over 500 prescribers, the postintervention period resulted in significant and sustained reductions in all indicators.

Staten Island Family Advocating For New Artificial Intelligence Program That Aims To Prevent Drug Overdoses

So many families have felt the pain of losing a loved one to a drug overdose, and now, new artificial intelligence technology is being used to help prevent such tragedies.

“When you have a family member who lives this lifestyle, it’s a call you always know could come,” Megan Wohltjen said.

A case study in effective integration: the Staten Island PPS

A Handle on Heroin

March 20, 2019 | MetroFocus