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United Health Foundation gives $1M to MCDPH

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) was awarded a$1 million grant by United Health Foundation to support the Preventive Health Collaborative (PHC), which helps to ensure that all children from birth to five years of age, and their families, are living healthier lives.

The grant will enable PHC to continue its work serving young children and their families in south Phoenix and expand its services to Mesa. In Mesa, PHC will bring together community partners to provide preventive health services to children, and address specific health areas such as prenatal and newborn services, access to care, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, developmental and mental health services, and injury prevention.

The grant is part of United Health Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program that provides critical resources to nonprofit, community-based organizations across the country to improve the health of communities.

“The goal of the PHC is to work collaboratively with our existing community partners and care providers that are serving families with kids ages birth to five years. By maximizing available resources and addressing gaps, we hope to make it easier for families to access the services they need,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “I speak for the entire public health system when I say thank you to United Health Foundation for its commitment to building a sustainable system and not just taking a Band-Aid approach to addressing these issues.”

The announcement was made April 10 during a community event at Head to Toe Therapies, a PHC partner in Phoenix. The event brought together Gov. Doug Ducey, MCDPH and PHC staff and partners, local health experts, community leaders and young patients to demonstrate the community’s collective commitment to serving children with health disparities, and illustrate how these community-based partnerships make a positive impact on the people they serve.

The funding comes at a critical time to address gaps in both prenatal and newborn care in Mesa. Nearly 3 percent of newborns in Mesa had fewer than five prenatal visits, and about 11 percent of children from birth to five years of age are uninsured in Mesa – more than 4 percent higher than the national average. And only 60 percent of children ages 12-24 months completed the recommended series of vaccinations. 1

In south Phoenix, there are more than 52,000 children under the age of six, and 35 percent of these children are living in poverty. In 2012, only 53 percent of children ages 19-35 months had received their vaccinations as scheduled. 1

“We are grateful to United Health Foundation for providing this grant to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, which will help improve the lives of those who rely on these services and programs,” said Governor Ducey. “This innovative partnership will enable MCDPH to expand its services and reach into underserved communities, ensuring a better, healthier quality of life for all Arizona families.”

“Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s work in the community is showing significant results and helping improve people’s health and quality of life, particularly in underserved areas,” said Joe Gaudio, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona. “United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support its efforts in bringing new, innovative approaches in care.”

The United Health Foundation grant will be administered by MCDPH over a three-year period. The PHC and its partners will improve collaboration and community capacity within the preventive health system through completing a comprehensive assessment of health care and information resources, establishing joint partnerships to address gaps, and increasing coordination among resources within the community.


Freeport-McMoRan grant empowers women

Experience Matters, an organization that is creating a stronger, more vibrant community by connecting the skill and passion of experienced adults with nonprofits that need their help, announced today it has received a grant of $60,000 from Freeport-McMoRan.

The grant, which will be matched by local resources for a total value of $120,000, will be devoted exclusively to increasing the capacity of social service agencies to improve opportunities for women to increase their skills and economic independence and to assist domestic violence agencies in helping women explore their potential and achieve lives free of violence.

Experience Matters’ proven business model matches human capital – skilled, seasoned adults – with nonprofit social service agencies committed to tackling significant community issues and creating lasting change. Since it was established five years ago, Experience Matters has provided dozens of Arizona nonprofits with expertise in human resources, finance, technology, business planning, business operations and much more.

“This generous grant from Freeport-McMoRan aligns perfectly with one of its social goals and ours,” said Experience Matters CEO Nora Hannah. “Our mutual goal for this project is to increase the prosperity of women, in a way that is effective and sustainable over the long term.”

Four nonprofit programs already serving women will be selected as partners. Each will be provided with an Experience Matters Encore Fellow for one year, beginning in November. Encore Fellows typically earn a stipend of about $20,000, providing a high value-to-cost ratio for nonprofit hosts.[1] To ensure project success, Experience Matters consults with each organization to understand its needs, create a project statement of work, source the right talent, provide training and manage the match relationship. Both skilled talent and member organizations receive ongoing support throughout the year.

“The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has made significant investments in organizations and projects that protect and empower women by addressing domestic violence, economic self-sufficiency, personal development, and education and training,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. “Experience Matters presents a unique opportunity to increase the benefits of those investments by working with organizations that serve women to match them with an Encore Fellow who has the right experience to help them further achieve goals and outcomes with lasting impact.”


ASU grant aims to transform global energy landscape

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a multimillion dollar grant awarded to Arizona State University from the Department of Energy.

Under the grant, the university will develop an efficient and cost-effective carbon capture technology using an innovative electrochemical technique to separate carbon dioxide from other emissions originating from power plants.

In what could be an economically enabling breakthrough in the drive to reduce carbon emissions, ASU researchers will explore the real possibility of reducing energy and cost requirements by more than half.

