Federal project tackles health effects of extreme heat in Nevada, elsewhere

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s efforts are aimed at coming up with ways to reduce the dangers of the heat. Also in the news, the departure of a Florida official overseeing the state’s Medicaid program, Sterigenics’ second trial, Ohio’s measles outbreak, and more.

KUNR Public Radio: Federal project aims to reduce health effects of extreme heat in two Mountain West towns

An 18-month project led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Las Vegas, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., Miami, Fla. and supports state and local efforts to reduce the health effects of extreme heat in Charleston, SC. For NOAA, the work in each city is specific to local needs and includes monitoring heat, identifying heat-risk reduction strategies, and improving services for the most vulnerable citizens. (Roedel, 11/22)

In other health news from across the US –

News Service of Florida: Marstiller stepping down as secretary of Florida’s Medicaid agency

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller is stepping down from a job that includes overseeing Florida’s massive Medicaid program. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will soon begin a second term, announced the move in a Twitter post on Monday. (11/22)

Crane’s Chicago Business: Sterigenics Cleared by Cook County Jury in Second Trial

A Cook County jury ruled in favor of Sterigenics, concluding that the Oak Brook-based medical-sterilization company should bear no responsibility for cancer in a woman who lived near the company’s plant in suburban Willowbrook. (Davis, 11/22)

ABC News: What you need to know about measles after Ohio outbreak sickened 19 children

As of Tuesday afternoon, 19 children have contracted the virus, according to data provided to ABC News by the Columbus Public Health Department (CPHD). About half of these children were admitted to the hospital due to severe symptoms of the infection. Nearly half were under the age of five. (Kahan and Kekatos, 11/23)

New Hampshire Public Radio: NH Executive Council Rejects Funding for Sex Education Program

New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled executive council froze funding for a long-running sex education program Tuesday, saying they want state education officials to focus on the curriculum. (Gibson, 11/22)

New Hampshire Public Radio: NH commission seeks ways to boost direct care workforce

New Hampshire is already facing a shortage of nursing assistants, home health aides and other direct care workers. But a state commission says thousands more will be needed as the population ages. (Kunno-Booth, 11/22)

On police intervention in mental health emergencies –

Detroit Free Press: Police, community search for mental health strategies after death of 2

According to police, officers trained in crisis intervention responded to 911 calls in both incidents, but they were unable to de-escalate either situation. Five officers fired 38 rounds at Burks over three seconds, police said, as he lunged toward them, striking him 19 times. Three officers fired four rounds at Miller during an alleged struggle for the gun. (May Sahouri, 11/22)

Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Help Me’: Bodycam shows officer shoots man after mental health crisis Team requests police backup

Police said two officers responded to the residence to provide additional assistance. According to a news release Tuesday from Salt Lake, once they arrived at the garage at about 11:40 p.m., a member of the crisis outreach team asked one of them about recent drug use, prior police interactions and team history. Talked about security concerns. police. (Peterson, 11/22)

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