Volume 1 Issue 1
Letter to the Editor
Delays in Patient Waiting Times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals in Cities with Sizeable Hispanic Populations
Steven S. Coughlin*
The systemic problems that have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the use of bogus waiting lists for Veterans seeking care at VA healthcare facilities and other lapses in organizational ethics and personal integrity, have prompted an audit by the VA, an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General, and efforts by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to assist Veterans by reforming the Department. However, the information released by the VA and recent Congressional testimony neglects an important facet of this situation. VA healthcare facilities located in cities with sizeable Hispanic populations are less likely to have scheduled patient visits within 30 days.
Improving School-Based Health Care through a Truly Interprofessional Approach
Anthony Paul Breitbach*
Wellness in youth sets the stage for health later in life. Chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes and sports injuries such as concussion require an interprofessional approach. In schools where nurses and athletic trainers are both present, many times they act independently. Despite having a common primary care mission and complementary training, they use separate facilities, supplies and medical records. New school-based initiatives exist, but have not included athletic trainers. An Interprofessional School Based Health Care (IP-SBHW) plan is proposed where nurses and athletic trainers coordinate health care at a school using complementary roles, a common physical facility and a common medical record.