Summer Policy Institute- WV

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http://www.wvpolicy-spi.org/index.html

Summer Policy Institute

Connecting WV’s Future Leaders to Policy Work & Networks

 

The Summer Policy Institute will bring together highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a three-day learning experience, where participants are given an opportunity to become better informed about vital West Virginia specific policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields. The Institute is hosted by the staff of the WV Center on Budget and Policy and Marshall University.

 

The West Virginia 2018 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be  held at the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV on July 27-29,  2018.

Application opens April 1, closes June 15, 2018.

 

Who can participate? SPI is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at a West Virginia college or university, or graduate from a West Virginia high school, who has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. VISTA Volunteers in West Virginia are also eligible to apply. SPI participants are chosen by a competitive application process aimed at selecting students with strong academic training, diverse experiences, and a clear interest in the study and practice of public policy. Particular emphasis is given to selecting a class of participants from a range of educational institutions, fields of study, and geographic and cultural backgrounds. Interested students in all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

There is no cost to attend.

 

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National Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs!

Living Beyond Breast Cancer has two programs for young women diagnosed with breast cancer coming up in the next few weeks. Please help us promote these programs by sharing with your partners and constituents. Thanks!

 

Single and Ready to Mingle: Dating and Breast Cancer Twitter Chat, Wednesday, June 20 at 8:00 pm ET

Do you have questions about datingand breast cancer? Join @LivingBeyondBreastCancer on June 20 at 8:00pm (ET) for Single and Ready to Mingle: Dating and Breast Cancer, a Twitter Chat focusing on the many impacts a breast cancer diagnosis can have on your dating life such as how you relate to yourself and to others, changes in body image, and finding the right time to share your diagnosis with someone new. Learn more at http://lbbc.org/datingchat

Running on Empty: Fed up with Fatigue Breast Cancer 360 Panel Discussion, Thursday, July 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm

In person at the BWI Airport Marriott or online via web stream 

On July 26, join Living Beyond Breast Cancer for Running on Empty: Fed Up With Fatigue a Breast Cancer 360 discussing practical and medical methods to ease cancer-related fatigue.  During this program, Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, will offer tools to cope with the social and emotional impacts of living with less energy than before. This program is presented in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. You can attend the free event live or participate through livestream. Register here: www.lbbc.org/fatigue360

 

The Older Americans Act (OAA) – Take Action

The Older Americans Act (OAA) helps older adults to engage in their communities and to maintain and improve dignity, health, and independence. Services funded through the OAA include case management, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver supports, nutrition programs, transportation, and in-home assistance. In partnership with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and other groups, NASW has advocated consistently for OAA funding.

 

The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018, passed and signed into law (P.L. 115-141) in late March, included increased funding (as compared to FY 2017) for some OAA programs and other programs critical to the well-being of older adults:

 

  • OAA Title II programs: Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • OAA Title III programs: Preventive Health, Family Caregiver Support, Nutrition Services, and Home and Community-Based Supportive Services
  • OAA Title VI programs: caregiver support services and nutrition and supportive services for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawai’ians
  • OAA Title VII programs: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect Programs; Elder Justice Initiative and other Elder Rights Support Activities
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (partial restoration of funding cut in FY 2017)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Program: part of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-14)
  • Section 202 program: provides housing for older adults with low incomes
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: benefits many older adults
  • National Institutes of Health: research on Alzheimer’s and related dementias
  • Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
  • National Health Service Corps and Area Health Education Centers
  • Community Development Block Grant.

 

Moreover, the law included level funding for other programs that had faced severe cuts during the FY 2018 appropriations process:

 

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Elder Falls Prevention, both under the auspices of the PPHF
  • Senior Community Services Employment Program  Senior Corps: includes Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companion programs
  • Community Services Block Grant and Social Services Block Grant.

 

These appropriations constitute a significant victory for the OAA and for other aging programs.

 

 

Action Requested

 

Send a message to your members of Congress to underscore the importance of funding for the OAA and other programs integral to the health and well-being of older adults.

Take Action

Glenville State College Academic Success Center is hosting the “Pioneering Your Future” Career Expo

Employers, Administrators, and Human Resources Personnel:

 

The Glenville State College Academic Success Center is hosting the “Pioneering Your Future” Career Expo on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the college’s Waco Center.  This event is free for both exhibitors and attendees.  If you or a representative from your company are interested in setting up a booth, please return the attached Registration Form.  A table and chair(s) will be provided along with refreshments throughout the day.

 

If you have any further questions about this event, or anything else, please contact us at Career.Services@glenville.edu or by telephone at 304.462.4118.

 

2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin related to the 2018 Federal Poverty Level Standards. The updated standards are available on Medicaid.gov at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/medicaid-enrollees/index.html.

