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Today’s roundup of news stories related to health disparities, health care, health issues, direct service, social justice, animal welfare, environmentalism… basically, all things Schweitzer:

  • The White House has released a new, prevention-focused domestic AIDS strategy that  “aims to cut new transmissions by 25 percent, get more patients treated quickly and reduce the stigma that prevents people from getting tested”; the strategy emphasizes a coordinated approach to preventing and combating AIDS,  but does not provide new funding (Reuters; read the full strategy here)
  • Today is Dr. Donald Berwick’s first day on the job as chief of Medicare and Medicaid; the Harvard professor is an expert in healthcare policy and quality improvement, and is expected to champion physicians’ adoption of electronic medical record-keeping technology (Boston Globe)
  • A new study’s findings prompt a critical look at current cholesterol screening guidelines for children (Time)
  • Over the past few days, the community in Aspen, CO gathered to celebrate and reflect on Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s legacy; proceedings included a concert by Schweitzer’s granddaughter, Dr. Christiane Engel, and a Q&A with Engel and ASF President Dr. Lachlan Forrow (Aspen Daily News)
  • Schweitzer Fellow Sonia Menchavez aims to address disparities in access to eye care services by implementing a system of monthly vision screenings for uninsured Latino day workers (Berkeley Optometry News)