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Public Invited to Medicare and Medicaid Dual Eligibility Discussions

Residents across the area are invited to join the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) at two forums to discuss the state’s proposed plan for those that are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid services.

Last year, Michigan was awarded a federal planning grant to examine “dual eligibility” and how to provide better integrated care and create a more efficient health care system. The proposed plan was released in Lansing on March 5, and will cover services and benefits for persons with both Medicare and Medicaid eligibility. The forums will give persons with dual eligibility an opportunity to review the proposed plan, and to ask questions of representatives from the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities administration.

Hope College Sports Medicine Lecture to Focus on Barefoot and Minimalist Running

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will feature the address “Barefoot and Minimalist Running: Is Less Really More?” by Dr. Paul Langer on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Hope College Nursing Graduates’ Pass Rate among Best in Nation

Hope College Nursing Graduates’ Pass Rate among Best in Nation

News Release:

HOLLAND – Hope College Nursing is among the select eight percent of programs nationwide whose graduates achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the national licensing exam earlier this year.

Every Hope nursing graduate who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in May passed on their first attempt.  According to a report released earlier this month by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), only 133 of the nation’s 1,752 nursing-education programs achieved a 100-percent rate between April and September, when most prospective nurses take the test.

Although not reflected in the report, all of the Hope graduates who took the examination in December of last year passed on their first attempt as well.

 “I could not be more proud of our nursing department’s accomplishments,” said Dr.

Health Department hosting presentation on emerging drug trends

Health Department hosting presentation on emerging drug trends

Are you aware of the latest drug trends among youth?  Are you familiar with the emerging substances like spice, K2 or bath salts?  The Ottawa County Health Department and Pathways, MI are hosting a presentation on “Emerging Drug Trends” November 3 from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Health Department Office in Holland.  The event will discuss current youth drug trends, tips on how to talk to your kids about drugs, and treatment resources. The event is free but does require pre-registration, please contact Jodi Glass at 396-2301 X127 or jglass@pathwaysmi.org to register.

Holland Department of Public Safety taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 29

On Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Holland Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Holland Department of Public Safety at 89 W 8th St, downtown Holland.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 

Students Invited to Explore Health Careers on October 11

Students Invited to Explore Health Careers on October 11

News Release:

HOLLAND – Careers in the healthcare industry will be the center of focus at the 6th annual Rx for Health Careers event on Tuesday, October 11.  Designed for Ottawa County area high school students and their parents, the event provides a close up look at more than 40 occupations within the healthcare field.  No registration is required and there’s no cost to attend. 

“Rx for Health Careers provides a fun, interactive way for students and their parents to talk informally, one-on-one, with working healthcare professionals across a variety of occupations,” explains Kristen Bunn, event coordinator at the Careerline Tech Center.  “This free event is designed in an open-house style, and all Ottawa County area high school-aged students and their parents are encouraged to stop by the OAISD Careerline Tech Center, 13663 Port Sheldon Street, north of Holland between 5:30 p.m.

Hope College Presentation to Focus on Nursing School and Health Care in Haiti

News Release:

HOLLAND – An overview of a school of nursing in Haiti and the status of health care in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake will be the focus of a guest lecture at Hope College on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The presentation will be by Shirley Dieuveille, who is assistant dean of the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti (FSIL), and Marah Armand, who is a member of the FSIL faculty.  Dieuveille and Armand are visiting Hope from Sunday, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Sept.