Category Archives: Education

“Got Cancer Questions? This Little-Known Hotline Is Here To Help” – NPR

by Courtney Columbus

cancer centerJill Wiseman answers questions for the Contact Center based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. – Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service

“If you were worried you had cancer, who would you call for information? Chances are a federally-funded cancer helpline isn’t the first place that pops into your mind.

“But for 40 years, a helpline funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute has been answering people’s questions about cancer.

“It’s a source of information for people who have been called back for a follow-up after routine screenings and are worried they might have cancer. And it can also help cancer patients get information about participating in clinical trials and help them figure out questions to ask their doctors.”

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National Cancer Institure Contact Center—Cancer Information Service


Friday Wrap-Up, June 2, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging, including Pennsylvania’s CARE Act.

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

And the Secretary’s lead item in this week’s “Wrap-Up” is “Pennsylvania’s passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.”

Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

The Secretary notes “AARP Pennsylvania has developed a cut out card that can be folded around your insurance card to keep in your wallet or purse. This way you will have valuable information about this new law at your fingertips should you need it.”

“Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines” – NPR

by Allison Aubrey

trimming waistlinesRegistered dietitian Anna Ziegler counsels Tom Shicowich, who has a Type 2 diabetes. Since enrolling in the Fresh Food Pharmacy program, Shicowich has lost about 45 pounds. His A1C level has dropped significantly. – Allison Aubrey/NPR

“The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine.

“But as a society, we’ve got a long way to go. About one out of every two deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor diet. That’s about 1,000 deaths a day.

“There are lots of places to lay the blame. Calories are cheap, and indulgent foods full of salt, sugar and fat are usually within our reach 24/7.

“So, how best to turn this around? Consider Tom Shicowich’s story. It begins with a toe. His left pinky toe.”

Continue reading this NPR article, click here.

Army OneSource offers FREE online behavioral health continuing education courses

caring for those who serve

Military Families face some unique challenges. In today’s Military culture, many Service members experience multiple deployments. This can leave them with health concerns, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), domestic violence issues and suicidal tendencies. Now more than ever, Military Families need our support.

Army OneSource can help. FREE online behavioral health continuing education courses are available (through August 26, 2017) to help inform health care providers, physicians and first responders about Military culture and the traumas of war. We want to help those who, in the course of their work, come into contact with a Service member, Family member or Veteran.

If you treat Service members, strengthen your knowledge – Take advantage of this FREE resource. Register and complete a continuing education course today. 

register now

Log in to the Army OneSource Member Sign-In Page and click “My Courses” to complete this important and timely training today.

To register for courses:

  • After logging in, select “Bring Them the Rest of the Way Home,” from the navigational toolbar.
  • Click “Army OneSource Online Training” and select “Add to Cart.”
  • Select “Checkout,” then update your contact information when asked, and click “Submit Order.”
  • Once you submit your order, you’ll be able to see the continuing education under “My Courses” and begin the online course.

Behavioral Health Continuing Education Courses help service providers better understand Military culture and the traumas of war. Thank you for your interest in caring for those who serve.



“New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers” | Videos are in English and Spanish

va care giver support

An email from the VA Caregiver Support program contained this important message that really is helpful for anyone who is a caregiver. The videos offer

“The New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers. AARP partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Home Alone Alliance member, to release a video series instructing family caregivers how to perform mobility-related tasks.

“Please see the evidence-based video series (below) that include input from both practicing clinicians and family caregivers. We encouraged you to view the video series to enhance your Veteran’s care at home and/or share with other Caregivers that may benefit from the instructional series.”



Preparing Your Home for Safe Mobility

Getting from a Car to a Wheelchair

What to Do When Someone Falls

Using a Walker or Cane and Navigating Stairs

Moving from a Walker to Shower or Bed


Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo preparar tu hogar para la movilidad segura

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Salir del auto a una silla de ruedas

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo usar un andador o un bastón y subir o bajar las escaleras

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Llegar del andador a la ducha o la cama

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Qué hacer cuando alguien se cae


“With VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

“If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.”

“Harvard to offer free online class on the opioid crisis” – STATnews: Morning Rounds

“Harvard is launching a free online course designed to educate people about the opioid epidemic in the US. Instructors will cover the medical basics, such as how opioids are used to treat pain and how pathways in the brain can play a part in addiction. They’ll also touch on the epidemic’s legal aspects — including how law enforcement and public health experts are combatting overdose deaths — and social aspects, such as what the path to recovery might look like, as told by recovering addicts themselves.

“The class gets underway March 27; you can find more info here.”

The Medicare Website: an invaluable resource for nearly everyone


The Medicare Website – – offers an enormous set of information resources. The Website is simple to navigate, well organized and loads quickly.

These “compare” links may be helpful for you.

  • Physician Compare learn what hospitals your physicians and other healthcare professionals are affiliated with

“Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named” – NPR

dyslexiaLA Johnson/NPR

“Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word ‘dyslexia.’

“She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word.

“As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it.

“Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools are required to provide special services to help these students — things like reading tutors and books on tape. But those special services can be expensive, and many schools don’t have the resources to provide these accommodations.”

Continue reading this NPR article, click here.

Filled with useful information | Quick Connections newsletter from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

phfa-newsletterClick here or on the graphic above to download Quick Connections – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s newsletter that’s really chock-filled with information – from seminars to grant opportunities to tips for everyone.

Visit the PHFA Website.

Visit for Important Voting Information

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at the Department of State’s website,

“We want voters to be fully informed when they go to the polls on November 8,” Secretary Cortés said. “The votesPA website will help ensure that citizens are well prepared when they arrive at their precinct polling place.”

At, Pennsylvanians can:

· Confirm their voter registration status;

· Locate their polling place and get directions;

· Find contact information for each county election office;

· View a demonstration video of the voting system used in each county;

· File a complaint if they encounter any difficulty or questionable situation at the polling place.

Additionally, includes a direct link to the Department’s voter education toolkit Visitors to the site will find a 2016 Voter Guide and The Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvanian Should Know About 2016 Elections. Both publications are available to download and print.

On November 8, the polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM as registered Pennsylvanians cast their ballots for:

· President and Vice President of the United States

· One of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senators

· All of the state’s 18 members in the U.S. House of Representatives

· PA Attorney General

· PA Auditor General

· PA Treasurer

· Half of Pennsylvania’s state Senators (odd-numbered districts – 1st, 3rd…)

· All of the state House Representatives

Voters statewide will also see a referendum question involving a proposed amendment to the state Constitution. The amendment, if approved by a majority of voters, would require that Justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years.

In addition, Secretary Cortés reminded registered voters that they have the right to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place if they believe they are registered at the precinct but are not listed in the poll book. Provisional ballots will be reviewed by county officials within seven days after the election to determine whether the voter was eligible.

Voters appearing at a polling place for the first time will need to show proper identification, which may be either photo or non-photo ID. There is no identification requirement for voters returning to vote at a polling place for subsequent elections.

A voter is also entitled to have assistance at the voting booth if he or she is unable to enter the booth or use the balloting system. The voter can choose who will provide the assistance, except for the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of the voter’s union or the Judge of Elections.

For complete information about voting in Pennsylvania, visit or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

asource: news release