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Complex rehab technology includes medically necessary mobility equipment that requires extensive evaluation, configuration, fitting, adjustment, or programming, such as wheelchairs. "Wheelchairs may all fall under a certain category, but there is no one size fits all wheelchair," said Hernandez, who was spinal cord injured at age 15 and earned an Associate's degree in Information Technology from Bronx Community College and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from St. John's University. "A regular wheelchair that is used in a hospital to transport patients for example is not a good wheelchair for tetraplegics with limited strength, dexterity and balance, which can leave the person with a disability susceptible to pressure ulcers and other serious complications due to improper fitting," explained Hernandez. Hernandez has used his experiences conquering the hurdles of living with a disability, to mentor others with SCI/D, including those in nursing homes who are trying to reintegrate into their communities. "After sustaining a spinal cord injury, you're going to have a hard enough time adjusting to your new body and in a lot of cases these individuals are being placed into nursing homes," said Hernandez. Hernandez has visited nursing homes here in New York City and has seen individuals with spinal cord injury as young as 16 years old institutionalized. Some of these individuals are being institutionalized 10 years or more. "The saddest part about it is the loss of potential that they will never regain. It's like a prison sentence and your only crime was being or becoming disabled," said Hernandez. Now working as a Program Specialist with United Spinal Association, Hernandez looks forward to helping more individuals with SCI/D on a national scale. "There are so many people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities that don't have a voice. If I can I will share my voice with all of them," he said. On the state level, Hernandez also dedicates time advocating to improve in-home treatment and care for others living with SCI/D, recently meeting with senators and congressmen to urge higher minimum wage of home care workers in New York. Currently the minimum wage for home care workers is $11 per hour, which is the state minimum. "Individuals like myself have a hard time finding and retaining qualified home care attendants willing to work for minimum wage when they can go out and work for McDonald's and make more," said Hernandez. The road to self-advocacy started early on for Hernandez as he sought answers to the new challenges he faced living with tetraplegia and having to use a wheelchair. "I had a lot of government agencies telling me how I should live my life. Not knowing any better, you go along believing that they have your best interests at hand -- but they don't. That's when I decided to start helping individuals with disabilities with my first-hand knowledge of advocacy," explained Hernandez. Roll on Capitol Hill has been a life-changing event for Hernandez. Now entering its 6th year, the Roll has become a valuable platform for United Spinal member advocates to lead the charge to protect disability rights. "I remember my first Roll on Capitol Hill. As I stood outside the reception door, looking inside at all of the people attending -- fighting for what they believe in and representing thousands of individuals with disabilities, I couldn't help but get emotional," recalled Hernandez. Beyond community integration and complex rehab technology, Hernandez is concerned with the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. "The current administration should invest time and energy in repairing or restructuring a system that has been working and getting people healthier, rather than replacing it with something that would be a death sentence for many individuals," said Hernandez. As Hernandez continues to fight to improve disability rights, he acknowledges his late mother's strength and perseverance as a major influence on his attitude toward his injury. "She never gave up during her 13-year battle with cancer and illness. It rubbed off on me. No matter how hard my day and no matter how bad I feel, I get up out of my bed and push on with life." United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-spinal-to-host-new-york-disability-advocate-jose-hernandez-for-roll-on-capitol-hill-in-dc-300463603.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has evaluated the top colleges in New York state for 2017. Of the 50 four-year schools who made the site’s “Best” list, Columbia University in the City of New York, Cornell University, Yeshiva University, University of Rochester and New York University were in the top five. Of the 39 two-year schools that were included, Monroe Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Niagara County Community College, SUNY Westchester Community College and Genesee Community college took the top five spots. A full list of schools is included below. “New York state offers a wide variety of educational options, but the schools on our list are those going the extra mile for students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Not only do they offer outstanding certificate and degree programs, they also provide students with resources that help them make successful career choices after college.