July 23, 2019

Around the nation: Oregon law now allows students to take 'mental health days'

Daily Briefing

    Student activists spearheaded Oregon's new law, which is one of the first of its kind in the United States, in today's bite-size hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Oregon, and Texas.

    • Michigan: Grand Valley State University and health systems McLaren Health Care and Mercy Health Muskegon are using a $2.8 million grant to graduate more nurse practitioners who will work in rural or underserved areas. The federal Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant, which was provided by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration, will support 15 students enrolled in Grand Valley's Kirkhof College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The students will be working to integrate mental and behavioral health care into primary care (WNEM, 7/20).
    • Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown (D) last month signed into law a bill that allows Oregon students to take so-called "mental health days" for their mental and behavioral health in the same way they would take sick days. Student activists spearheaded the law, which is one of the first of its kind in the United States. The activists said the law could change the stigma around mental health in the state, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among individuals ages 10 to 34 (Zimmerman, AP/USA Today, 7/21).
    • Texas: Memorial Hermann Health System has named David Callender as its next president and CEO, effective Sept. 1. Callender, who previously served as president of the University of Texas Medical Branch, UTMB Health, will succeed Charles Stokes, who has served as Memorial Hermann Health System's president and CEO since June 2017. Stokes will officially retire at the end of this year (Morse, Healthcare Finance News, 7/19).
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