Governor Wolf Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania (Round-up)

first_img July 20, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Reading Eagle: State licensing boards sign off on new prescribing guidelines to curb opioid use[Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine] said 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medicine were issued nationwide last year, enough to provide a bottle for every adult. The seven sets of guidelines are broken down by medical specialties, including specific sets for emergency room pain treatment, opioid use in dental practice and obstetrics and gynecology pain treatment. “We believe the medical community is eager to have more information,” Levine said.Citizens’ Voice: New Pennsylvania guidelines seek to curb opioid prescriptionsIn place of painkillers, physicians can turn to physical and cognitive therapies to deal with a patient’s pain, said Gary Tennis, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. [Governor] Wolf said he would support legislation to make the prescribing guidelines mandatory.Philly Voice: Wolf administration recommends new guidelines for prescribing opioidsDoctors and pharmacists in the state of Pennsylvania may face new guidelines for prescribing and dispensing painkillers. Governor Tom Wolf and state health officials unveiled on Tuesday prescription recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids.WTAJ: Wolf Administration announces new Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations“These guidelines encourage the judicious prescribing of opioid pain medications and they also call for other clinical interventions, prior to the initiation of opioids,” Dr. Levine said. “Really, Opioids should be one of the last treatments for acute pain or chronic pain as opposed to the first treatment that’s prescribed.”WGAL: PA rolls out new prescription drug guidelines (Video) Governor Wolf Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania (Round-up) Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog On Monday, Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas toured two of Pennsylvania’s newly approved and funded Centers of Excellence. During the visits, Governor Wolf and Secretary Dallas discussed the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes to announce his administration’s new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids. Under the governor’s leadership, the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force, which includes members from various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.“By reducing the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse, we are fighting back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin, so I am thrilled to hear Dr. Levine’s recommendations today,” said Governor Wolf. “I urge all state medical boards to accept these guidelines. In addition, I remain committed to working with the legislature during the upcoming special session to address the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.”Take a look at the additional coverage below.   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Post-Gazette: Pa. boards of pharmacy and medicine approve new opioid prescribing guidelinesAt an afternoon news conference, Gov. Tom Wolf said he was proud of his administration’s work in creating the guidelines. “The goal for all of us is to reduce the pattern of over-prescription,” he said.Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf visits ‘Center for Excellence’ opioid treatment facility“This is a tragic problem that affects too many families, too many people throughout Pennsylvania,” Mr. Wolf said. “We need to do something about it, and we started with this last budget.” The new state budget includes $15 million for the centers, plus $5 million from federal Medicaid funding. Mr. Wolf initially asked for a total of $34 million, but he stressed nonetheless that the effort had been a bipartisan one.Lehigh Valley Live: Governor visits Allentown to highlight new addiction treatment fundingSpeaking to a group of Treatment Trends residents, Dallas said, “The hardest thing in the world to do sometimes is to ask for help or to take that step over to get services, and you’ve done that. That is the thing that we need if we’re going to be successful.”Morning Call: In Allentown, a more ‘excellent’ approach to fighting heroin“With the Center of Excellence, you will have someone who will help you navigate,” said [Secretary Ted Dallas], who joined Wolf in Allentown. “The whole community helps treat the person, and we make sure you get the services you need.”WKBN: Gov. Wolf discusses new funding to fight opioid addiction in PA“This is a tragic problem that affects too many people, too many families throughout Pennsylvania and it’s something we can do something about, so we started to do something about it with this last budget,” Wolf said.WFMZ: Governor Wolf visits Allentown to discuss opioid abuse treatment“Republicans and Democrats are coming together to do something about this,” Governor Wolf said during a Monday stop in Allentown. “We all recognize this is not the Pennsylvania we want; we can do better, we will.”Philly.com: Gov. Wolf announces 20 new centers to coordinate opioid addiction treatment“We all know someone impacted by the opioid epidemic, and one thing has become abundantly clear – opioid addiction is an illness,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement announcing that his administration was moving ahead with the plan. “In order to address this illness, we need to think about addiction treatment in a different way. Treating underlying causes gives people the best chance they have to beat their addiction.”Post-Gazette: State attempting better coordination of broader services for opioid addicts“Normally if you go to a clinic or hospital, you get a referral for service, and then you’re almost left alone to navigate the system yourself. … We’re trying to move to a more comprehensive, coordinated approach,” said Pennsylvania Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “It’s combining medication-assisted treatment with wrap-around therapies for behavioral health problems and to help those with physical health problems that are causing them pain.”Daily Times: Community Hospital in Chester tapped by Gov. Wolf as opioid treatment centerPennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas noted that opioids are so powerful that those who attempt recovery need different types of help in order to beat the disorder. “The intense cravings, detoxification, and withdrawal symptoms involved in quitting make addiction difficult to overcome. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery,” he noted.Citizens’ Voice: Ashley clinic one of 20 in Pa. to benefit from budget boostThe [Centers of Excellence] initiative aims to get the roughly 300,000 people being treated for addictions across the state to stay in treatment and to make care more accessible for those in need, [Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Ted Dallas] said. “Combining medication with therapy and addressing the person’s entire issues, that we think, is the thing that will give us the best chance to be successful,” Dallas said. By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantlast_img read more

