public health – Athena Site http://athenasite.net/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 00:32:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://athenasite.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-1-120x120.png public health – Athena Site http://athenasite.net/ 32 32 Four Massachusetts Hunger Organizations Receive $525,000 Through Bank of America’s COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative https://athenasite.net/four-massachusetts-hunger-organizations-receive-525000-through-bank-of-americas-covid-19-employee-booster-initiative/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/four-massachusetts-hunger-organizations-receive-525000-through-bank-of-americas-covid-19-employee-booster-initiative/ To fight hunger in Massachusetts, Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who registered a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to a company contribution BOSTON, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bank of America today announced a total $525,000 donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, the Food Bank of […]]]>

To fight hunger in Massachusetts, Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who registered a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine in addition to a company contribution

BOSTON, February 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bank of America today announced a total $525,000 donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Food Bank to address food insecurity in the area. An estimated 15.9 percent of households were food insecure Massachusetts end of 2021, according to Project Bread. As the pandemic continues, organizations fighting hunger in Massachusetts and across the country face ongoing challenges such as increased demand for their services and rising food prices.

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Bank of America is supporting the health and safety of its employees while meeting one of the most critical needs of local communities. Earlier this year, the company announced that it would be making a $100 donation to local hunger relief organizations and food banks for each employee Massachusetts who received a booster or a COVID-19 vaccine and notified the bank before the end of January. The company has made an additional contribution to meet the increased needs of hunger relief organizations across the country.

The Greater Boston Food Bank, New England’s largest food bank, received $225,000. For each $1 given, the organization can provide two meals to the community. The bank has been a longtime partner of the Greater Boston Food Bank since 1985, providing more than $2 million in support over the years.

“We truly appreciate creative partners like Bank of America who prioritize the health and well-being of their employees and the greater community around them,” said Catherine d’Amato, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “This unique program accomplishes both by encouraging their team to protect themselves against COVID and by generously providing food banks like GBFB with the financial resources to purchase and distribute more healthy food to those in need.”

Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food rescue organization headquartered in Bostonalso received a $225,000 Don. Lovin’ Spoonfuls collects healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away at markets, wholesalers, etc., and delivers it – the same day – to non-profit organizations across Massachusetts that reach people facing food insecurity. This donation builds on the bank’s partnership with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which since 2014 has received close to $500,000 in support.

“Bank of America is a leader and champion for community and public health – and it shows in both its rollout of the vaccine recall initiative and its nearly decade-long ongoing support of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “, said Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls. “With food insecurity rates still higher than before the pandemic, Bank of America’s support of Lovin’ Spoonfuls is especially important. It positions us to continue to be a source of healthy food for beneficiaries who rely on we.”

The food bank of Western Massachusettswho operates in Berkshire, franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, received $50,000. A partner bank since 1995, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts believes that for each $1 donated, they can provide four meals. They have already received more than $400,000 in support of the bank.

“This campaign is another example of the creative ways Bank of America consistently supports the Food Bank’s mission to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community in ending hunger,” said Andrew MorehouseGeneral Manager of the Food Bank Western Massachusetts.

Finally, the Worcester County Food Bank, which distributes healthy, fresh food to pantries, meal programs and shelters across the Greater Worcester region, received $25,000. “With the ongoing pandemic, the end of child tax credit payments and the rising costs of food, home heating and gas for vehicles, more people need help than a year ago,” the Worcester County Food Bank CEO said. John McMurray. “The loyal and generous support we receive from Bank of America and the Worcester County community helps us help our neighbors during this very difficult time.”

At the national level, the bank is committed $10.6 million to food banks and hunger relief organizations through this effort. Since 2015, Bank of America has donated nearly $150 million towards efforts to reduce hunger.

“As the pandemic continues to impact Massachusettsfood banks and hunger relief organizations are experiencing increased demand and higher costs to meet the needs of individuals and families,” said Miceal Chamberlain, chairman of Bank of America Massachusetts. “Our commitment to helping strengthen the communities in which we live and serve is unwavering, which is why we are investing in the health, safety and well-being of our teammates while providing funds to help local organizations support our neighbors and fight food insecurity.”

