Metro Detroit Hospitals Most Racially Segregated: Study

The think tank Lown Institute looked at race-based segregation in more than 2,800 US hospitals using health insurance claims and found that Detroit hospitals had the worst results. Efforts to improve access to birth control, anti-trans sports bills, clean water measures in Montana and more are also making public health news.

Crain’s Detroit Businesses: Metro Detroit hospitals most racially segregated in US: study

Metro Detroit hospitals are the most racially segregated in the nation, according to a new study released Thursday by healthcare think tank Lown Institute. Researchers studied more than 2,800 hospitals in the United States using the US Census Bureau’s Health Insurance Claims and American Community Survey from 2020 to determine the racial makeup of patients in each hospital in relation to the composition of the community in which they serve. Metro Detroit hospitals had the worst results for racial inclusion at 90% segregation. St. Louis ranked second with 77% segregation. (Walch, 3/18)

In other health news across the US –

AP: Lawmakers consider proposal to expand access to birth control

Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow pharmacists to give people birth control without a doctor’s approval. The Rhode Island House of Representatives last week approved a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe a contraceptive. The measure is currently under consideration in the Senate, where similar legislation has been introduced. (3/20)

New Hampshire Bulletin: NH House files bill banning trans students from playing sports

Abi Maxwell is tired of battling perennial bills that would prevent her trans daughter from playing sports with other girls, but she continues to speak out against them for her daughter, who hopes to one day join a ski team. ‘My daughter is a girl, she won’t grow up to ski with the boys and asking her to do so is an act of intimidation and exclusion,’ Maxwell said at a press conference ahead of a House vote. on Bill 1180. On Wednesday, House lawmakers voted 175 to 167 to introduce a bill that would put a biological definition of sex into state law, to differentiate between the sexes male and female in sports competitions in public schools, in prisons and “places of intimate intimacy”, such as bathrooms. (Gokee, 3/18)

AP: Xavier-Louisiana students can be admitted to LSU Med earlier

A national leader in the number of black graduates accepted by medical schools has reached a new early acceptance agreement with one of Louisiana’s largest medical schools. LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine will admit up to 10 Xavier University of Louisiana students per year under the program, with a pair of four-year full scholarships open to those not applying to any other medical school. (3/20)

Asheville Watchdog: AG Office Ad ‘Concerns’ Mission-HCA Deal Rigged

The North Carolina Attorney General’s office had “great concerns about how HCA was selected” as the Mission Health System buyer, including that “the deck had been stacked in its favor from the start. by then-CEO Ronald A. Paulus and his adviser Philip D. Green, according to a 2018 internal document obtained by Asheville Watchdog. “[W]Without any outside counsel other than Phil Green,” who investigators wrote had an “undisclosed prior business relationship with HCA,” Mission Health’s board decided not to issue competitive RFPs. or hold an auction before agreeing to sell Asheville’s flagship hospital. system to HCA Healthcare for $1.5 billion, according to the document, prepared ahead of a meeting between Justice Department lawyers and HCA representatives on Oct. 30, 2018. Instead, while Paulus “dragged HCA behind the scenes on how best to present its case to the Mission Board,” the board invited only one other healthcare company — identified in other filings as Novant Health of Winston-Salem — to submit a formal offer. (3/20)

Billings Gazette: Montana’s Proposed New Clean Water Measures Create Consternation

For more than two years, groundwater around Worden and Ballantine in eastern Montana was unsafe to drink after the water district found nitrates in the water at alarming levels in 2019 – high enough to be fatally dangerous to infants. It also left the Worden Ballantine Yellowstone County Water and Sewer District scrambling to find a new source of drinking water. Water treatment systems are expensive, complex and out of reach for many rural water districts. For the Worden Ballantine Water District, relief finally came last year in the form of $4.74 million in federal aid that it will use to essentially build an entirely new water system. Investigators were never able to find the source of the nitrate contamination, so the water district dug four new wells from which it now draws its clean water. (Rogers, 3/19)

Anchorage Daily News: Emails show Anchorage spokesperson had information about Mayor Bronson’s fluoride stoppage before denying it happened

Recently released public records of Mayor Dave Bronson’s decision to briefly halt fluoridation of Anchorage’s water supply show that the mayor’s spokesperson had been emailed information about the shutdown of another responsible before categorically denying the incident. Bronson temporarily halted fluoridation of the city’s water supply during an Oct. 1 visit to Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility’s Eklutna Water Treatment Plant. Municipal law requires that Anchorage’s water supply be fluoridated. The mayor eventually said he ordered the fluoride stopped after workers told him they had health issues related to the substance. The fluoride shutdown was first reported by Alaska Landmine in December in an unnamed article. (Goodykoontz, 03/20)

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