Mourinho feels stuck on repeat

first_img The Portuguese is aghast at the Blues’ continual failure to finish off opponents, most recently in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final loss at Sunderland. Chelsea must find a solution ahead of Monday’s clash at Arsenal, where Mourinho’s men have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League at the expense of their rivals. Now Mourinho has also hit out at the trio for failing to keep possession and allowing counter-attacks to begin in games with Stoke, Crystal Palace and Sunderland which led to goals against the Blues, whose defence has been far from firm, with one clean sheet in the last seven games. “In all the three situations we were punished on the counter-attack when our striker dropped back into midfield and lost the ball,” Mourinho added. The Sunderland loss was Chelsea’s seventh of the season – including the penalty shoot-out defeat against Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup, a result Mourinho does not consider to be a defeat – and in their most recent Premier League away match they were beaten at Stoke. But the Blues will not be wary of visiting Arsenal, having won at the Emirates Stadium already this season, a 2-0 victory at the end of October in the League Cup which came two days after a Premier League defeat of Manchester City. A repeat of the triumph could take a below-par Chelsea side top of the table at Christmas, the significance of which Mourinho has downplayed. It is clear he sees plenty of room for improvement and his continued frustration has led to speculation Chelsea will delve into the transfer market in January. But gone are the days when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would write a cheque and players were signed whatever the cost. Chelsea are sticking rigorously to Financial Fair Play regulations and Mourinho has suggested the club will only recruit next month in exceptional circumstances. Whether the striker situation counts is open to interpretation, but Mourinho would likely have to offload one of Torres, Ba or Eto’o in order to sign another forward. Mourinho has also tinkered regularly with his starting line-up and the Arsenal match will provide an indication of his best team. Four players – goalkeeper Petr Cech, right-back Branislav Ivanovic, captain John Terry and midfielder Ramires have started every Premier League game this season. None of the four featured at Sunderland and all of them should return at the Emirates Stadium, fitness permitting, but Michael Essien is suspended after picking up his fifth booking in his six appearances this season. It was unlikely the Ghana midfielder, who has appeared to be a shadow of his former self, would feature in the contest anyway. Jose Mourinho is feeling the pressure and growing tired of repeating himself after watching his Chelsea side make the same mistakes time and again. “Missing goals,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV following the extra-time loss at the Stadium of Light. “It’s always the same words. It’s unbelievable. “Even on the bench, I feel every time we miss a chance and the score is 0-0, 1-0, 2-1, 1-1, I feel the pressure. “I feel that missing the chances, maybe later you are punished. We have this problem. “I only remember the Basle game as a game we lost where the opponent created more than us, played more than us, tried more than us and showed more quality than us, because we were poor against Basle. “In every match we lost in England, in the Premier League and in the cup (at Sunderland), we were the best team by far. “We create, we enjoy the ball, we were always very comfortable on the pitch, we had unbelievable chances to score to kill the game. We don’t do it. “Late goals are a consequence of a team that doesn’t kill an opponent. If you score two, three goals the opponent is dead and the opponent has no reaction.” Chelsea’s strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have faced the brunt of the criticism for the poor performances in front of goal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Eagle tennis camp set for July 6-10

