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News Article | December 6, 2016

Nearly 900 Volunteers in Newport Beach and New York Pack Food and More for Needy Families NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2016) -  On Saturday December 3rd, 650 PIMCO employee volunteers, friends and family members gathered at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to pack 12,000 holiday meals in boxes for needy families in Southern California. The PIMCO Foundation, PIMCO's philanthropic arm, sponsored the 9th Annual Share the Harvest event in Newport Beach. All 12,000 boxes will be donated to the Orange County Food Bank and its many member agencies. This event follows a similar one in New York City where 230 PIMCO volunteers packed 10,152 meals for Stop Hunger Now, 1,000 lunches for Bridges Outreach, 500 grocery bags for New York Common Pantry (NYCP), and 1,000 "blessing bags" for The Bowery Mission. "Thanks to PIMCO's Share the Harvest, NYCP was able to provide 500 families with a large part of the food they needed to celebrate Thanksgiving. It meant a huge amount to us to know how many individuals at PIMCO were involved in making this happen, and getting to see them going into action to pack the food was a special pleasure," said Neill Bogan, Senior Director of Development and Communications at NYCP. Mark Lowry, Director of the OC Food Bank, said, "Corporate responsibility means different things to different people. For 12,000 vulnerable families who will receive Share the Harvest food boxes this holiday season, it means that PIMCO and its employees care enough about their wellbeing to provide them the opportunity to enjoy proper holiday meals and a season worthy of celebration." "We are delighted to partner with Bridges, New York Common Pantry, Stop Hunger Now, and The Bowery Mission in New York, and with the OC Food Bank in Orange County," said Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive Officer of PIMCO. "These organizations are supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. Through Share the Harvest, we can do our part to get involved, give back, and make an impact." Since inception, PIMCO's Share the Harvest event has provided meals for 357,500 individuals in Orange County and New York City. The OC Fair & Event Center is a supporting partner in Share the Harvest. About the PIMCO Foundation The PIMCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PIMCO, based in Newport Beach, California, which helps people around the world to reach their full potential by engaging, empowering and investing in communities. It carries out its mission by identifying areas of urgent community need and volunteering time and financial resources to support high impact projects and programs; through education with a focus on financial literacy and college readiness; and by investing in people through partnerships fostering economic development. The Foundation's website can be accessed directly at and on social media @PIMCOFoundation. About Bridges Outreach Bridges connects the housed and homeless to establish relationships that lead to greater acceptance and understanding, social and economic growth, and wellbeing. Come rain, sleet or snow, annually, the Bridges van is delivering over 65,000 meals and bringing critical resources directly to the homeless population in Manhattan. About New York Common Pantry New York Common Pantry (NYCP) works to reduce hunger and food insecurity using a whole-person approach. NYCP's Choice Pantry program focuses on nutrition as well as the dignity, allowing client's to select their groceries. For those battling homelessness, NYCP serves hot meals twice a day and offers employment resources. In 2016, 1,975,171 pounds of food was distributed between the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, that served 70,007 individuals. About Stop Hunger Now Stop Hunger Now is an international nonprofit that packs meals for school children in the developing world. Driven by the vision of a world without hunger, the organization's mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Annually, Stop Hunger Now packs over 50,000,000 bags of rice that serve 37 countries. About The Bowery Mission The Bowery Mission has been providing compassionate care and life transformations for New York's homeless since 1879. Serving more than just three meals daily, The Bowery Mission invites their clients to receive food, shelter and services enabling them to recover their lives. Last year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 406,000 meals, 91,500 nights of shelter, 276 crisis intervention referrals and 44,100 articles of clothing. About the OC Food Bank The Orange County Food Bank is a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, a private non-profit charity dedicated to helping people and changing lives. Over 20 million pounds of food each year is distributed to nearly 400 nonprofit agencies throughout the county including soup kitchens, churches, shelters, and social service agencies. The Orange County Food Bank helps feed 150,000 people each month, including providing direct assistance to 23,000 vulnerable seniors each month. About PIMCO PIMCO is a leading global investment management firm, with offices in 12 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1971, PIMCO offers a wide range of innovative solutions to help millions of investors worldwide meet their needs. Our goal is to provide attractive returns while maintaining a strong culture of risk management and long-term discipline. PIMCO is owned by Allianz S.E., a leading global diversified financial services provider. Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the performance of financial markets, the investment performance of PIMCO's sponsored investment products and separately managed accounts, general economic conditions, future acquisitions, competitive conditions and government regulations, including changes in tax laws. Readers should carefully consider such factors. Further, such forward-looking statements speak only on the date at which such statements are made. PIMCO undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

DENVER, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), and GRID Alternatives Colorado today recognize the adoption of strong consumer protections and program offerings to bring equity and access of renewable energy to low-income customers...