Led by Dan Buttry, professor and chair of ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the grant is part of a special Department of Energy program designed to pursue high-risk, high-reward advances in alternative energy research.

“Through this type of venture we are working to advance research and spur economic development in the areas of renewable energy and energy security to create solutions that address society’s grand challenges,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “This innovative project is a collaborative effort of faculty at ASU from multiple disciplines, as well as collaborators from Proton OnSite and the University of Colorado, who are all developing a new carbon capture technology.”

Where solutions happen

Arizona State University has been building its portfolio in alternative energy research for several years, and currently includes among its capabilities a center for research into electrochemistry for renewable energy applications; several advanced programs on solar energy research; one of the leading testing and certification centers for solar energy; and research into solar-generated biofuels, including advanced work on algae-based biofuels.

The university’s awarded grant of $2.9 million over two years follows an initial “seed” grant where the team demonstrated proof of concept of efficient and cost-effective carbon dioxide capture. ASU’s project was selected through a merit-based process from thousands of concept papers and hundreds of full applications.

The projects are based in 24 states, with approximately 47 percent of the projects led by universities – all supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, which aims to develop clever and creative approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing America’s technology leadership.

Inspired by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ARPA-E was created to support high-risk, high-reward research that can provide transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security.

“The potential of this project to advance solutions to the problem of excessive carbon dioxide in the environment is exciting, and we look forward to the team’s progress in this area,” said Gary Dirks, director of ASU LightWorks. “ASU is a place where the convergence of laboratory research and real-world application creates a unique environment where imaginative energy-related projects are fostered and encouraged.”

A new approach

The carbon capture program was initially supported by ASU LightWorks, which brings together the intellectual expertise across the university centered on leveraging the power of the sun to create solutions in the areas of renewable energy, including generating electricity, alternative fuels and preparing future energy leaders.

“We are extremely excited about this new grant from the Department of Energy ARPA-E program,” said Buttry. “The effort is focused on a key issue in fossil fuel-based energy production – how to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions without consuming too much of the energy content of the fuel. We have recently developed a new approach to carbon dioxide capture that uses an electrochemical process with some design features similar to those in a fuel cell.”

Co-principal investigators on this project are Cody Friesen, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schhols of Engineering; Vladimiro Mujica, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Ellen Stechel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and also deputy director of LightWorks. Buttry and Friesen previously worked on an ARPA-E project developing a radical new design for automotive batteries.

Mujica will use quantum chemical calculations to help understand the binding of carbon dioxide to the carrier compounds. Stechel is simulating the cell behavior, Friesen’s group is working on cell design, and Buttry’s on the chemistry and electrochemistry of the binding process.

Also collaborating on this grant are two researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder; Doug Gin, in chemistry, and Rich Noble, in chemical engineering, who are helping to make very thin membranes for the separation process. Katherine Ayers of Proton OnSite, CT, will be involved with cell design and engineering.

The only proven commercially viable technology for flue gas capture uses compounds called amines in the so-called monoethanolamine (MEA) process. Several plant scale demonstrations use this old technology, first patented in 1930. The MEA process has several drawbacks, particularly the energy required for thermal regeneration of the amine capture agent. As discussed in a recent Department of Energy report (DOE/NETL-2009/1366), for typical conditions, the energy required for this process consumes roughly 40 percent of total plant output, and increases the cost of electricity by 85 percent.

Buttry predicts their innovative approach as having an overall efficiency far better than existing efforts.

ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ranks 6th worldwide for research impact (gauged by the average cites per paper across the department for the decade ending in the 2011 International Year of Chemistry), and in the top eight nationally for research publications in the journals Science and Nature. The department’s strong record in interdisciplinary research is also evidenced by its 31st national ranking by the National Science Foundation in total and federally financed higher education research and development expenditures in chemistry.

Human trafficking - Concept Photo

Grant Helps Arizona Combat Domestic Human Trafficking

The Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will help provide services and comprehensive case management for victims of severe forms of human trafficking in Maricopa and Pima counties.

“This is a serious issue that is growing,” said Cynthia Schuler, CEO of Tumbleweed, a non-profit that serves homeless and at-risk youth in the Phoenix area. “We have a lot of work and research ahead of us, but this grant is a tremendous boost and provides us the funds to move forward in combating domestic human trafficking in Arizona.”

Tumbleweed is one of five organizations that make up the partnership and is the lead agency. The Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking includes TRUST, Arizona Legal Women And Youth Services (ALWAYS), Phoenix Dream Center and Our Family Services. The Arizona State University School of Social Work’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research will provide research and evaluate the effectiveness of the effort.

The new funding will help the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking in several ways:
• Assess needs and develop community-driven action plans to strengthen services in Maricopa and Pima counties
• Identify and provide case management and comprehensive victim assistance
• Coordinate needed medical and mental health care
• Collaborate with ongoing efforts in international trafficking, law enforcement, domestic violence and sexual assault, runaway and homeless youth
• Integrate child welfare services and juvenile justice systems
• Evaluate project performance and inform local and national strategies on how to improve the availability of service, integration, and collaboration for trafficking victims.