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Eagle tennis camp, led by Ellsworth High School tennis coach Brian Higgins, is set for July 6-10 at the EHS tennis courts.The cost for participants is $50.The beginners class for grades 6-8 will begin each morning at 8.The intermediate class for grades 8-10 will start at 9, and the advanced class for grades 8-10 will begin at 10.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTo register or for more information, email Higgins at brianhiggins1@hotmail.com.last_img

Azeez, bowlers spark easy win for Enterprise Primary School

first_imgTHE Enterprise Primary School produced a magnificent all-round performance to capture the Lower East Coast zone title, when they whipped Graham’s Hall Primary School by 36 runs in the Guyana Cricket Board Scotiabank Kiddy progression one cricket tournament final yesterday, at the Enterprise Community Centre ground.The hosts were first led by an entertaining half-century from opener Rafeek Azeez, which eventually laid the foundation in their total of 153-7.The 11-year-old Azeez batted with skilful execution and rose to the challenge in his 19-ball innings, which was embellished with seven fours and three sixes.The right-hander’s batting brilliance also inspired his partners, with Hanoman Singh contributing an unbeaten 21, captain Azam Mohamed chipped in with 21, while fellow opener Davendra Lall made 16. Extras contributed 24 to the total.Tawana Courtman was the best bowler for the losing side with 3-4, while Crystal Lewis had 2-4. Susanna Ketuaroo and Samuel Saroop also chipped in with a wicket apiece.In the run chase, Graham’s Hall Primary were never in the hunt for the winning total, with only opener Joshua Alves put up some resistance, with a solid 44. Saroop (16), Azariah Matthews (13) and Carlos Gonsalves (11) were the only batsmen with any meaningful contributions.They eventually reached 117-7 when the innings expired. Keiza Leon, Yugeshwar Rampersaud, Vinita Ballkishun and Vamauth Hardeo were the successful bowlers for the hosts.Some 210 primary schools around Guyana will benefit from the 2016 programme. Scotiabank’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the West Indies Cricket Board.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750 000 now participating. (Rajiv Bisnauth)last_img read more

West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logo on Test shirts

first_imgWEST Indies will wear a Black Lives Matter emblem on the collars of their shirts during July’s Test series against England.Captain Jason Holder hinted in his first press conference of the tour that West Indies would look to support the movement in some way, and said in a statement on Sunday: “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.”The logo used will be that worn on the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport’s restart earlier this month, designed by Alisha Hosannah, whose partner Troy Deeney is Watford’s captain. Deeney was contacted by CWI for approval, and the ICC gave permission for the emblem to be worn on the teams’ collars.This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Holder said. “We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality.“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for generation to come.“We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop.“We have to find some way to have equal rights and people must not be viewed differently because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background.”Deeney said: “Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter.“Watching cricket with my grandad, and seeing Brian Lara transcend from being a cricketer to a worldwide superstar, shaped my childhood, so it’s great to be able to help West Indies cricket show their support in such a meaningful way.”The shirts are expected to be worn for the first time in this week’s first-class, four-day warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts on Monday.The ICC had previously told ESPNcricinfo that they would operate a “common-sense approach to the implementation of regulations” regarding demonstrations of solidarity with the movement, which would be assessed on a “case-by-case basis”.England are also expected to mark their support for the movement during the series following discussions within the squad, and may also wear blue armbands in recognition of the contribution of NHS staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ECB announced last week that players would wear the names of cricket-supporting key workers on their training shirts ahead of the first Test.West Indies’ shirts will also be the first to feature a chest sponsor, like those seen in football since the 1970s. The ICC’s chief executives’ committee ratified a change earlier this month to allow a relaxation of rules on apparel logos for the next 12 months, seemingly to help them maintain relations with sponsors during a difficult financial period.Logos on the fronts of players’ shirts will not be permitted to exceed 32 square inches in size, as per the regulations for ODI and T20I kits. England are also expected to release a shirt with a chest sponsor in the next few days.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Pele Greets Latest Number 10 Icon, Neymar Jr

