News Article | May 9, 2017
Wearable devices, such as activity trackers, have shown promise as tools to increase participation in employee wellness programs. Currently, one in six consumers in the United States uses wearables in the form of either a smart watch or a fitness band, and more than 75 million devices are expected to be in use in the workplace by 2020. It’s safe to say, wearable devices are here to stay. But getting the most out of a device requires more than simply asking employees to use it. A new report from HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) examines how employers are using wearables in their workplace wellness programs and what outcomes have emerged. The report, a follow-up to a landmark 2014 HERO study on wearables in the workplace, identifies some promising practices for employers who seek guidance on how to effectively incorporate wearables into workplace programs. Published recently in the “Wearables in Wellness” issue in The Art of Health Promotion, a special publication of The American Journal of Health Promotion, the report identifies the following promising practices for businesses that have added, or are considering adding, wearables to their own well-being efforts: ● Give or subsidize devices for employees rather than requiring them to buy their own; ● Set goals and encourage employees to meet them and earn incentives; ● Involve spouses and domestic partners to increase participation and create a support system outside of the workplace; ● Use a pilot program to identify ways to improve the effort before expanding to the entire workforce; and ● Modify the program from time to time to keep employees engaged. “We see a lot of promise in the use of wearables as a component of a comprehensive workplace wellness program, but we need to continue our focus on research that uncovers what works and what doesn’t,” said Jessica Grossmeier, Ph.D., vice president of research for HERO. “Early research supports that a device, on its own, will not change health behaviors over the long term. That’s why we’re focused on identifying those leading-edge strategies that employers can use to ensure an effective, safe, and engaging approach for employers and individual participants.” The process of creating the HERO Wearables in Wellness Case Study Report started with invitations to 37 companies to complete phone interviews, and seven companies agreed to be interviewed. The final report includes three case studies of organizations that together employ more than 60,000 people, and whose incorporation of wearables into their wellness program reflects a comprehensive, results-oriented approach. Participants include BP, Emory University, and Ochsner Health System. Each employer HERO contacted took a different approach to implementing wearables into its plans, but there were some clear commonalities among the programs that had the most success. “Through this effort, we found that forward-thinking employers who have been early adopters of well-being best practices are also implementing wearables in creative and effective ways,” said Jack Bastable, national practice leader, employee health and productivity, for CBIZ. “They’re realizing success, in part, because they are supporting their device strategy with a sound communication strategy, making it financially feasible, and encouraging long-term use.” Highlights from the case studies BP Million Step Challenge: At BP, which started using wearables in 2013, more than 75 percent of eligible participants enroll in an annual Million Step Challenge, and 79 percent reach their goal. BP has modified the program over the years to add goals beyond one million steps, and smaller goals for less active participants who are unable to achieve the million-step goal. As a result, the program has been consistently popular with participants, with 92 percent saying they are either satisfied or very satisfied. Emory University: Emory launched its own wearables program in 2014 with a pilot program at five sites. Based on those results, Emory made modifications and offered the program to all Emory University and Emory Healthcare employees the following year. Healthy Emory’s Move More Challenge was designed to be fun for participants and included team-based elements to encourage social support and inspire friendly competition. When the program expanded enterprise wide in 2015, 6,300 Emory employees participated in the challenge, and 82 percent remained active for all eight weeks. In a post-program survey, 67 percent said it was the first time they had used a wearable device, and 82 percent reported using the device every day of the challenge. Ochsner Health System: Ochsner Health System began using wearables in 2008 as part of a program that offered employees a device free of charge and asked them to reach a target number of steps to earn an incentive. Ochsner credits the use of wearables for providing employees a daily reminder to stay active and engaged in the overall wellness program. Analysis over the years has shown that Ochsner employees who use wearables have lower medical costs than employees who do not take part. To learn more about HERO research, including this study, visit http://www.hero-health.org. About HERO – Based in Waconia, MN, HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation that was established in 1996. HERO is dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices that improve the health and well-being of employees, their families and communities. To learn more, visit http://www.hero-health.org. Follow us on Twitter @heroehm or LinkedIn.
