Physician investigates health care, gender

first_imgAs part of the Saint Mary’s Department of Justice Education symposium about different aspects of health care, Dr. Ellyn Stecker, a family physician, spoke on women’s health justice.   Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Dr. Ellyn Stecker speaks at the Saint Mary’s Health Care Justice Symposium in the Rice Commons Student Center.Stecker started her presentation by emphasizing the importance of health care. Health care is a basic necessity for human survival, she said.“It’s special because it requires a certain educated cooperation of group members,” Stecker said. “Health management is not always obvious or intuitive. Moreover, achieving good health affects not only one individual but also the entire group.”Stecker said the U.S.has faced major problems with the way care has been divided in our health system.“In the United States we have a hodgepodge of our health care system,” she said. “We don’t insure basic healthcare for everyone nor do we insure catastrophic care. What you get depends upon your sex, ethnicity, marital status, status as a citizen, immigrant or undocumented, faith, age and the availability of medical providers near you.”The U.S. federal government offers programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Health Administration, Indian Health Service, volunteer clinics and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she said, but does not have universal coverage.“What we do not have, however, is universal health coverage, we are one of the few industrialized countries that does not,” Stecker said. “Attempts to improve coverage have always been foggy. Our goal is to have all people covered. The plan is still being implemented even as there are political actions to dismantle.”Before the Affordable Care Act, the month after students graduated, they were generally not covered under a parent’s or school’s insurance, she said.“If you bought your own insurance as a woman, you often paid a higher rate then men,” she said. “Things are better for your generation than they were in the 1960s. Women now have a much better chance to enroll in college. … However, we are not yet finished with those years of prior, lame discrimination.“In your family or in your work, you might care for women who took time out of the labor force who cared for children or other family members and who did not have access to a college education, may have been forced to quit working when they married or lost their job when World War II ended and the men came back and took all of the jobs back,” Stecker said.“People do not get social security credits for society care work. Women have done a greater part of that work and both social security or competent pension is not as great as [for] a man in the same age group. Thus, older women have not benefited as much from the pay equity legislation that got passed and they are living out the reality of hundreds of thousands of dollars [in] pay difference.”Stecker said in the past year, LGBTQ partners have benefited from their partner’s pension, medical insurance and social security benefits.“When people are married and have those benefits, health is better,” Stecker said. “With these changes in the way we treat LGBT individuals, the most pressing argument in the medical community, and in the discussions that I had, it wasn’t a matter of what is right, what is wrong. Health is better for the families and for the children in those families.“Good health is a mixture of heredity, nutrition, nurture, location and avoidance of toxins. … And then there’s luck,” Stecker said. “Some things we have control over and those are the things we should manage in a good way. If we need less care, then there is more care for others. If we need more care, then we can be most grateful that we have access.”Stecker said the U.S. spends more money on health care than other countries but does not have the best health outcomes overall nor cover everyone that needs to be covered.“Is universal access necessary for justice? Yes I think so,” Stecker said. “Moreover I believe it’s the smart thing to do. … A healthy population makes a stronger country.”Tags: Affordable Care Act, gender equality, Health care, health care justicelast_img read more

Main Stem Stars of Aladdin to Record Cast Album

first_img Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the Great White Way tuner is adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film and tells the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Oscar and Tony winner Tim Rice and the late Oscar winner Howard Ashman. Numbers include “Arabian Nights,” “A Million Miles Away” and “A Whole New World.” Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed are going to be taking us “A Million Miles Away” in the comfort of our own homes! A Disney spokesperson has confirmed to that the Main Stem stars of Aladdin will record a cast album. Details will be announced soon. The show, starring Jacobs as Aladdin and Reed as Jasmine, is currently in previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre and is set to open March 20. Adam Jacobs View Comments Related Shows Star Filescenter_img Aladdin from $57.50 Courtney Reed The production also stars James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago with Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin’s sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar.last_img read more