Bank of America has pledged to donate a minimum of $25,000 in each of the company’s 93 markets to local nonprofit partners as part of its vaccine recall effort. Because vaccination reminders and reports are voluntary and additional company contributions are reflected in the final amount, actual donation amounts differ from the number of reminders reported by bank employees.

The company has encouraged staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 since the summer of 2021 and offered incentives such as paid time off and $500 credits for health insurance premiums. In partnership with local nonprofits, Bank of America has also distributed more than 38 million masks, 41,000 cases of hand sanitizer and 11 million gloves to local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to fight against the health disparities accelerated by the pandemic.

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LDH Appoints Melinda ‘Mendy’ Richard as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Aging and Adult Services https://athenasite.net/ldh-appoints-melinda-mendy-richard-as-assistant-secretary-of-the-office-of-aging-and-adult-services/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/ldh-appoints-melinda-mendy-richard-as-assistant-secretary-of-the-office-of-aging-and-adult-services/ The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today announced the appointment of Melinda “Mendy” Richard as the Associate Secretary of the Office of the Department of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS). Richard most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Preparedness and Health Protection at the Office of Public Health (OPH). Richard […]]]>

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) today announced the appointment of Melinda “Mendy” Richard as the Associate Secretary of the Office of the Department of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS). Richard most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Preparedness and Health Protection at the Office of Public Health (OPH).

Richard will begin his new role as Assistant Secretary on Monday, February 28. She will take over from Acting Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Adkins, who will assume the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary of OAAS.

OAAS was created within the Department of Health as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all long-term care programs that serve elderly residents and people with disabilities at the age adult.

Richard joined LDH in 2016 after more than 20 years of public service at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Department of Public Safety – Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, and Division of Administration. She graduated from Louisiana State University and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. Richard is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and a Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Joyce Msuya becomes Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator – World https://athenasite.net/joyce-msuya-becomes-under-secretary-general-for-humanitarian-affairs-and-deputy-emergency-relief-coordinator-world/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/joyce-msuya-becomes-under-secretary-general-for-humanitarian-affairs-and-deputy-emergency-relief-coordinator-world/ New York, February 10, 2022: Joyce Msuya, of the United Republic of Tanzania, joins today as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms Msuya succeeds Ursula Mueller of Germany, who had held the position until February 2020. In the […]]]>

New York, February 10, 2022: Joyce Msuya, of the United Republic of Tanzania, joins today as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Ms Msuya succeeds Ursula Mueller of Germany, who had held the position until February 2020. In the meantime, Ramesh Rajasingham had served as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

Ms. Msuya brings over 20 years of experience in international development and finance, spanning strategy, operations and partnerships, and with various assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Since 2018, Ms Msuya has served as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2018 and 2019, she served as Acting Executive Director of UNEP at the Under-Secretary-General level, leading the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly and mobilizing resources to support its mission.

Ms. Msuya has held several senior positions within the World Bank Group, including Special Representative and Head of Office of the World Bank Group in the Republic of Korea, Regional Coordinator at the World Bank Institute, based in China, and Special Advisor to the then Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. She also led the International Finance Corporation’s strategy and operations in Africa and Latin America, covering the manufacturing, agribusiness and services sectors.

Ms. Msuya holds an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, a BSc in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and management certifications and in public health from Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University. .

Ms. Msuya is fluent in English, Swahili and Pare, and speaks Mandarin. She is married and has two children.

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BPSC Recruitment 2022: Apply for 286 Public Sanitation and Waste Management Officer positions before this date https://athenasite.net/bpsc-recruitment-2022-apply-for-286-public-sanitation-and-waste-management-officer-positions-before-this-date/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 07:46:10 +0000 https://athenasite.net/bpsc-recruitment-2022-apply-for-286-public-sanitation-and-waste-management-officer-positions-before-this-date/ BPSC Recruitment 2022: Through this recruitment campaign, a total of 286 vacancies will be filled in the organization. BPSC Recruitment 2022: Apply for 286 Public Sanitation and Waste Management Officer positions before this date The Public Service Commission of Bihar is recruiting for Assistant Public Sanitation and Waste Management Officer positions. Interested candidates can apply […]]]>

BPSC Recruitment 2022: Through this recruitment campaign, a total of 286 vacancies will be filled in the organization.

