Sexual violence has a profound effect on a person’s physical and psychosocial health throughout their lifespan. According to the CDC, over 50% of women and a third of men experience sexual violence in their lifetime. In the immediate aftermath of sexual assault, a holistic response by medical professionals has the potential to have a positive impact on healing. It is during this incredibly vulnerable and traumatic time that the Hennepin Assault Response Team (HART) program steps in to create a safe space for patients. (more…)
Virtual reality has been a new buzz phrase the past few years and has started to be seen within healthcare.
Virtual reality technology has provided a new option for rehabilitation within occupational therapy and is an exciting modality for treating cognition, coordination, oculomotor skills, reaction time, eye hand coordination, peripheral awareness, depth perception and visual memory. Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on life skills and utilizes a variety of treatment interventions to achieve functional goals. (more…)
Now that the masks are down we’re finally sharing those smiles we all missed, but unfortunately those germs are also seizing the opportunity they’ve missed for the past few years. Germs (mostly in the form of viruses thanks to effective vaccinations) – are currently wreaking havoc on our little ones.
Hennepin Healthcare pediatric infectious disease specialist Stacene Maroushek, MD emphasizes the importance of vaccinating children to avoid some of the common childhood illnesses, including influenza, that can add to the surplus of infections that are widespread right now. (more…)
With healthcare services and health information increasingly moving online, access to this type of care requires digital literacy skills. We know that some of the populations we serve at Hennepin Healthcare have challenges when it comes to digital literacy and access.
16% of American adults have gaps in their digital literary skills therefore limitations on their device (laptop, tablet, mobile) use.
47% of adults aged 50 – 80 have concerns about using technology for healthcare/telehealth.
38% of older Americans can’t access telehealth visits, mainly due to technology experience.
More than 12% of US households do not have internet service due to limited access (some rural with no access), affordability, or no interest.
Utilization of virtual care is highly correlated with income level.
Non-white and non-English speaking patients use virtual care far less than their white counterparts and site digital literacy and access as the primary barriers.
Households earning less than $30k per year have a computer, compared to 94% of households making over $100k
18 million households in America do not have internet access
Digital redlining is a real threat to certain urban communities