The Crucible Opens on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Related Shows Star Files © Justin “Squigs” Robertson It’s a Goody night for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The new revival, helmed by hotshot director Ivo van Hove, opens officially at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 30. To celebrate the production’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the cast in action.The sketch includes Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan as Abigail Williams, Oscar nominee and Tony winner Sophie Okonedo as Elizabeth Proctor, Ben Whishaw as John Proctor, Tony winner Jim Norton as Giles Corey, Ciarán Hinds as Deputy-Governor Danforth, Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren, Bill Camp as Reverend John Hale and Jason Butler Harner as Reverend Samuel wishes the cast of The Crucible a bewitching opening night! Saoirse Ronan View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.last_img read more

Working for Wildlife

first_imgWhat has 16 paws, eight hooves and three beaks?The answer can be found at Athens, Georgia’s Bear Hollow Zoo, and it’s not a fantastic beast. It’s a coloring book featuring some of the zoo’s most notable residents.From Rose and Rocky, the deer, to Yonah and Athena, Athens’ favorite bears, this first-of-its-kind “Bear Hollow Coloring Book” brings together some of the zoo’s most charismatic wildlife ambassadors.The zoo is located at Athens-Clarke County’s Memorial Park and serves as a home for injured or orphaned wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. The Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail offers a wide range of educational programming that features animals like Eeyore, a great horned owl that is blind in one eye and can’t fly because of a wing injury.A fundraiser for the zoo, 16-year-old Georgia 4-H’er and zoo volunteer Lavendar Harris compiled the coloring book from individual coloring sheets that she created for school groups and families who visit the zoo. Harris is a home-schooled student and Newton County, Georgia, 4-H Club member. The coloring book is the keystone of her Georgia 4-H Leadership in Action project.“She has realized what an impact the wildlife at Bear Hollow (Zoo) can have on students who visit with school groups or with their families, (students) who might not have the chance to see animals in the wild or spend time in nature,” said Newton County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Terri Fullerton.Georgia 4-H’s Leadership in Action program recognizes 4-H’ers who identify needs in their communities, then plan and conduct a service project, activity or awareness program that they believe will meet those needs. Leadership in Action participants are the driving forces behind their service projects and are ultimately responsible for them. Local Extension staff and fellow 4-H members provide support. Students across Georgia can participate in the Leadership in Action program through their local 4-H clubs.At the zoo, Harris said, the need was twofold: There’s always a need for funds to take care of the animals, and there’s always a need to support the zoo’s educational mission. The coloring book helps on both counts.“When people visit the zoo and see the animals, they can purchase a coloring book of the exact animals they saw in the zoo,” Harris said. “A lot of zoos sell generic coloring books, but I wanted to make this one personalized and special.” “You can tell a lot of these drawings are portraits,” said Zoo Coordinator Clinton Murphy.Harris started working at Bear Hollow Zoo when she was 14 years old in order to learn more about wildlife biology as a profession. She wants to preserve North American wolf populations after she graduates from college. Bear Hollow Zoo is the closest place to her home where she could gain experience working with wildlife and wildlife education.Like all volunteers, Harris started with very basic responsibilities, but she quickly became one of the zoo’s most indispensable volunteers.“We don’t just throw you the keys to the gator pen and give you an owl,” Murphy joked. “We have a very graduated training system … Lavendar really excelled, and she took her responsibilities very seriously. She’s an amazing young woman and very dedicated.”Today, Harris leads tours of the zoo; introduces young people to the snakes, lizards and turtles in the reptile house; and is responsible for taking care of the enclosures for the zoo’s deer, turkey and bobcat.Harris’ involvement hasn’t solely benefitted the zoo’s animals and visitors. It’s also been eye-opening for the rest of her 4-H club, according to Fullerton.“It has really inspired a lot of kids to think outside of Covington, (Georgia), in terms of how they can have impact,” Fullerton said.The coloring book, which is now for sale for $8, is available at Bear Hollow Zoo’s gift shop. All proceeds go to support the care of the animals.Harris hopes to start a dual-enrollment program this spring at Georgia State University, where she plans to study biology.For more information about Bear Hollow Zoo, visit For more information about Georgia 4-H and the Leadership in Action program, visit or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 to find a local 4-H club.last_img read more