“With this grant, the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking can start to effectively evaluate the landscape in Arizona and, more importantly, service and help the victims of human trafficking in our state,” Schuler said.

Only three U.S. social service agencies were awarded grants in 2014 through the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Administration of Children and Families, including Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families (New York) and the Asian Association of Utah (Salt Lake City). Of the three grant recipients, Tumbleweed and the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking are the largest beneficiaries. Funding is expected to be fully received by the end of 2014.

Hiking Adventures - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Wells Fargo issues Environmental grants

The Nature Conservancy’s Arizona Forest Restoration Project and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Phoenix District Youth Initiative today received a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant for $25,000 and $24,097, respectively. Both organizations were selected from among 54 environmental nonprofits to receive grant dollars totaling $3 million from the 2014 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which supports projects focused on land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach in communities across America.

The Nature Conservancy’s Restoring Arizona’s Forests Program uses science-based solutions to restore Arizona’s Ponderosa Pine forest and conserve the lands and water on which all life depends. Forests are critical to Arizona’s rural economies, rivers and wildlife habitat, and our water supplies. The grant will help accelerate forest thinning – which is a natural solution to protect forests from long-term drought conditions and the risk of mega-fires.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wells Fargo on this project to help solve one of the toughest problems affecting Arizonans and nature,” stated Rob Marshall, Director of the Center for Science & Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy. “Accelerating forest thinning is urgently needed to improve forest conditions and protect our communities and water supplies.”

The Bureau of Land Management Phoenix District Youth Initiative Program’s grant will help build about 1,000 feet of new hiking trails around Phoenix; rebuild 1,300 feet of existing trails; improve deer habitat by removing 3,350 feet of fence; enhance the BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument by clearing debris; conduct official bird surveys; and collect data along the Agua Fria River and Burro Creek.

“We are thrilled to provide youth with an experience that will last a lifetime. We hope that the skills learned and experiences they have will inspire them to make public lands and natural resources a part of their lives both in work and play” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Mary D’Aversa. “We are honored that the BLM Arizona is a grant recipient. We are leveraging grant funds to educate and employ urban youth through our Arizona Youth Initiative,” added BLM Arizona State Director Raymond Suazo.

The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation with a
$15 million, five-year commitment to promote environmental stewardship across the country.

The program funds proposals in select cities/regions (see full list) that help address the most pressing environmental issues identified by each participating community. Some examples of past grant projects include: helping Camp Pollack in Sacramento, Calif., prepare for teaching local students; working with the Sea Turtle Conservancy along the Florida coast to keep endangered animals safe; and restoring the landmark Levi Carter Pavilion with the city of Omaha, Neb.

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the 2013 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grants collectively helped reduce more than
3 million pounds of CO2[1], which is the equivalent to averting consumption of 8,535 barrels of oil1[2]. The program also planted 132,709 trees and restored more than 1,600 acres of habitat. These projects have trained 150 people in “green” jobs, while engaging more than 689,000 community members in the supported environmental grant programs.

“We believe that helping our communities become more resilient and better stewards of the environment will improve the long-term quality of life of our customers and team members,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs. “We’re proud to support both the Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management with both grant dollars and support from our local employees, who volunteer their time and efforts through our 70 Green Teams.”

“Through our collaboration with Wells Fargo and their commitment to community-based efforts, this investment will support a total of 54 projects, and conservation efforts will take place in cities and towns across America,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of NFWF. “The experience will be an opportunity for participants in these communities to personally contribute to a more sustainable future, which would not be possible without
Wells Fargo’s long-term commitment to the Environmental Solutions for Communities program.”

The full list of 2014 winners can be found at http://blogs.wellsfargo.com/environment/.
Details of the program and a link to the 2015 application (available in September 2014) can be found at the NFWF application website: http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions.

Projects benefiting underserved communities and encouraging volunteerism are given priority consideration.

Tailoring Jobs

Goodwill gets $30K Bank of America grant

Goodwill of Central Arizona recently received a $30,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will provide funding to Goodwill’s Computer and Customer Service Training (CCST) program. The grant is part of the bank’s focus on supporting local workforce development programs.

Goodwill of Central Arizona offers CCST training programs on-site at four (West Central Phoenix, Peoria, Southwest Phoenix and Yuma) of its 21 career centers. As a result of the grant, training services at these locations will be further supported.

Goodwill training programs feature a two-week curriculum that includes: technical computer skills (internet usage, Microsoft Suite), human relations services, and extended career preparation services. Additionally, the grant will enhance Goodwill’s ability to prepare more job seekers for long-term competitive employment at family-sustaining wages.

“We appreciate Bank of America’s support and dedication to our mission,” said Tanya Perry, chief financial officer. “We have 21 Career Centers throughout Central Arizona and with corporate support from Bank of America, we’ll be able to reach even more job seekers in their search for employment.”

