We hope you can join us for the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s North Texas Nurse Preceptor Academy, June 16 at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. The program is from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Nurse Preceptor Academy is for healthcare professionals interested in learning about precepting, with sessions designed to help the beginner and the experienced preceptor. Speakers include nursing and allied health representatives from North Texas hospitals and schools.
Cost is $60. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. You must pre-register as seating is limited. You can register online here.
For information, contact Sally Williams or Isaac Carrasco at 972-719-4900 or email@example.com.
With the theme “Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations in Texas,” the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s annual Summer Institute is set for August 4 at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus. This year’s event will be highlighted by speaker Margie Dorman-O’Donnell, director of case management at Cook Children’s and past president of the Texas Nurses Association. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register, please click here. Registration deadline is July 29. For information, please contact Sally Williams at 972-717-4279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DFW Hospital Council’s Spring Interlocutor is now available. Click the graphic below to learn about DFWHC’s infant brain development campaign to be rolled out to North Texas hospitals this summer. You can also get the scoop on DFWHC’s hectic corporate move in April. We also detail the DFWHC Foundation’s April 27 Employee of the Year Luncheon with a list of every nominee honored at the event. Hard copies will be mailed to membership next week.
You can also find the newsletter here.
The Texas Quality Initiative’s (TQI) 5th Annual Meeting is set for June 30 but with a twist – an identical event will take place at two different locations this year. A Dallas breakfast meeting is set for The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in the first floor auditorium. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. followed by the meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A Fort Worth dinner meeting is scheduled for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the Heart Center classrooms on the first floor. This event starts at 5:00 p.m. followed by the meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both events feature Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president/CEO of Carter BloodCare, as the keynote speaker.
The TQI would like you to pick one of the two meetings that best fits your schedule. The target audience is service line administrators, executive staff, surgeons, cardiologists, data managers and quality improvement professionals.
You can register for the Dallas event here.
You can register for the Fort Worth event here.
TQI began in 2012 as a North Texas cardiovascular surgery collaborative. Today, there are 28 participating hospitals from five healthcare systems. TQI leaders share knowledge with a goal of improving outcomes and patient safety within their own programs.
For information, contact Cathy Knoff, the DFWHC Foundation’s director of quality improvement, TQI, at email@example.com.
A long-awaited ordinance amendment allowing the sale of fresh produce from pushcarts was approved by Fort Worth City Council during its May 24 meeting. The item came up faster than expected on the agenda and was quickly approved. The approval is expected to increase fresh produce availability for communities within what is termed “food deserts,” areas where grocery stores are not prevalent.
The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s North Texas Community Health Collaborative has been working with the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration to address diabetes related disparities in the Fort Worth area. Specifically, they have been targeting zip codes 76119 and 76112 where diabetes prevalence is 13 and 19 percent with a 71 percent rate of obesity.
“This has been a wonderful partnership and a learning experience for us,” said Sushma Sharma, PhD, director of public and populations health research with the DFWHC Foundation. “Many thanks to the tireless efforts of all organizations for shepherding this amendment through a lengthy process.”
On January 28, the Fort Worth City Council adopted a resolution supporting a “Blue Zones Project” as a means to improve the community’s well-being and economic vitality. In accordance with that resolution, the North Texas Community Health Collaborative and the Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration have been participating in Fort Worth’s pursuit of a Blue Zones Community designation to improve access to nutritious food as well as help food entrepreneurs have a clear understanding of the city’s pushcart ordinance.
The international Blue Zones Project began in 2004 when Dan Buettner teamed with National Geographic to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the U.S.
After identifying five of the world’s Blue Zones, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that could explain such longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. One of these characteristics was access to fresh produce, something in rare supply in urban food deserts.
“These projects are just small steps towards helping people live longer, better lives,” Sharma said. “Our attempts at building ‘Blue Zones” in Dallas and Fort Worth are empowered by something as simple as fresh vegetables and fruit sold from carts. Such projects have added an estimated 2.9 years to the average lifespan in other communities around the world.”