BPSC Recruitment 2022: Apply for 286 Public Sanitation and Waste Management Officer positions before this date

The Public Service Commission of Bihar is recruiting for Assistant Public Sanitation and Waste Management Officer positions. Interested candidates can apply online through the official website of BPSC at bpsc.bih.nic.in.

Registrations for this recruitment start from today. The deadline to apply for the BPSC recruitment 2022 is February 10, 2022.

Through this recruitment campaign, a total of 286 vacancies will be filled within the organization.

Important appointments

  • Opening date for applications: January 17, 2022
  • Application deadline: February 10, 2022
  • Deadline to submit a completed application form: February 24, 2022

Eligibility criteria

To apply for the BPSC vacancy in 2022, candidates must hold a BSc in Chemistry/Environmental Science OR a Technical BSc in Chemistry/Civil/Environmental Science/Public Health Engineering/Architecture OR a degree in planning/architecture.

Selection process

The selection process will include a written test. The written exam will take place in two sessions – Session 1 and Session 2 will have 125 questions and the duration of the exam will be 2 hours.

Application fees

The application fee is Rs 750/- for all categories except for the SC/ST category, Bihar applicants will have to pay Rs 200. Disabled applicants and applicants will also have to pay Rs 200 as an application fee.

Direct link to the official notification.

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OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary joins industry experts for one-day virtual summit focused on protecting vulnerable workers from COVID-19 https://athenasite.net/osha-deputy-assistant-secretary-joins-industry-experts-for-one-day-virtual-summit-focused-on-protecting-vulnerable-workers-from-covid-19/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:57:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/osha-deputy-assistant-secretary-joins-industry-experts-for-one-day-virtual-summit-focused-on-protecting-vulnerable-workers-from-covid-19/ SANFORD, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), in partnership with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), announced, Protecting our most vulnerable workers: challenges, solutions and invisible obstacles, a Virtual CLEAN Summit taking place on January 25, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Funded by a grant from the Centers for […]]]>

SANFORD, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium (IBEC), in partnership with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), announced, Protecting our most vulnerable workers: challenges, solutions and invisible obstacles, a Virtual CLEAN Summit taking place on January 25, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

Funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IBEC and AIHA have partnered to bring together industry leaders in occupational safety and health, including James Frederick, Undersecretary Labor Deputy for Occupational Safety and Health, as the keynote speaker for the event.

The summit will assess current best practices, data-driven solutions and innovative technologies that help people feel confident and safe while gathering indoors while identifying remaining challenges felt around the world as organizations are struggling to reopen. Protecting workers against infectious diseases spread indoors like COVID-19 and influenza is a complex challenge that requires the knowledge of a diversity of experts with clear steps to implement in the workplace.

“Employers and their employees play a role in keeping their work environments and communities safe. While vaccination is one way to reduce the transmission and severity of COVID-19, there are other steps organizations should take to mitigate its spread and protect what matters most: people,” the CEO said. of the AIHA, Lawrence Sloan. “This summit will bring together industry experts to lead a discussion on how employees from vulnerable populations can reduce the risk of transmission of airborne infections in built spaces,” he added.

This 5-hour event – ​​which will be split by industries into one-hour sections – will explore pain points and barriers faced by vulnerable workers and demonstrate risk reduction strategies beyond vaccination and medical responses, including recent technological innovations to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Speakers and moderators for the event include:

  • Barb Epstien: Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) on the Safety Services Team of the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
  • Michael Ferreira: Chief Operating Officer at Vision Solutions AR and The Fire Solutions Group.
  • David Ladd: Owner and Director at Blackthorne Services Group, LLC.
  • Brett Cole: Managing Director and Chief Occupational Hygienist at BioSafety International.
  • Corey Boles: Senior Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk.
  • Alex LeBeau: Chairman of the AIHA Indoor Environment Quality Committee.
  • Kenneth Martinez: Scientific Director at IBEC.

