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Obama administration takes new action to improve public health

News Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2012 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343   Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new investments that will help strengthen the nation’s public health workforce and fight disease and illness.   “These investments are part of our work to promote public health and they will […]

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Health Affairs Briefing: “Payment Reform To Achieve Better Health Care”

  Health Affairs Briefing: Payment Reform To Achieve Better Health Care August 22nd, 2012  by Chris Fleming Register HERE. “On Friday, September 7, Health Affairs will hold a briefing to unveil its September 2012 issue, “Payment Reform To Achieve Better Health Care.” The volume contains a thorough examination of the present state of and future challenges for payment reform, […]


Mapping America’s healthcare costs: Intensive care

      “Among the chart’s most arresting stats: the out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs was 96% in 1960; today it is a mere 19%—the federal government pays more than half the costs… (And this seemingly “socialised” healthcare spending, it bears noting, predates Obamacare.)”   See Full Article HERE at The Economist.


Dialogue Newsletter: April 2012

             April 2012 Issue> Upcoming Training Events from Central East U.S. Hispanic/Latino Street Gangs Workshop April 11-12, 2012. 14 credit hours with full attendance. The 2012 Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference – Partners in a New World May 9-11, 2012. CEUs available. > Online Continuing Education Opportunities The National Association of Social Workers is offering free CEUs online through […]


Joint Meeting of SAMHSA’s Advisory Committees Live Webcast Meeting

    August 9, 2012 | 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Agenda Report from the SAMHSA Administrator Update on SAMHSA’s budget Discussion regarding the impact of Federal health reform and state budgets on mental health and substance abuse programs   Update on health care reform: The following advisory councils and committees will be participating […]


SAMHSA Recovery Definition Updated

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently revised its working definition of recovery to give more emphasis to the role of abstinence in recovery from addictions, and also indicate that recovery may be from a mental disorder, a substance abuse disorder or both.  Read more about it here:  Recovery from Mental Disorders […]

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Acknowledgement of 10 Years of Service

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge, and say thank you to Ms. Kathleen Hauck, our now retired Director of Operations & Conferences. Kathleen retired from The Danya Institute (The Institute) on March 15th, after 10 years of exceptional service. Kathleen wore many hats here at the Institute: Dir. of Operations & Conferences, […]

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New research shows high corrolation between HIV and childhood abuse

A two year study conduct by Duke University and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of more than 600 HIV patients revealed that one in four had been sexually abused as a child.   Not surprisingly, this early trauma also correlated to worse health outcomes among these patients as adults.  Read more about the study here. 

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New Policy paper examines Small Business Insurance Exchanges

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act  states will be required:  “to create health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, where small businesses can review, compare, and purchase health insurance. They are one of two types of exchanges that are to be created under the law, the second of […]