Wolf Administration Awards $3.4 Million in Grants to Support Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorder

first_imgWellSpan HealthYork, Adams, Franklin, Lebanon Wolf Administration Awards $3.4 Million in Grants to Support Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Opioid Use Disorder Lehigh Valley Health NetworkLehigh, Schuylkill The Wright Center for Community HealthLackawanna, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, Luzerne Lancaster GeneralLancaster SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Grant RecipientService Area Berks Counseling CenterBerks Allegheny Health NetworkAllegheny, Fayette November 07, 2019 Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today his administration is awarding $3.4 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for support services of pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD).The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration and administered through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“Pennsylvania continues its leadership role in the national, statewide and local fight against the scourge of opioids with a focus on all those affected by this crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “These grants will go a long way to create or expand programs to help vulnerable pregnant and postpartum women get the services they need to treat opioid use disorder and start a healthy life for them and their newborns.”The funding will be directed to nine providers through grant agreements up to $400,000. Awardees are a combination of providers expanding existing services and developing new programs with the funding. Services may include assisting individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs, providing postpartum physical and mental health care, child care during periods when the mother is engaged in treatment, and parenting-, nutritional-, and employment-readiness education. “While we have made strides against the opioid crisis there are still far too many Pennsylvanians suffering from OUD,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “In order to make effective change, we must continue to provide innovative services to those in need. With the unprecedent amount of federal funding flooding Pennsylvania, we are committed to creating services and supports that wouldn’t be available otherwise, while focusing on building a drug and alcohol treatment system that can adequately address all Pennsylvanians, including priority populations like pregnant women.”In July, Gov. Wolf signed an executive order strengthening protections for vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women suffering from OUD. As part of this effort, the administration is committed to support innovation in service delivery and strengthening quality services. Supporting providers that offer innovative, critical services to pregnant women and postpartum women with OUD represent the administration’s continued commitment to providing services and supports that meet Pennsylvanians’ individual needs and help them on a path to happy, healthy lives.“As public servants, we have an obligation to help all individuals but especially vulnerable populations that greatly influence the future of Pennsylvania, like our children,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to the innovative services this funding will support and its positive effects on the health and safety of our youngest Pennsylvanians.”For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids. Geisinger Medical CenterMontour, Northumberland, Luzerne PA Counseling Services, Inc.Lebanon, Dauphin Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc.Schuylkilllast_img read more

USC hosts 5th Women’s Empowerment Conference

first_imgOn Saturday, the 5th annual Women’s Empowerment Conference was held on USC’s campus, drawing nearly 100 high school girls who visited campus for a day of inspirational speakers and empowerment workshops.‘Know your worth’ · Alanah Joseph, president of Maxwell Avenue, encouraged girls to take advantage of workplace changes regarding gender. – Macaul Hodge | Daily TrojanThe event was hosted by Maxwell Avenue, a fashion and lifestyle brand, in conjunction with USC TriO Educational Talent Search. The ETS is a nonprofit program unit, which aims to promote education and better living to kids from low-income backgrounds, and Maxwell Avenue’s brand name has become an emblem of female empowerment and accomplishment.The  day began with keynote speaker Serena Watson, who is the editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle magazine Made Woman Magazine. Watson is also a USC alumna and is a now a writer, producer and entrepreneur. Watson has applied her passions to becoming a spokeswoman and advocate for woman empowerment.“Just to see and be able to talk to women who have been so successful is inspiring,” said Catherine Romo, a sophomore at Southeast High School. “They make you feel as if you can do it, too.”Later in the day, the girls were able to get more involved in the conference through workshops. One was directed by a USC Department of Public Safety officer, and was both a self-defense lesson as well as a presentation on safety in general.Another workshop consisted of a panel of successful women in the workplace. They were asked about their accomplishments, their struggles and how they have overcome the challenges associated with working in historically male-dominated fields.“All you have control over is yourself,” said panelist Darcy Alvarez. “It all comes down to attitude.”Alvarez has worked in finance, accounting and management in her position with Liberty Tax Service. She noted that confidence is key.“Don’t let yourself become your own worst enemy,” Alvarez said. “You are there for a reason, and you deserve to be there.”Another panelist, Colleen Charles, a civil engineer, said not to let the unfair discrepancy between men and women in the workplace be intimidating.“As a civil engineer, I’ve found myself at meetings where often I am the only woman at the table. I’ve learned you can’t let that ratio intimidate you,” Charles said. “Instead, turn it into something productive. Let it empower you.”Those in the audience were surprised about women’s lack of presence in the workforce.“Only 20 of the ‘Fortune 500’ CEOs are women,” said workshop host and President of Maxwell Avenue Alanah Joseph.She stressed that women statistically make less money than men, but trends are changing.“Women only make 77 cents to every dollar earned by men,” Joseph said. “The scale is tipping, though. It’s important that we know our worth and, with that knowledge, have the confidence to ask for what we want. It’s the only way we’re going to get it.”The mission of the conference was to empower, encourage and promote education, positive self-esteem and strong self-awareness. The young women who attended the event left the event with a sense of determination to make positive changes for women.“I want to be an aerospace engineer and seeing engineers here makes me so happy,” said Diana Palafox, a 17-year-old student from Belmont High School in Westlake, Calif. “These women have shown me that even though that field is dominated by males, I can still go into it and have success.”Joseph’s success in empowering women can be seen in the mindsets of the girls who attended the conference.“This is my second year at the conference, and I think more women should attend,” said Jennifer Marroquin, a 17-year-old from Belmont High School. “They tell us that we are strong and beautiful women and that we can make something of ourselves. I don’t think women hear that enough.”last_img read more