News Article | May 16, 2017
PHILADELPHIA - Penn Medicine's Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) have received a three-year, $1.35 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to design an innovative and replicable program for promoting and evaluating safe sleep practices for newborns. The Philadelphia Safe Sleep Awareness for Every Well Newborn (S.A.F.E.) Program will be rolled out to hospitals, ambulatory care settings, communities, and homes and addresses the population-specific problem through nurse, parent and community education, development and dissemination of practice and education resources, and a community partnership with the Maternity Care Coalition (MCC). "In Philadelphia, 45 healthy babies die unexpectedly every year - a rate that is significantly higher than in other major cities. Research shows these tragic deaths can be prevented by following safe sleep guidelines," said Marilyn Stringer, PhD, WHCNP, FAAN, a professor of Women's Health Nursing at HUP and the principal investigator for the program. "By promoting safe sleep, and educating health care providers, parents and community members on Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) risk reduction strategies, we can help keep babies safe." "As a physician and public health leader, I am excited about using research-based strategies to more successfully educate and model safe sleep practices. I look forward to the implementation and expansion of the S.A.F.E. Program to achieve measurable results in reducing SUID," said Pennsylvania Department of Health's Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP, FAAP. Development of the S.A.F.E. program comes on the heels of HUP's own program developed last year when nurses in the Intensive Care Nursery realized there was no local program aimed at improving best practices and education. That program was developed using practice guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises that infants sleep alone, on their back, and on a firm, flat surface with nothing else in the crib.
News Article | May 23, 2017
From Ebola to Zika to opioid misuse to diabetes to heart disease, the CDC is on the frontlines keeping Americans healthy. Cutting nearly 20 percent of the CDC's Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion center's budget would be disastrous. Enormous cuts are also proposed throughout the rest of the agency including to programs that protect the American people from infectious diseases, environmental contaminants, exposure to tobacco and much more. If these budget cuts were to occur, they would cripple CDC's operations and result in increased illnesses, injuries and preventable deaths. CDC has already lost more than $580 million in funding since 2010 – and the proposed American Healthcare Act would, in FY 2019, repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which supplies 12 percent of CDC's budget—of which more than $620 million goes yearly to states. Even now, with a relatively stable FY 2017 budget, CDC is operating with nearly 700 vacancies and will function with diminished resources once the Zika emergency supplemental funding runs out. As such, this unprecedented and dramatic cut would have unparalleled and drastic consequences for our nation's health and would likely lead to staggering increases in our healthcare service costs. It would also create massive holes in state public health funding, as states and local communities rely on the hundreds of millions they receive from CDC every year. In essence, the proposed budget would force CDC to fight epidemics and health threats with both hands tied behind their back while wearing a blindfold. We urge the Administration and Congress to work together to ensure CDC is able to protect the American people and help Americans be healthy and thrive." Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-presidents-fy-2018-budget-proposal-would-be-perilous-for-the-nations-health-300462405.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
Enforcing rules about bedtimes could help your child get the sleep they need on weekdays, according to new research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The study, conducted by researchers at Public Health Ontario, Canada, found that when parents actively enforce a bedtime during the week, their children were more likely to meet established sleep guidelines. Neither encouraging nor enforcing a bedtime had an effect on sleep at the weekend. Dr Heather Manson, senior author and Chief, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury prevention at Public Health Ontario, said: "We found that "encouragement" as a parental support was less effective for both weekend and weekday sleep. Enforcement of rules around bedtimes had a significant impact, but only on weekdays. We can conclude that parents enforcing a bedtime on the weekday could help support their child to achieve sufficient sleep." The study used self-reported data from over 1,600 parents with at least one child under the age of 18 years from Ontario. Depending on the age of the child, the proportion of parents reporting that their child met the Canadian sleep guidelines ranged from 68.3-92.6% for weekdays and 49.3-86.0% for weekends. The number of children meeting the guidelines increased between ages 5 and 9 years but declined between 10 and 17 years. Children aged 15 years old showed the greatest difference between weekday and weekend sleep, with 38.3% fewer children meeting guidelines on the weekends compared to the weekdays. Dr Manson explained: "Sleep is increasingly being recognized as an important determinant of health, and an integral component of healthy living for children, integrated with other behaviours such as physical activity and sedentary time. In the family context, parents' support behaviours towards sleep could play an important role in their child's health. We wanted to understand how different types of parent behaviours impacted their child's sleep". Around 94% of parents reported encouraging their child to go to bed at a specific time, and just over 84% reported enforcing bedtime rules. This suggests that parents are aware of and support the benefits of a good night's sleep, according to the researchers. Parents who reported enforcing bedtime rules were 59% more likely to have their child meeting sleep guidelines on a weekday. This takes into account age and sex of the child, parental education, household income, and other support behaviours such as limiting screens in the bedroom. In general, neither rules nor encouragement to limit screen time in the bedroom were reported to have an effect on children's sleep. Dr Manson commented: "This is particularly surprising in light of the evidence showing screens in the bedroom can negatively affect children's sleep." This study involves self-reported survey data which is limited by relying on the parent's memory to recall answers for survey questions, as well as relying on the parents to answer honestly. The authors also note that the survey did not include any direct measures of sleep duration or sleep quality which is an important component of 'healthy' sleep. 