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While hospital volunteer programs across the country reboot after the pandemic, labor experts say using volunteers may expose some medical facilities to liability.

At hospitals across the U.S., volunteers play an integral role, and the health system benefits from potentially more than $5 billion in free labor annually - but using volunteers, particularly at for-profit institutions, provides an opportunity for facilities to run afoul of federal rules. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, Pima County's health director, was chosen to take over ADHS, replacing Don Herrington, who has been the interim director since Aug. 26, 2021, shortly after Dr. Cara Christ left the position. Christ made her exit at a time when Gov. Doug Ducey held his stance against a statewide mask mandate despite CDC recommendations to mask and rising COVID case numbers.

Across the country, health officials have been trying to combat misinformation and restore trust within their communities these past few years, a period when many people haven’t put full faith in their state and local health departments. Read more»

Research has long shown that doctors are less likely to respect patients who are overweight or obese, even as nearly three-quarters of adults in the U.S. now fall into one of those categories - yet despite obesity’s prevalence, it carries a unique stigma. Read more»