Many students come to school these days with more than just their books and backpacks. They also carry the burdens of stress from family disruption, poverty, and mental illness. In fact, about one in five school-aged children meet the criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis, and about half of them begin experiencing symptoms by age 14.
Can't remember all the ingredients for those chocolate chip cookies? Google the recipe on your smartphone. Looking for a cab? There’s an app for that. Want to keep track of all your contacts? No problem. We’ve all become adept at increasing our productivity by computerizing just about everything.
The American Heart Association recommends that no more than half of a person’s daily discretionary calorie allowance come from added sugars. That’s about six teaspoons per day for women, and nine teaspoons for men. How much sugar do most Americans actually consume?
A few years ago, The New York Times published a story showing how Target tracked a customer’s purchases and determined she was pregnant – even before she had told her parents. Target is among a growing number of businesses that use data to study buying habits. Drugstores, for example, track how often you buy toothpaste or shampoo, then send an ad or coupon when you’re likely to run out.
Colorado Community Health Network seeks to fill 90 provider positions at 170 statewide clinics, the Denver Business Journal reported in August. The openings come, in part, as patient roles grow because of increased access to insurance and improved mental health parity rules under the federal Affordable Care Act. The growing need for providers, coupled with the onslaught of Baby Boomer retirements and perennial challenges in the field, conspire to create a critical condition in staffing and retaining behavioral health providers.
Just one mental health provider exists for every 790 people in the United States, according to a 2014 report by the advocacy group Mental Health America (MHA). Fewer young medical professionals choose the demanding, and less lucrative, mental health and addiction specialties. Weak office infrastructure and voluminous paperwork requirements don't build the field's attractiveness.
"They (young professionals) really want to do the work they feel they're able to, but they get caught up in the miles of paperwork or session limits and aren't able to provide all the services they want," University of Northern Colorado professor Mary Sean O'Halloran told the Denver post in 2013.