July 28, 2014

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‘Scandal’ inspiration conference speaker
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:15 PM

Renowned crisis communications expert Judy Smith will keynote the 2nd Annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women Oct. 21, Indianapolis. Smith will discuss how to handle crisis situations in a candid presentation at the close of the conference.

Although known to most as the inspiration for the hit television series ‘Scandal,’ Smith has built a trailblazing career in government, media and communications. She previously served as deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush and senior vice president of corporate communications at NBC, among other roles, before founding her own company, Smith & Company, where her clients have included internationally recognized celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. Smith also authored Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis.

Previously announced speakers for the 2nd Annual Conference include bestselling authors and journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, who together recently published The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance. Other confirmed speakers include Rose Park Advisors co-founder and author Whitney Johnson, author of Stiletto Network Pamela Ryckman and New York Times bestselling author Gail Sheehy.  

Early bird registration tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IndianaGovernorsConference.com.

 
Be aware of hepatitis risks
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:14 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:15 PM )

On Monday, July 28, the World Health Organization and partners such as the Indiana State Department of Health will recognize World Hepatitis Day with the goal of increasing awareness of viral hepatitis and the diseases it causes. The theme for the seventh annual World Hepatitis Day is “Think Again,” which means to consider this silent killer and your own risk.

Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by different viruses, including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Viral hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. But many people may not know they are infected or at risk of infection. World Hepatitis Day provides an opportunity to focus on specific actions, such as:
*strengthening prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis and its related diseases;
*increasing hepatitis B vaccine coverage and integration of the vaccine into national immunization *programs; and
*coordinating a global response to viral hepatitis.

The most common types of viral hepatitis in the United States are hepatitis A, B and C. As of 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that nationwide, as many as 3.9 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection. In Indiana in 2011, 24 cases of hepatitis A, 70 cases of hepatitis B and more than 5,600 cases of hepatitis C were reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.

“Hepatitis can lead to liver disease and liver cancer,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “Knowing your status can help prevent serious problems and stop the spread of disease to others.”    

Hepatitis A is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, while hepatitis B and C are both spread through contact with infected blood and bodily fluids. Common modes of transmission for hepatitis B and C include the transmission of the infection from mother to child during childbirth, sexual contact, intravenous drug use and reusing contaminated needles, including those used for tattoos, body piercing, home blood sugar testing and injection of drugs. There are safe and effective vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and B, and treating babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B within hours of delivery greatly reduces the likelihood that they will become infected.

Although there is no vaccine for hepatitis C, you can protect yourself against hepatitis C infection by avoiding risk factors like using intravenous drugs and reusing needles. Other risk factors for hepatitis C include having HIV, receiving body piercing or tattoos with non-sterile instruments and sex with partners already infected with hepatitis C.

Most Americans with hepatitis B and C are unaware they are infected until they begin to have complications from their infections. State health officials are encouraging Hoosiers to increase viral hepatitis awareness by talking with their doctor about risk factors, getting tested and getting vaccinated.  State health officials recommend a one-time hepatitis blood test for everyone between the ages of 48 and 68 years old. Treatments are available for both hepatitis B and C, and knowing your hepatitis status can help prevent ongoing spread of disease. Visit your health care provider and ask about testing.    

To learn more about World Hepatitis Day 2014, visit http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/en/who-what-where-when-and-how.html.

 
Golf tourney supports scholarships
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:13 PM

The Aurora Lions and South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars are hosting their 4th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Dearborn Country Club. About 200 golfers are expected to participate in the event, which features a morning and afternoon shotgun start.

The tournament is an 18-hole, four-person scramble featuring a closest to the pin and longest drive contest. The event is split into morning and afternoon rounds with three divisions: men, women and mixed. There are fantastic door prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction items to help make it a great event!

Many sponsorship opportunities are available including: hole sponsors ($50, $100 or $200) and tournament sponsors ($500). Entry fees are $200 (women & mixed) or $240 (men) and covers cart, bag drop, goodie bags, food and non-alcoholic beverages. (The golf course will have a beer cart available). Discounts are available for hole sponsors.

The Aurora Lions Club was founded in 1947 and is part of the largest service club in the world. Since 2002, they have donated over $585,000 to local projects such as Warm the Children, Dearborn County Clearinghouse, the James B. Wismann YES home, Relay for Life, Dearborn County 4H and local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars is an all-volunteer local chapter of a national organization, Scholarship America. This chapter was founded in 1991 and since then they have awarded over $594,000 in scholarships to 707 SD students pursuing a post-secondary education. This year, the SDDFS portion of the golf outing proceeds will be matched, dollar for dollar, by their parent organization, Scholarship America.

If you are interested in participating in the golf tournament or being a sponsor, please contact Derald Ellinghausen at 1-812-584-3599 or auroralions@gmail.com. Registration forms can also be found on the SDDFS website, www.southdearborn.dollarsforscholars.org

 
Shop to help arts council
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:12 PM

Macy’s will partner with Dearborn Highlands Arts Council to invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event Saturday, Aug 24. Customers can purchase shopping passes ($5 each) from Dearborn Highlands Arts Council now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.

Each shopping pass saves 25 percent all day on regular, sale and clearance items and 10 percent on electronics, watches, furniture and more.

Macy’s has provided Dearborn Highlands Arts Council with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Dearborn Highlands Arts Council will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more Dearborn Highlands Arts Council sells, the more money it will raise!

By purchasing a shopping pass from Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, customers support the arts in southeastern Indiana while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.

To purchase a shopping pass, contact Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, 331 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, 1-812-539-4251.

 
Healthy Indiana Plan reaches capacity
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:12 PM

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has authorized the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to stop enrollment into the existing Healthy Indiana Plan. Enrollment in the current Healthy Indiana Plan has reached the point where funding from Indiana’s tobacco tax cannot support additional enrollees.

In approving the Healthy Indiana Plan waiver renewal last year, CMS agreed to allow Indiana to adjust eligibility during the year if needed to ensure enrollment would not exceed available revenue. Should enrollment drop significantly from current numbers, it is possible that FSSA would begin to accept applications again in 2014. If this occurs, information on applying would appear on FSSA’s Healthy Indiana Plan website, www.HIP.IN.gov.

Meanwhile, the Pence administration continues to work closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on its proposal to expand the successful program to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Hoosiers starting in 2015. A formal waiver application outlining the proposal, known as “HIP 2.0,” was submitted July 3, and discussions have continued since.

“We remain hopeful for a timely response so that more low-income, uninsured Hoosiers will have the option of participating in the Healthy Indiana Plan,” said Joe Moser, Indiana Medicaid Director. “Unlike our current program, which has reached its peak capacity, HIP 2.0 would not be solely limited by the revenue from Indiana’s tobacco tax.”

The State will continue to process applications that have been received to date for enrollment into the current HIP program.

 
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