All of Goodwill’s Career Centers offer on-site Career advisors, and provide job preparation and employment services including: interviewing skills training, resume writing, on-site hiring events and more. They are equipped with computers, printers, Internet access, telephones, and fax machines to provide services at no cost to the community.

“Having the right career preparation can make all the difference in helping workers to be successful in an already competitive workforce,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona market president, Bank of America. “We’ve seen firsthand the tremendous impact of Goodwill’s Career Centers career-readiness programs for underemployed and unemployed residents in aiding future employment success. Bank of America’s workforce development grants help continue this type of focused and effective job preparation opportunities because sustainable employment ultimately helps to advance financial longevity.”


TGen’s Barrett awarded $200,000 research grant

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded a $200,000 grant today to Dr. Michael Barrett of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Dr. Barrett, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Clinical Translational Research Division, was one of 14 “outstanding scientists” across the nation named to receive a total of $5 million in grants for pancreatic cancer research.

The grants were announced during the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 in San Diego, April 5-9. With more than 34,000 members, AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research.

Specifically, Dr. Barrett was one of five scientists to receive a 2014 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Innovative Grant, “intended to promote the development and study of novel ideas and approaches in basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological research that have direct application and relevance to pancreatic cancer.”

Dr. Barrett’s project, “Genomic drivers of therapeutic responses in metastatic disease,” will investigate the molecular underpinnings of how and why pancreatic cancer spreads to other parts of the body.
“The fundamental hypothesis of this application is that distinct clonal tumor populations that arise during the natural history of pancreatic cancer mediate the clinical responses in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer,” Dr. Barrett said.

“The vision of our work is to bring together advanced genome technologies and the clinical resources available through TGen and our various collaborators to make an immediate impact in the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer and other malignancies,” said Dr. Barrett, who also is a consultant with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center-Arizona.

The grants support research into high-priority areas in an effort to reach the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s goal to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.

“The most promising science has been selected for funding through a rigorous peer-review process. This year’s grant recipients hail from leading institutions throughout the country and range from early career investigators continuing to build the field of pancreatic cancer leaders to more senior scientists,” said Julie Fleshman, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Their collective efforts have the potential to answer important questions that could lead to significant scientific advances for pancreatic cancer, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. We look forward to working with our new grantees and welcoming them to our team.”

Pancreatic cancer annually takes the lives of more than 38,000 Americans, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. A staggering 75 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

“Pancreatic cancer is among the most deadly of cancers,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), and Chief Executive Officer of AACR. “With death rates steadily climbing over the past decade, more research into pancreatic cancer is urgently needed. The AACR is, therefore, proud to be partnering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to support cutting-edge scientific research projects that have the potential to lead to major breakthroughs in the prevention, detection, and treatment of this devastating disease.”

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in collaboration with the AACR, introduced the grants program in 2003, and has since awarded 108 research grants totaling more than $22 million to bright and motivated scientists across the country with the goals of developing a pipeline of researchers dedicated to studying the disease, supporting innovative ideas and approaches, and enabling the organization to reach its 2020 goal.


Flinn Awards $2M to Banner Alzheimer’s Institute

Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, the philanthropic resource for Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), part of the nonprofit Banner Health, received $2 million in grant funding from the Flinn Foundation, a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization in Arizona.

Aligning with the Flinn Foundation’s mission to advance biosciences in the state, the grant is an investment in BAI’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s prevention research. Specifically, the funds will support activities related to the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative. A global Alzheimer’s prevention research endeavor spearheaded by scientists and physicians at BAI, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative has been described by the director of the National Institutes of Health as a “cornerstone in the national plan to address Alzheimer’s disease.”

“The Flinn Foundation is an invaluable part of the fabric of Arizona’s philanthropic community, investing in organizations and programs with a track record for advancing research, civic leadership, and arts and culture in our state,” noted Andy Kramer Petersen, president and CEO of Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. “We are honored that they recognize the tremendous potential of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative and value the work being done at BAI.”

The $2 million grant to BAI is the latest in a decades-long philanthropic relationship between the Flinn Foundation and Banner Health. Prior funding supported an array of community outreach and pediatric health care programs, the most notable being Banner School-Based Health Centers, a program delivering primary health care services to children and adolescents throughout the greater Phoenix area who lack health insurance and access to regular care.

To learn more about BAI, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, and corresponding local and global research efforts, visit www.BannerAlz.org. For more information about giving opportunities, please call Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation at (602) 747-4483 (GIVE).

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Del Webb Gives $500,000 to cut John C. Lincoln readmissions

Love, they say, makes the world go round. Apparently, at John C. Lincoln Hospitals in Phoenix, love also reduces hospital readmissions by frail Medicare patients.

A program that hires military combat medics and corpsmen to care for discharged elderly patients like beloved grandparents has slashed the John C. Lincoln Hospitals’ Medicare patient readmission rates to an astonishing 6 percent.

