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Health Policy Connection

Welcome to our blog!

We hope that Health Policy Connection will facilitate information sharing and generate lively discussions in the area of health policy and leadership. The blog postings are from our own Institute staff, faculty from various schools within Loma Linda, and our fellows, as well as external partners such as the Adventist Health Policy Association. We hope to give voice to the expertise and strengths of many of our friends both internal and external to Loma Linda University Health.

Hunger is a health issue

Issue on the Table

Food insecurity in American households is currently one of the most pressing, yet inconspicuous, public health issues.  While ranges of food insecurity and descriptions vary, the US Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”[1]

Changing drug labels to mitigate the risk of preventable complications related to the use of certain pharmaceuticals

Poor oral health is one of the major health problems facing the nation, especially among the most vulnerable people.[1] Many suffer from oral diseases including gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious oral health problems. Many systemic diseases and conditions affect oral health and examining the oral environment can often reveal the general health of a patient. There has been heightened interest in the literature on the association between oral infection and inflammation along with other chronic systemic diseases.

California’s New Law for Terminally Ill Patients

California’s End of Life Option Act was set in motion after Brittany Maynard, a California woman with inoperable brain cancer, moved to Oregon to hasten her death. 

Modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, the End of Life Option Act will take effect June 9th.  With this law, California will become the fifth and the largest state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill, mentally competent, adult residents of California. 

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog!

We hope that Health Policy Connection will facilitate information sharing and generate lively discussions in the area of health policy and leadership. 

The blog postings are from our own Institute staff, faculty from various schools within Loma Linda, and our fellows, as well as external partners such as the Adventist Health Policy Association.  We hope to give voice to the expertise and strengths of many of our friends both internal and external to Loma Linda University Health.