Associations Urge Administration to Prioritize Mental Health Care for College Students

Over the summer, the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury proposed rules to amend current regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008, with a goal to better ensure that people seeking coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care can access treatment as easily as people seeking coverage for medical treatments.

The MHPAEA aims to ensure equal access to mental health and substance use disorder care by preventing private health insurance companies from imposing stricter requirements on these benefits compared to medical and surgical benefits. However, barriers to accessing mental health and substance use disorder care persist despite the law.

ACE and 18 other higher education groups sent a letter last week to the Department of Labor to educate and focus the regulators on the issue of college student mental health, which hasn’t received the same level of attention as youth mental health at the K- 12 levels.

“Students still have significant mental health needs after they leave high school and enroll in higher education, the group wrote. “This is a very transitional period of life for most traditional college-aged students: the first time living away from their families,

Addressing the hippo in the room – student mental health – Daily News

The Professor Hippo-on-Campus Mental Health Education Program is giving McMaster community members the tools to recognize and support students in distress

A unique program at McMaster is giving staff and faculty the tools to support the mental health of students.

The Professor Hippo-on-Campus Mental Health Education Program is designed to respond to the ever-growing demand for mental health resources to benefit post-secondary students and for training specific to the post-secondary environment.

The program — which is free and open to all McMaster staff and faculty, including student staff — teaches participants to identify, communicate with and support distressed students. It also helps spread awareness about the mental health services available on campus, and how participants can help students navigate them.

“Professor Hippo-on-Campus recognizes that faculty and staff, while not expected to be mental health experts or counselors, are often ideally situated to recognize and respond to stressed and distressed students and to start important conversations,” says Dr. Catharine Munn, a psychiatrist and the creator and lead of the program.

Professor Hippo-on-Campus, which is offered through the McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being and supported by the

McCarthy Capitalizes on College of Public Health Education to Become Trailblazer in Arkansas

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Suzanne McCarthy is deeply connected to the evolution of public health in Arkansas. An alumna of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, McCarthy is the school’s first-ever student.

McCarthy was the college’s first student when she took a course when it opened in fall 2001. Her decision to enroll in the upstart school was a matter of capitalizing on a prime opportunity.

“When the college officially launched, students were needed,” she said. “Some of the college’s organizers knew I wanted a public health education and encouraged me to enroll.”

In the early days of the college, most of its students were working professionals in health care. McCarthy was part of that trend as she was helping to establish the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), which aims to facilitate access to high quality, cost-effective care for all Arkansans.

In the process of fulfilling her co-founder responsibilities for ACHI, McCarthy realized

Preparing for the Future: PVAMU expands health education with new school


PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (May 10, 2023) – Prairie View A&M University is no stranger to the field of health. Just in the past year, the University celebrated the 100thth anniversary of the first class to graduate from its College of Nursing.

For nearly a decade, the Undergraduate Medical Academy has demonstrated the integration of leadership development and pre-medical science with great success.

Wellness in Houston, launched during the pandemic, delivers educational workshops, programs and other events focusing on health, wellness, finance, nutrition and agriculture to residents in the Greater Houston Area.

And just last spring, PVAMU made history by becoming the first Historically Black College/University to launch not one but two degrees in public health.

PVAMU will add to its long list of “firsts” in the health care field this fall by opening a new school. Following recent approval by The Texas A&M University System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the University will establish a School of Public and Allied Health.

The new School will house growing programs in the current Department of Health and Kinesiology and the new degrees in Public Health.

“Degree programs in the Department of Health and Kinesiology have grown over the

Kano to Canada’s partners on health, education, agriculture | The Guardian Nigeria News

Kano State Government has stated its commitment to partner with Canada in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and other spheres of human endeavors for the benefit of the two entities.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf made this known when he received the Canadian Ambassador to Nigeria, James Christoff, who called on him at his office in Government House, Kano today.

The governor noted with appreciation the cordial relationship existing between Kano and the Canadian government in the sectors of education, agriculture, science and technology among others.

In a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the governor, the bilateral relationship is aimed at mutual benefits and Kano will continue to provide all the necessary enabling environment for the partnership to work.

The governor also sought assistance in the areas of climate change, modern irrigation and reactivation of the scholarship scheme for Kano indigenous people that was in existence in the early 80s.