1. Research article: Do parents' support behaviours predict whether or not their children get sufficient sleep?: A cross-sectional study Pyper et al. BMC Public Health May 2017 DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4334-4 During embargo period, please contact Matthew Lam for a copy of the article. After the embargo lifts, the article will be available at the journal website here: https:/ Please name the journal in any story you write. If you are writing for the web, please link to the article. All articles are available free of charge, according to BioMed Central's open access policy. 2. BMC Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health. The journal has a special focus on the social determinants of health, the environmental, behavioral, and occupational correlates of health and disease, and the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on the community. 3. BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Nature, a major new force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing, created in May 2015 through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. http://www.
News Article | May 5, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017, the Directors of Health Promotion & Education (DHPE) completes its tour of all five regions of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority at the 64th Annual Southwest Regional Conference, South Point Casino and Hotel, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV. “With the average diagnosis timeframe being 4 to 6 years, lupus patients need more health care providers to know and recognize the signs and symptoms of lupus to decrease the diagnosis timeframe and help lupus patients have better health outcomes,” said DHPE Lupus Education and Awareness for Patients, Professionals and Providers (LEAP) Program Director Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no cure that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and organs. Current research shows that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus, per the Lupus Foundation of America. Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians. “Lupus is a difficult disease to diagnosis and this partnership with the DHPE LEAP will ensure our professional nurse membership is better prepared to address lupus health disparities, such as late diagnosis among women of color that may lead to organ failure and premature death,” said Chi Eta Phi National Vice President Priscilla J. Murphy LPCMH, MEd, BSN, RN, and owner of Nylex Educational & Counseling Services, Inc. According to the American College of Rheumatology, lupus patients see at least three providers, including nurses, before receiving an accurate lupus diagnosis. Lupus educational sessions featuring rheumatologists, lupus researchers and lupus patients will be coordinated by DHPE LEAP and hosted at the regional meetings of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. to educate more nurses on the signs and symptoms of lupus for more accurate diagnosis. DHPE’s Lupus Education and Awareness for Patients, Professionals and Providers [LEAP] Program Session is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017. It will be opened by Thometta Cozart, MS, MPH, CHES, CPH, LEAP Program Director and features: Irene Blanco, MD, MS, Associate Dean of Diversity Enhancement, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, Einstein College of Medicine and Lupus Patient Advocate Hetlena Johnson, Chief Volunteer Officer of South Carolina Community Partner, an affiliate of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. The session will educate on the signs and symptoms of lupus; the descriptive epidemiological assessment of the disease; case studies and the patient-provider perspective. Established in October 16, 1932, Chi Eta Phi has more than 8,000 sorority members in graduate and undergraduate chapters grouped into five regions based on geographic areas. The chapters are located throughout the United States, District of Columbia, St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Island and Liberia, West Africa. The Sorority has programs focusing on health promotion/disease prevention, leadership development, mentoring, recruitment and retention and scholarships. The partnership is part of the DHPE LEAP Program, which is funded by the national Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. The program targets women of color who are at an increased risk for lupus, as well as educating public health professionals and primary care providers of the signs and symptoms of lupus. The LEAP Program also has national partnerships with the National Medical Association and the National Black Nurses Association. For more program information contact LEAP Project Director Thometta Cozart at email@example.com and visit the program website at http://www.bit.ly/dhpelupus. The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to build on principles and practices of health promotion and education to strengthen public health capacity in policy and systems change, thereby improving the health of all and achieving health equity. DHPE, founded in 1946, is legally known as the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education (ASTDHPPHE). DHPE is located at 1030 15th Street NW, #275, Washington, DC 20005. For more information, visit http://www.dhpe.org.
