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HEALTHeLINK offers syndromic surveillance reporting service to NYS Department of Health

HEALTHeLINK offers syndromic surveillance reporting service to NYS Department of Health

In partnership with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, launched an automated syndromic surveillance reporting service for its hospital partners.  Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville became the first facility to submit its syndromic surveillance data to NYSDOH via this method. Syndromic surveillance data is used to detect outbreaks and monitor disease developments. This project is the result of a Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL)-supported initiative to enhance the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) for electronic information exchange between Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and NYSDOH.

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

Daemen Receives Grant to Advance Skills of Workforce Serving Elderly

AMHERST, N.Y. – A $20,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to Daemen College will be used to help enhance the practical skills and experience of the future workforce serving the elderly.

The grant will be used to implement the Daemen Social Work Department’s initiative “Investing in an Elder-Competent Workforce: Relationship Building and Education for the Elderly in the Community Through Social Work Clinical Practice.” It builds on a $10,000 grant also from the Health Foundation for the development of enhanced geriatric education for social work students, an effort being overseen by Dr. Joanne Cannavo, associate professor of social work.

“This initiative is vital to advancing the skills of our students and giving them the opportunity to interact and work with an elderly population throughout their senior year of studies at Daemen,” said Cannavo.

On St. Patrick’s Day, be a Saint and Drive Sober

On St. Patrick’s Day, be a Saint and Drive Sober

 

The statistics are sobering: Every 53 minutes in 2011, a person was killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States, and most of the drunk drivers involved had blood alcohol concentrations nearly double the legal limit of .08. 

“For many Americans, St. Patrick’s Day and the days leading up to it have become synonymous with drinking,” said Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “Unfortunately, that means that drunk drivers have made the holiday very dangerous.”

What Is Your Purpose?

What Is Your Purpose?

 

What is divine intervention? Why are we here? What is your purpose? Does God exist?

These are questions many of us ask ourselves and others every day. Such dilemmas exist because we have diverse lives that lead us to further investigation. Such questions may bring one to personal growth, overcoming obstacles, settling on or away from a belief system, deciding what path is correct to follow and most importantly, the value of self.

Scholars, seers, religious leaders, scientists, peace makers, activists and those that have come before us, our forefathers, have asked themselves the same questions. Did they arrive at a conclusion? We shall never truly know the answer, all we are able to do is keep searching, keep meeting new people, strive to improve and do our very best to simply be good people.

Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Niagara County Refuse Disposal District Honored by Covanta

Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Niagara County Refuse Disposal District Honored by Covanta

Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, is honoring the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and Niagara County Refuse Disposal District in commemoration of the milestone attainment of the successful destruction of one million pounds of unwanted prescription medication. Both organizations have partnered closely with Covanta and their nationally recognized Prescription for Safety Program (Rx4Safety™) to achieve this milestone and were recognized for exceptional leadership in protecting local residents and the environment from the improper disposal of drugs.

Fetch! Healthy Dog Treats Now Available Via Mail Order

Fetch! Healthy Dog Treats Now Available Via Mail Order

 

Fetch! Dog Treats, a Cheektowaga, N.Y.-based business offering healthy and delicious homemade dog treats made with all natural and organic ingredients, is now offering its popular product line via mail order!

“Our products are carefully made with oat flour and all-natural ingredients such as salmon oil, which promotes healthy joints, skin and coat,” said owner Jackie Lovern. “When it comes to caring for your dog or puppy you want to be able to reward them with healthy and wholesome treats they will enjoy.”

UV Protection Essential to Protect Your Eyes from Harmful Light

UV Protection Essential to Protect Your Eyes from Harmful Light

While light is obviously fundamental for vision — try walking around a dark room at night without bumping into something — some light can prove harmful to eye health. One way to protect your eyes from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) light is with glasses or sunglasses featuring no-glare lenses.

“UV light is a major contributor to eye disease, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration,” said Michael Tomasik, owner of Tomasik Optical in Orchard Park and Lackawanna. “Today there are lenses designed to filter out harmful rays while allowing beneficial light to pass through. One such brand we carry are the Crizal Prevencia No-Glare Lenses.