The informational bulletin can be accessed on Medicaid.gov at https://www.medicaid.gov/Federal-Policy-Guidance/Federal-Policy-Guidance.html.

2018 Lung Cancer Conference: Catalyzing Change to Address Lung Cancer

Please see the attached Save the Date for the 2018 Lung Cancer Conference: Catalyzing Change to Address Lung Cancer. In addition to putting the information on your calendar, we would like for you to take a few minutes to fill out the survey using the link below. Information from the survey will help the committee to tailor some content based on interest or issues most important to serving the people of West Virginia. If you have any questions, please call Abby Starkey or Jenny Ostien at 304-293-2370. Thank you!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/110118-110218

 

Please forward this information to other appropriate organizations, groups, or listservs. Thank you.

March 2018 Monongalia County Events

Saturday Event Series Spring 2018 Free Fun for Kids at The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, 401 Evansdale Drive, Morgantown.

March 17 (1-4PM) Rug Making – Celebrate National Quilting Day, explore coal camp life and create your own up-cycled rug.

April 14 (10-2PM) Touch a Truck: Mighty Machines and More. Enjoy a community event where children can explore heavy machinery, meet the people that operate the machines and learn about what the machines can do.

For more information about the museum and their events, please visit their website: https://wattsmuseum.wvu.edu/

 

March 17 (11Am-1PM) Mountaineer Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Food Giveaway at the Old Mall Location, 5000 Green Bag Rd, Morgantown. Participants will need to provide the following info: name, address, phone number & household size. Bring a box or laundry basket to carry food, while supplies last. For more information contact Tambra (304)364-5518

 

March 20 – TBI Awareness Day Events. Learn more about traumatic brain injury and participate in a free screening. Join West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities at various locations including RCB Health Sciences Center,1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown (10AM-1PM) and Monongalia County Health Department, 453 Van Voorhis Road, Morgantown (10AM – 2PM). For more information contact Sara Miller 304-586-1520.

 

March 20 and 21(8:30AM-3:00 PM) Kindergarten Registration and Screening Information for 2018-2019 for children not currently enrolled in Monongalia County Pre-K. See flyer for additional details.  If you do not have internet access to make your appointment or if you have additional questions, please call 304-291-9330 ext. 1768.

 

March 22 (10AM-6PM), March 23 (10AM-6PM), March 24 (8AM -1PM) Christian Help Kids Consignment Sale. WV National Guard Morgantown Readiness Center, 90 Army Band Way. Spring and Summer Clothing, Shoes, Strollers, Bouncers, Furniture, etc. Cash Only Please.Facebook: Children’s Consignment Sale of Morgantown.

 

March 24 (10AM-noon) 2018 Literacy Egg Hunt at Arnettsville Community Center, Rte. 19S about 8 miles past the Mall. Please call 304-680-0568 or email moncostartingpoints@gmail.com with your child’s name, age, birthdate and parents’ contact information. See flyer for more details.

 

March 26 (9AM-3PM) CANCELLED Human Trafficking Training – For more information

 

March 30 (8AM-4PM) Veteran’s Mental Health First Aid – Valley Healthcare, 301 Scott Ave, Morgantown. Free, open to the public, evidence based. CEU credit hours available for nursing, law enforcement, and social work. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-mental-health-first-aid-tickets-42355737150?aff=efbeventtix.

 

March 31 (1PM) Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mason-Dixon Historical Park. This is a free event for kids. Registration begins at 1PM with fun games and prizes until the egg hunt starts at 3PM. Age groups will be 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13+. For more information about this event and other great events at the Mason-Dixon Historical Park go to: http://www.masondixonhistoricalpark.com/events.html

 

April 6 (6-8PM) International Family Fun Night sponsored by The Shack Neighborhood House and Monongalia County Starting Points held at 537 Blue Horizon Dr., Pursglove. Celebrate our community’s diversity through delicious food, displays, art, music and performances.

 

April 6 (4-8PM) and April 7 (10AM-2PM) Christian Help Prom Chic Boutique, 219 Walnut St., Morgantown. Free prom dresses, suits, accessories, shoes and more. Donations welcome. For more info or to donate call 304-296-0221.

 

April 17-19 (9AM-3PM) Kiddie Days at the WVU Animal Sciences Farm. Guided tours of the farm each day. Admission is $2 per person. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register by calling 304-293-1978

 

April 28 (9AM-4PM) Early Childhood Annual Spring Training 2018. Mountainlair Ballroom. ECAST a free training intended to assist those who work with children birth through age eight. Anastasia Riley MBA CBIS will providing a workshop for the morning session, “Looking, Listening and Learning: Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Help Kiddos with Challenging Behavior. Dr. Linda Carson will provide the workshop in the afternoon, “Supporting Healthy Habits and Active Learning with Movement and Music.