It’s not that the rates were bad to begin with. Before the program started last October, the Medicare readmission rates at John C. Lincoln Hospitals hovered around a respectable 18 percent – the national average is 20 percent. Those readmissions cost the federal government more than $17 billion annually.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a campaign to encourage hospitals to do whatever necessary to maintain the health of discharged Medicare hospital patients with congestive heart failure, heart attacks or pneumonia, so fewer of them would be readmitted within the first 30 days after leaving the hospital. Financial incentives for readmission rate reduction and penalties for readmission rate increases were built into the CMS campaign.

John C. Lincoln’s innovative response to the CMS challenge mobilizes a cadre of veterans as transition coaches who provide designated Medicare patients with a personal touch along with support and guidance – to help them with follow-up medical instructions, prescription drugs, doctor appointments, nutrition and costs of care.

In the long run, reduced readmissions generated by the transition coaches produce significant savings for John C. Lincoln that far exceed program costs. But initial assistance to maximize the program’s effectiveness was needed.

The Del E. Webb Foundation stepped into that gap and awarded a $500,000 two-year grant to John C. Lincoln Health Foundation to support and expand the Health Network’s transition coach services. The grant will provide $250,000 this year to hire an additional five coaches, plus an additional $250,000 in July 2014 to hire five more, bringing the total number of John C. Lincoln transition coaches to 14.

The additional coaches make it possible to provide transition services not only to designated Medicare inpatients, but to all frail elderly patients being discharged from both hospitals, regardless of Medicare status or membership in John C. Lincoln’s Accountable Care Organization.

“But our primary goal is not to chase statistics,” says Transition Coach Program medical director John Lees, DO. “It is to reduce readmissions by helping at risk patients.

“Our first goal is to take care of discharged patients the way their own children or grandchildren would take care of them . . . to love on them and make sure their food, safety, medication, follow-up doctor visits, transportation or other everyday needs get taken care of, so their health is maintained, so they don’t relapse for preventable reasons,” Dr. Lees said. “Our goal is their optimal health.”

A key component, Dr. Lees said, is hiring transition coaches from the pool of trained military medics and corpsmen returning from active service in the Mideast. In spite of their rigorous training and experience, these soldiers are considered unqualified for most civilian health care positions. John C. Lincoln is providing employment relevant to the work they did in the field while harnessing their abilities, knowledge and disciplined initiative to address the needs of discharged Medicare patients.

Using the strategic, creative and responsive skills learned during military service, the transition coaches work with patients in the following major areas:

·         Medication self management – Making sure patients have access to pharmacies, can afford to their prescriptions, know how and when to take their medications, and understand the drugs’ purpose and potential side effects.
·         Physician follow-up – Making sure the patients know when to see primary or specialty physicians for follow-up care, that such visits are scheduled and that the patient has needed transportation.
·         Patient-centered health records – Teaching the patient to use a personal health record with a computer or smart phone to facilitate communication and continuity of care.
·         Nutrition and home safety – Making sure the patient and pets have adequate healthy food so that malnutrition doesn’t impair recovery; checking the home for hazards that can lead to falls or other injuries.
·         Red flags – Making sure the patient recognizes symptoms that indicate his or her condition is worsening and knows what to do to get help.

These services, none of which involve medical care, are essential to the preservation of patients’ health, Dr. Lees said.

“Many have asked why our program is so much more successful than other hospitals’ efforts to maintain the health of their discharged Medicare patients,” Dr. Lees said. “We’re still evaluating our experience to find out why.”

However, some factors the transition team believes are crucial to their success include:

·         Veterans relate well with patients.
·         Veterans are geared to recognize and solve problems, traditionally or out-of-the-box, creatively and immediately.
·         Transition coaches with access to John C. Lincoln’s electronic health records system don’t have to rely on their patients for health history, medication review or other information, because all that can be accessed on a computer, laptop, tablet, iPhone or Android. Follow-up doctor appointments or prescription refills can be made expediently online.

“We are enthusiastic about our initial success,” Dr. Lees said, “and we hope that our program, the national winner of the 2012 White House Healthcare Policy Challenge, will be recognized as a best practice that will become a model for the nation.

“There are currently more than 20,000 military combat medics and corpsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who need jobs and who could help preserve the health of Medicare patients released from hospitals across America,” Dr. Lees said. “Wouldn’t it be ideal if they could do what our transition coaches are doing?”


Tumbleweed receives $40,000 grant from PetSmart

Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development has received a $40,000 grant from Phoenix-based PetSmart Corporation, launching a collaboration to support at-risk youth.  Grant money will be divided between the Casa de Sueños “House of Dreams” program and the Greenhouse Project.

Casa de Sueños is a program fully devoted to unaccompanied minors who have come into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  With the support of PetSmart, a therapeutic garden will be added to this safe and secure shelter, which also provides family reunification services.