“The goal for Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers: Challenges, Solutions and Invisible Obstacles is to bring together disparate technical disciplines and areas of knowledge to make it easier for organizations to implement safety and management practices that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a vulnerable workforce,” said Ken Martinez, Scientific Director and Founding Board Member of IBEC. . “While COVID-19 continues to be a critical public health issue, there is no better and more important time than now to help ensure that every worker, especially our most vulnerable – those who are most exposed to COVID-19 and also those most affected due to lost wages or reduced hours – are protected.

Summit tickets are free and available at https://www.weareibec.org/events/protecting-our-most-vulnerable-workers-challenges-solutions-invisible-barriers

About IBEC

IBEC, the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium is working to bridge the gap between science and real-world applications so people can feel safe gathering together in indoor spaces again. Founded in March 2020, IBEC brings together scientists, OEHS professionals, disaster response and healthcare specialists to help accelerate the contributions of science and technology to healthy environments. For more information, please visit www.weareibec.org.

About AIHA

AIHA is the association of scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and in the community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive training programs and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and skill standards. More than half of the approximately 8,500 members of the AIHA are certified industrial hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. The AIHA serves as a resource for people employed in the public and private sectors, as well as the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org.

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Health district faces delay in handling COVID-19 cases, implements changes https://athenasite.net/health-district-faces-delay-in-handling-covid-19-cases-implements-changes/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 23:54:54 +0000 https://athenasite.net/health-district-faces-delay-in-handling-covid-19-cases-implements-changes/ WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX / KJTL) – There are two more COVID-19-related deaths in Wichita County on Wednesday, bringing the total this year to seven. The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 5. 2 COVID-19 deaths, 247 new cases reported in Wichita County “Over the past two […]]]>

WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX / KJTL) – There are two more COVID-19-related deaths in Wichita County on Wednesday, bringing the total this year to seven.

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, January 5.

“Over the past two or three weeks we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of cases per day and, of course, in total weekly,” said Amy Fagan, deputy director of public health for Wichita Falls-Wichita County. .

COVID-19 cases in Wichita County continue to rise as health officials await state testing to determine whether or not the Omicron variant is present in our area.

“Just today alone, ending Sunday until today [Wednesday], we are 725 cases for the week, so this is very concerning, ”said Fagan.

Fagan said that although a positive case of the Omicron variant has not been confirmed in the county, based on information provided by the state, they believe the variant is here.

“What I see in which cases individuals are reporting to us is consistent with what we are seeing in other places where the variant has been confirmed and so it means that there is a higher rate of re-infections and we So we’ve seen that number increase dramatically here too, we’re also seeing a higher number of vaccine discovery cases, ”Fagan said.

As a result of these growing numbers, case managers in the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District have been in a backlog.

Fagan said they knew they would have to make certain changes themselves from a 10-day to five-day quarantine break guidelines, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We have worked closely with our medical providers to make sure they are aware of the updated guidelines, and they issue these exclusion and return notes to their patients as they would with other illnesses,” he said. declared Fagan.

Additionally, Fagan said they’ve changed their information-gathering process to spend less time on the phone with individuals, so everyone in the home monitoring their symptoms can hear from their case managers in a timely manner.

They also added more investigators to the cases.

What if residents do not hear from the health service at the end of their five days of isolation?

“If they understand the rules, and everything is on our website, it’s okay for someone to follow those rules and come back if they have a doctor’s note and are no longer showing symptoms,” said Fagan.

Fagan said that although the CDC has said you can come out of isolation with improvement in symptoms, the health department said individuals are expected to have no symptoms after the five days of isolation.

Fagan said they are working to meet the needs of residents of Wichita County.

Even after these five days, people should continue to wear masks for an additional five days as an added precaution.

Fagan also wished to add that the health district does not accept home tests for a definitive positive or negative result.

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Wadena County’s Tyler Wheeler Achieves Emergency Management Director Certification https://athenasite.net/wadena-countys-tyler-wheeler-achieves-emergency-management-director-certification/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 22:14:38 +0000 https://athenasite.net/wadena-countys-tyler-wheeler-achieves-emergency-management-director-certification/ After hundreds of hours of instruction, Tyler Wheeler, assistant to the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and director of emergency management, earned his certification as director of emergency management. Him and the sergeant. Bryan Savaloja received Basic Emergency Management Certification in 2018 from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Division of the Minnesota Department of […]]]>

After hundreds of hours of instruction, Tyler Wheeler, assistant to the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and director of emergency management, earned his certification as director of emergency management.

