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Burrito-Ville is following a nationwide trend to ditch the plastic straw. The restaurant announced they’re switching to a compostable straw in an attempt to reduce their footprint on the environment.


500 million straws are tossed away every day in the U.S., and those plastics are breaking down into microplastics which contaminate the ocean, the air, and closer to home, the Mississippi River.


Imagine this: a sixty-year-old woman who just recently moved here from Saudi Arabia is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her medical team is made up of all males. She goes against everything she has been taught since birth when she has to undress in front of these men. Imagine the internal conflict she would feel having to choose between her health and her values.

Although this particular example is hypothetical, it is not a far cry from the experiences that many people have throughout the United States’ healthcare system due to a lack of cultural competence.

Next month, over 200 employees at St. Francis Medical Center will see a significant pay raise.

As part of the hospital’s efforts to create more opportunity to earn a livable wage, they will be raising their minimum hourly pay for employees to $11.70.

Maryann Reese, president and CEO of St. Francis, says after looking at internal factors rather than the external market, they’re pleased with their decision.

Courtesy of: Sally Owen/SoutheastHEALTH

SoutheastHEALTH has announced the transition of services to their new Adult Voluntary Behavioral Health Unit of the Southeast Health Center of Stoddard County in Dexter. The unit, located on the second floor of the Harty Pavillion, will contain an Emergency Services Department and replace the current inpatient behavioral health unit at Southeast Hospital in Cape GIrardeau.

In a press release, SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman explained the move, saying it will serve as a more centralized location for the SoutheastHEALTH service area.

The American Public Health Association defines Community Health Workers as frontline public health workers who are  trusted members of, or have an unusually close understanding of, the community served. This trusting relationship enables the workers to serve as links between health services, social services and the community, which  facilitates access and improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

Hello, I’m Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs, Director of Health Communication at Southeast Missouri State University...and now, also, a Certified Community Health Worker.