first_imgPele, who made the shirt number 10 in football an iconic one has congratulated his compatriot, Neymar Jr who has been offered that shirt in his new club, PSG after a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros. Incidentally, both Brazilian have their roots from Santos, the only club Pele played for till he moved to the US as a celebrity player.Pele took to his Twitter handle and wrote: “Congratulations @neymarjr, good luck in your new challenge. Paris is a beautiful city, one of my favorites in the world”Paris itself has been bubbling with the arrival of the latest football icon, Neymar. Expectedly, the Neymar shirt number 10 will be an instant hit when it is put up on sale in Paris.The Qatari president of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, remarked: “It is with immense joy and pride that we welcome Neymar Jr to Paris Saint-Germain, “Neymar Jr is today one of the very best players in world football. His winning mentality, strength of character and sense of leadership have made him into a great player. He will bring a very positive energy to this club.“In six years, we have built a very ambitious project that has already taken us to the highest level of national and European football.“Today, with the arrival of Neymar Jr, I am convinced that we will come even closer, with the support of our faithful fans, to realizing our greatest dreams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers’ revenge comes up short

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBilled as a perennial highlight on the schedule, Wisconsin’s 61-58 loss to Marquette in Milwaukee was the battle that has come to be expected from an in-state rivalry.“It was a great basketball game,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “I thought the last 16 minutes was like Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.”Playing against the three Marquette senior guards Dominic James, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews, the key for the Badgers was to slow down the game and keep the Golden Eagles from scoring in transition.“Whenever you play a team like that, it’s the way the game is going to be,” McNeal said. “They are going to slow the ball down, and they are going to make you work on defense each and every possession.”In the first half, the Badgers had it their way. Going into the locker room at the end the first half, Wisconsin held a 33-27 lead. The Badgers out-rebounded a smaller Marquette team 16-10 and even built a 10-point lead with 6:55 left to go in the half.“In the first half, we were getting what we wanted,” Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We were making them shoot outside shots, which was something we wanted to do and we rebounded. Then things got switched. They got the momentum, and we never got it back.”As the second half started, however, Marquette began to take control. Matthews, who only had seven points in the first half, scored 14 straight points over 11 minutes in the second half to help Marquette build a 52-49 lead. The Golden Eagles never looked back.“He was definitely feeling it,” Krabbenhoft said. “He had that one that kind of went in and out, which was kind of a heat-check, and he had a guy right on him but pulled it right up. That is when you know a guy is just feeling it.”At the end of the game, McNeal, James and Matthews accounted for 45 of Marquette’s 61 points, including a game-high 26 from McNeal. James finished with 10 and Matthews, who averages 22 points per game, only had nine points. As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 41.4 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.While McNeal went on his run, the Badgers were unable to respond. They went scoreless from 8:18 in the half until forward Marcus Landry hit a layup with 2:17 left to go in the game. By then, though, Marquette had built a 59-51 lead.“We scored two points on nine possessions and that hurts,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We lose the lead, and they get the lead. We played from behind on the road. Those are things you don’t like to do, but you try to get it done.”Besides outscoring the Badgers, the Golden Eagles also out-rebounded Wisconsin. Marquette managed 12 offensive boards after halftime while Wisconsin, who had an evident size-advantage, came up with just two.“It was big time for us tonight,” McNeal said about his team’s dominance on the boards. “Most of the teams we play are bigger than us. We know we have to play a certain way and have to have a certain aggressiveness to us. We have to have a chip on our shoulder every time we get on the court, especially in the rebounding department. I think we came out tonight and proved it to ourselves, and everyone else we could do that.”On the Badgers’ side of the ball, there was very little production in the second half. Marquette limited Landry to just three points on four shots and six rebounds. The only offensive bright spots for Wisconsin were Trevon Hughes, who finished with 14 points, and Keaton Nankivil, who finished with 11 points but just one rebound.