Him and the sergeant. Bryan Savaloja received Basic Emergency Management Certification in 2018 from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Wheeler has worked with the Sheriff’s Office since 2012 and started in the emergency management role in 2017.

“Training is a key part of the HSEM mission to help Minnesota prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters,” Lisa Villcheck read in a letter. She is the HSEM Region 4 program coordinator. “The challenges of securing our communities and managing emergencies continue to grow, as do the demands to stay up to date with technology, doctrine and policy development. “

Wheeler will continue his training in emergency management throughout his career.

New vehicles arrive at the sheriff’s office

The sheriff’s office replaces one patrol vehicle and purchases two patrol vehicles. One vehicle was involved in a deer accident, and the other two vehicles were on the replacement schedule.

The 2021 patrol car was destroyed after a collision with a deer on November 8. The MCIT has issued a check for $ 23,191.90 for a new patrol vehicle and will send additional funds for equipment, decals and body shop invoices. The vehicle had approximately 11,000 miles. With the backlog of vehicles, Deputy Chief Joe Schoon said the vehicle could arrive in four to five months. The difference between the additional funds and the equipment costs will be paid by the county.

A new team and a Ford F150 responder will also join the fleet when they arrive in several months. One will serve as a patrol vehicle and the other as an emergency management vehicle. The 2013 Ram truck from the office will be traded in when the F150 arrives. They will trade in the vehicle for $ 13,500 and sell two SUVs in the spring after presentation to council. Commissioner Bill Stearns abstained because he owns Ford shares.

The council also has:

  • Discussion of updating dispatch center with new flooring, lighting and furniture for $ 60,000. The space was last renovated in 2009. The command board with computers, television screens and camera surveillance is a 24/7 operation run by at least two officers, like the described Savaloja. Savaloja said the estimate is “intimidating” and is due to the 24/7 need for the items. Commissioners agreed there was a need and Savaloja will present official quotes at the December 21 meeting. The dispatch center would be temporarily relocated during the renovation.

  • Thanked County Attorney Kyra Ladd for her dedicated work in the county and for rural Minnesota representation at the state level. Ladd received the 2021 Award of Excellence from the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

  • Heard on annual feedlot report, including how feedlots have shrunk over the years as people have had to sell or have smaller farms due to the drought, as Mitchell Janson, SWCD district technician, said. The county has about 80 registered feedlots and will probably lose 4-5 and win 1-2. Janson also noted cost-shared funding available for closing old manure pits.

  • Approved the purchase of 15 Voter Assist Devices for the ubiquitous polls. Most of the costs will be covered by state grants. The cost to the county is between $ 5 and $ 10,000 for old machinery recycling, shipping, and training. The equipment includes an iPad, printer, and Braille and audio attachments. A voter assistance machine is available at each polling station for people with disabilities. Aldrich, Nimrod and Shell River are voting by post and have no plans to resume offering in-person voting, according to Wadena County Election Coordinator Joy Weyer. The town of Wadena will have two machines due to the number of voters, although the second machine and the one from the county office can be used as spare parts on election day if needed.

  • Approved the addition of a general fund item for the Conservation Fund Committee of $ 1,000. There are two Citizen Board members who will receive $ 60 per meeting plus miles flown. Commissioner Murlyn Kreklau said the committee will not meet much, but the hope is that the county will acquire the land to generate more revenue and provide uses to citizens.

  • Approved final payment for the County Road 100 Grinding and Coating Project for $ 27,175.01 to Central Specialties. The project was completed in September.

  • Approved to enter a multi-state settlement agreement regarding the distribution and manufacturers of opioids in the opioid crisis.

  • Approved the Convene 2022 training for $ 999. The Commissioners have already noted that the cost is over $ 999 and questioned whether the training is necessary. County coordinator Ryan Odden said the training is particularly beneficial for social workers and the trauma-informed care committee has become more effective over the past year.