Agency: GTR | Branch: NERC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 1.19M | Year: 2014

This innovative interdisciplinary project aims to develop an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource which can be used in decision-making in drought risk management. To achieve this, we will bring together information from drought science and scenario-modelling (using mathematical models to forecast the impacts of drought) with stakeholder engagement and narrative storytelling. While previous drought impact studies have often focused on using mathematical modelling, this project is very different. The project will integrate arts, humanities and social science research methods, with hydrological, meteorological, agricultural and ecological science knowledge through multi-partner collaboration. Seven case study catchments (areas linked by a common water resource) in England, Wales and Scotland will be selected to reflect the hydrological, socio-economic and cultural contrasts in the UK. Study of drought impacts will take place at different scales - from small plot experiments to local catchment scale. Citizen science and stakeholder engagement with plot experiments in urban and rural areas will be used as stimuli for conversations about drought risk and its mitigation. The project will: (i) investigate different stakeholder perceptions of when drought occurs and action is needed; (ii) examine how water level and temperature affect drought perception; (iii) explore the impact of policy decisions on drought management; (iv) consider water users behaviours which lead to adverse drought impacts on people and ecosystems and; (v) evaluate water-use conflicts, synergies and trade-offs, drawing on previous drought experiences and community knowledge. The project spans a range of sectors including water supply; health, business, agriculture/horticulture, built environment, extractive industries and ecosystem services, within 7 case-study catchments. Through a storytelling approach, scientists will exchange cutting edge science with different drought stakeholders, and these stakeholders will, in turn, exchange their knowledge. Stakeholders include those in: construction; gardeners and allotment holders; small and large businesses; local authorities; emergency planners; recreational water users; biodiversity managers; public health professionals - both physical and mental health; and local communities/public. The stakeholder meetings will capture various data including: - different stakeholder perceptions of drought and its causes - local knowledge around drought onset and strategies for mitigation (e.g. attitudes to water saving, responses to reduced water availability) - insights into how to live with drought and increase individual/community drought resilience - the impact of alternating floods and droughts The information will be shared within, and between, stakeholder groups in the case-studies and beyond using social media. This information will be analysed, and integrated with drought science to develop an innovative web-based decision-making utility. These data will feedback into the drought modelling and future scenario building with a view to exploring a variety of policy options. This will help ascertain present and future water resources availability, focusing on past, present and future drought periods across N-S and W-E climatic gradients. The project will be as far as possible be open science - maintaining open, real-time access to research questions, data, results, methodologies, narratives, publications and other outputs via the project website, updated as the project progresses. Project outputs will include: the decision-making support utility incorporating science-narrative resources; hydrological models for the 7 case-study catchments; a social media web-platform to share project resources; a database of species responses/management options to mitigate drought/post-drought recovery at different scales, and management guidelines on coping with drought/water scarcity at different scales.

News Article | November 21, 2016

DENVER, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The City of Denver's Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) is awarding $750,000 to Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing and the facilities of local nonprofits that support under-served...

Klontz K.C.,Outreach | Singh N.,George Washington University
Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy | Year: 2015

Since the introduction of sulfonamides in the late 1930s, selective pressure and the widespread dissemination of mobile genetic elements conferring antimicrobial resistance have forced clinicians to seek successive agents for the treatment of multidrug-resistant shigellosis. Over the decades, the principal antibiotics used to treat Shigella infections have included tetracycline, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and nalidixic acid. Presently, ciprofloxacin, azithromycin, and ceftriaxone serve as the mainstays of treatment, although growing evidence has documented decreased susceptibility or full resistance to these agents in some regions. With diminishing pharmaceutical options available, there is an enhanced need for preventive measures in the form of improved sanitation and hygiene standards, strict use of currently effective agents, and a safe and effective licensed vaccine. © Informa UK, Ltd.

"Sivulirijat aksururnaqtukkuurnikugijangat aktuiniqaqsimaninga kinguvaanginnut" translates as "the trauma experienced by generations past having an effect in their descendants." The legacy of the history of colonialism is starting to take narrative shape as Inuit give voice to the past and its manifestations in the present through public commissions such as the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inuit-led Qikiqtani Truth Commission. However, an examination of other discursive contexts reveals a collective narrative of the colonial past that is at times silent, incomplete or seemingly inconsistent. Reading the political narrative through the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut since its formation on April 1, 1999, exposes an almost complete silence about this history. Oral histories, an important form for the preservation and transmission of traditional cultural knowledge, do narrate aspects of this experience of contact, but in accounts that can appear highly individual, fragmented, even contradictory. In contrast, one domain that does seem to register and engage with the impacts of this history of colonialism is Inuit art, specifically visual art and film. In some cases these artistic narratives pre-date the historical trauma narratives of the commissions, which began with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in the mid-1990s. This paper examines these narrative alternatives for recounting historic trauma in Nunavut, while also considering the implications of understanding historical trauma as narrative. © The Author(s) 2014.

