Arizona Center for Disability Law Board awarded Renaldo Fowler an award for 25 years of service at a January 29 Board Meeting held at the Disability Empowerment Campus. Fowler, a Senior Staff Advocate, is a highly respected Arizona advocate who specializes in special education. During the meeting, he also provided seclusion and restraint training for the board. During the meeting, the board approved five new members “All bring significant leadership and expertise in a variety of disability areas,” says executive director Peri Jude Radecic. “For example, Cyrus Martinez is an employment lawyer, and Mark Mendibles, Tucson, is a webmaster and former member of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, and fully understands the DD Act and Network. He also receives services from the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities. “Art Gode, Kingman, and Loretta Cheeks, Peoria, are parents of adult sons with developmental disabilities. Gode is very well connected in the northwest corner of Arizona, and Dr. Cheeks is a Engineering Technical Lead/Project Lead with General Dynamics, Scottsdale. Attorney Wendy Akbar, Phoenix, is the current chair of the State Bar Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession.” The ACDL Board meets quarterly and is comprised of diverse members representing all parts of Arizona, numerous disabilities, and disabilities of family members. It also sponsors a social networking site, http://acdlaw.ning.com/, which unites people interested in advocating for disability rights from around the globe, says Radecic. Membership is growing daily. Find Arizona Center for Disability Law's website here.
When someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a healthcare-associated (sometimes hospital-acquired) infection (HAI). Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at any point in time, 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from infections acquired in hospitals. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report published in March-April 2007 estimated the number of U.S. deaths from healthcare associated infections in 2002 at 98,987. The risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections in developing countries is 2-20 times higher than in developed countries. Afflicting thousands of patients every year, HAI often leads to lengthening hospitalization, increasing the likelihood of readmission, and adding sizably to the cost of care per patient. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher. Until recently, a lack of HAI reporting requirements for healthcare facilities has contributed to less-than-optimal emphasis being placed on eliminating the sources of healthcare associated infections. However, growing public anxiety regarding the issue and resulting legislation on state and local levels demanding accountability is serving to accelerate initiatives to combat HAIs. To learn more about the impact of healthcare-associated infections for both medical professionals and patients, please visit www.haiwatch.com. And do take a moment to read http://haiwatchnews.com Thanks to Barbara Dunn for the above information.
It's been an enchanting visit to Christmas Hills Tree Farm for Christmas and the days following. Delightful family and friends, all kinds of activities, food at every turn, and a warm atmosphere. Couple this will several treks with my brother to take pictures of creeks, lakes, rivers, mountains, forest beauty, and animals. Got an especially good shot of a porcupine on the property: We even got some pictures of a doe and her fawn grazing in a yard in Mineral Lake. It's a good thing they can't read. They were grazing on property posted, "Taxidermist." Tomorrow we head for Phoenix. It's been such a treat for me to be spoiled by my Mossyrock family. And my Monroe family flew me up for Thanksgiving and also spoiled me...I could get used to this. Happy New Year from one of the most beautiful places on God's green Earth.
Today was my birthday, and I couldn't think of anything more fun than to invite some very special people and have one of them cater the lunch. Anne Caldwell, who is a human resources guru, is also a terrific caterer, and she came into my home this morning and took over while I went back to the office and worked. She produced lunch, and I produced Web pages and did bookwork. Then it was time for my guests to arrive, including my brother and his camera, and we sat down to a delightful lunch. Anne is fairly new to our group, as is Julie Moran, but the rest of us, including Jen Muench and Elsbeth Oggert (who couldn't join us today), have been part of the group for over a year. In the picture above, from left, are Anne Caldwell, Lois Epps, Julie Moran, Janet Crook, Ruthann Clemens, Roseann Ritterby, and me. What do we do? Brainstorm. Help each other out with business ideas. Help with organizational ideas for small businesses and nonprofits. (One of our members is starting up a nonprofit, and another is a social worker.) Analyze projects brought in by one or another of us. Analyze and critique as needed. Learn how to use new technology. Learn how to navigate in the world of social networking. We're a group of authentic people who have a great deal of life experience, enthusiasm, and energy. While we certainly look back at what we've learned, we tend to look forward as we discover way to make our businesses work in this new age. Marketing and communication are two of our main focus points. A diverse group, which makes things very refreshing, we try to think outside the taco. Back to Anne Caldwell. Her catering business is called "In Good Taste," and she specializes in healthy, wholesome cuisine. The main dish and salad were delicious and colorful, and the Zero Sugar Dessert was to die for. She knows what she's doing, and I recommend her highly. Give her a call at (602) 228-9191 to discuss how she can enhance your holiday experience. Her rates are very competitive, and she's totally reliable.