“One rebound might be deceiving because he probably got a body on his guy quite a bit,” Ryan said of Nankivil. “You always like to see your five guy a little more active on the glass. But he ended up doing some really nice things for a sophomore.”Despite giving up 45 points to Marquette’s guards, Ryan was impressed with the composure his freshmen, especially Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson, who finished the game with seven points, including a three point basket during an 8-0 run during the first half.“I think Rob Wilson showed some things athletically,” Ryan said. “Keep an eye on him. He’s an interesting guy. He’s had to step it up a little more. I saw some good things that he brings to the table.”Ryan, who dismissed the fact that he prepares any differently for a rivalry game than any other games, thought his team was ready for Saturday’s game, especially coming off a big win against Virginia Tech in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.“If we have two, three days of preparation, one day you are throwing zones in and you are throwing traps in,” Ryan said. “We just didn’t get off the boat. Now, how you execute it, it might look like we were at Ellis Island.”After Saturday night’s win, Marquette had its first back-to-back victories against Wisconsin since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. The game also marks the Golden Eagles’ 53 victory in the 115th meeting between the two teams.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer prepares to play either Duke, N.C. State in ACC quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Notre Dame and Syracuse, as the top-two seeds in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, are the only two sides in the 10-team field that won’t have a full week to scout an opponent.SU is the No. 1 team in the country but No. 2 in the tournament by virtue of the Fighting Irish having a better conference record. The Orange (14-2-1, 5-2-1 ACC) will play the winner of No. 10 North Carolina State (7-6-4, 1-4-3) and No. 7 Duke (8-8-1, 4-4), who play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Durham, North Carolina.SU played the Wolfpack to a scoreless draw on Oct. 25 and hasn’t played the Blue Devils yet this season. While playing N.C. State may be more beneficial in terms of scouting, there’s still no explicit preference among the team.“There’s obviously an advantage for us if we play N.C. State that we know about their team,” SU sophomore Oyvind Alseth said. “We know their strengths and weaknesses but I think it really doesn’t matter for the team.“I think we’re just happy to play that game and we’re ready to play whoever we’re going to face.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven though the Wolfpack battled SU to its only draw on the year, the Orange knows it could be a completely different game if N.C. State was to be the quarterfinal opponent.“Even though we did play N.C. State, I’m sure it’s not going to be the same matchup if they beat Duke and we were able to play them,” SU midfielder Nick Perea said.If Duke is the winner on Wednesday, former SU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Miller will make his first trip back to Syracuse since joining the Blue Devils over the summer.Miller was previously with SU since head coach Ian McIntyre took over and was integral in bringing in a majority of the current crop that got the Orange to the nation’s top spot on Tuesday. The two teams haven’t come in contact, but McIntyre knows either one won’t be going into a potential matchup blind.“It’s the beauty of having the chance to watch each other against a lot of quality common opponents,” McIntyre said of scouting Duke. “We’ve watched Duke play several times already this year, as I’m sure they’ve seen us as well.”Rhynhart doubtful for ACC tournament quarterfinalJunior forward Noah Rhynhart, who was seen walking with a protective brace on his right knee last week, may not suit up when Syracuse takes the field on Sunday. He dressed in the team’s puffy jacket, sweatpants and sneakers when SU took on Boston College on Friday and McIntyre said it could be the same this weekend.“He’s still a little bit away,” McIntyre said of Rhynhart’s chances to play. “He’s not old and slow like me, so he’s a fast healer. He was moving around pretty well today, so we’ll see.”The head coach added that it certainly helps that SU has prolonged its season and earned a top seed in order to give Rhynhart several extra days of rest. While he is a couple weeks into his original 3–4 week healing timeframe, McIntyre said, he’s still working back.“You guys have the cliche. What is it, day-to-day?” McIntyre asked the group of reporters around him. “Is that what we’re supposed to say?”Rhynhart has only tallied one goal and one assist this year, but has been a spark plug up top as one of the Orange’s fastest players and one that is at the front of a deep bench.But that depth may take a slight hit as ACC tournament play begins. Said McIntyre of Rhynhart’s chances to play: “I think it would be a challenge for him.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Poll shows Californians favor tax hike

