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Making Mental Health A National Priority

Sal Rosselli | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

When it comes to better care for mental health patients, well-intentioned legislation hasn't been a panacea.

The Prospect Of Big Health Insurance Company Mergers Should Scare You

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You probably haven't heard -- at least not lately -- that some of the biggest health insurers are moving full steam ahead to merge with each other, which means that tens of millions of us -- yes, millions -- will be affected next year. And not in a good way.

A Prescription for Gender Equity in Park Use

Kim Turner | Posted 04.23.2017 | Impact
Kim Turner

Sunday, April 24th is ParkRx Day encouraging regular "doses" of parks, trails, and open spaces to improve individual and community health. Strengtheni...

Finally, A CEO Is Taking On The Racial Pay Gap

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business

Silicon Valley stalwart Intel just embarked on a mission its own CEO is calling scary: taking a deep, methodical look at how it pays under-represented...

A Healthier Community, A Healthier Climate

Mariah Carray | Posted 01.26.2017 | San Francisco
Mariah Carray

Photo credit: Brooke Anderson What if our response to climate change created healthier communities? Could healthier habits lessen climate change?...

Hospitality, Hope and Recovery: A Revolutionary Model of Mental Health Care

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.26.2017 | Impact
Janine Francolini

But more importantly, Unity will provide what emergency rooms cannot: a collaborative, non-coercive, decriminalized model of care. Open 24/7, the center will offer crisis stabilization, medication, crisis counseling, family support, peer support, and a team of qualified social workers and transition-of-care staff to ensure that long-term solutions are made accessible.

Mindfulness Health Insurance: How We Heal the System (And Ourselves)

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

It's time we joined our Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and started leveraging health solutions at the site of greatest opportunity: the individual. Mindfulness can unlock this vast and under-utilized health resource. So what is mindfulness?

Raising the Bar on Corporate Wellness

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.11.2016 | Business
Michael Finkelstein, MD

A growing number of companies - from hi-tech corporations like Yahoo and Intel, to healthcare corporations like Kaiser Permanente and Genentech - are taking a more holistic and sophisticated view of health.

Why Is Covered CA Head Shilling for Health Insurance Company Consolidation?

Jamie Court | Posted 08.28.2016 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Covered California Chief Peter Lee has claimed that the state doesn't need health insurance premium regulation because Covered California is a tough n...

Mindfulness: A Declaration Of Health Independence

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness is more than a great way to get healthy and stay healthy. It's a process of discovery -- full of solace and revelation. And your relationships, your work and your play will all benefit.

HBCU Alumni to Race Against Health Disparities in Black Communities

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 06.23.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Every year, the DC HBCU Alumni Alliance 5K Run and Community Health and Wellness Fair holds an annual race that serves as a summertime gathering for friends connected by the HBCU experience, and raises scholarship money for students who will attend black colleges in the fall.

Kaiser Permanente Is Retaliating Against Mental Health Whistleblowers

Sal Rosselli | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Last month, the Oakland-based health care provider fired a respected psychologist, Dr. Alex Wang, who had reported to state regulators a pattern of illegal and unnecessary delays in providing mental health care.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

Why Kaiser Mental Health Workers Are on Strike in California

Sal Rosselli | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

These clinicians have an ethical obligation to advocate for their patients to ensure that they get the care they need in Kaiser's increasingly corporatized and impersonal health care system.

Author Steven Brill Slams Malcolm Gladwell's Review Of His Book

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.12.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In less than a week since its release, Steven Brill's America's Bitter Pill has made headlines across the web. The New York Times calls it "an energet...

Kaiser Mental Health Clinicians Call for Board Member's Resignation

Sal Rosselli | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Sal Rosselli

For four years, she has failed to even acknowledge much less resolve a crisis in Kaiser's psychiatric services that is nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration earlier this year.

SEIU, Kaiser Collude to Defeat Proposition 45

Sal Rosselli | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Proposition 45 is pretty simple: It would grant California's elected insurance commissioner veto power over health insurance companies' exorbitant rate hikes. The job of the office of the insurance commissioner is to ensure that consumers don't get ripped off.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

Kaiser Permanente Is Failing Its Mental Health Patients

Sal Rosselli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Sal Rosselli

Without strict enforcement, Kaiser mental health patients will continue to endure illegal and unethical wait times for appointments; patients in need of ongoing one-on-one therapy will be forced to seek care outside Kaiser; and many patients in need of acute care will go untreated, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Other States Should Follow California's Lead in Providing Health Plan Ratings

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Regardless of where you live, you should check out those rankings before selecting your insurance carrier for 2015. You'll find that, just as in California, the nonprofits lead the pack and the for-profits are eating their dust.

This Is How Your Education Level Impacts Your Health

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living

It's well known that individuals who are more highly educated tend to be healthier, since they often have access to better health care and are more eq...

Father Knows Best

Tom Deegan | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Obamacare should serve us well for a generation or so, bringing everyone up to speed on individual responsibility and providing a safety net for millions. But, like Prohibition, the gatekeeping model may turn out to be too paternalistic for the public in the long run.

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Lynne Peeples

Major Health Care System Aids Battle Against Toxic Flame Retardants

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green

The push to rid our bodies and the environment of toxic flame retardants just got a powerful boost from a major health care system, according to exper...