Paying for prescription medicine can be expensive and can sometimes create difficult choices. The Prescription Advocacy and Referral Service (or PARS) Program at the Social Development Commission helps income-eligible residents get those medicines at little or no cost. PARS can link residents to participating pharmaceutical companies to provide free or low-cost prescription medications. For more information on the PARS Program and eligibility requirements, click on www.cr-sdc.org/Programs/PARS.htm or call 414-906-2306.
Since November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center of St. Mark AME Church, has partnered with March of Dimes, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Black Child Development Institute to sponsor a series of community forums aimed at bringing this issue to the forefront in an effort to find solutions to break this devastating cycle of premature babies. The forums are being held in partnership with several other organizations under the overall theme of “Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy,” the community forums are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served during each forum.
• Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy—Identifying Solutions will be held on November 14th, from 6-8 p.m. Following a screening of “Women to Women for Healthy Babies” video, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from local health and social service agencies and participants of the Women to Women for Healthy Babies video. This session will conclude with brainstorming to create a wish list of changes that can support healthy baby outcomes, including short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions. (Held at the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center #2 1530 W. Atkinson Ave.)
• Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy—Mobilizing for Action will be held on November 17th, from 2-4 p.m. After personal reflections provided by women who have experienced a preterm birth, Dean Magda Peck of the Zilber School of Public Health, will be the featured speaker and the session will wrap up with a call to action from Senator Lena Taylor, 4th District, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Sixth District and Dr. Christlyn Stanley of St. Mark Women’s Missionary (Held at St. Mark AME Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave.).
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) is expanding its Psychiatric Crisis Service (PCS) Admission Center as part of an effort to provide improved patient care and safety.
The PCS Center serves about 14,000 people every year. The center provides psychiatric emergency services, including assessment, crisis intervention and medication 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
Updated features including a new triage area, an additional workstation and a children’s waiting area will help staff immediately assess patient needs and reduce or eliminate wait times.
This project was made possible thanks to support from Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo-West and the county board’s Health & Human Needs committee.
An open house will be held on Monday November 5th from 2-4pm. Consumers, staff and community partners are invited to come view the new center. Any members of the media interested in attending must RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday. RSVPs should be emailed to Community Relations Coordinator Tonya Simpson at [email protected]
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday the final rule implementing the part of the health care law that delivers higher payments to primary care physicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries. The new rule raises rates to ensure doctors are paid the same for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients and does not raise costs for states.
“The health care law will help physicians serve millions of Americans across the country,” Secretary Sebelius said. “By improving payments for primary care services, we are helping Medicaid patients get the care they need to stay healthy and treat small health problems before they become big ones.”
The final rule implements the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Medicaid pay physicians practicing in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine, and related subspecialists at Medicare levels in Calendar Years 2013 and 2014.
This payment increase goes into effect in January of 2013.
In addition to payment improvements, the health care law includes numerous initiatives designed to bolster primary care and strengthen the primary care workforce, including an expansion of medical residency positions for primary care physicians, new investments in physician assistant and nurse practitioner training, and an unprecedented expansion of the National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships and loan repayments to primary care providers who practice in underserved areas.
Six unsung heroes were honored recently at the First Annual Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin Community Champions Awards Dinner for their extraordinary service and civic contributions. The pictured above are (front row, left to right): Andy Bhugra, president of Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin; Sally Nickerson (Education Award), Karen Jackson (Advocacy and Civic Leader Award), Zarina Shockley Sparling, senior vice president of Health Plan Operations; Fox 6 Sports Reporter Tom Pipines (Health Care Media Award). (Back row, left to right): Margret MacLeod Brahm (Volunteer Award), Jeanne Phillips (Support Group and Service Club Award), and Melva Henderson (Faith-Based Organization Award). Each honoree received a grant to be given to an organization of their choosing and a Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin Community Champions Award trophy, named in honor of Molina Healthcare’s physician founder Dr. C. David Molina. The event was held at the Tripoli Shrine Center on Wisconsin Avenue. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
(BLACK PR WIRE) – In observance of the fifth annual celebration of Community Healing Days, October 19-21, 2012, a coalition consisting of Community Healing Network, Inc. (CHN), the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi), and the Mayor and key leaders in the City of Tuskegee, Alabama, today called on Black people everywhere to make personal commitments to emotional wellness by taking the Pledge to Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth at www.communityhealingnet.org.
