Showing posts with label #Healthcare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Healthcare. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

🙏IMSPARK: Compassion and Healing for PTSD Survivors and Their Loved Ones 🙏

  🙏Imagine... Compassion and Healing for PTSD Survivors and Loved Ones  🙏

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Increased awareness and understanding of PTSD, a condition that affects many people who have experienced trauma, such as war, violence, natural disasters, or abuse. 

🔗Link:

Ref Here

📚Source: 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2020). Understanding PTSD: A Guide for Family and Friends.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

By using the resources and information from the Understanding PTSD Family Booklet, the Pacific region will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD, how to communicate and support someone with PTSD, and how to take care of oneself and one’s family. 🗣️The Pacific region will also access and provide practical and culturally appropriate treatment options for PTSD, such as therapy, medication, and peer support.

PTSD is a serious and common condition that affects millions of people around the world, including many in the Pacific region. PTSD can cause distressing and persistent symptoms, such as nightmares, flashbacks, anger, guilt, and isolation.💢PTSD can also affect the relationships and well-being of family and friends, who may feel confused, frustrated, or helpless. 

Communities have the opportunity and responsibility to support and empower PTSD survivors and their loved ones and to create a more compassionate and healing environment for them.  🌊Communities can benefit from using the Understanding PTSD Family Booklet, which is a helpful and practical guide that covers the essential topics and tips for coping with PTSD.Icons💚 Communities can also seek and offer professional and peer help for PTSD, which can improve the recovery and quality of life of those who suffer from it.

#PTSD, #Community, #MentalHealth, #FamilyAndFriends,#Healthcare,#VeteransCare,#IMSPARK,

Saturday, January 27, 2024

🏊🏼‍♀️ IMSPARK: Women’s health valued and prioritized in the Pacific🏊🏼‍♀️

🏊🏼‍♀️ Imagine... women’s health valued & prioritized in the Pacific🏊🏼‍♀️


💡 Imagined Endstate

Women in the Pacific have access to quality, affordable, and culturally appropriate health care and services that address their specific needs and preferences. Women are empowered to make informed decisions about their health and well-being, and to participate fully in society and the economy.

🔗Link: 

📚Source: 

McKinsey & Company. (2024). Closing the women’s health gap: A $1 trillion opportunity to improve lives and economies.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Women in the Pacific face many challenges and barriers to achieving optimal health, 💪such as gender inequality, poverty, violence, stigma, and lack of data and resources. 🩺Closing the women’s health gap could improve the quality and length of life for millions of women, as well as generate significant economic💵 and social benefits for the region. Investing in women’s health is not only a moral imperative, but also a smart and strategic choice.



#womenshealth,#PacificIslanders,#Healthcare,#equity,#IMSPARK, 


Monday, January 1, 2024

🌿IMSPARK: Deriving Therapeutic Solutions from Toxin🌿

 🌿Imagine… Deriving Therapeutic Solutions from Toxin🌿


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A world where a natural poison becomes a source of healing and protection for humans, animals, and plants.

🔗 Link:

Ref Here

📚 Source: 

Hart, S., & Chung, D. (2023, December 20). Taming a plant-derived toxin. Scripps Research. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Picrotoxinin is a powerful toxin that can cause seizures and death by blocking certain brain receptors. However, scientists at Scripps Research have found a way to transform this toxin into a potential medicine.🧪By modifying its chemical structure, they made it more stable, safer, and easier to produce and manipulate.🌾They also discovered that it can selectively target different types of receptors, opening up new possibilities for treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, and addiction.🧠Moreover, picrotoxinin could also be used as a pesticide or an anti-parasite agent, as it can kill or repel harmful organisms that threaten crops and livestock. Picrotoxinin is an example of how nature’s deadliest substances can be turned into life-saving solutions. 


#Picrotoxinin, #Toxin, #Research, #Innovation, #NaturalHealing,#Healthcare,#PTSD,#MentalHealth,#IMSPARK, 


Tuesday, December 26, 2023

🚑 IMSPARK: Staffing Shortages of Oahu’s Rigs🚑

🚑Imagine... Staffing Shortages  of Oahu’s Rigs 🚑

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A robust and reliable emergency medical service system that can respond to any situation and save lives.

🔗 Link: 

Link Here

📚 Source: 

Dowd, E. (2023, December 18). EMS staffing shortage leaves one-third of Oahu’s rigs out of service for 12-hour period. Hawaii News Now. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

A temporary staffing shortage at Honolulu EMS left seven of its 21 ambulance units out of service for a 12-hour period, affecting the response time and coverage of emergency calls.🆘 The shortage was caused by a combination of approved holiday vacation leave, maternity leave and illness among the staff. 👩‍⚕️EMS officials said they have a mutual aid agreement with other agencies to mitigate the impact of the closures, and they are working on an aggressive hiring strategy to prevent this in the future.🙏The shortage highlights the challenges and risks faced by the EMS workers, who are essential for the health and safety of the community.


#EMS, #LaborShortage,#Healthcare,#workforcedevelopment,#IMSPARK,


Monday, December 4, 2023

🌱IMSPARK: Improving health data with climate action 🌱

🌱IMSPARK: Improving health data with climate action 🌱

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Health professionals and policy makers have better data and tools to track and prevent the health harms caused by climate change. 