“The donation provided by PetSmart will supply a beautiful environment for the youth in the program, some of whom have suffered trauma and abuse,” said Jacquelin Hawley, Casa de Sueños Program Director.  “The garden will also provide therapeutic opportunities for the youth through planting, growing and caring for the vegetables.”

Greenhouse Project provides transitional housing and independent living skill development programs for homeless youth ages 18-25, who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Questioning (GLBTQ).

“PetSmart’s generous donation is allowing us to work with clients up to age 25 and that support is much needed,” said Debbie Kayatt, Greenhouse Program Director.  “Very limited resources are available to those over 21 years of age in our community.”

“We know that young adults are our future- as a company and a community,” said David Lenhardt, President and Chief Operating Officer for PetSmart.  “Diversity among our youth should be nurtured, and we are committed to partnering with organizations like the Tumbleweed Center to support and celebrate the diversity of the young people in our community.”

For more information about Tumbleweed programs and services, visit www.tumbleweed.org.


Actors Theatre Awarded $30K Shubert Foundation Grant

Actors Theatre moved several steps closer to ending its “pause” following a successful annual fund outreach campaign combined with the awarding of a $30,000 Shubert Foundation grant for general operations.
The Shubert Foundation, whose focus is to sustain and advance live performing arts in the US, has funded Actors Theatre consistently since 2001.

Actors Theatre closed out its fiscal year 2013 annual fund effort with donations of $54,000 from more than 200 donors in June alone.  The year-long outreach brought in contributions from a total of 1,391 donors.

“As we make our way back from our ‘pause,’ support from an organization like the Shubert Foundation brings with it a level of acknowledgement that we’re on the right track.  We also received many comments from donors who shared that support and enthusiasm for our strategic rebuilding of the company,” said Producing Artistic Director Matthew Wiener.  “They also told us how much they missed our programming.  We’ll be filling that void shortly.”

The New York City-based Shubert Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit professional resident theatre and dance companies as well as to support the development of other arts-related organizations.

In April, Actors Theatre announced that A Steady Rain will open the 2013-14 season from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10 at the Playhouse in the Park at the Viad Corporate Center.  Ticket information is available at www.actorstheatrephx.org.  Performance dates are being finalized for Good People and the remaining two shows are being determined.  Tickets will go on sale once all details are in place.

To support Actors Theatre with a donation or for more information, visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.


UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Offers Grants

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to UHCCF at www.uhccf.org. Donations are used for grants to help children and families in the region in which they are received.

“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to improving a child’s health and quality of life by making it easier to access needed medical-related services. The grants enable families to focus on their children’s health instead of worrying about how they’ll pay their medical bills,” said Jeri Jones, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona. “Eligible families are encouraged to apply online for a medical grant today and take advantage of this valuable resource.”

In 2012, more than 36 grants totaling more than $95,000 were awarded to families in Arizona. Nationwide, more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.1 million, were awarded for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. As successful fund-raising efforts continue to grow, UHCCF is hoping to help more children and families in 2013.


UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Offers Grants

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org, and there is no application deadline. Organizations or private donors can make tax-deductible donations to UHCCF at www.uhccf.org. Donations are used for grants to help children and families in the region in which they are received.

“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is dedicated to improving a child’s health and quality of life by making it easier to access needed medical-related services. The grants enable families to focus on their children’s health instead of worrying about how they’ll pay their medical bills,” said Jeri Jones, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona. “Eligible families are encouraged to apply online for a medical grant today and take advantage of this valuable resource.”

In 2012, more than 36 grants totaling more than $95,000 were awarded to families in Arizona. Nationwide, more than 1,300 grants, worth more than $4.1 million, were awarded for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. As successful fund-raising efforts continue to grow, UHCCF is hoping to help more children and families in 2013.


ULI Receives $12,500 Grant For ‘Reinvent PHX’ Program

The Urban Land Institute of Arizona has received a $12,500 grant to strengthen development opportunities between the City of Phoenix, educational and medical institutions, and the surrounding community that could include infrastructure or real estate development, workforce training, local purchasing and tailored services to expand customer base in surrounding neighborhoods for the “Reinvent PHX,” effort.

ULI’s ongoing involvement with “Reinvent PHX,” unites decision-makers in one-on-one or small group settings surrounding public-private partnership strategies for community revitalization and “shared-value” community investment options.

“We are thrilled to receive the grant to aid the City’s Reinvent PHX, it validates the work completed to date and provides new opportunities for implementation,” said Deb Sydenham, ULI Arizona’s Executive Director. “We look forward to using the money to create lasting partnerships that encourage positive community development.”

The expected outcome is a community-wide understanding of public-private opportunities between the City of Phoenix and anchor institutions. “Reinvent PHX” is targeting key decision-makers representing Gateway Community College, Arizona State University, St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of Phoenix and many others.