The Pledge is a key part of the Coalition’s effort to call attention to the continuing impact of racism on the overall well-being of African Americans and the pressing need for a grassroots movement for emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for Black people across the African Diaspora. The Coalition pointed to growing signs of emotional distress in the Black community, including the facts that:
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “racism and racial discrimination adversely affect mental health by diminishing the victim’s self-image, confidence, and optimal mental functioning.”
And a recent study by the American Psychological Association found that “perceived racism may cause mental health symptoms similar to trauma and could lead to some physical health disparities between blacks and other populations in the United States.”
“Our aim,” said Enola Aird, founder and president of CHN, “is to mobilize Black people to overcome the lie of Black inferiority which has, for centuries, justified and fueled racism against Black people. The Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth campaign is focused on one simple message: It’s time for us as Black people to claim our full humanity.”
“As a people,” said ABPsi president Cheryl Grills, “for nearly 400 years, we have been fed toxic lies about our history, worth, and value as people of African ancestry, and those lies are all rooted in one big lie: the lie of Black inferiority.”
According to Daryl Rowe, president-elect of ABPsi, “the lie of Black inferiority contributes to many of the challenges we face as a community. If we want to reverse the negative trends for Black people, we must attend to the struggle for what Dr. King called ‘psychological freedom.’”
Mayor Omar Neal, leader of the Tuskegee Community Healing Initiative, said, “In spite of significant progress in increasing civil rights for Black people, and advances in our social standing, including the election of the nation’s first Black president, the lie of Black inferiority persists. It drives the world’s perceptions of Black people and our perceptions of ourselves.”
The Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth campaign is the launching pad for the Coalition’s mobilizing efforts for the next seven years–until 2019, the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in Jamestown colony. The initiative, designed to engage a critical mass of Black people in the movement for emotional emancipation by 2019, is comprised of several key elements, including:
• Providing suggestions of steps people can take to fulfill the Pledge at www.communityhealingnet.org;
• Developing a wide range of emotional wellness trainings and resources to help local leaders establish and maintain Emotional Emancipation Circles, local self-help groups focused on emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for Black people;
• Encouraging CHN’s and ABPsi’s members and supporters and Tuskegee’s citizens to take the pledge and to spread the word to encourage all their family and friends to take the Pledge;
• Working with young spoken word and other artists in the Black community to deliver strong Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth message via public appearances, Twitter, and Facebook; and
• Enlisting a wide range of other organizations and leaders in the Black community at the international, national, state, and local levels to take and promote the Pledge.
About CHN–A 501c3 nonprofit organization, CHN is the creator and leader of the annual celebration of Community Healing Days (on the third weekend of every October, to put “time for healing” on the Black agenda) and the Community Healing Institute (designed to bring Black mental health professionals together to help local leaders establish and sustain self-help groups focused on emotional emancipation, healing, and wellness for Black people.)www.communityhealingnet.org
About ABPsi–The Association of Black Psychologists is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, ABPsi seeks to promote and advance the profession of African psychology, influence and affect social change, and develop programs that address and work to alleviate problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.www.abpsi.org
(c) 2012 CHN Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Defy the Lie and Embrace the Truth, Community Healing Days, Community Healing Institute, and related marks and logos are service marks owned by CHN. www.communityhealingnet.org
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period — which begins today Monday, October 15 – has been expanded to last seven weeks and will end on December 7. This will give seniors and people with disabilities more time to compare and find the best plan that meets their unique needs. Open enrollment is seniors’ chance to review their Medicare choices and pick the plan that works for them but if they decide that they’re happy sticking with the coverage they have now, they don’t need to do anything else.
“Fall can be an extremely busy time of year, the kids are getting settled into a new a new school year, the yard and the house need to be made ready for winter and of course we need to keep up with the Packers on Sundays,” said Doug Hill, State Director for Know Your Care Wisconsin. “With everything we have going on, it’s so easy to forget another activity that should be on all our fall checklists: helping family members with the Medicare Open Enrollment period.”
If Medicare beneficiaries and their families need assistance in helping to choose a plan or deciding to stay on a plan they can utilize two great resources. The first is the Medicare Plan Finder, available at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan
The second resource is an “Elder Benefits Specialist.” Each county in Wisconsin has at least one of these specialists. These individuals can help Medicare beneficiaries learn what plans and what options are available to them. They cannot advise you on what plan to choose, but they will help you gather information to make a more informed decision about which plan is best for you. To make an appointment with your county’s elder benefits specialist you can contact your county’s Commission on Aging and Disability Resource Center.
