Wolf Administration Officials Join Luzerne County Fire Chief to Highlight Need to Equip All First Responders with Life-Saving Naloxone
WILKES-BARRE (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Wolf Administration officials today joined Wilkes-Barre City Fire Chief Jay Delaney to highlight how naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, should be available for all first responders.
"First responders are on the front lines of the battle against opioid overdoses and have already saved more than 3,800 lives using naloxone," Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. "It's essential that all first responders have access to naloxone because it saves lives. Communities such as Wilkes-Barre are not only keeping residents safe, but they give people battling addiction a chance at recovery."
Naloxone rapidly reverses heroin and other opioid overdoses, the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.
Opportunity to recognize extraordinary Direct Support Professionals in Philadelphia
Have you ever experienced a Direct Support Professional engaged in superior work ethics? Or, have you ever thought about the level of detail a Direct Support Professional must consider to get their job done? Did they have the necessary resources to accomplish their tasks or did their level of creativity play a part in getting the job done? If you answered yes, then this is your opportunity to recognize that person in a Philadelphia city-wide celebration.
The Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services Public Awareness Committee will host its 17th Annual Points of Transformation Awards on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The committee is inviting the public to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have committed their careers to supporting people with an intellectual disAbility. The public is asked to help the committee to celebrate those deserving professionals and recognize their hard work by completing a nomination form describing why a particular Direct Supports Professional should be recognized.
Resident was contagious between July 7-10
HARRISBURG (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today alerted residents of State College Borough, Centre County, that an individual has a confirmed case of measles and visited three local stores, potentially exposing others to the disease.
"If you visited these locations in the late afternoon or early evening of July 7 or 10, please contact your health care provider to determine if your immunizations are up to date," Dr. Levine said. "If you have been properly immunized against measles, your risk of getting the disease is minimal. However, if you believe you might have been exposed to measles and experience symptoms, please contact your health-care provider or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH."
Exposures may have occurred at the following dates and locations in State College:
Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease that spreads through coughing, sneezing or other contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms typically appear one to three weeks after infection and include: rash; high fever; cough; and red, watery eyes.
According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) those most at-risk are:
Even if you were vaccinated, you may still be at risk if you were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used from 1963 through 1967, and have not been revaccinated; or you were born after 1957 and have only received one dose of MMR vaccine.
For more information on measles visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations across the Commonwealth throughout the summer while school is out of session, through the Summer Food Service Program.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), is a federally-funded child nutrition program designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in economically disadvantaged areas across the nation. People over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled are also able to receive free meals at the Summer Food Service Program sites.
To learn where meals are served in your area, visit the Summer Meals Site Finder, a web-based application available for use at no charge, that also works on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices without the need to download.
The mapping tool allows users to enter an address, city, state or zip code to find up to 50 nearby locations, along with their addresses, hours of operation, and contact information, and directions.
To find a nearby site, or Information on obtaining food assistance any time of the year, call 1-866-348-6479 (1-877-842-6273 in Spanish) to speak with a representative of the USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse who will help find nearby food resources. The clearinghouse is operated by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program please visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp.
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Pennsylvania has launched its third statewide art contest for artists with a disability, Art: the Universal Language. This year’s theme will be Visions of Pennsylvania.
Artists of all ages are encouraged to share their vision and interpretation of Pennsylvania, whether they show their rendering of its natural beauty, city streets, its people, or any other aspect of the commonwealth.
Artists can submit images of their paintings, drawings, photos, 3-D items, or multi-media pieces. A team of judges will choose winners based on originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials.
The art contest is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services (DHS), The Arc of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.