In addition, the ULI Arizona District Council will lead a series of ongoing expert facilitated forum(s) on public-private partnership opportunities. Discussions will surround district parking facilities, employee/student housing and real estate development to encourage strategic and mutually beneficial industry clusters.

The money received for the program will support ULI priorities such as considerable relevancy and focus on the “Creation of Resilient Communities,” and “Connecting Capital and the Built Environment Through Value,” goals.

Interested parties should contact Deb Sydenham, Executive Director, ULI Arizona (602-449-7921) to find out more about the grant ULI received or about “Reinvent PHX.” For more information on ULI Arizona visit www.arizona.uli.org.


UA earns grant to study biodiesel effects

Researchers at the University of Arizona have won a $1.4 million grant to study the occupational and environmental health effects of underground mining equipment that runs on biodiesel-blend fuels.

The university says mining operators are shifting from diesel to biodiesel-blend fuels in a bid to lower exposure to pollutants.

Biodiesel is made from vegetable oil or animal fat and can be added to diesel as a blend or used on its own.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health awarded the grant to the university’s public health college and mining department.


Reynolds Foundation Awards ASU $8.21 Million for Business Journalism

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the nation’s leader in philanthropic support of professional development and education in business journalism, has awarded two grants totaling $8.21 million to Arizona State University to improve coverage of complex business and economic issues.

A grant of $6.21 million will continue the work of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which was created in 2003 and has been operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2006.

A $2 million grant will establish a permanent endowment at the school for the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professorship in Business Journalism. The visiting professor will join Andrew Leckey, the inaugural Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, to grow the school’s specialization in business and economics journalism.

“The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has benefited thousands of students, working journalists and journalism faculty over the past six years from its home at the Cronkite School,” said Reynolds Foundation Chairman Fred W. Smith. “This new funding will assure the long-term continuation and expansion of these programs and is a testament to the commitment of the institution’s leadership to quality business journalism education.”

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $115 million nationwide through its Journalism Program.

ASU President Michael M. Crow, who has worked closely with Smith and Reynolds Foundation President Steven Anderson, said the foundation’s latest investment will ensure that the university continues to serve as the global hub for business journalism education and professional development.

“Since the start of the Great Recession, the health and direction of the economy have been paramount in the news,” Crow said. “The issues and proposals concerning economic growth, job creation, taxation and oversight of credit markets are interconnected and often difficult to grasp. These generous grants from the Reynolds Foundation will enable the Cronkite School to further evolve the study and practice of reporting and analyzing these important and very difficult topics.”

Since its inception, the Reynolds Center has reached more than 15,000 working journalists, journalism educators and university students across the country with workshops, seminars and a variety of webinars and Web-based tutorials. Its website, BusinessJournalism.org, is a highly popular destination for journalists and students seeking information about the latest concepts and techniques in business journalism.

In addition, each January the center hosts Reynolds Week, during which competitively selected journalists and university professors attend intensive, all-expenses-paid seminars on covering business and economics and teaching business journalism. Future plans include the delivery of business journalism coursework online for both professionals and students under the leadership of Director Linda Austin.

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan said the Reynolds Foundation, through its support of the center and business journalism education, has “truly changed the face of business reporting in America. It’s a remarkable story of philanthropy making a real difference.”

A Reynolds Visiting Professorship in Business Journalism was launched at the Cronkite School in 2010, providing the opportunity for students to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a distinguished business journalist. In addition to teaching courses in business journalism, the visiting professor establishes partnerships with local business media and contributes to BusinessJournalism.org.

The new endowment will make the visiting professorship at Cronkite permanent.

“This long-term commitment to visiting business journalism professors at the Cronkite School again underscores the Reynolds Foundation’s firm determination to improve the quality of business journalism,” said Leckey, the founding director of the Reynolds Center, former CNBC anchor and a longtime syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune. “Gaining this knowledge benefits the students in our Business Journalism Specialization and fits perfectly within the Reynolds Center’s ever-expanding outreach.”

Former New York Times business reporter Leslie Wayne was the Cronkite School’s inaugural Reynolds Visiting Professor in Business Journalism during the spring 2010 semester. Susan Lisovicz, a longtime Wall Street correspondent for CNN, was the visiting professor last year, followed by former Los Angeles Times business journalist Sharon Bernstein earlier this year.

In January 2011, the Reynolds Foundation awarded a five-year grant to the Cronkite School to establish and administer a visiting business journalism professor program that ultimately will create a network of 11 visiting professorships at 11 different schools. Colorado State University, Grambling State University, Texas Christian University and the University of South Carolina hosted the inaugural visiting professors during the spring 2012 semester. Central Michigan, Elon and Louisiana State universities will host professors in spring 2013.

The Reynolds Foundation has played an integral role in helping the Cronkite School grow into one of the premier professional journalism programs in the country.