🔗 Link: 

This article 

📚 Source: 

Wheat, S., Sarabu, C., & Lokmic-Tomkins, Z. (2023, November 28). How to improve health data for climate action. CNN. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Climate change is a huge threat to human health, but we don’t have enough data to measure its real-time impacts. 📊 This article argues that we need to improve the medical coding system to capture the climate-sensitive health conditions🏥 and inform better responses. 🌍 It also calls for a global study to assess the burden of climate change on health and to prioritize the health sector in climate adaptation funding.


#ClimateChange,#Healthcare,#adaptation,#Data,#IMSPARK, 

Monday, October 9, 2023

🏥IMSPARK: Health System Flourishing with Engaged Caregivers🏥

🏥Imagine a Health System Flourishing with Engaged Caregivers🏥

 


💡 Imagined Endstate:

Picture a future where healthcare systems transform from struggling with clinician burnout to thriving with engaged and resilient caregivers, ultimately enhancing patient care and well-being.

📚 Source:

Nash, D. (2023, October 2). A Promising New Approach to Reducing Burnout and Workforce Depletion. MedPage Today.

🔗 Link:

 MedPage Today - A Promising New Approach to Reducing Burnout and Workforce Depletion

💥 What's the Big Deal:

Clinician burnout and workforce depletion have plagued healthcare systems, impacting both patient care and staff well-being 🤝. The proposed ⏳"virtuous cycle" approach, focusing on resilience, data-driven solutions, optimization, and teamwork, offers a beacon of hope. . 🌟 By valuing and supporting caregivers, addressing diversity and inclusion, and actively using data for improvements, healthcare organizations can not only reduce burnout but also elevate patient and employee satisfaction. 💪 This paradigm shift paints a brighter future for healthcare, where engaged caregivers lead to healthier communities


#Burnout, #patientcare, #workforcedevelopment, #caregivers,#IMSPARK,#Healthcare,

 


Thursday, July 20, 2023

🔬IMSPARK: Advancing Alzheimer's Treatment🔬

🔬IMSPARK: Advancing Alzheimer's Treatment🔬


💡 IMAGINED ENDSTATE:

Imagine a future where individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease have access to effective treatments that target the underlying disease process, providing relief from symptoms and improving quality of life. Through continued research and innovation, we envision a world where Alzheimer's is better understood, and ultimately, a cure is discovered, bringing hope and healing to those affected by this devastating condition.

Link:                                            

🔗 [Link to the FDA article]

Source:

📚 FDA. (2023, January 6). FDA Grants Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer's Disease Treatment.

💥 WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL:

 The FDA grants accelerated approval for Leqembi, a breakthrough Alzheimer's disease treatment targeting the underlying disease process. It provides a new treatment option addressing amyloid beta plaque, a hallmark characteristic of the disease. This approval represents a significant advancement in Alzheimer's treatment, offering hope to millions affected. However, warnings for potential side effects like ARIA and infusion-related reactions emphasize the need for careful monitoring and management. This milestone underscores the importance of ongoing research and innovation to improve treatment options and find a cure for Alzheimer's.

 

#FDA, #Alzheimers, #Breakthrough, #Healthcare, #HealthAccess


 



Friday, July 14, 2023

IMSPARK: Preparing for the Aging of the Pacific 🌟

 IMSPARK: Imagine...Preparing for the Aging of the Pacific 🌟


IMAGINED ENDSTATE:

💡 Imagine a future where communities in the Pacific are equipped to address the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the aging population, ensuring a high quality of life for seniors and future generations.

LINK:                               

 🔗 Click here to read the full article

🔗 Click here to read the full article

SOURCE:

a.     Civil Beat. (2023, June 28). Hawaii's Population Is Aging Fast. The Impacts Will Be Significant. 📚

b.     Civil Beat. (2023, July 11)Hawaii's Aging Population Is 📚 Straining EMS Services. Expanding This Program Could Help.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL:

💥 The aging of the Pacific population brings both challenges and opportunities that demand proactive measures. As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, the Pacific region faces implications such as a shortage of healthcare providers, limited affordable housing, and a diminishing workforce. However, by implementing innovative solutions and preparing infrastructure and support systems, communities can effectively address these challenges and ensure the well-being and quality of life for seniors and future generations. 

The increasing number of nonemergency medical calls from seniors in Honolulu poses a significant challenge to emergency services. This strain on EMS services has prompted the need for program expansion to address the specific needs of the aging population. By expanding programs like the Crisis, Outreach, Response, and Engagement (CORE) program and implementing initiatives based on the community paramedicine model, Honolulu can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. This approach promotes better health outcomes for seniors, enables emergency services to focus on urgent cases, and addresses the strain on EMS services caused by nonemergency calls.


#Healthcare,#Kupuna,#EmergencyServices,#CORE,

🌀IMSPARK: Resilient Communities - Pacific Islands Mapping a Safer Tomorrow🌀 (VIDEO)

🌀IMSPARK: Resilient Communities - Pacific Islands Mapping a Safer Tomorrow🌀  (VIDEO) 💡Imagined Endstate: Imagine a future where every Pac...