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in New York” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in New York” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in New York for 2017 include: Adelphi University Alfred University Barnard College Canisius College Clarkson University Colgate University College of Mount Saint Vincent Columbia University in the City of New York Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Cornell University CUNY Bernard M Baruch College CUNY City College CUNY Hunter College CUNY Queens College Daemen College D'Youville College Fordham University Hamilton College Hartwick College Hobart William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Houghton College Iona College Ithaca College Le Moyne College LIU Post Manhattan College Manhattanville College Marist College Molloy College Nazareth College New York University Niagara University Pace University-New York Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Saint John Fisher College Saint Joseph's College-New York Siena College St Bonaventure University St John's University-New York St Lawrence University Stony Brook University SUNY at Binghamton Syracuse University Union College University at Buffalo University of Rochester Vassar College Yeshiva University The Best Two-Year Colleges in New York for 2017 include: Adirondack Community College Bramson ORT College Bronx Community College Cayuga County Community College Clinton Community College Columbia-Greene Community College Corning Community College CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY LaGuardia Community College Dutchess Community College Erie Community College Finger Lakes Community College Fulton-Montgomery Community College Genesee Community College Herkimer County Community College Hostos Community College Hudson Valley Community College Jamestown Community College Jefferson Community College Kingsborough Community College Mohawk Valley Community College Monroe Community College Nassau Community College New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education Niagara County Community College North Country Community College Onondaga Community College Professional Business College Queensborough Community College Rockland Community College Schenectady County Community College Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Suffolk County Community College SUNY Broome Community College SUNY Orange SUNY Sullivan SUNY Ulster SUNY Westchester Community College Tompkins Cortland Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Akademos, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university, to provide online bookstore services that will give students access to a vast selection of low-cost textbooks along with a convenient, personalized ordering experience. Students from twelve CUNY colleges will be able to shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks will save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials. “Governor Cuomo has announced an important initiative to make CUNY’s two- and four-year colleges tuition-free for many of New York’s middle class families. The partnership between CUNY and Akademos will further the Governor’s goal of affordability by addressing the rising cost of textbooks, a challenge CUNY students have been facing for some time,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz added: “Our experience shows that students who purchase their textbooks are more likely to succeed in their courses of study. I am delighted that we are addressing this textbook affordability barrier while helping all CUNY students. Our students and faculty have responded well to the value and service Akademos already provides four of our colleges, and we are pleased to extend this service to additional CUNY colleges.” After a competitive vetting and bidding process, CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive vendor for online bookstore services. Akademos currently serves Queens College, John Jay College, Medgar Evers College and CUNY School of Law. Over the next year, eight additional CUNY colleges will transition to Akademos service, including: Hunter College, Brooklyn College, City College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, York College, School of Professional Studies, and Guttman Community College. Thereafter, remaining CUNY colleges may select and utilize Akademos’ services if they wish. “We are thrilled that CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive online bookstore provider,” said John Squires, Akademos CEO. “We are eager to work with CUNY colleges to help lower the cost of learning materials, by providing students new low-cost choices from our broad supply of providers. In addition, our advanced faculty adoption software and curriculum consulting services will aid faculty in selecting innovative, high-quality materials for instruction that may further reduce costs for CUNY students and support the educational mission of the colleges.” To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit akademos.com. About The City University of New York The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 274,350 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies. About Akademos Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what’s most important to institutions. From full-service virtual bookstores to unique products supporting on-campus shops, Akademos delivers cost savings for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook adoption and delivery process. Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company’s comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country. Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at akademos.com.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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A ranking of the top collegiate Vocational & Trade Education Programs in New York has been released by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) for 2016-2017. Comparing data on student success and support services, program variety and nearly a dozen other qualitative and quantitative measures, the site highlighted a total of 64 colleges and universities for excellence in trade and vocational education in the state. Top scoring schools include SUNY Canton, Trocaire College, Farmingdale State College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Touro College, Monroe Community College, Niagara County Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and SUNY Broome Community College. “U.S. Department of Labor projections show many trade and vocational industries growing at a faster-than-average rate through the year 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “New York provides an excellent learning environment for trade and vocational learners; over five dozen schools in the state are on our list for providing a top-quality education and a jump-start to a job with career placement and other success support programs.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools sets strict criteria for their rankings. Schools must qualify for the list by being regionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. For the Best Trade & Vocational Education Programs in New York list, the site also required schools offer career placement and counseling services to students. All qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on additional school-specific data, such as student-teacher ratios and financial aid offerings. For more details on the data and methodology used to determine the Best Trade & Vocational Education Programs in New York, and to view a complete list of schools and scores, visit: Two-year schools recognized on the Best Trade & Vocational Education in New York, 2016-2017 list: Bramson ORT College Bronx Community College Cayuga County Community College Columbia-Greene Community College Corning Community College CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY LaGuardia Community College Dutchess Community College Erie Community College Finger Lakes Community College Fulton-Montgomery Community College Genesee Community College Herkimer County Community College Hostos Community College Hudson Valley Community College Jamestown Community College Jefferson Community College Jefferson Lewis BOCES - Practical Nursing Program Kingsborough Community College Memorial Hospital School of Radiation Therapy Technology Mohawk Valley Community College Monroe Community College Nassau Community College Niagara County Community College Onondaga Community College Professional Business College Queensborough Community College Rockland Community College Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Schenectady County Community College Suffolk County Community College SUNY Broome Community College SUNY Orange SUNY Sullivan SUNY Ulster SUNY Westchester Community College Tompkins Cortland Community College Four-year schools recognized on the Best Trade & Vocational Education in New York, 2016-2017 list: College of Staten Island CUNY Culinary Institute of America CUNY Medgar Evers College CUNY New York City College of Technology Daemen College Farmingdale State College Hilbert College LIU Post Maria College Marist College Medaille College Mercy College Molloy College Morrisville State College New York Institute of Technology New York University Pace University - New York Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science Pratt Institute - Main Rochester Institute of Technology SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Touro College Trocaire College Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Villa Maria College About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Onyl Channer, RN, BSN, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Onyl is a Registered Nurse with 18 years of experience and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially in the program all-inclusive care of the elderly, both in home and facility based, primary care management, dialysis, and oncology nursing. Onyl is currently serving patients at CenterLight Healthcare PACE, and is also affiliated with St. Barnabas Hospital and the Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. Onyl Channer received her Licensed Practical Nurse Degree in 1998, before going on to obtain her Nursing Degree from Bronx Community College in 2004. An advocate for continuing education, Onyl then graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2011 from the College of New Rochelle, followed by her Master Degree in Administration in 2015 from South University. Furthermore, she holds additional certification as a Certified Case Manager, Certified Dialysis Nurse, and a Certified Wound Care Nurse. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in the nursing field, Onyl maintains a professional membership with the American Nurses Association, the Student Conservation Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. For her excellence, Onyl was awarded 1st Class Honors in Jamaica, as well as Fellowship Awards. She attributes her great success to her strong faith, as well as the support from her family, friends and coworkers. She has always been encouraged to do more and learn more, and truly wants to give back. Onyl is also committed to making sure young nurses have a solid foundation to build from, and that as nurses they stay patient focused. When she is not assisting her patients, Onyl dedicates her free time to community and church work, and spending time with her family. Learn more about Onyl Channer here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4128716/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


Espinosa A.,Roger Williams University | Socha A.M.,University of Rhode Island | Socha A.M.,Bronx Community College | Ryke E.,Roger Williams University | Rowley D.C.,University of Rhode Island
Parasitology Research | Year: 2012

Entamoeba histolytica infects 50 million people per year, causing 100,000 deaths worldwide. The primary treatment for amoebiasis is metronidazole. However, increased pathogen resistance combined with the drug's toxic side effects encourages a search for alternative therapeutic agents. Secondary metabolites from marine bacteria are a promising resource for antiprotozoan drug discovery. In this study, extracts from a collection of marine-derived actinomycetes were screened for antiamoebic properties, and the activities of antibiotics echinomycin A and tirandamycin A are shown. Both antibiotics inhibited the in vitro growth of a E. histolytica laboratory strain (HM-1:IMSS) and a clinical isolate (Colombia, Col) at 30- to 60-μM concentrations. EIC50 (estimated inhibitory concentration) values were comparable for both antibiotics (44.3-46.3 μM) against the E. histolytica clinical isolate. © Springer-Verlag 2012.

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