first_imgA new poll by Policy Analysis for California Education and the Rossier School of Education indicated that 63 percent of voters favor of extending Proposition 30 to bring more money to public schools. The proposition is set to expire at the end of 2016.By extending Prop. 30, voters would be agreeing to a tax increase for those with high incomes, a general sales tax increase or possibly both.According to the polls, only 28 percent of voters oppose a tax increase.The last time Prop. 30 was modified, it resulted in a quarter-cent tax increase for the state as well as a higher personal income tax for those with incomes larger than $250,000 a year. All tax increases funded public schools and government programs.Rossier Dean Karen Gallagher said the poll clearly shows that Californians are not opposed to funding public schools with taxes.“Since the inception of this poll in 2012, we have identified valuable trends that not only reflect the opinions of the state’s voters, but also influence policymakers in Sacramento,” Gallagher said in a statement released by USC News. “The latest results indicate a growing confidence in our public school system as voters are clearly willing to provide greater financial support to education.”According to USC News, the amount of voters who believe public schools have gotten better has increased by 10 percent to 17 percent in the last three years.David Plank, executive director of PACE, said residents are happy with the changes, but expect more to come.“Voters are clearly not satisfied with the State of California’s public education system, but they are beginning to see their schools moving in the right direction,” Plank said in a statement released by USC News. “They still see a lot of room for improvement, but this is a very encouraging trend.”last_img read more

USC launches outreach programs to assist community

first_imgThe USC Employees Support Fund aims to provide aid to nearly 28,000 staff and faculty employed at the University. While USC has extended paid administrative until mid-April from the original March 26 date, the fund will serve as supplementary support for expenses such as unexpected child care and health care costs, income loss and technology requirements to work from home. The USC Community Outreach Fund will provide meals to families and children living near campus, support for the elderly and people with disabilities through wellness calls and supportive outreach, job opportunities and financial resources for unemployed workers, assistance to surrounding small business and nonprofits and mental health and housing services to those in South L.A. neighborhoods.  “As we go through these times and I think of your dedication and commitment, it’s a constant reminder to me and to our entire community that we will not only weather this crisis, but we will emerge stronger,” Folt said in a video message to students, faculty and staff. USC has created four funds to support the University and South Los Angeles community amid the spread of the coronavirus, President Carol Folt announced Monday in a schoolwide email. The outreach projects will fund students’ basic needs, Keck Medicine of USC’s emergency response, community support and employee assistance. center_img The USC Student Basic Needs Fund aims to cover student costs related to housing expenses, food insecurity, emergency travel, income loss and technology upgrades needed for remote instruction, among other financial burdens. The fund for Keck Medicine health professionals will support those working on the front lines during the crisis. Donations will go toward purchasing masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other personal protective equipment, along with providing ventilators and testing kits. The fund will also help bolster new quarantining areas for those in recovery who are not yet ready to return home, freeing up space for incoming patients.last_img read more