“Gender, Peace, and Security” Workshop Promotes Equitable Conditions

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo July 24, 2017 The role of women in society is occupying new spaces, and their presence in different settings, such as the armed forces, is being promoted. In the Americas, there are 16 nations with women in these institutions, and the process of integration has evolved over the years. This theme was presented during the “Gender, Peace, and Security” workshop, held from May 8th to 17th at Chorillos Military Academy in Lima, Peru. The workshop was sponsored by the Canadian government and organized by the Peruvian Ministry of Defense. In all, 47 officers participated – male and female – from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru. The level of female participation in the armed forces of Latin American is below 10 percent, on average. Only the Dominican Republic has reached an honorable 21.76 percent. The Dominican Republic is closely followed by Uruguay (18.92 percent), and Argentina (17.17 percent), according to the 2016 edition of the Comparative Atlas of Defense in Latin America and the Caribbean. This shows that there is still a lot of work to be done in Latin America to create true gender integration. “The women got very excited because they found out that in [other] countries, women do their military service under the same conditions as men,” Peruvian Army General (R) Baltazar Alvarado Cornejo, the director general of Doctrine and Education at the Vice Ministry of Defense Policy for the Ministry of Defense, told Diálogo. “As for the nations that didn’t join us, the reality there is quite similar. However, those giving us the workshop were Canadians, and you could tell there was a big difference between their experience and that of the other countries,” added Peruvian Air Force Major Grace Peralta Fleming, who was one of nine women in Peru’s first coed class. Equitable conditions The workshop was an opportunity to demonstrate the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain for the armed forces and their members, both male and female. “The workshop revealed the opportunities available in all fields of military endeavor, whether academic, cultural, or physical, for competing with equal opportunity,” Gen. Alvarado said. Equality and not discriminating based on gender are two concepts that are quite clear in the armed forces. That is why the importance of equitable integration and, thus, the ability to equalize opportunities were addressed during the workshop. “We are given some opportunities in the admission process so that we can have the same access as the men,” Maj. Peralta said. “The idea is that, to the extent that things are balanced, those differentiations will be done away with.” “Women are treated with equality. There is equity according to your gender and your physiology,” said another workshop participant, Peruvian Army Captain Elizabeth Mercado Cortez, from Legal Services at the Army’s Public Graduate Technical Institute. “We are placed into military life but following the scale of equity,” she added. The humanitarian side An important aspect of the role of women in the armed forces involves their more sensitive side and dealing with situations that go beyond their military training. “We’ve managed to fill some gaps, such as the humanitarian aspect, both in wars and negotiations. It was explained to us that during negotiations, women can achieve better things,” Maj. Peralta confirmed. When women participate in peacekeeping processes, the probability of reaching an agreement increases by 20 percent. The probability that that agreement will last at least 15 years increases by 35 percent, the United Nations reports. During the workshop, a case was presented which exemplifies this situation. During a peacekeeping mission, there were many complaints filed concerning rapes committed against the local population. The resentment towards the service members was evident. The seven women in the battalion on that mission calmed the situation and, thus, avoided a conflict. “In any mission, women need to go. We can all be trained to meet the objectives and the assigned duties,” Capt. Mercado said. The experiences at the workshop showed that there is still a long way to go but they also provided a good reference point. “It was hugely important to learn about other realities, to know that we are not an exception. Twenty years ago other countries were going through what we are going through now,” Maj. Peralta concluded.last_img read more