  • Named Stearns for the Sourcewell board poll.

  • Discussion of Wadena Development Authority purchasing additional lots in Folkestad addition where Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation homes are being built. The WDA will present the American Rescue Act funds for a sewer and water supply project at the December 21 meeting.

By consent, the board approved:

  • The aggregate grant from the State Council of Soil and Water Natural Resources for 2022-2023 is $ 152,286.

  • The 2022 West Central Minnesota Communities Action contract for the health and developmental screening of Head Start students who have not been screened prior to entering the program.

  • Reduction of Mary Jo Pieper’s hours from 100% to 80%. Commissioner Jon Kangas asked whether the 20% difference was originally necessary or whether it was a consideration of downsizing. Deputy Director of Public Health Erica Keppers and Director Cindy Pederson said her responsibilities can be transferred to different nurses as public health projects “flow and ebb”. Pieper is also approaching retirement.

  • Public Health rental agreement with First English Lutheran Church in Menahga until December 2023 for $ 65 per month. The space serves as a clinical site with services such as the nutritional program for women, children and infants, child health screenings and vaccinations.

  • The contract with Dr. Leonard Lamberty as a medical consultant in public health until July 2022. The contract includes a raise of $ 525 and a salary increase for work related to COVID-19. He plans to retire after having held this position for several years.

  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services Children’s Mental Health Grant for mental health screenings, assessments, and intensive home treatment services. Wadena County Social Services has mental health services available for children, youth and adults. You can call 218-631-7605 to have your case reviewed and to learn more about a case manager.

  • A Big Idea grant for 2022-2023 to help young people exit foster care, such as obtaining a driver’s license, household supplies, further education and independent living skills.

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Emergency Management Veteran Jerome Hauer Named Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner https://athenasite.net/emergency-management-veteran-jerome-hauer-named-honorary-new-york-city-fire-commissioner/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 18:32:44 +0000 https://athenasite.net/emergency-management-veteran-jerome-hauer-named-honorary-new-york-city-fire-commissioner/ Former Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D., was sworn in as Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner in honor of his achievements and support for firefighters. Hauer is Senior Advisor at Teneo Risk, Board Member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Member of the Johns […]]]>

Former Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer, Ph.D., was sworn in as Honorary New York City Fire Commissioner in honor of his achievements and support for firefighters.

Hauer is Senior Advisor at Teneo Risk, Board Member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Member of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Humanitarian Health Advisory Board and Editor Deputy Chief of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine.

In 1996, Hauer was appointed the first director of the Office of Emergency Management for New York City. Hauer was appointed Acting First Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office in 2002, where he coordinated preparedness and response efforts, including chemical, biological and radiological. He was senior adviser to the secretary of national security and emergency management following the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax letters.

Previously, he was Executive Director of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency and Director of State Emergency Medical Services and its Department of Fire and Construction Services, and previously Assistant Director of Emergency Management for New York City Emergency Medical Services.

Hauer was also director of the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) at George Washington University; where he worked with the Department of Homeland Security on first responder training for the National Capital Region (NCR) and was an assistant professor at the School of Public Health & Health Services and the School of Medicine. He has also advised the Columbia University School of Public Health, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Stanford School of Medicine, and developed the first device to re-inject mediastinal blood spilled after heart surgery.

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US Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Principal Under Secretary for Civil Engineering meets Rise St. James – The Observer https://athenasite.net/us-army-corps-of-engineers-deputy-principal-under-secretary-for-civil-engineering-meets-rise-st-james-the-observer/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/us-army-corps-of-engineers-deputy-principal-under-secretary-for-civil-engineering-meets-rise-st-james-the-observer/ Wednesday October 26 was a historic and much loved day for the community of St. James, Louisiana, and for all the parishes of the Louisiana River. Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, held a listening session with members of Rise St. James in the historic community of Freetown. […]]]>

