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News Article | May 17, 2017
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Pepco's Edison Place Gallery served as an exceptional venue for more than one hundred guests who enjoyed networking with industry leaders, winners, and interactive demonstrations from Casey Trees, Pollinator Partnership, and Urban Jungle. Speakers and special guests included: The Best In Air Award winners were selected by public voting from a group of nearly 20 organizations up for nomination. Winners included: Clean Air Partners On the Air Student Award winners were selected based on creativity, subject matter, and uniqueness for Clean Air Partners slogan and poster contests. First-place winners included: About Clean Air Partners Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership that educates the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about the health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. For 20 years, Clean Air Partners has helped individuals and organizations take simple actions to reduce their impact on the environment and exposure to air pollution during unhealthy air quality days. Clean Air Partners' Air Quality App is a free resource that provides air quality forecasts and real-time health notification. For more information and to download the app, visit www.cleanairpartners.net. About Clean Air Partners "On the Air" Curriculum and Outreach Program The Clean Air Partners infographic, slogan, and poster contests are launched each year through the "On the Air" education curriculum. On the Air reaches tens of thousands of students across the region using hands-on activities to teach students about the affect poor air quality has on their health and the environment. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/clean-air-partners-celebrates-20th-anniversary-300458779.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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"Like many industries, technology is transforming sales from an art to a science," said Manny Medina, CEO of Outreach. "Sales is no longer about following up on inbound leads and hunting for a few big deals. It is about sales excellence - predictably executing the right selling activities at the right time. Outreach is ushering in this new era of sales excellence and will continue to find new ways to increase sales productivity across a wide variety of industries." The new financing will be used to expand Outreach's product development and engineering teams as well as scale sales and marketing. Sam Fort, Partner, DFJ Growth, will join the Outreach Board of Directors. "Outreach meets a tremendous need in the sales and marketing space, as evidenced by their rapid growth and glowing customer reviews," said Sam Fort, Partner, DFJ Growth. "The opportunity for a platform that simplifies and automates the sales process is massive and we are thrilled to have Outreach join our portfolio." In addition to its new financing, Outreach, which supports more than 1,200 sales teams and over 15,000 reps, is unveiling a major update to its platform. The New Outreach includes a redesigned user interface, embedded analytics, and expanded capabilities to serve the entire sales team. Outreach was recently named a Rising Star on the Forbes World's Best 100 Cloud Companies List and one of Seattle Business Magazine's Best Places to Work. About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. About DFJ DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Since 1985, DFJ's core funds have raised $5 billion. These funds have been invested in more than 300 companies, including Baidu, Box, Cylance, Nervana, Planet, Skype, SolarCity, SpaceX, Tesla, Twilio, Twitter, Tumblr, and Unity. DFJ works with companies at early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ invests in emerging markets including consumer, enterprise, and disruptive technologies. Learn more at dfj.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-secures-30-million-in-new-funding-to-help-sales-reps-close-more-deals-300463296.html


