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6 Tips for Mental Health In the Workplace (Dr. Joe Thompson Commentary)

According to a KFF analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 37% of American adults — more than 1 in 3 — reported in a 2020 survey that they had experienced one or more poor mental health days in the past 30 days. read more >
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Thanksgiving State of Mind (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Here are five things that business, in general, can be thankful for. read more >
Dr. Rick Barr, center, chief clinical and academic officer of Arkansas Children’s, talks with nurses Mendi Thomas, left, and Logan Ramsey.
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Delta Variant Hits Children Much HarderLock Icon

The delta strain of the coronavirus has sickened more children and challenged Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock and Children’s Hospital Northwest. read more >
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Building Better Benefits After COVID-19 (Chris O’Dwyer Commentary)

Companies are shifting to offer benefits that take into account mental health, remote work and caregiving — three of the biggest workplace issues that came to light in 2020. read more >
Joe Biden discusses foreign policy during a presidential campaign speech in New York on Jan. 7, 2020. The president on Sept. 9, 2021 announced sweeping new COVID-19 vaccine requirements, including a mandate for employers with more 100 workers that requires them to be vaccinated or test weekly for the virus.
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Biden Announces Mandate Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations Or Weekly Testing At Large Businesses

About 80 million Americans will be affected by the rule, and employers can be fined for violations. read more >
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U.S. Life Expectancy Declines 1.5 Years in 2020

In 2020, life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.3 years, a drop of 1.5 years from 78.8 in 2019, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. read more >
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$770K Grant to Fund Consortium to Study COVID Variants

A $770,000 National Institutes of Health grant will fund a new collaboration studying COVID-19 variants in Arkansas, increasing the capacity for genomic sequencing, tracking and analyses of virus samples. read more >
Pam Jones, president of Culturally Connected Communications in Little Rock, says that reaching out to minority consumers these days “is not just good business, it’s smart business.” C3, as the agency is known, has offices in the Gans Building on Second Street.
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In Crunch, State Reached Out to Ad Firms for Vaccine Work

The clicking clock of COVID-19 led Arkansas health officials to bypass typical competitive bidding procedures in awarding $8 million in advertising contracts to three Little Rock marketing firms. read more >
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CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium A Month, Says It’s Last Time

The Biden administration extends the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
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UAMS Receives $1.4M Grant to Study COVID-19 Disparities

UAMS researchers have been awarded a one-year, $1.4 million grant to study the causes behind COVID-19’s devastating impact on minorities and develop plans to help increase vaccination rates as part of a national alliance. read more >
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2020’s Other Tragedy (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

You might not realize that COVID-19 wasn’t the only driver of the national spike in deaths last year. Deaths from opioid overdoses roared to more than 7,200 in May 2020 and remained well above pre-pandemic levels thereafter. read more >
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Reentry Plan (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Life is starting to show signs of going back to normal. But what does that even mean? read more >
Jeff Smith says his six central Arkansas funeral homes saw a 28% surge in deaths in November, December and January.
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Arkansas Mortuaries Busy Serving In Surge of GriefLock Icon

Death is always a sensitive topic, but particularly so a year into a pandemic that has killed nearly half a million Americans. Jeff Smith of the growing Smith Family Funeral Homes chain tackles it head-on. read more >
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Has Medical Cannabis Cut Opioid Abuse?Lock Icon

Even though opioid use has been falling in Arkansas, it’s unclear if the trend is related to the availability of medical marijuana. read more >
Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, State Epidemiologist, Medical Director for Immunizations and Medical Director for Outbreak Response at the Arkansas Department of Health
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Dr. Jennifer Dillaha on the Spin and Needles of COVID-19

Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, the state epidemiologist, has come to know the “terrible consequences of the current pandemic in a deeply personal way.” read more >
Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association
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Truckers Seek Access to Early Vaccines

The American Trucking Associations in Washington, D.C., is lobbying to ensure the nation’s drivers aren’t forgotten where the coronavirus vaccine is concerned. read more >
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Eviction Cases in Arkansas On the Rise With Pandemic

Evictions are rising in Arkansas, even as a national moratorium is in place, according to two nonprofit law firms that offer free legal help in civil cases. read more >
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Cardboard and Coronavirus (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Point-and-click commerce, growing even faster during the quarantine, means more and more cardboard is being consumed by shippers and shippees alike. read more >
League of United Latin American Citizens president Domingo Garcia (left) discusses Tyson Foods safety improvement with plant manager Hunter Wray during a tour of the Springdale Berry Street facility in June.
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Tyson Upgrades Worker Safety Amid Pandemic

Meat producers have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is no exception. read more >
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Free Nurse Practitioners (Zak Massey Commentary)

Now more than ever, we need nurse practitioners to help provide mental health care and alleviate the strain on mental health. read more >