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September 12, 2017

Around the nation: Arkansas' mumps is outbreak over, officials say

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    • Arkansas: The state Department of Health has confirmed that an outbreak of mumps that infected nearly 3,000 people has ended. According to state officials, the last confirmed case of the mumps associated with the outbreak—which began over a year ago—was on July 13 (Thielking, STAT News, 9/11).

    • Maryland: To reduce the gap in reading performance between low- and high-income students, the Baltimore Health Department launched a three-year program called Vision for Baltimore that visits schools and gives two no-cost prescription glasses to students who need them. The program is based on the success of a pilot program, which found that second- and third-grade students who received glasses improved their reading proficiency substantially over the course of a school year when compared with children who did not need glasses. The program aims to visit 150 schools and screen 60,000 students (Gamard, Politico, 8/17).

    • Missouri: Ascension Living has named Gayle Trupiano as president and CEO. Trupiano previously served as VP of performance excellence at Ascension Health and as head of Ascension's internal consulting group, Resource Group. Trupiano was also VP of patient care services at Christian Hospital in St. Louis in 2004 (Modern Healthcare, 9/9).

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