News reports from Loma Linda University, Oakwood University, Adventist Health and Jamaica.

From a Loma Linda University press release: Loma Linda University professor Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, has been named to the federal government’s 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. A professor at the LLU schools of Public Health and Medicine, Sabaté was announced as a member of the committee when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar released the names of 20 nationally recognized scientists who compose the committee. Sabaté is one of only three California scientists and the first Loma Linda University faculty member to be named to the committee.

This week, Oakwood University President, Dr. Leslie Pollard, took part in the 2nd annual HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill with the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities – HBCU – Caucus and industry leaders. According to a story on the school’s Facebook page, the delegation sought to provide greater support for the nation’s 102 HBCUs which enroll 300,000 students annually.

According to Medical Design & Outsourcing, GE Healthcare and Roseville, California-based Adventist Health have signed an agreement in which GE will provide advanced analytics and reduce process variation for the faith-based, nonprofit network of hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers serving more than 80 communities across the western United States and Hawaii. The healthcare system is affiliated with the Adventist Church. The agreement lasts for five years and AH expects it to cut costs by more than $100 million over five years.

“We believe this relationship will help us deliver innovative, patient-centric care, with the goal of improving the community’s health experience and making care more accessible and affordable,” said Adventist Health executive Bill Wing in a prepared statement about the deal.

The Jamaican government’s JIS Daily Newsletter reported that the nation’s Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, promised that the government would work within the law to protect Jamaicans from crime and violence. Holness, a baptized Adventist, was addressing the 125th anniversary fundraising banquet of the North Street Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on March 5. He described national crime levels as an “emergency” and called on the church to “pray for the nation and petition for wisdom, so that reason and right-thinking can find its way into the hearts and minds of the people who hold power in this country.”

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