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Endeavors Breaks Ground on First of its kind Veteran Wellness Center

State and local officials joined leaders of Endeavors and the Cohen Veterans Network to break ground today on a new Veteran Wellness Center, the first of its kind in Texas and a new location for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic.

The Wellness Center will offer comprehensive integrated health services to support the daily wellness choices of any era Veteran and their families. The Center will also house the expansion of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic to continue caring for post 9/11 Veterans and their families.

Jon Allman, Endeavors President & CEO welcomed Senator Donna Campbell, Dr. Anthony Hassan, Jason Puchot and Endeavors leadership, among others, to the site of the new Veteran Wellness Center and Cohen Clinic. "We are excited to offer low cost wellness services under one roof to Veterans in the San Antonio community," Allman said.

The groundbreaking took plac

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GP Clinics Could Gelp Bridge Mental Health Treatment Gap, Study Finds

Patients experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues could be managed effectively by GP practices, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. This could also help reduce the stigma faced by these individuals. However, specialist treatment may still prove more cost-effective in the long term, say the researchers.

The research was based on a trial in Indonesia, where patients often do not get the treatment they need due to a shortage of practitioners. The team at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health say the findings are also relevant to the UK and any other country with a long waiting time for mental health appointments and a growing globalised clientele, as it opens up alternative pathways of care.

In many countries, there is a 'treatment gap' for mental health issues, caused in part by a confluence of the lack of mental health professionals and the social stigma

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New Online Curriculum Equips Nurses To Lead Innovation By Offering Training In Design Thinking

Nurses make up the largest and most trusted group of health care professionals, work on the front lines of the health care system, and are frequently called on to devise on-the-spot solutions to urgent health care problems, yet most nurses receive little or no training in how to effectively address these design challenges. An online curriculum called Design Thinking for Health (www.designthinkingforhealth.org) being launched today will support creative, action-oriented thinking and methodological problem solving by nursing innovators – including students, bedside nurses, clinical leaders, and researchers – by providing access to Design Thinking techniques with a focus on nursing-relevant issues.

The new open source Design Thinking for Health curriculum will be available free and may be used or adapted by any nurse or nursing program to support nursing-driven innovation. It was created

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Access To Medications To Treat Opioid Addiction Changes Lives

More patients in South Dakota can receive medications to help them recover from opioid addiction, thanks to the work of Jennifer Ball, an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at South Dakota State University.

Opioid addiction is a lifelong chronic condition that can benefit from medical treatment, like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Ball explained. In addition to supervising pharmacy students during their clinical rotations at the Center for Family Medicine in Sioux Falls, she works on the clinic’s medication-assisted treatment addiction care team, which is led by Dr. James Wilde and includes nurse case manager Cindy Genzler and therapists Daniel Felix and Mary Jones.

The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 allows qualifying practitioners to treat drug dependence with Food and Drug Administration-approved controlled substances, such as methadone and buprenorph

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