Toronto Raptors end Clippers’ 8-game home win streak

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They started to watch the shots fall. Their minds said close out on those shots, move and talk on defense, and their bodies wouldn’t let them.And then the Clippers, in general, didn’t want to use the old fatigue excuse. But it was clear on Saturday at Staples Center that the Toronto Raptors were ready for an entire game and the Clippers weren’t.With a barrage of 3-pointers in the second half, Toronto ran away and hid in a 110-98 victory that ended the Clippers’ eight-game home winning streak. Even if they were without key ingredients like DeMar DeRozan (groin) and Landry Fields (concussion), the Raptors dealt with their losses better than the Clippers did without key reserve Spencer Hawes (knee bruise).“We were a little tired in the beginning,” said Blake Griffin, who had 22 points. “Any time you’re playing against a team that’s coming off of four days’ rest, that second half is going to be the toughest challenge.“I don’t think we responded well.”The Raptors made 54.5 percent of their shots in the second half and the Clippers shot only 40 percent. Toronto hit nine of their 13 3-pointers in the final two periods.Greivis Vasquez (16 points) came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers, Lowry added three and Lou Williams and Patrick Patterson each connected on two.Toronto took a two-point lead into the final period, when Patterson hit a 3-pointer and Vasquez hit two more plus a jumper to extend the lead to 93-80.The Clippers pulled to within 11 points with 5:55 left, but Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers.Center Jonas Valanciunas worked the inside for 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors.J.J. Redick went 5 for 9 from long distance and led the Clippers with 23 points. Jamal Crawford had 20 off the bench.“We made many mistakes defensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought that in the first half we were in trouble. I thought we were exhausted.“When one of the guys on their team got going offensively, they kept feeding him the ball.”center_img Now L.A. gets to rest. Until Monday, anyway, when the third game of a nine-game homestand arrives.“I felt like we ran out of gas before the game started,” said Clippers guard Chris Paul, who missed 9 of 12 shots and had only 10 points. “We tried to stay the course and hopefully find enough toward the end to pull out the game, but they went on a run.”That’s one way to put it. The game was tied at 78-78 late in the third quarter when the Raptors (23-7), the leaders of the Eastern Conference, went on a 15-2 run that effectively decided matters.Kyle Lowry scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter and Toronto went 9 for-17 from 3-point land in one stretch to build a 17-point lead that buried the Clippers (20-11).The Clippers were coming off a gritty win on Christmas Day and the Raptors had not played since Dec. 22.last_img read more