News Article | May 2, 2017
Protecting babies and children against dangerous — sometimes fatal — diseases is a core mission of public health. Everyday, in health departments across the nation, someone is working on maintaining and improving childhood vaccination rates and keeping diseases like measles and mumps from regaining a foothold in the U.S. Fortunately for us, public health has been so successful that it’s easy to forget what it was like just a few decades ago when measles was a common childhood illness. (Though here’s a reminder.) But sustaining vaccination rates that provide population-wide protection against disease is complicated work — and it’s complicated even more by growing hesitancy among some parents to vaccinate their children. Confronting that challenge in the age of the Internet is a sizeable task for public health, especially with research showing that simply relying on evidence-based talking points won’t always work and, in some cases, can even be counterproductive. That’s why finding an effective way to break through today’s clutter of information (and misinformation) to reach concerned parents is so important to sustaining current immunization rates. In Washington state, where school entry vaccination exemptions had doubled over a decade and were three times higher than the national average, researchers have developed a promising way to do just that. Known as the Immunity Community, the intervention mobilizes vaccine-supportive parents and trains them to use positive dialogue to engage their peers, both in person and online, in discussions about vaccines. An evaluation of the three-year intervention, published last month in Health Promotion Practice, is very encouraging: parents who described themselves as “vaccine hesitant” fell from 23 percent to 14 percent, while parental concerns about their peers’ decisions not to vaccinate rose from 81 percent to 89 percent. Clarissa Hsu, who helped design the intervention and co-authored the recent study, told me the key to Immunity Community was building off the positive experiences of parent vaccine advocates, rather than highlighting the differences between parents. “We wanted to promote what’s already happening, which is that most parents do vaccinate,” said Hsu, who’s with the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation. “It wasn’t about attacking people’s beliefs, but about communicating positive messages about vaccines. …It allowed people to hear these messages without it being a direct confrontation.” Vax Northwest, a public-private partnership that convened in 2008 to address vaccine hesitancy in Washington, developed the Immunity Community after early research identified parental social groups as promising intervention points for changing vaccine attitudes. Mackenzie Melton, immunization coordinator at WithinReach Washington, an organizational member of Vax Northwest, said those early focus groups revealed that while parents typically ranked health care providers as the most trusted source of vaccine information, their social networks of friends and family came second. As such, Immunity Community was developed to leverage the trust that parents already have within their social networks to create positive consensus around vaccines. “The real thrust of the whole campaign was how to be immunization positive without being negative about people who don’t immunize,” Todd Faubion, immunization manager at WithinReach, told me. “We wanted (parent advocates) to talk about themselves — it was about them and how they can talk positively about immunizations.” Immunity Community organizers worked with staff at schools, preschools and child care centers to recruit and train interested parents to become advocates in their communities. Recruits were then educated on basic vaccine science and trained on how to communicate effectively and respectfully with peers, organize immunization-positive activities, and engage fellow parents on social media. “The emphasis was on the fact that (parent advocates) were trusted resources, not immunization experts,” Melton told me. “We wanted them to talk from the heart about why they thought (vaccines) were important for their families and communities. We didn’t want to dictate what (advocates) did — we wanted them to have the tools to have these conversations organically.” Immunity Community was implemented in two communities: a suburban school district outside a major metro area and a small city in a rural county. In both, parent advocates engaged in a variety of immunization-positive activities, such as social media advocacy, hosting school events, passing out immunization materials and having one-on-one conversations with other parents. The evaluation in Health Promotion Practice, based on hundreds of survey responses from parents before and after the intervention, found that fewer parents thought children receive vaccines at too young an age, more parents were confident that