The State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation is mandated by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Act 167, of December 20, 1988, to establish the philosophy, mission and goals of the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
The Board is chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry, and consists of ten members, appointed by the Governor, who serve six-year terms. Members are appointed on the basis of respected standing, interest in the field of rehabilitation, and interest in serving. The Board meets four times a year at varying locations throughout the state.
Individuals who may be interested in serving on the Board should submit a resume and letter of interest to Cheryl Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before November 30, 2017.
Nominations due by January 3, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) would like you to share this announcement with your networks.
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH). The Committee provides advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and on the development of goals and specific program activities of OMH designed to improve the health status and outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities.
Nominations of qualified candidates are being sought to fill vacancies on the Committee. There are a total of four vacancies. OMH is particularly seeking nominations for individuals who can represent health interest of Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. These positions will open July 2018. The deadline to submit nominations is January 3, 2018.
The Federal Register Notice for the Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the ACMH can be access by clicking here.
Online survey for people who require accessible parking, and/or have disabled placard or license plates, takes about 10 minutes and will have a major effect on policies related to parking for people with disabilities
Have you faced challenges when it comes to finding available parking? Have you been frustrated by parking spaces that are designated for people with disabilities but are used by those who don’t need them? What other parking problems do you encounter?
Here is your chance to share your experiences, insights, and challenges. AAPD is part of a newly-formed Accessible Parking Council to address these issues on a national scale.
If you require accessible parking and have a disabled placard or license plate, please take this 15-minute online survey on Accessible Parking and Placard Abuse to ensure your voice is heard.
The last in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
Becoming Your Own Healthcare CEO
When you think about a chief executive officer (CEO), what characteristics come to mind? Someone who is in charge or that has power? A person who is respected and in control?
You're right - and that is the position you should take in your healthcare.
Now this is not to say that you have to be a tyrant who disrespects others like many people in power. You can dictate your treatment and care with diplomacy and respect. My grandmother, who is the inspiration for my healthcare advocacy business, always said to me, "Baby, there is always a nice way to say kiss my behind (and she didn't say "behind" by the way). And there is.
In the art of healthcare advocacy, you will catch more flies with honey. Totally alienating your healthcare provider is a big no-no.
A CEO also knows when to have respect for others that know more about a subject than they do, and put those people in charge of their specialties. That is how your doctors should be treated. They are the experts in the practice of medicine and you must yield to their opinions within their expertise. I barely passed biology in college, so I am not qualified to be a doctor.
Fourth in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
What Kind of Patient Are You?
As part of my series on how to get the best health care immediately, I wanted to go further into the concept of figuring out the type of patient you are. This is a critical piece of becoming a stronger and more in-charge patient over your healthcare and treatment.
In my former life as a social worker, I ran into patients that were passive – they really didn’t care what was said, they would go along with any plan their doctor had for them. And I also saw the opposite – major skepticism in patients where the doctor was not trusted. I am hoping to show you how to fall somewhere in the middle, with the ability to use both kinds of characteristics, if needed.
There are some things that you have to ask yourself to find out your patient-type. Answer honestly because the type of patient you are has a direct effect on your health care and treatment, including how you receive it and how it will play out.
Here are some things to think about to determine your patient type.
I did a patient assessment myself. I discovered but there's not a patient bone in my body (no pun intended, I guess). It's not a good thing, but I accept it. Therefore in my healthcare, I have a real problem with long waiting times and I will express myself accordingly to staff. No one should have to wait two hours for a seven minute
After asking yourself these things, you will be well on your way to figuring out your patient-type. There is no right or wrong answer because again everyone is unique. You may have completely different answers than your BFF does.
This is the type of information that will help you long term in your healthcare journey. Knowing your patient-type will help you find the right doctor that will cater to your principles, can help you find the right insurance it covers your treatment style and give you the ability to communicate your wishes to your providers on how things will be done. You will begin to be in charge of your care, which is what you need. And I want that for
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, is a Writer, Social Worker & Healthcare Advocate at Live Better Boomer! Healthcare Access & Advocacy Services, in the greater Philadelphia area. You can also connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.