[Pictured: Dr. William Martinez, UCSF Director of Pediatric Mental Health for the UCSF Health and Human Rights Initiative, is the principal investigator of the Fuerte program, a school-based group prevention program targeting newcomer immigrant youth at risk of behavioral health concerns. Photo: Anna Hoch-Kenney]

Every year, about 500 newcomer immigrants enroll in San Francisco public high schools, according to district data. Of those 500, well over half come from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Another eight percent come from Mexico.

Among recent immigrants, linguistic, academic, social, financial, and now, pandemic stress is common. Latinx newcomer youth are at increased risk for traumatic stress and behavioral disorders, according to research done by the William T. Grant Foundation. They are also less likely than their white counterparts to have access to and use mental health care services.

Fuerte, a semester-long mental health education program for Spanish-speaking Latinx newcomer immigrants

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Senators Ernst blocks Senators Markey, Murray, Hirono, and Duckworth’s Right to Contraception Act following passage in House

***WATCH: Senator Murray calls out Republicans’ extremism***

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sought unanimous consent to pass the Right to Contraception Act to protect every American’s fundamental right to use birth control—but Republican Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) blocked the common-sense legislation. Senators Markey and Murray pushed to quickly pass their legislation with Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) following passage of companion legislation in the House of Representatives last week—despite nearly the entire House Republican conference voting against the bill.

“It has been nearly sixty years since the Supreme Court decided Griswold v. Connecticut—and affirmed Americans’ right to privacy and with it: their right to contraception.

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Idaho State University Meridian Health Care, a nurse practitioner (NP) family practice health care clinic, has provided care for residents in Meridian and the surrounding community for one year.

With an increasing number of patients in the initial year, the clinic plans to expand clinic days to meet the demand within the next year. This is in keeping with fulfilling a mission to improve access to health care and increase health care services for Idahoans, residents of Meridian, Boise and rural area residents in the Treasure Valley.

The clinic opened in September 2021 and a ribbon cutting was held May 10, 2022. Millions of Americans choose an NP as their primary care provider. NPs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are prepared at the master’s or doctoral level to provide care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health

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by Fernelle Neptune

The Bureau of Health Education within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs recently conducted health promotion assessments at a number of early childhood development centers in an effort to promote healthy behaviors amongst young children.

In response to the assessments, the department has started implementing a series of training sessions to address the needs identified.

The training sessions seek to build the capacity of early childhood development providers in their approach to ensuring the health and wellbeing of the children in their care.

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Family Life Educator Laurentia Maylor spoke on the need to undertake this workshop.

“This came about as a result of a need that exists in the region. In discussion with the providers, certain issues arise and we realize there is a gap and the need to fill the gap and hence the reason the workshop came

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Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) was joined last Friday by Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman and several post-secondary education leaders to announce the Kentucky Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (KYHWC).

The $10 million initiative — part of House Bill 573 from the last legislative session — will provide direct grants to public colleges and universities that offer medical training programs in what are deemed “high-demand” areas, primarily in nursing and allied health professions.

KYHWC is funded through the State Fiscal Recovery Fund of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 to establish the initiative, which is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

“As each state faces a health care worker shortage, the legislature has chosen to lead and be a model other states will seek to emulate,” Stivers said after the announcement. “The problem isn’t relative to Kentucky, nor is it something we can solve overnight, but with the funding authorized by

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