Taylor Garbage fire named ‘largest in Tioga County modern history’

first_imgFire Chief George says he believes the fire was accidental in nature and could have possibly started from a damaged battery that caught fire in the recycling material. Although, he says, the true origin of the fire may never be known. Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George told 12 News Monday that it was the “largest fire in modern day Tioga County history.” He says over 1 million gallons of water was used to fight the fire. Over 600 tons of material burned, he says, but there is no danger to the public. The Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene and sent a statement to 12 News saying, “No chemical releases from the site were observed”, and that it would continue to monitor the cleanup. APALACHIN (WBNG) — More than 50 vehicles from 30 different fire departments from Broome and Tioga counties responded to a blaze at the Taylor Garbage Recycling Facility Friday evening. Fire officials say the fire is still smoldering as of Monday morning, too.center_img Taylor Garbage sent a statement to 12 News, saying it was grateful for the public support and that normal operations and pickup will continue as normal. The fire chief says the fire started shortly after 5 p.m. and was noticed by a passerby. He says the call for multiple units to respond began immediately after flames were spotted coming out of a bay door.last_img read more

Exclusive look at Broome County employees training to become COVID-19 contact tracers

first_img(WBNG) — As Broome County continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Broome County Health Department is ramping up contact tracing efforts. If you do receive a call from New York State Contact Tracing, be prepared to answer questions of where you have been, who you have been around, and questions about your health. “Some of them started training yesterday, they’ve been training today, and our goal is to have them up and running on Monday to start calling people,” said Marissa Knapp with the Broome County Health Department COVID-19 response team. “The more people that we’re able to connect with, reach out to, and contact trace, the sooner we are to issue their isolation or quarantine, and get them into quarantine, away from other people, so there’s less of a chance for the virus to be transmitted,” said Knapp. Since the recent spike, the health department has brought on more than 20 people to take on the job. Contact tracers end up making dozens of calls a day. Even the professionals say they still run into situations they have never seen before. “When it comes to COVID, nothing is really black or white, there are a lot of grey areas, so we go through as many scenarios as possible,” said Knapp. “Everyone’s own unique life is different, everyone’s story different, and everyone’s living situation is different.” “It’s a skill some people train for, for a long time. Right now, because of the pandemic, we have high hopes and we know they are doing the absolute best job they can,” said Knapp. Having to be the person notifying others of an exposure or even a positive result can make these calls extremely difficult sometimes. last_img read more

Ante Rados resigned as director of the Zadar Tourist Board

first_imgToday, Ante Rados, after 2.4 years at the helm of the Zadar Tourist Board, resigned at his own request from the position of director of the Zadar Tourist Board and agreed to terminate his duties in the Zadar Tourist Board.According to the statement, the reasons why Rados decided to resign are personal. ” I would like to point out that I accepted this responsible position by respecting its importance and complexity, and I acted accordingly by giving my best. Precisely out of the desire to enable our City from this position even better and more, I think it is time for a change at the head of the Tourist Board. The started projects and activities will be realized smoothly within the set deadlines, and I am sure, and very soon, we will be recognized for what we have done. ” Rados pointed out and thanked everyone for their cooperation during his tenure as director of the Zadar Tourist Board, without going into details and the real reasons for his resignation.Radas has been in this position since April 2016, and under pressure and dissatisfaction from the professional public, there has been talk of resignation for a long time. It is a bit irresponsible to leave the office of the Zadar Tourist Board without a helm in the middle of the season, but that is in Radas’s soul.Related news:LOCALS OF PETRČAN WANT SEPARATION OF PETRČAN FROM THE ZADAR TOURIST BOARDlast_img read more