vaccinating was a good idea, and more were aware of vaccination rates at their child’s school or day care. Also post-intervention, more parents agreed that vaccine ingredients were safe and more were concerned about fellow parents deciding not to vaccinate. Overall, the number of parents who identified as “vaccine hesitant” declined from 23 percent before the intervention to 14 percent after. In addition to changes in attitude, the Immunity Community also impacted statewide policy. Hsu reported that as a direct result of the intervention, officials enhanced recommendations guiding how cooperative preschools track immunization rates and disease outbreaks among their students. Hsu called the change, which affects more than 10,000 families, “a big win for public health.” Of course, as with most studies, this one has its limitations. Hsu noted that because there was no control group with which to compare the Immunity Community effect, researchers can’t say whether the changes in parental attitudes were a direct result of the intervention. More research is needed to determine the long-term impact of Immunity Community on immunization behaviors, she told me. But one of the most promising results of the study, Hsu told me, is that “this is doable.” In other words, parents can be trained to be advocates for vaccines and their peers seem receptive to their vaccine-positive messaging approach. “It created a new set of positive conversations around vaccines,” Hsu said. “I certainly think (Immunity Community) is a strategy that’s ready for people to try to implement elsewhere.” Study co-author Faubion said while the formal evaluation process of Immunity Community is over, its advocates “remain strong and willing to step in when there’s an opportunity” to have a positive conversation about vaccines. Today, he said, Immunity Community is a publicly available resource for anyone in Washington state and beyond. To access its resources and assistance, contact Faubion and Melton at Vax Northwest. “The whole idea was to create something innovative for public health officials,” Hsu said. “It’s critical that kids are vaccinated and that communities at-large understand herd immunity and how their decisions impact others.” For a full copy of the Immunity Community study, visit Health Promotion Practice. Kim Krisberg is a freelance public health writer living in Austin, Texas, and has been writing about public health for 15 years. Follow me on Twitter — @kkrisberg.
News Article | February 28, 2017
With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Nyree L. Parker, RN/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dip. Health Science, BN, Graduate Certificate of Health Education, Graduate Certificate Health Promotion, Graduate Diploma Critical Care/Emergency, MN, Master Degree in Disaster Health, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. She is a Registered Nurse with twenty-four years of experience in her field and extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, including emergency care and Disaster Health. Nyree is currently serving patients as Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Department and Emergency Management and BCP Consultant in the Facilities Management Department at Peninsula Health in Victoria, Australia. This involves policy and procedure/plan writings for i.e. mass casualties incidents, CBR decontamination processes, pandemics, heatwaves, bushfires and severe weather impacting on the public hospital organisation. Furthermore, she works as Assistance in Care Emergency Volunteer Coordinator in the Emergency Departments at Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital in Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Nyree acquired her graduate diploma in applied sciences in 1991 at Monash University, where she also received her bachelor degree of nursing in 1992. She also obtained a diploma of critical care nursing majoring in Emergency care (1997), a master degree of nursing (2001), and a Master Degree in emergency Disaster Health (2013) at Monash University. In 1998, Nyree earned a postgraduate certificate in health promotion from Deakin University. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and was a Trauma Nursing Core Course Instructor as well as a member of the Australian College of Emergency Nursing, the Victoria Hospital Management Forum, the Royal College of Nursing Australia, the Australian Nurses Federation, and an active member of the Nursing Section of the World Association of Disaster Emergency Medicine. Furthermore, she was honoured with the Dux of Group Award in 2009 and was a volunteers with St. John’s Ambulance. Nyree credits her success to being a third generation nurse in her family. She also has acted as a Clinical Instructor of Emergency Management and Critical Care at Monash University. Nyree is aiming to commence her PhD in Disaster Health looking at topics of climate change implications on emergency nurses