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Behaviorial health kiosk debuts at retail-based health clinic in Philadelphia

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHILADELPHIA — The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, in conjunction with the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, Screening for Mental Health and Family Practice and Counseling Network, are officially introducing on Aug. 5 the first Behavioral Health Screening Kiosk inside a retail-based health clinic in ShopRite in Philadelphia.



Developed through the 2014 Scattergood Design Challenge, the Behavioral Kiosk provides ShopRite and QCare Clinic customers with:

• An assessment of their mental health;

• Information on whether their mental health is consistent with a mental health disorder;

• An overview of the signs and symptoms of treatable mental health conditions; and

• Resources for quality treatment options including QCare staff.

The 2014 Scattergood Design Challenge began with Drexel University School of Public Health graduate students Gregory Caplan and Teresa Moore in July 2013, as part of their capstone Master’s project. After a collaborative agreement with FPCN to pilot the winning design, the two posed a question to a national audience that asked those interested to develop a desirable, impactful, viable and sustainable mental health component in a retail clinic. The aim of the project was to increase the awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health conditions by increasing access to quality care.  



The Behavioral Health Kiosk was submitted by DBHIDS and SMH of Wellesley Hills, Mass. SMH, founded in 1991, has had more than 3 million people use their evidence based screening tool, including 460,000 in 2013 alone. The DBHIDS’ initiative Healthy Minds Philly was the development of this SMH screening tool using local Philadelphia resource and referral information.



Scattergood and DBHIDS/SMH have now brought this online tool to its first ever point of service location, QCare, while helping to integrate mental health into a retail clinic setting. QCare is operated by FPCN.
 

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FDA approves Striverdi Respimat spray to treat COPD

BY Ryan Chavis

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration approved Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and/or in patients with emphysema that are experiencing airflow obstruction, the agency announced. The spray can be used once daily over a long length of time.

“The availability of this new long-term maintenance medication provides an additional treatment options for the millions of Americans who suffer with COPD,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult and becomes worse over time. Symptoms include wheezing, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of the disease, the agency noted.

Striverdi Respimat is distributed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

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Progresso adds a homemade classic to its lineup

BY Ryan Chavis

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso, a brand from General Mills, announced that it will be expanding its line of products with two new varieties of chili. The chili is ready to eat in under 6 minutes, and makes a perfect meal to satisfy the family, according to the company.

"For those consumers that desire high quality ingredients in their chili, new Progresso Chili comes in two unique flavor variations — Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans and Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans," said Jose Garcia-Herron, Progresso marketing manager. "The new pouch packaging and clear bottom format helps maintain the freshness and flavor and allows you to see the ingredients and quality for yourself."

Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans has Andouille sausage, beef and spices, which are all slow-cooked with tomatoes, onions, green sweet peppers and pinto and red kidney beans. The Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans variety is a blend of all-white meat chicken, white beans, green sweet peppers, tomatillos and onions.

Progresso Chili is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.49 per 20-oz. pouch, which contains 2.5 servings.

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