Wednesday October 26 was a historic and much loved day for the community of St. James, Louisiana, and for all the parishes of the Louisiana River. Mr. Jaime A. Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, held a listening session with members of Rise St. James in the historic community of Freetown. While Mr. Pinkham was in southern Louisiana primarily to speak with senior officials of the US Army Corps of Engineers, he devoted over an hour to the camaraderie and frank and frank discussions with the direction to Rise St. James, as well as the Louisiana Bucket. Brigade.
This is the first time that a government official has taken the time to see our humanity. Mr. Pinkham will be forever remembered for taking that first step. We hope this visit will inspire others to do the same. So far we have been rejected and dismissed by local management. They are on the wrong side of history, not us.
During the listening session, the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) reaffirmed that the impact of any industrial project on the quality of human life is a priority. Despite all the loss and devastation from Hurricane Ida, the members of Rise St. James are attached to their homes, families and cultural heritage. They called for protection from hazardous industries and support for public health and local government infrastructure.
Contrary to popular belief, the members of Rise St. James look forward to the region’s economic development, but are steadfast in their commitment to climate adaptation. Our communities are at the forefront of opportunities that involve modern infrastructure resilient to climate change, bridging the gap in climate education, funding public transport and reconnecting neighborhoods, solar power in public spaces and emergency, ecotourism and more.
The huge petrochemical complex proposed by Formosa would include 14 chemical manufacturing plants and numerous support facilities, just one mile from an elementary school and a small community of descendants. The project would worsen climate change and the ocean plastic pollution crisis.
The historic visit precedes the future engagement leading to the ordering by USACE of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIA) related to the Formosa Group chemical plant (Formosa) in the region.
We are able to speak for ourselves – we have more facts, feelings, research, and love for the community than anyone else. It is time for our communities to heal. Many thanks to Mr. Pinkham and Colonel Murphy for listening to the perspective of top-down communities and supporting environmental justice. As always, we invite everyone to walk with us, claim our community and embrace a two-way relationship with the rest of the living world.

Sharon Lavigne is President of Rise St. James and recipient of the 2021 Goldman Award. Rise St. James is a project financially sponsored by Earth Island.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Amanda Cassel Kraft Appointed New Director of MassHealth https://athenasite.net/acting-assistant-secretary-amanda-cassel-kraft-appointed-new-director-of-masshealth/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://athenasite.net/acting-assistant-secretary-amanda-cassel-kraft-appointed-new-director-of-masshealth/ BOSTON (SHNS) – Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Amanda Cassel Kraft will assume ongoing responsibility for the management of the state’s $ 19 billion Medicaid program, appointed on Monday by the Baker administration as next director of MassHealth. Cassel Kraft took over as head of MassHealth on a temporary basis in June […]]]>

BOSTON (SHNS) – Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Amanda Cassel Kraft will assume ongoing responsibility for the management of the state’s $ 19 billion Medicaid program, appointed on Monday by the Baker administration as next director of MassHealth.

Cassel Kraft took over as head of MassHealth on a temporary basis in June when longtime program director Dan Tsai left to join the Biden administration as deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Cassel Kraft’s permanent appointment takes effect immediately and comes as the state prepares to submit its upcoming Medicaid 1115 waiver to CMS for review in November.

The waiver process governs how the state can spend billions of dollars in federal reimbursements to modernize and reform MassHealth, which provides health insurance coverage to more than 2 million Bay State residents. The waiver, according to the administration, will be aimed at continuing to increase payments based on the value of services and address health equity and behavioral health needs.

“The combination of the in-depth knowledge of Medicaid policy and the strong management skills of Assistant Secretary Cassel Kraft will ensure that we maintain our position as an innovative national leader in public health care coverage,” Sudders said in a statement. .

Cassel Kraft will also be responsible for overseeing the $ 500 million investment in American Rescue Plan Act funds for home and community services. A graduate of Stanford University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cassel Kraft has worked at MassHealth since 2011.

Prior to being appointed Acting Assistant Secretary, she was Deputy Director of Medicaid, overseeing areas that included pharmacy and provider networks, behavioral health, federal and eligibility policy, experience and engagement. members, children, youth and families; and safety net programs. Cassel Kraft was the co-founder of TurboVote and worked for almost four years, ending in 2009, as a program manager at the Women’s Foundation of California, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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