BACKGROUND: Multi-morbidity, or the presence of multiple chronic diseases, is a major problem in clinical care and is associated with worse outcomes. Additionally, the presence of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, etc., has further negative impact on clinical outcomes. However, most health systems are generally configured for management of individual diseases instead of multi-morbidity. The study examined the prevalence and differential impact of medical and psychiatric multi-morbidity on risk of death in adults with diabetes.METHODS: A national cohort of 625,903 veterans with type 2 diabetes was created by linking multiple patient and administrative files from 2002 through 2006. The main outcome was time to death. Primary independent variables were numbers of medical and psychiatric comorbidities over the study period. Covariates included age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, area of residence, service connection, and geographic region. Cox regression was used to model the association between time to death and multi-morbidity adjusting for relevant covariates.RESULTS: Hypertension (78%) and depression (13%) were the most prevalent medical and psychiatric comorbidities, respectively; 23% had 3+ medical comorbidities, 3% had 2+ psychiatric comorbidities and 22% died. Among medical comorbidities, mortality risk was highest in those with congestive heart failure (hazard ratio, HR = 1.92; 95% CI 1.89-1.95), Lung disease (HR = 1.42; 95% CI 1.40-1.44) and cerebrovascular disease (HR = 1.39; 95% CI 1.37-1.40). Among psychiatric comorbidities, mortality risk was highest in those with substance abuse (HR = 1.50; 95% CI 1.46-1.54), psychoses (HR = 1.16; 95% CI 1.14-1.19) and depression (HR = 1.05; 95% CI 1.03-1.07). There was an interaction between medical and psychiatric comorbidity (p = 0.003) so stratified analyses were performed. HRs for effect of 3+ medical comorbidity (2.63, 2.66, 2.15) remained high across levels of psychiatric comorbidities (0, 1, 2+), respectively. HRs for effect of 2+ psychiatric comorbidity (1.69, 1.63, 1.42, 1.38) declined across levels of medical comorbidity (0, 1, 2, 3+), respectively.CONCLUSIONS: Medical and psychiatric multi-morbidity are significant predictors of mortality among older adults (veterans) with type 2 diabetes with a graded response as multimorbidity increases.

Ribeiro R.C.,Outreach
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics | Year: 2012

The mission of the St. Jude International Outreach Program (IOP) is to improve the survival rate of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases worldwide, through the sharing of knowledge, technology, and organizational skills. There are an estimated 160,000 newly diagnosed cases of childhood cancer worldwide each year, and cancer is emerging as a major cause of childhood death in the developing regions of Asia, South and Central America, northwest Africa, and the Middle East. Over the past 30 years improved therapy has dramatically increased survival rates for children with cancer, but still more than 70% of the world's children with cancer lack access to modern treatment. Although sick children from around the world have traveled to our hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, since its inception, treating children in their own countries is more efficient and less disruptive for them and their families. In the context of St. Jude's culture of sharing knowledge about the management of children with cancer, we now use modern technology to reach far more children than would ever be able to come to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude strives to address the needs of those children in countries that lack sufficient resources and to help them manage their own burden of cases effectively. By sharing knowledge and technology with the local governments, health care providers, and the private sector in these countries, St. Jude is improving diagnoses and treatments to increase the survival rates of children all across the globe. In addition to training medical teams locally, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital hosts many visiting fellows at our campus in Memphis. St. Jude helps partner medical institutions develop tailored evidence-based protocols for treating children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude physicians serve as mentors to physicians at our partner sites and consult on difficult cases. Nurses are trained on best practices in clinical care and pathologists on techniques for accurate diagnosis. We also partner with local fundraising foundations that support the medical programs. This model has proved to be highly effective in providing poor children in developing countries access to modern treatment and care. True to the commitment of St. Jude to sharing information with the worldwide medical community, in 2002 St. Jude launched Cure4Kids, a comprehensive online resource dedicated to supporting the care of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Today Cure4Kids ( has over 27,000 registered users in more than 175 countries. In 2006 St. Jude launched the Cancer Education for Children Program (Cure4Kids for Kids) that helps school children, their parents, and teachers understand the basic science and treatment of cancer. The IOP is ambitious, widely inclusive, and relentless in its pursuit of the dream of St. Jude's founder Danny Thomas that "no child should die in the dawn of life." No child, anywhere in the world. © 2012 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

Hazin R.,Harvard University | Qaddoumi I.,Outreach
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2010

Access to quality cancer care is often unavailable in low-income and middle-income countries, and also in rural or remote areas of high-income countries. Teleoncology-oncology applications of medical telecommunications, including pathology, radiology, and other related disciplines-has the potential to enhance access to and quality of clinical cancer care, and to improve education and training. Implementation of teleoncology in the developing world requires an approach tailored to priorities, resources, and needs. Teleoncology can best achieve its proposed goals through consistent and long-term application. We review teleoncology initiatives that have the potential to decrease cancer-care inequality between resource-poor and resource-rich institutions and offer guidelines for the development of teleoncology programmes in low-income and middle-income countries. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

SEATTLE, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Outreach, the system of action for sales teams, today announced a bold benefits package for new parents before and after birth or adoption to provide the resources and support they need to successfully balance work and personal demands. The new policy...

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