National summit on aging targets Maine, home to nation’s oldest, most rural population
The vast majority of seniors living in rural communities across the United States are dealing with multiple health issues that too often are made worse by social isolation and loneliness, according to a new national survey. Eradicating that isolation on the outskirts of America is the focus of the Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging, a national gathering that has attracted more than 130 elder advocates and other experts to Portland this week. Read more here.
Loneliness kills: A new public health crisis (and what we can do about it)
A little-discussed condition raises the risk of premature death by up to 50 percent—making it a health hazard at least as significant as smoking and alcohol and more so than obesity. Yet many medical professionals haven’t heard about it, and the public remains largely in the dark. We’re talking about social isolation, a national public health crisis. Read more here.
The Health eVillages-Healthways Community Outreach Program and The Honorable Bill & Tracy Frist Present Lwala 2020: Towards Wholeness of Life
Nine years after the creation of Lwala Community Alliance, the Nashville community will gather on Thursday, April 28, at the Loveless Barn, to celebrate, “Lwala 2020: Towards Wholeness of Life.” This event is presented by the Health eVillages-Healthways Community Outreach Program and The Honorable Bill and Tracy Frist. Event special guests include Donato Tramuto (CEO, Healthways and Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages), Kerry Kennedy (President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights), Dr. Milton Ochieng’ (Co-founder, Lwala Community Alliance), and Mercy Owuor
For Rural Maine Hospitals, Apps Can Improve Access
Delivering medical care to patients in rural regions around the globe can be a challenge. You might rightly guess at the need for more clinical resources in places like sub-Saharan Africa — but Harrington, Maine? The small Down East town has been selected, along with villages in Haiti, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, as a pilot location for a project by the nonprofit Health eVillages. The point is to improve medicine by making knowledge more mobile. It’s a new take
Healthways partners with mobile health program
Wellness program provider Healthways has formed a partnership with Health eVillages, a program that provides mobile health technology to clinically underserved areas around the world. The Franklin, Tenn.-based company will collaborate with Health eVillages to provide areas with poor healthcare access to “resources, preventive healthcare and support for the uninsured and underinsured,” according to a news release. Read more here.
Mobile Apps help doctors in rural Maine treat patients
Washington County tops the list of Maine’s poorest counties and with high poverty rates come higher rates of chronic illness. The Harrington Family Health Center sees it’s fair share of patients dealing with a variety of chronic conditions. and now it has a new piece of technology it says is improving the delivery of medical care. That technology is a tablet loaded with a variety of medical apps provided to the Harrington Health Center by the non-profit Health eVillages. Read
Using apps to actually improve rural healthcare services
“It’s like having an electronic library at your fingertips” explains Lee Umphrey, CEO of the Harrington Family Health Center, which serves some of the poorest, sickest residents in Harrington, Maine, a small coastal community in Washington County. Read more here.
Tablet with medical apps a new tool at rural health clinic in Down East Maine
After using mobile technology to improve health care in some of the world’s poorest places, a local nonprofit program has turned its attention to rural Maine and launched a novel pilot project. Read more here.
Using Technology to Improve Healthcare in Rural Maine
Rural Washington County is located on the Maine coastline. The county contains some of the most majestic landscape as well as the highest childhood poverty rate in the state. Close to 60 percent of school children in the county are eligible for free or reduced lunch. As a whole, Maine has more residents over the age of 65 than any other state, and Washington County has the second-oldest Maine county. Not surprisingly, this population has substantial health needs. Read the
Health eVillages, Real Medicine Foundation Expand Admirable Initiative
This week, Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive (PI) and the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, issued a statement to the media regarding their partnership with Real Medicine Foundation (RMF).
Health eVillages Raises Funds to Expand Rural Hospital in Kenya
Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and Physicians Interactive, announced today that construction has started on a new wing to expand the first hospital in Lwala, Kenya, as well as housing for clinicians and their families. Read more here.
Former Ogunquit selectman gets Kennedy Ripple of Hope award
Tramuto created Health eVillages in 2011 in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Center after the massive earthquake in Haiti. The organization provides hand-held devices with medical information to allow health care workers up-do-date information and to help them make treatment decisions. Read more here.