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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Better Vision

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Better Vision

 

Millions of Americans deal with vision-related issues every day, from easily correctible impairments such as near- or far-sightedness to more complicated problems such as cataracts or macular degeneration. And during this season of gift-giving, wouldn’t it make sense to give a gift that brings eye care and eye health into focus?

Vision-related gift items could include a gift certificate for a complete eye exam, stylish new sunglasses, a supply of contact lenses, sport or safety goggles, or products such as lens cleaner or contact lens solution.

HEALTHeLINK offers immunization reporting service to the NYS Immunization Information System

HEALTHeLINK offers immunization reporting service to the NYS Immunization Information System

As a 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 the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, launched an automated immunization reporting web service for its participating providers. Buffalo’s Elmwood Health Center became the first practice to submit immunization data to the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) via this automated method.

Will You Use, or Lose, Your Flexible Spending Account Funds?

Will You Use, or Lose, Your Flexible Spending Account Funds?

 

The holiday season is upon us, and thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas morning, New Year’s Eve celebrations and much-needed reunions with friends and family. And in the mad rush to make sure everything is perfect, we often let other things fall through the cracks. Make sure you don’t do this with any flexible spending accounts that your family may have.

Workplace provided flexible spending accounts are very popular because you can save tax dollars and use the funds to pay for medically related expenses. In most instances, the funds must be used by Dec. 31 of the benefit year, and if you don’t use the funds, you will lose them.

Don’t Allow Your Thanksgiving Eve Celebration to Turn Tragic

Don’t Allow Your Thanksgiving Eve Celebration to Turn Tragic

 

While Thanksgiving Day typically kicks off the holiday shopping season — a joyous time of year for many families — Thanksgiving Eve has become known in recent years for something much more worrisome. For a variety of reasons, the evening before Thanksgiving has transformed into the the biggest party night of the year, leading to a significant increase in impaired driving crashes and arrests.

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services recognized as NeighborWorks Green Organization

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services recognized as NeighborWorks Green Organization

 

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services in Buffalo has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations.  To achieve this designation, West Side NHS was required to demonstrate adherence to a set of green business practices across its operations and all of its program areas. 

This is the second consecutive year that NeighborWorks America has recognized member organizations for their efforts to create healthier, energy-efficient environments for homeowners, renters, community residents and employees. To date, 42 NeighborWorks organizations have achieved this designation.

West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, which preserves and revitalizes Buffalo neighborhoods by providing safe, affordable and sustainable housing opportunities, is committed to green practices, including:

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe

 

The Resource Training Center is issuing a special challenge this week to the parents of all teen drivers with a special “5 to Drive” campaign encouraging parents to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45 percent) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Could the impact of childhood trauma contribute to emotional, behavioral and physical health problems in adults, creating a need for more detailed care? Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley, authors of the book Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, invite you to hear their research on the topic of early-life trauma on adult disease during a conference Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center Butler Wellness Clinic, 400 Forest Ave., Buffalo.  

Hosted by the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York (TICIWNY), the conference is designed to explore how the community can work to become more informed about the effects of trauma, providing trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services.