The Cronkite School, named in honor of the longtime CBS News anchor in 1984, prepares the next generation of journalists in both the time-honored fundamentals embraced by Cronkite and the multimedia skills necessary to thrive as journalists in the digital age. Housed in a state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix, the school is the home of the Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative, the Arizona PBS nightly newscast Cronkite NewsWatch, the regional news provider Cronkite News Service, the New Media Innovation Lab and other programs developed around the hands-on “teaching hospital” model of journalism education.

The Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Visiting Professor in Business Journalism is the fifth endowed faculty position at the Cronkite School, joining the Knight Chair in Journalism, held by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Steve Doig; the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism, held by former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire; the Weil Family Professorship, held by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.; and the Reynolds Endowed Chair held by Leckey.

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Valley Group Gets John Wayne Cancer Foundation Grant

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) has awarded a major grant to the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN) to support the organization’s 5th Annual Navajo Nation Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Conference. This is the fifth year the JWCF has awarded a grant to AZMN. This free conference will be held at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, AZ on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and 6 CME/CEU credits will be available for healthcare professionals who are attending this outstanding cancer education event.

“The John Wayne Cancer Foundation has been committed to our cancer conference from the beginning,” states AzMN President Barbara Kavanagh. “Support from JWCF, in addition to other key sponsors, is what allows us to present programs for cancer education and awareness to the Navajo Nation each year. Our work is helping to change the way cancer is perceived on the Navajo Nation. People are now openly discussing cancer, and learning that early detection and treatment is available and effective.” Many hundreds of cancer survivors, families, caregivers and healthcare providers have traveled from all 4 Corners of the Navajo Nation – Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado, to learn and to share their cancer journey.

A grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Phoenix Chapter, in 2008 made it possible for AzMN to start the Diné Women Helping Women (DWHW) program, which has trained over 50 women and men to give presentations about cancer prevention, early detection, screening and mammograms on the Navajo Nation. The DWHW program is coordinated by Jacquelyn Arviso, a Navajo woman who first volunteered for DWHW after her grandmother passed away from breast cancer.

“I came to a meeting, listened to the possibilities of what an outreach program would do for the community, and immediately decided that this was something we needed for our people. There was nothing like Diné Women Helping Women on the Navajo Reservation, and to get support, training and to be able to educate our people was something that I had to be a part of,” she states.

Jacquelyn works closely with AzMN, as well as local resources: Davina Segay, Navajo Health Educator, and Dr. Patricia Lowery, Surgeon, and Gail Oglesbee, RN and Cancer Case Manager, both with the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, among others. “The DWHW volunteers set up information booths at community health fairs, rodeos, Chapter houses and also do presentations in work settings,” says Arviso.

The Conference faculty includes cancer researchers and leaders from the Mayo Clinic, AZ Cancer Center, NAU, and Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, as well as traditional healers, and health educators. Key sponsors include: Fry’s Food Stores, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, Millennium Pharmaceutical, Sanofi-Aventis, Chevron Mining, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), and the John C. Lincoln Hospital/Young Cancer Survivors program, among others.

For more information on the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, visit John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s website at teamduke.org. For information on Arizona Myeloma Network, go to azmyelomanetwork.org


Humana Invites Nonprofits To Apply For $100,000 Grant

An opportunity for Maricopa County charities to secure significant funding to improve the health and wellness of community residents has just opened up thanks to Humana. Non-profit organizations are now invited to apply for the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit-Arizona charitable grant, sponsored by health benefits provider Humana Inc.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Humana Communities Benefit program will award a one-time, $100,000 grant to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Maricopa County focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities. Applications from nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County are being accepted now through June 29. Organizations will be considered in the operational areas of childhood health and education, health literacy and services or intergenerational health. Following a selection process by a panel of local judges, the 2012 grant winner will be announced at a celebratory event on Oct. 25.

“The Humana Communities Benefit-Arizona grant has helped several deserving organizations positively impact community health in ways they may not otherwise have been able to accomplish, and we are delighted to continue this program in 2012,” said Michael Franks, Regional President of Senior Products for Humana’s West Region and co-chairperson of the awards program.  “We encourage all eligible non-profit organizations to apply.”

The Humana Communities Benefit program in Arizona awarded the 2011 grant to Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), which provides independent living services to people with disabilities throughout Maricopa County. The organization used the funds to purchase adaptive exercise and fitness equipment – specifically designed for the physically disabled – for its Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities. The facility, one of only two nationwide to provide this type of service, had its grand opening in February 2012.

“Since 2007, we have contributed more than $700,000 to Phoenix-area community health initiatives led by some of the area’s most innovative nonprofits,” said Curt Howell, president of commercial operations for Humana in Arizona and co-chairperson of this year’s charitable-awards program. “Humana believes strongly in supporting the local communities in which we operate by helping deserving nonprofits in Arizona, and we look forward to continuing the tradition this year.”

More information on the application and the grant are available at www.Humana.com/HCB. Questions can also be directed to Humana by e-mail to ArizonaBenefits@Humana.com.