Ebola deaths mount in Sierra Leone

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola deaths mount in Sierra Leone by: – July 11, 2014 Tweetcenter_img 55 Views   no discussions The WHO said Sierra Leone accounted for 32 new cases of Ebola and 15 deaths between 6-8 JulyHigh numbers of new cases of the Ebola virus are being reported in Sierra Leone and Liberia, with 19 deaths over three days this week, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) says.Such figures showed that it was a race against time to control the epidemic in Sierra Leone, medical charity MSF said.In total there have been 539 deaths in West Africa since the outbreak began in neighbouring Guinea in February.Regional leaders have now agreed to set up a fund to combat its spread.At a summit of the regional body Ecowas in Ghana on Thursday, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan agreed to contribute $3m (£1.8m) to the fund.Ebola spreads through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids and there is no vaccine or cure.It kills up to 90% of those infected but if patients receive early treatment, they have a better chance of survival.‘Precarious’The WHO statement said that Sierra Leone had accounted for 32 new cases and 15 deaths, while Liberia reported 11 new cases and four deaths.There had been two deaths and one new infection recorded between 6-8 July in Guinea, where it said the community transmission rate was low.“The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported,” it said.The cases in Sierra Leone are centred in Kailahun and Kenema districts, and in Liberia’s Lofa and Montserrado counties, the WHO said.The Ebola death rate in Guinea – where specialised health workers have been working since February – has slowedMedecins Sans Frontieres said its teams in eastern Sierra Leone were “racing against time to stop the spread of the disease”.“We’re under massive time pressure: the longer it takes to find and follow up with people who have come in contact with sick people, the more difficult it will be to control the outbreak,” MSF emergency co-ordinator Anja Wolz said in a statement.“We still have no idea how many villages are affected. I’m afraid we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg.”The disease creates fear within communities and sick people are often stigmatised so experts believe the key to stopping the spread of the virus is to make sure affected communities understand it better.“Families can be driven out of their villages, and sick people can be cast out to die on their own,” said Ms Wolz.The WHO gathers data on confirmed, probable and suspected cases and deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.So far in the West African outbreak there have been 888 cases.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs CC Results At Jennings County

first_imgBatesville traveled to Muscatatuck County Park last night to compete in the 11-team Big Blue Cross Country Invitational hosted by Jennings County. Although leaving the high school to head that way, we were unsure if the rain was going to hinder the meet or not. But, when we got there, the weather was nearly perfect for a 5K race and the Bulldogs took advantage of that as we had 19 Bulldogs run a personal best time!  The girls took home the championship trophy winning by almost 20 points as the boys were runner up to a tremendously fast Jennings County team.  Top three teams for the night for the girls were: Batesville-32, Jennings County-51, and Madison-91.  On the boys side it was Jennings County-20, Batesville-55 and Southwestern(Hanover)-77.Individually, awards were given to the top 25 in each race.  Tonight because of the threat of storms, they ran all the boys together in one race and did the same for the girls instead of having separate varsity and JV races.  This allowed for our boys to have 8 finish in the top 25 to receive awards and they were: Nathan Eckstein-24th (18:15), Christopher Laymon-22nd (18:07), John Thompson-20th (18:05), Quinten Gowdy-17th (17:54), Josheph Choi-16th (17:51), Dillon Murray-13th (17:26), Joshua Myers-9th (17:05) and Adam Moster-6th (16:34).The girls finished with 7 in the top 25 and they were: Lexie Huber-23rd (22:49), Trysta Vierling-14th (21:47), Audrey Weigel-11th (21:26), Audrey Maupin-8th (21:13), Emma Gausman-6th (20:41), Haylee Harmeyer-5th (20:32) and Liz Loichinger-2nd (19:47).As I mentioned earlier, Batesville had 19 runners with a personal best and they were: Adam Moster, Joshua Myers, Dillon Murray, Joseph Choi, John Thompson, Nathan Eckstein, Garrett Wagner, Kaleb McBeath, Adam Hollowell, Nathan Villani, Landon Gutzwiller, Mason Green, Mason Enneking, Liz Loichinger, Audrey Maupin, Trysta Vierling, Lexie Huber, Britany Venis and Ava Ralston.  Congratulations everyone!Batesville next meet is coming up on Saturday where they will travel to South Dearborn for their invitational.  Good Luck dogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more