News Article | May 25, 2017
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With 89% of new homebuyers using a mobile search engine to begin their homeownership journey, it's essential for mortgage companies to adopt digital strategies in order to keep pace with the expanding market of millennials looking for homes. Millennials have grown up with digital and mobile options in their hands, and expect every service they need to, at minimum, offer working digital or mobile products. WashingtonFirst Mortgage (WFBI), a leading independent mortgage company headquartered in Washington D.C., has partnered with Cultural Outreach Solutions to ensure the progressive firm remains ahead of upward trends in the competitive Millennial market. They will participate in the newly launched training and marketing platform, called the CultureMAP (“Market Access Plan”), offering cutting-edge solutions to help loan officers modernize their business practices and access diverse markets. The mortgage company is committed to building on their excellent reputation, and driving progress in the mortgage industry, through greater digital engagement with clients and the community. “We’re excited to announce our partnership with Cultural Outreach Solutions to help us navigate the needs of the Millennial generation and deliver the information and home buying process that meets their expectations," said Patrick Gardner, Executive Vice President of WashingtonFirst. “Cultural Outreach has the insight and platform we felt is necessary to help us deliver the best marketing, information, and service.” Kristin Messerli, Founder of Cultural Outreach, states, “WashingtonFirst has a commendable reputation for diversity in financial services, and we are excited to help them build on that solid foundation.” WashingtonFirst was introduced to Cultural Outreach through National MI. Jim Pippin, Director of Product Development with National MI, says, “Through Cultural Outreach, we are able to provide our customers with cutting-edge solutions to access multicultural and Millennial homebuyers.” Together, Cultural Outreach and WashingtonFirst will develop content and strategy to leverage the mortgage company's expertise and enhance their consumer engagement through digital channels. About Cultural Outreach Solutions Cultural Outreach Solutions connects financial institutions with underserved markets and Millennials through cross-cultural training and marketing tools. Through solutions including the CultureMAP training and SocialMAP marketing tools, Cultural Outreach arms lenders and Realtors with critical tools to drive homeownership growth in all channels. To learn more, visit http://www.CulturalOutreach.net. About WashingtonFirst Mortgage WashingtonFirst Mortgage is a leading residential mortgage lender, providing a broad array of financing solutions and professional guidance to help their customers successfully navigate the lending process. To learn more, visit http://www.WashingtonFirstMortgage.com.


News Article | June 6, 2017
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Brought to you by nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado to reduce energy costs -- Summer is beginning to sizzle, so Energy Outreach Colorado offers these tips to cut home energy costs while keeping your cool.1. •   Air conditioning consumes the most electricity in your home, so keep it at a comfortable 78 degrees.2. •   A ceiling fan can circulate air to create a draft that makes you feel cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat about 4 degrees.3. •   Install a programmable thermostat and set it to automatically use less cooling when you're away or asleep.4. •   Set your fridge temperature at 36-40 degrees and the freezer at 0-5 degrees.5. •   To cut the heat of sunlight coming into your home, use white window coverings to reflect sunlight outward.6. •   Some electronic devices use energy even when turned off if they remain plugged in, so connect them to a power strip and shut it off when not in use.7. •   Use heat-generating appliances – oven, dishwasher, dryer, etc. – during cooler times of the day.8. •   Use high efficiency light bulbs to cut back on heat generation and energy use.9. •   Keep the cool air in and the heat out of your home by caulking cracks and gaps around doors and windows.•   For help paying a home energy bill ( http://www.energyoutreach.org/ get-help/paying- your-energy... ), call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435)Energy Outreach Colorado raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, weatherization services, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers.http://www.energyoutreach.org/bloghttps://www.facebook.com/energyoutreachhttps://www.twitter.com/energyoutreachhttps://youtube.com/EnergyOutreachCO89


News Article | June 26, 2017
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"Outreach has a culture of hungry craftspeople, and every day we allow our team to embrace their talent and do what they do best to put our customers first," said Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of Outreach. "Holding onto our core values like grit, perseverance, and honesty has been a challenge over the past two years with the rapid growth we've experienced, but it's also a big reason we've been successful and continue to build momentum as we look to transform the sales process." The honor of being named to Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For is Outreach's second workplace accolade of 2017–the company was recently named to Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces for 2017. About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-tops-seattle-business-magazines-2017-list-of-100-best-companies-to-work-for-300479430.html


News Article | June 1, 2017
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Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.'s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. Inc. magazine says it's more than good pay and good perks – it's also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together. "Outreach's company culture is based on a set principles that have directly attributed to the tremendous success and excellence we've realized over the past two years, including grit, honesty, perseverance, dedication, and putting the customer's needs first," said Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of Outreach. "This award is a testament to the values we've engrained into our core DNA – something we've managed to maintain and continuously refine despite growing from a team of six to 170 since 2015 – and we're honored to be recognized in a category fundamental to the continued growth and momentum of Outreach." The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees' responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop: "By introducing an employee survey into this year's Best Workplaces selection process, we've really raised the bar. Companies that don't score at the very top of their peer group don't make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that's not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves." About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Winner of Advertising Age's "The A-List" in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-named-one-of-inc-magazines-best-workplaces-2017-300466967.html


Grant
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.


"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.


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.

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