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Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards $8.9 Million in Additional Funding to California's Healthcare Safety Net and Domestic Violence Providers

Blue Shield of California Foundation reported $8.9 million in grants to improve the quality of healthcare and domestic violence services for the most vulnerable Californians.

According to a media release, a key focus of the third-quarter funding is to improve patient-provider relationships and communication, ensuring cultural responsiveness and strengthening team-based care to ensure success in a value-based care system.

"We have been surveying low-income patients since 2011 to understand their expectations and we've learned that patients who feel a personal connection with their providers are more informed, engaged, and satisfied with their care," said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO. "There are simple and positive steps that community health centers can take to ensure a patient-centered approach with the goal of reducing costs while improving outcomes. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of these new grants."

The Foundation is continuing its previous $1.5 million investment in multiple local "electronic consultation" (eConsult) projects across the state to better provide access to specialists for low-income patients.

The Foundation said that additional grants will help spread the adoption of eConsult, with the ultimate aim of reducing wait times for specialty care, eliminating unnecessary appointments, and improving patient follow-up.

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    Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection

    Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.

    The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.

    "The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."

    Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.

    According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.

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QUICK 5 has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
  2. Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
  4. Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
  5. Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas