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News Article | May 22, 2017
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Madame Dogbo is one of the female farmers benefitting from the VSLA program. In 2016, her cocoa farm was destroyed in a fire, leaving her and her four daughters in a perilous financial situation. With the help of a VSLA-funded loan, Madame Dogbo was able to plant cocoa again, and more importantly, earn the money to send her daughters to school. You can view her story, and more about the VSLA program, here. "On the VSLA meeting days, even if I have things to do like cooking, I stop everything and go there, because the VSLA has changed me—the VSLA has provided our community a great opportunity," said Madame Dogbo. The well-being of cocoa farmers is one of the most important steps of the bean to bar journey. As such, Mars, Inc. has pledged $1 million to CARE® to empower female farmers in Cote d'Ivoire. Consumers can now join those efforts. Starting July 7, for every purchase of specially marked DOVE® Chocolate PROMISES® at CVS Pharmacy locations, $1 will be donated to CARE®. "DOVE® Chocolate is thrilled to see the VSLA program with CARE has already exceeded expectations in year one," said Kerry Cavanaugh, Brand Director, DOVE® Chocolate, Mars Chocolate North America. "Through our joint efforts, we're starting to see women in these communities flourish, which impacts not only the quality of cocoa bean produced, but also education and healthcare opportunities for their family." Promoting gender equality and securing a larger voice for women within their communities has also been a major objective for DOVE® Chocolate and CARE®. Members of the 70 VSLA groups established in Cote d'Ivoire through the DOVE® partnership, have demonstrated positive group dynamics, with men and women from various backgrounds working together productively, which was uncommon before the program. "Now, women have a newfound confidence in their ability to own and manage cocoa farms," said Youssouf Ndjore, Cocoa Sustainability Director, CARE®. "Additionally, the community's perception of women is improving as men are beginning to take pride in their support of women who are running their own businesses and having dreams for the future." The DOVE® Chocolate Difference From bean to bar, Mars Chocolate North America takes great care to maintain the highest standards of quality when crafting DOVE® Chocolate. Every batch of beans is carefully and thoroughly evaluated for flavor and quality for use in DOVE® Chocolate to ensure the authentic rich taste of the cocoa is enjoyed by consumers around the world. It all starts with only the best cacao beans, which are tested by expert Mars Associate craftspeople for quality and flavor. The beans are then taken through special roasting and grinding techniques – a process rooted in European tradition - to create the signature silky smooth texture and great taste of DOVE® Chocolate. Finally, Mars adds the perfect combination of chocolate liquor and 100 percent pure cocoa butter to create a balanced taste that's not too sweet, nor too bitter. To learn more about the unique DOVE® Chocolate bean to bar process and to follow the CARE® partnership progress, please visit www.dovechocolatejourney.com. For more information about DOVE® Chocolate, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Mars, Incorporated Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history, $35 billion in sales, and six diverse business segments producing some of the world's best-loved brands: PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, IAMS®, BANFIELD® CESAR® (Petcare); M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY®, TWIX® (Chocolate); DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES® (Wrigley); UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® (Food); ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® FLAVIA® (Drinks); and COCOAVIA® (Symbioscience). Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in 421 facilities across 78 countries, where our more than 80,000 Associates —all united by the company's Five Principles of Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom –strive every day to create relationships with our stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of. For more information about Mars, Incorporated, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. About CARE Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That's why women and girls are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education and health, create economic opportunity, respond to emergencies and confront hunger. Last year CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people. To learn more, visit www.care.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dove-chocolate--care-continue-work-to-empower-female-farmers-in-cote-divoire-300461025.html


Directed by emerging filmmaker Pamela Romanowsky in partnership with Refinery29, the videos provide consumers with a glimpse into the origins of DOVE® Chocolate as well as how the brand sources the highest-quality ingredients to create its silky smooth chocolate. You can view Kelly's story here: "Discovering how and where my food is sourced is extremely important to me – and after visiting the cocoa farms in Ecuador, it's clearly a passion I share with DOVE® Chocolate," says Kelly, "It was amazing to see where chocolate comes from, but more importantly, to meet the farmers who take great pride in the cocoa they have been growing for generations." DOVE® Chocolate has pledged by 2020 to source 100 percent of its cocoa from certified sources which in turn promotes the well-being of cocoa farmers. As part of this pledge, DOVE® Chocolate recently donated over $1 million in partnership with CARE® to empower female cocoa farmers in West Africa, where 70 percent of the world's cocoa is sourced. "With the help of Minka Kelly, we want to show the great care that goes into making DOVE® Chocolate to ensure its signature taste starting from the farmers we work with.  How we source and roast each bean in Dove Chocolate is important to us," says Kerry Cavanaugh, Brand Director, DOVE® Chocolate, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. "Our consumers want to know that the chocolate they enjoy is not only responsibly sourced, but that the well-being of the farmers is a priority." The DOVE® Chocolate Difference From bean to bar, Mars Wrigley Confectionery takes great care to maintain the highest standards of quality when crafting DOVE® Chocolate. Every batch of beans is carefully and thoroughly evaluated for flavor and quality to ensure the authentic rich taste of the cocoa is enjoyed by consumers around the world. It all starts with only the best cacao beans, which are tested by Mars experts for quality and flavor. The beans are then taken through special roasting and grinding techniques – a process rooted in European tradition - to create the signature silky smooth texture and great taste of DOVE® Chocolate. Finally, Mars adds the perfect combination of chocolate liquor and 100 percent pure cocoa butter to create a balanced taste that's not too sweet, nor too bitter. To learn more about the unique DOVE® Chocolate bean to bar process, please visit www.dovechocolatejourney.com. For more information about DOVE® Chocolate, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Mars, Incorporated Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M's®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN'S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day. For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. About CARE Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That's why women and girls are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education and health, create economic opportunity, respond to emergencies and confront hunger. Last year CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people. To learn more, visit www.care.org.


News Article | July 27, 2017
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-- Contact: Andrew BirnbaumE: marketing@general-devices.comP: 201-313-7075F: 201-313-5671W: www.general-devices.comGDGD CAREpoint chosen to enhance patient care at St. Luke's University Health Network - Allentown HospitalAllentown, PA May, 2017 — GD has announced that Allentown has joined the family of more than 800 hospital and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) communication system implementations by the company. The Pennsylvania based hospital and local EMS network have taken the initiative to enhance patient care by implementing new CAREpoint workstations. GD's CAREpoint Workstation & e-Bridge Mobile Telemedicine systems help hospitals and EMS improve patient care while reducing costs through process and QA improvements, plus better documentation and data management.  "Managing patient care the Emergency Department is complex enough.", says Curt Bashford, GD's CEO. "Integrating prehospital care from EMS with the ED and critical services like trauma, cardiology and neurology magnifies it. This is where Responsive Innovation from GD makes a real difference."adds Bashford.Like other hospitals throughout the Unites States, St. Luke's will use GD's CAREpoint to manage all its EMS related activities from the powerful workstation.  Typical usage goals aimed to deliver a strong Return on Investment (ROI) through improvements in patient care and cost reduction include:·         Improving EMS call handling and notifications from 2-way radio, phone and web·         Reduce door-to-treatment times for Stroke, STEMI, and Trauma·         Provide secure mobile notifications to remote Cardio, Neuro, and Trauma teams·         Simplify and unify reception, distribution, and documentation of prehospital 12-Lead ECGs·         Enhance CQI with better documentation, digital voice/data logging and reporting tools·         Implement a HIPAA-secure platform for Mobile Telemedicine pictures, video and data·         Overall enhancement to on-line medical direction and decision supportThe mission of St. Luke's University Health Network is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured, educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.Responsive Innovation includes the CAREpoint Workstation ( http://www.general- devices.com/ carepoint ), which is used by hospital emergency departments to manage all EMS-hospital communications, information, documentation and mobile telemedicine on a single interoperable, easy-to-use system.e-BRIDGE Mobile Telemedicine apps enable the sharing of real-time, HIPAA-compliant multi-media messaging: voice, text, pictures, video clips and live video; as well as data from connected devices such as NIBP, SP02, weight, ultrasound, and more. Available for smartphones, tablets and PCs, the apps are used for consults between EMS, mobile integrated health-community paramedicine, hospitals, and public safety entities for enhancing patient care.Based in Ridgefield, NJ, GD is a medical device and technology solution company. Its Core Purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of the public at large by providing Responsive Innovation for public safety responders and health care providers. For more than three decades, GD has been the leader in EMS-hospital communications and mobile telemedicine systems, connecting care providers nationwide and handling over 10,000 calls daily.For more information, visit www.general- devices.com


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Recognizing the signs that an elderly loved one may need assistance in the home can be difficult for many people. In order to help families assess if their loved one needs at-home care, Janez Hicks, of Care... From the Heart, LLC, a home care service agency specializing in elder care, lists the following three tips: No. 1: They have stopped eating well. “You might notice that there is food spoiling in the fridge, or that your loved one has lost some weight,” said Hicks. “They might also be having trouble cooking. There are tell-tale signs, such as scorched pots.” No. 2: Personal hygiene starts to fail. Family members might start to notice spots on their loved one’s clothing or that clothes haven’t been changed or even begin to smell. “You should also ensure that your loved one is clean, bathed and brushing their teeth,” added Hicks. No. 3: Forgetting everyday tasks. This can include forgetting to pay bills, taking medications, missing appointments, not locking doors, etc. “Your loved one might be overwhelmed with keeping track of everything. You may notice that their routines have become more difficult for them,” concluded Hicks. According to a report from the World Health Organization, the global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050. If a family has not yet had to deal with providing elder care, it is likely they will have to in the future. About Care... From the Heart, LLC Care... From the Heart offers assistance to the elderly in maintaining safe, independent living in their own home. Their services include taking people to appointments, running errands, getting groceries, cooking meals, companionship, respite care and more. Care... From the Heart has an A+BBB rating. For more information, please call (508) 419-1879, or visit http://www.carefromtheheartcapecod.com. The office is located at 766 Falmouth Road, Mashpee, MA 02649. About the NALA™ The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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Care... From the Heart, LLC, a home healthcare agency specializing in elder care, is now renting out office space for meetings and events. “We have redone our lower level and are renting out this space for people who need to hold a board meeting, class, seminar, or seek a place for any social or business meeting,” said Janez Hicks, owner of Care... From the Heart. Care... From the Heart, located at 766 Falmouth Road, Mashpee, MA, will offer other amenities upon request, such as coffee, muffins/bagels, sandwich and cookie platters, bottled water or juice, coffee, etc. “We are calling it ‘The Meeting Place,’ and had our first ‘renter’ within the first week,” added Hicks. The Meeting Place is available for rental from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but can be rented for any length of time depending on availability. It is 20’ x 30’ and the room capacity is thirty-five. Many people work remotely or from home and/or it is unreasonable to have an office of their own when they only need the space once in awhile, or infrequently enough that it does not make sense financially. “The Meeting Place is locally owned and operated, easily accessible, affordable, clean, cozy, and has room for any type of business or social meeting,” concluded Hicks. “It also includes a conference table, classroom tables, comfortable sitting area, kitchenette, TV, whiteboard, pull-down projection screen and the option for us to provide food and refreshments.” For more information about The Meeting Place, call Care... From the Heart at (508) 419-1879. About Care... From the Heart, LLC Care... From the Heart offers assistance to the elderly in maintaining safe, independent living in their own home. Its services include taking people to appointments, running errands, getting groceries, cooking meals, companionship and more. Care... From the Heart has an A+ BBB rating. For more information, please call (508) 419-1879, or visit http://www.carefromtheheartcapecod.com. The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361.


For-benefit enterprises are hybrid business structures whose primary purpose is to deliver social and environmental benefit. They constitute a fourth sector of the economy, which has been growing at the intersection of the traditional private, public and nonprofit sectors for decades. CARE Enterprises collaborates with other organizations to support and scale for-benefit enterprises. CARE Enterprises is participating in the Fourth Sector Development Initiative (FSDI), a newly formed multi-stakeholder initiative of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Fourth Sector Group. FSDI brings together public, private and philanthropic institutions committed to catalysing trillions of dollars of fourth sector growth by 2030 through fostering the enabling ecosystem required for for-benefit enterprises to flourish. "CARE has had great success as the founder of MicroVest and Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) which together have about $800 million in assets under management today - capital being put to very good service. Having learned from first generation impact funds, CEI gets creative at the deal structure level, so entrepreneurs can access patient capital that takes into consideration the context in which they operate," says Bill Unger, vice chair, CARE Enterprises Board of Directors and former managing director, Mayfield Fund. One of the principal unmet needs of these enterprises is access to capital. Standard investment instruments frequently prioritize the needs of investors (higher financial returns to realize a quick exit) over the needs of for-benefit investees in frontier markets (slower growth inherent with business models built for marginalized communities). For-benefit enterprises focused on economic inclusion in frontier markets operate differently from conventional businesses and therefore need financial partners that will respond appropriately. CARE Enterprises is stepping forward to meet this need by offering to investees alternative deal structures all along the debt to equity spectrum —  impact-based loans, performance-based loans, mezzanine debt, and variable payment dividends — to meet the unique needs of for-benefit entrepreneurs and their companies so they can remain mission-focused and maximize their chances of both social and commercial success. To address and further scale the financial needs of these entrepreneurs and companies, CARE Enterprises is planning to develop and work with new investment vehicles implementing this investment thesis. "Rather than having these entrepreneurs fit into structures that demand profit-maximization, CARE Enterprises will create a portfolio of transformative 'benefit-maximizers' by incentivizing our investees to deliver on their promises of social impact to create dignified jobs that break cross-generational poverty cycles in marginalized communities. This impact thesis is – and will remain – embedded in the core of our investment structures and portfolio," says Marilia Bezerra, managing partner, CARE Enterprises. When it comes to creating economic opportunity for those excluded from the economy, particularly in frontier markets, the impact investment community is starting to see that achieving both transformative social impact and market-rate financial returns is the exception, not the norm. "The most impactful and successful of social enterprises in emerging economies — even in developed countries — are likely to generate only low-single-digit financial returns(1)."  In response to this, Bezerra says, "CARE Enterprises is happy to accept lower returns in exchange for transformative impact.  We want our legacy to be the scaling up of for-benefit enterprises that break the cycle of poverty.  We also want to help open up a conversation about how second generation impact funds can truly help expand the reach of the market to include billions of people experiencing poverty today. In partnership with other like-minded players, we are excited to prove that it is possible to prioritize social impact while also achieving financial returns." CARE Enterprises is a for-profit subsidiary of CARE USA, a leading non-profit organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. While CARE is most widely recognized for its long history of development programs that improve the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, what is less commonly known is that CARE is a pioneer in successfully adopting market-based solutions to combat poverty. CARE Enterprises will bring CARE's deep understanding of the needs of those in poverty and the complex social, political and cultural dynamics unique to each market, and develop a distribution network for growth companies by leveraging CARE's global footprint and local networks. CARE Enterprises will help build the fourth sector ecosystem by implementing these innovative investment models and share learnings with the FSDI community to increase knowledge and raise awareness about the fourth sector. About CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. Learn more at care.org.


Smith S.L.,University of New Mexico | Rodriguez M.A.,CARE
Health Policy and Planning | Year: 2016

Nearly 300 000 women - almost all poor women in low-income countries - died from pregnancy-related complications in 2010. This represents a decline since the 1980s, when an estimated half million women died each year, but is still far higher than the aims set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the turn of the century. The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s witnessed a shift from near complete neglect of the issue to emergence of a network of individuals and organizations with a shared concern for reducing maternal deaths and growth in the number of organizations and governments with maternal health strategies and programmes. Maternal health experienced a marked change in agenda status in the 2000s, attracting significantly higher level attention (e.g. from world leaders) and greater resource commitments (e.g. as one issue addressed by US$40 billion in pledges to the 2010 Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health) than ever before. Several differences between network and actor features, issue characteristics and the policy environment pre- and post-2000 help to explain the change in agenda status for global maternal mortality reduction. Significantly, a strong poverty reduction norm emerged at the turn of the century; represented by the United Nations MDGs framework, the norm set unusually strong expectations for international development actors to advance included issues. As the norm grew, it drew policy attention to the maternal health goal (MDG 5). Seeking to advance the goals agenda, world leaders launched initiatives addressing maternal and child health. New network governance and framing strategies that closely linked maternal, newborn and child health shaped the initiatives. Diverse network composition - expanding beyond a relatively narrowly focused and technically oriented group to encompass allies and leaders that brought additional resources to bear on the problem - was crucial to maternal health's rise on the agenda in the 2000s. © 2015 The Author; all rights reserved.


Few models of how community mobilisation works have been elaborated in the scientific literature, and evaluation of the impact of these programmes on HIV and other health outcomes is extremely limited. Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative, has been implementing community mobilisation as part of its prevention programming with groups of high-risk individuals across six states since 2005. To articulate a programme theory and evaluation framework for evaluation of Avahan's approach to community mobilisation among female sex workers in four southern states in India. The authors use a goal-based evaluation approach to describe the programme goals and an underlying programme theory that specifies how the programme is expected to work. Using multilevel structural equation modelling with propensity score matching, the evaluation will compare what is observed in the data with the predicted relationships specified by the model. The Avahan model of community mobilisation posits that meaningful participation in high-risk group intervention, structural intervention and organisational development activities leads to identification, collectivisation and ownership, which in turn leads to improved programme outcomes. Strong community groups and an enabling environment reinforce social norm and behaviour change outcomes and lead to sustained impact. Specifying an explicit programme theory can aid in the evaluation of complex interventions, especially when the evaluation design is observational. In addition to articulating Avahan's community mobilisation approach in a model that can be tested, we recommend some specific measures and methods that could be used to improve evaluation efforts in the future.


ATLANTA, Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the recent U.S. presidential election, a quarter (25 percent) of Americans either already have or plan to increase their support for nonprofits and charities, according to a new online survey commissioned by the global...


News Article | November 15, 2016
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Care to Care is pleased to announce that Rachel Title, MD has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. She will oversee all clinical initiatives and programs for Care to Care. Dr. Title joined Care to Care in April 2015 as a Senior Medical Director and immediately engaged with clients, referring physicians and industry leaders in building our Radiation Therapy and Medical Oncology programs. Since joining Care to Care she has worked alongside Drs. Julian Safir and Michael Komarow, former Chief Medical Officers, and will continue to implement Care to Care’s patient centered and physician friendly approach to benefit management. Dr. Title is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist specializing in Body and Breast Imaging. She graduated summa cum laude, and first in her class, from Boston University’s Accelerated Seven Year Medical Program with a major in Medical Sciences and a minor in Mathematics. While at Boston University Dr. Title received honors and awards including Phi Beta Kappa, Trustee Scholarship, and Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, where she served as president. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, a radiology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in Breast & Body Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Prior to joining Care to Care, Dr. Title was an Assistant Attending Radiologist in Breast & Body Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Radiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell. Her training and experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have given her a strong background in oncologic imaging. She also has years of experience in private practice where she served as Director of Breast MRI. Dr. Title has published several journal articles and has presented her research at the RSNA annual meeting. “Her principles are completely aligned with our mission to Deliver evidence-based solutions to promote the most efficient and effective use of medical resources, across a range of specialties, for the benefit of patients, payers, physicians, and providers.” stated Barbara Kelman, Chief Operating Officer. About Care to Care, LLC Care to Care is a URAC-Accredited Multi Specialty Benefit Utilization Management company that provides evidence based solutions to ensure payers, their network providers and their beneficiaries receive appropriate and cost-effective care. We reduce redundant or unnecessary procedures, testing and specialty referrals thus improving care and decreasing delays in treatment. Care to Care’s proprietary guidelines are the most advanced in the industry continuously updated by small, focused teams of board certified physicians. We are agile, efficient, and focused on excellence, building the industry’s best programs with the most talented thought leaders.

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