A full listing of Wisconsin’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers can be found at this directory: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/EBS/benspecs.htm
Additionally, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, coverage for both brand name and generic drugs in the Part D “donut hole” coverage gap will continue to increase until 2020, when the donut hole will be closed. This year, people with Medicare received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and 14 percent coverage of generic drugs in the donut hole. In 2013, Medicare Part D’s coverage of brand name drugs will begin to increase, so people with Medicare will receive approximately 53 percent off the cost of brand name drugs, and coverage for 21 percent of the cost of generic drugs, in the donut hole.
“With more benefits, better choices and lower costs, Know Your Care Wisconsin encourages people with Medicare and their families to begin reviewing their drug and health plan coverage options for 2013,” Hill added.
More than 300 homeless men and women from Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 18, will receive medical screenings, dental and Social Security appointments, mental health assistance, haircuts, legal consultations, and other health and social services during Project Homeless Connect: Milwaukee, a one-stop shop of comprehensive support services for people experiencing homelessness.
The services will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
During the event, more than 200 local advocates will administer services to attendees, accomplishing in one day what might normally take several months. Guests will also partner with volunteers to identify and access necessary resources, explore previously unused benefits, and to eat lunch together.
Project Homeless Connect is a nationally recognized model of providing services to men and women experiencing homelessness, and this is the third annual event for Milwaukee . Project Homeless Connect: Milwaukee is a Milwaukee Continuum of Care event.
Milwaukee-area hearing loss specialists explain why the low cost of hearing aids online may extract a high cost in missed diagnosis and ineffective treatment.
Grassroots Newswire- Today, consumers can turn to the Internet to buy everything from art work to zoology books. But it wasn’t until recently that they could buy hearing aids – and this is a change that owners of Miracle-Ear centers in the Milwaukee area believe compromises consumer hearing health.
“Contrary to the way an internet vendor positioned hearing aids in an August 21, 2012, story airing on CNBC , hearing aids are neither fashion accessories nor ‘consumer electronic devices’,” said Wendy Crespo, audiologist for Miracle-Ear. “Hearing aids are medical devices, and require professional evaluation, fit and adjustments to deliver the life-changing benefits they offer.”
The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide, including those at more than 1,200 Miracle-Ear locations nationwide. As a corporate sponsor of IHS, Miracle-Ear supports the organization’s ground-breaking efforts to ban what it considers to be illegal internet and over-the-counter sales of hearing aids – also being marketed and sold as Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs). According to the IHS, because hearing loss can be related to an underlying medical disorder, by law the hearing loss sufferer must be evaluated by a physician or another licensed hearing professional in the six-month period prior to purchasing a hearing aid to confirm that all medically treatable conditions have been identified and addressed. And in many states, hearing aid sales are also governed by licensing laws.
However, adults do have the right to waive these protections based on religious or personal objections – and this has opened the door to Internet and over-the-counter marketers offering cut-rate products based on online, phone-based or written “hearing tests”. But Crespo warns that an effective hearing loss screening requires a visual examination of the ear along with a comprehensive hearing evaluation by a properly licensed specialist. Without this professional evaluation, consumers run the risk of not knowing or understanding the pathology behind their hearing loss – thereby missing the opportunity to treat the loss effectively and appropriately.
Consumers who buy hearing aids from qualified hearing specialists also benefit from ongoing patient counseling, fitting and adjustments – all of which are essential to maximizing the hearing aid wearer’s success with wearing the device and adjusting to life with hearing loss, according to Crespo. This comprehensive, personal approach to hearing loss care is invaluable to the consumer’s hearing health.
“While hearing aids are similar in design and intent, and the initial cost of a hearing aid purchased online may be very attractive, the key to success in wearing and benefiting from the device is in the follow-up counseling, support and fittings offered by certified hearing specialists like Miracle-Ear,” said Crespo. “Those devices that arrive in the mail will most likely end up in a drawer – unused. And, more importantly, the individual who ordered that device online will continue to suffer unnecessarily from untreated hearing loss.”
For more information about Miracle-Ear in the Milwaukee area, please contact one of the following hearing professionals or visit http://www.miracle-ear.com/.
Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, will address local area business leaders at this year’s annual CEOs Against Cancer gathering Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The gathering will reinforce best practices in decreasing smoking, improving diet, detecting cancer at the earliest stage and providing the critical support cancer patients need in the workforce. CEOs Against Cancer is a nationwide American Cancer Society volunteer forum of chief executive officers (CEOs). This distinguished group is focused on helping companies and organizations create healthier, more productive workforces. The Wisconsin Chapter is compirsed of 22 Wisconsin-based companies and organizations encompassing more than 20,000 employees. The group works to improve the health of employees, organizations and surrounding communities by raising corporate executives’ awareness about how to stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against cancer.