The Danya Institute Inc. Changing communities through change in practice Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:32:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Barriers to HIV Medication Access Reduced Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:05:41 +0000 From patient asst prog app (Danya spotlight 8-25-16)

Updated: Common Patient Assistance Program Application Reduces Barriers to HIV Medication Access

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with seven pharmaceutical companies and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), released an updated Common Patient Assistance Program Application (CPAPA).  Developed in 2012, the CPAPA is intended to be used by both people living with HIV and their providers (e.g., doctors or case managers) to apply to all HIV patient assistance programs (PAPs) at once, thus reducing the application paperwork and time. PAPs are administered by private drug companies and foundations to help patients obtain free or low-cost medications if they qualify based on each program’s eligibility requirements.

The CPAPA streamlines the PAP applications of various pharmaceutical companies into one common form that people living with HIV (PLWH) and their providers can then send to each PAP. This greatly reduces the amount of necessary paperwork when applying for different PAPs. Since its introduction in 2012, over 10,000 individuals have used the CPAPA to apply for assistance. To improve the application process, CPAPA was recently updated to provide clarity of the form’s instructions, ensure completeness of the application, and allow patients and case managers to fill out the form electronically.

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Mom’s Mental Health Matters Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:51:56 +0000 Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking (MMWR) — United States, 2002–2005 and 2010–2013 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:54:00 +0000 From: Martell BN, Garrett BE, Caraballo RS. Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking — United States, 2002–2005 and 2010–2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:753–758. DOI:


What is already known about this topic?

Although cigarette smoking has substantially declined since 1964, disparities in tobacco use varies among racial/ethnic populations. Estimates of U.S. adult cigarette smoking prevalence and tobacco use are usually limited to aggregate racial/ethnic population categories.

What is added by this report?

From the period 2002–2005 to the period 2010–2013, declines in cigarette smoking occurred among some racial/ethnic populations. Moreover, the relative change in smoking even among groups that did experience a decline varied across racial/ethnic populations. Substantial disparities in adult cigarette smoking prevalence exist among and within Asian and Hispanic subgroups, with Koreans and Puerto Ricans reporting the highest cigarette smoking prevalences within their respective racial/ethnic population. These findings indicate disproportionately higher smoking prevalence among men compared with women within most racial/ethnic groups.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Disparities in smoking prevalence exist among racial/ethnic populations, and several racial/ethnic populations have disproportionately higher prevalences of smoking and wide within-group variations. Proven interventions, including increasing the price of tobacco products coupled with evidence-based cessation services, comprehensive smoke-free policies, media campaigns, and promotion of cessation treatment in clinical settings, are effective strategies in reducing the overall prevalence of tobacco use and tobacco-related disease and death.


You can read the entire text here, or download the report as a pdf here.

Reaffirming Recovery Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:52:34 +0000 Recovery testimonial carousel

Was your Recovery journey the catalyst for your current career?

How? Why? Tell us your story.

Celebrating your own recovery may be the incentive someone else needs to start their own journey.

Reasons to share your story of recovery:

  1. Your story is important
  2. Sharing your story makes recovery real
  3. Sharing your story helps you find your voice
  4. Sharing your story makes you stronger
  5. Sharing your story helps other people
  6. Sharing your story builds community
  7. Sharing your story fights stigma


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Only first names will be used (or you can remain anonymous). A picture of yourself or something that signifies your recovery can be included.

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Synthetic Cannabinoids Infographic Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:47:13 +0000 August 2106 Road to Recovery episode Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:32:56 +0000 Study identifies two additional carcinogens not previously reported in e-cigarette vapor Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:07:45 +0000 from phys.orgVapor_by_Electronic_Cigarette_Vaporizer

While previous studies have found that electronic cigarettes emit toxic compounds, a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has pinpointed the source of these emissions and shown how factors such as the temperature, type, and age of the device play a role in emission levels, information that could be valuable to both manufacturers and regulators seeking to minimize the health impacts of these increasingly popular devices.

The study, which was published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that the thermal decomposition of propylene glycol and glycerin, two solvents found in most “e-liquids” (the substance that is vaporized by the ), leads to of toxic chemicals such as acrolein and formaldehyde.

“Advocates of e-cigarettes say emissions are much lower than from conventional cigarettes, so you’re better off using e-cigarettes,” said Berkeley Lab researcher and the study’s corresponding author Hugo Destaillats. “I would say, that may be true for certain users—for example, long time smokers that cannot quit—but the problem is, it doesn’t mean that they’re healthy. Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy.”

In the paper, “Emissions from : Key parameters affecting the release of harmful chemicals,” Destaillats and a team of researchers simulated vaping using three types of e-liquids in two different vaporizers operated at various battery power settings. The two e-cigarettes were quite different, one fairly cheap with one heating coil, the other more expensive with two heating coils in parallel. The researchers used gas and liquid chromatography to determine what was in the vapor, looking at the first puffs as well as later puffs after the device heated up and reached a “steady state.”

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Hollywood Beauty Salon, a Mental Health Documentary Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:19:00 +0000 A tool to end stigma is the continued public and open discussion around issues that traditionally invoke fear and ignorance.

Hollywood Beauty Salon is a documentary about surviving mental illness, substance misuse, and violence. The film, shot over a four-year period, is about a small beauty shop in Germantown, PA, where all staff and clientele are in recovery. It is currently opening in New York City this weekend.

Reviews and additional information:

Film Review: ‘Hollywood Beauty Salon’ Chronicles Camaraderie Among Mental Health Patients

Opening This Week, Award-Winning Documentary, Hollywood Beauty Salon

Hollywood Beauty Design Salon


New Study Shows Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment Vary Significantly by Race and Ethnicity Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:59:36 +0000 A study by Kaiser Permanente of more than 7 million adult patients found significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions based on the race and ethnicity of the patients.

The study also found that almost three quarters of people diagnosed with a mental health condition, regardless of race/ethnicity, were treated with medication rather than therapy.

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Congress Is on the Verge of Passing a Landmark Mental Health Bill Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:13:59 +0000 From, by Sy Mukherjee

The legislation passed the House in a near-unanimous vote.

Soon after the 2012 massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., advocacy groups called for nationwide reforms on two major issues: gun violence prevention and mental health care.

While progress on the former remains elusive in a sharply divided Congress, lawmakers took a major step this week toward passing a landmark overhaul of the American mental health care system that seeks to bolster treatment for people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act in a nearly unanimous vote (422-2). The legislation—which aims to increase the availability of psychiatric hospital beds, establish a new assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and boost treatment for young mental health patients, among other provisions—was originally introduced shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy by Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and will head to President Obama’s desk if the Senate passes its own version of the bill.


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