and the role of an Emergency Management Consultant in the hospital environment. In her spare time, Nyree enjoys reading the Great Hospital Emergency Disaster Relief Journal and the Emergency Medicine News Journal. She also dedicates to dog walking and antique shopping and driving her 1948 Morris car! Learn more about Nyree here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4125803/info/ and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Each January, athletic trainers who are part of the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association come together to celebrate learning and the profession of athletic training at the annual EATA Conference. This year, the 69th installment of the conference took place January 6-9, 2017 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the awards ceremony this year, John Furtado received the 2017 Cramer Award. This award was developed by Cramer Products in 1966 to provide a method for the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association to honor those members who have provided excellent leadership in serving the EATA and in doing so, advanced the profession of Athletic Training. The plaque is inscribed “To the Athletic Trainer who, through leadership and excellence, has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Athletic Training profession.” In order to receive the award, the recipient must meet the following criteria: 1. Current member, in good standing, of the National Athletic Trainers Association. 2. Currently BOC Certified or Certified-Retired Status and in good standing. 3. Ten years EATA membership. 4. Provided service to EATA on a committee, as a committee chair or held an EATA office for a minimum of 3 years 5. Has served as a speaker or presenter at an annual EATA meeting. 6. Demonstrates a history of special organizational efforts on behalf of the EATA. 7. Has greatly enhanced the profession of athletic training in District I or II, and/ or has served the National Athletic Trainers’ Association or any of its entities. Allan Parsells, Public Relations Chairman for the ATSNJ, sat down with Mr. Furtado to talk about his most recent award and his long career as an athletic trainer. AP: Mr. Furtado, thank you for taking the time to speak with me and congratulations on receiving the Cramer award from the EATA. How did you first get into Athletic Training? JF: I have a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. AP: What is your educational background? JF: I expected athletic training while a senior in high school working alongside my high school's athletic trainer, Paul Pelquin. Paul Pelquin was my first mentor for the profession of athletic trainer. AP: Who are your athletic training mentors in New Jersey? JF: My mentors in this state were Dick Malacrea, Mike Goldenberg and Tim Sensor. Before New Jersey, Frank George was a great influence on who I am as an athletic trainer today. AP: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment as an athletic trainer? JF: So far in my career my great accomplishment as an athletic trainer was serving the ATSNJ as their President. It was a great honor to represent New Jersey as an Executive Board member for District 2 and meeting with numerous politicians on promoting athletic training and issues on health topics relating to athletic training. AP: Where have you been employed and in what capacity? JF: I have been employed in Massachusetts at Hawthorne Physical Therapy for 3 years as a physical therapist and the last year as athletic training/physical therapist working at Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, MA along with working in the clinic. For the last 20 years I have been employed at Princeton University as athletic trainer/physical therapist. I have worked with many sports including men's hockey for the entire time. I am also working with non-varsity undergraduate and graduate population to provide physical therapy services through University Health Services. AP: What advice do you have for those young professionals in athletic training that are reading this article? JF: Do not wait to get involved in volunteering for the promotion of athletic training. Ask your leaders in the state and district level about how can you get involved. You will be the future of our profession and if you do not step up who will. The profession of athletic training has come a long way and we need to keep moving in the right direction. Do not be afraid for our leaders will guide you in formulating the tools you will need to become a future leader. AP: What do you feel is the key to longevity in the profession of athletic training? JF: Athletic trainers need to have a positive outlook along with flexibility to change with the times. I feel the setting I am in makes me feel young being surrounded with young and for the most part healthy individuals. AP: What emotions did you experience when you were awarded the Cramer award? JF: I was stunned, shocked