He used the opportunity to enumerate some of the achievements achieved by his government in health development that included free maternal and child health services, provision of medical equipment and rejuvenation of health facilities across the 44 local government areas for effective and efficient services

Randall Ortel leverages the power of social media to promote health education

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Randall Ortel has taken interacting with patients to a whole new level – leveraging the power of social media to encourage his followers to take care of their physical and mental health. And while he provides expert advice on a range of health conditions, from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to the potential origin of nagging back pain, the disclaimer remains clear – always visit a healthcare provider’s office to confirm and manage a diagnosis.

Dr Ortel is a family medicine specialist, and an occupational, emergency and obstetric medical practitioner. He’s a lecturer in UCT’s Department of Family Medicine, which is attached to Groote Schuur Hospital (one of UCT’s teaching hospitals). He also serves as the manager for medical services at Karl Bremer hospital – a large district hospital in the Cape Metropole.

“My aim has always been to get people to take better care of themselves. So, I decided that because social media is such a powerful tool that allows us to disseminate information at the click of a button and has the potential to spread rapidly; I thought why not give it a try. I wanted to see if it served its

CPS, Mumbai: Pioneering Medical Education and Empowering Future Healthcare Professionals in Spreading Health Education Nationwide


Q. 1) There is news in many newspapers about the recent De-Recognition of CPS courses in Maharashtra. What is your comment on this?
We believe that the order has been passed in due course, without holistically looking and verifying various facts, and allowing CPS to address various issues. We have always protected the best interests of our students and provided the best opportunities to our students; be it infrastructure wise, course wise and faculty wise. Being a 111-year institution, we faced many situations before as well and we overcame all of them. CPS is exploring its options and I am sure we will overcome this phase as well. Under such circumstances we urge all our students not to panic.
Q. 2)Talking about 111 years of legacy please tell us the journey of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Mumbai (CPS).
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Mumbai (CPS, Mumbai), founded in 1912 by Surgeon Gen. Sir HW Stevenson and the Government, is a pioneer in medical education, focusing on excellence and enhancing students’ learning experiences. The institution was established on the lines of Royal College of London with an aim to increase specialists in medical fields in India. CPS is

About 42% of posts in Maharashtra’s medical education department lie vacant | India News

MUMBAI: Number of posts lying vacant across the medical education department in Maharashtra has reached a record 15,044 – almost 42% of the sanctioned workforce ranging from bureaucracy to doctors and nurses in colleges. Experts say that the high number of open positions has plunged the health services into a crisis, evident through frequent spikes in fatalities within medical colleges.
Numbers accessed by TOI show that more than a third of 1,991 Class I positions are vacant. Vacancies in teaching are the highest: 40% of 3,927 posts. Of 25 dean posts in as many state-run medical colleges, 11 are vacant. The Nanded college-hospital, where 24 deaths occurred in a 24-hour span leading to a national outcry, does not have a full-time dean. As for Class I and II nursing positions, there are 100% and 78% vacancies respectively.

With government colleges serving over one crore patients in outpatient departments per year, accommodating 10 lakh admissions, and performing two lakh major surgeries, the severe staff shortage has led to burnout among staff and compromised quality of care, say doctors. Among 621 professor positions, 37% are vacant stands. Most alarming vacancies are at the entry level, with 44% of 2,044 lecturer positions unfilled.

Health, education come out ahead in constrained Alberta budget – Winnipeg Free Press

EDMONTON – Health care and education came out ahead Thursday in a generally constrained Alberta provincial budget forecasting a paper-thin surplus that could easily go up in smoke.

“It is a solid budget based on measured choices,” Finance Minister Nate Horner told reporters.

Horner followed instructions from Premier Danielle Smith in delivering the 2024-25 budget, keeping spending increases below 6.2 per cent, a figure derived from the province’s rate of inflation and population growth.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith addresses a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb.  5, 2024. Albertans are expecting financial restraint in Thursday's provincial budget.  Premier Danielle Smith signaled a turn to less spending and more saving in a televised address last week.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith addresses a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Albertans are expecting financial restraint in Thursday’s provincial budget. Premier Danielle Smith signaled a turn to less spending and more saving in a televised address last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

That has led to a total spending forecast of $73.2 billion, a 3.9 per cent increase from last year. Horner expects a surplus of $367 million.

However, the $2 billion the government has reserved for contingencies such as drought and wildfire is about a third less than what was spent last year on those disasters. The province is expecting another dry and hot summer.

“We know we’re starting out in a rough spot,” Horner said.

“You can make (a contingency

UC Merced to oversee $18M in funding to boost health education in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties | business

A regional collaborative in the northern San Joaquin Valley has been awarded $18.1 million to boost career options for prospective students in the fields of healthcare and education.