and humbled. The past winners have molded the profession of athletic training from the beginnings where we did not have certification to the time we were considered as an Allied Health Care profession. Sharing this award with my mentor Frank George also make me speechless, for he was the second NATA president, past District 1 director and NATA Hall of Fame. So I truly honored to be selected. I am now the 4th athletic trainer from Princeton University with this award as I joined Eddie Zanfrini, Dick Malacrea and Charlie Thompson. AP: How do you advocate for athletic trainers and the profession of athletic training? JF: I have been at Capitol Hill Day for NATA in Washington, DC in 2014, 2015 and 2016. While at Capitol Hill Day, I have met with members from the office of New Jersey's US Senators and my Congressional Representative discussing proposed laws including The Sports Medicine Clarity Act and The Secondary School Athletes' Bill of Rights. In the state of New Jersey as ATSNJ president I met with assemblymen and state senators on several state proposed laws and issues including the revision of the Physical Therapy Practice Act which may have potential to impact the current practice of athletic trainers in the state of New Jersey. AP: Where do you see the profession of athletic training going in the next 5, 10 or 15 years? JF: In 10 years, I see athletic training with a sit at the table as billing providers of healthcare for all active individuals that services are rendered in the clinic/athletic training room. AP: One last question. If you could have dinner with 2 people, dead or alive, who would you invite and why? JF: I would pick Pinky Newell and Victor Vito Recine. Pinky Newell as a national leader as the head athletic trainer for Purdue University who linked the EATA to the NATA. The EATA was founded one year before the NATA. Pinky paved the way for athletic trainers and how we practice today. It would be great to get his insight and his method to our success as a profession. Victor Vito Recine was one of the founders of ATSNJ. ATSNJ started in his kitchen as he invited other athletic trainers to talk about the issues of their time. I would like to know what it took to formulate the ATSNJ and what were the issues of the times. AP: Mr. Furtado, congratulations on receiving the Cramer award. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for me. JF: No problem, Allan. Thank you for your time.
News Article | February 27, 2017
New Jersey ranks among the top five states in the entire nation for the highest cancer rates, among all types and genders. And the need for advanced services is growing. Project WE vs C is a focused two-year campaign led by RWJ and its top-rated cancer care program, in collaboration with their non-profit partners in their fight against cancer and in support of their shared mission to champion the most cutting-edge cancer care services, technology and support for the communities it serves. Fundraising efforts will contribute to the vital $8.5 million, two-year project geared exclusively for enhancements to RWJ Hamilton’s comprehensive cancer program. The project is led by Diane Grillo, VP Health Promotion, RWJ Hamilton Foundation Board Member Lisa Freeman and Lindsay Warren, VP, RWJ Hamilton Foundation. From the start, their charge was to create a program that was distinctive and ownable in a crowded market filled with many Breast Cancer fundraising initiatives. The result is a first-of-its-kind program combining two related events. First, a Night of Inspiration on June 3, 2017, where attendees can experience the powerful healing effects of song, dance, music and the arts at the incomparable Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Attendees will also be among the first to premiere renowned choreographer Mark Roxey's breathtaking multimedia performance, Breast Cancer: Personal Stories of Triumph. The next event, taking place on June 4th, will include the full Breast Cancer: Personal Stories of Triumph performance, as well as the ability for attendees to experience the healing gardens and tap into their creative side through music, art and nature, as well as enjoy unique exhibits and live entertainment. Morristown-based Trajectory LLC, specialists in branding and marketing across the health and wellness space, developed the Project WE vs C program name, logo and brand identity that umbrellas the overall two-year project and designed all launch marketing materials that will be leveraged across all rollout efforts. For more information about Project WE vs C, please visit http://www.http://www.rwjuhhfoundation.org/event/wevsc.html
News Article | February 16, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- RedBrick Health, a leading provider of health and well-being solutions that deliver a better consumer experience and a stronger Culture of Health, has earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Wellness & Health Promotion...