Category Archives: Events & Actvities

The Great American Smokeout – Thursday – You can do this!


Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

“About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 15.1% in 2015), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no ‘safe’ way to smoke tobacco.

“Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.” –

“Almost 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit smoking, according to a U.S. national survey. Conventional quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and medication, can double or triple the chances that a smoker will quit successfully. Some people also try complementary health approaches to help them kick the smoking habit. In one survey of people who visited a tobacco cessation clinic, two-thirds said that they were interested in trying complementary approaches.” – Learn more about QUITTING NOW here.

“ANALYSIS: More than Half of Uninsured People Eligible for Marketplace Insurace Could Pay Less for Health Plan than Individual Mandate Penalty” – Kaiser Family Foundation

About 4 in 10 Could Obtain Bronze Plan at No Cost

“A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that more than half (54% or 5.9 million) of the 10.7 million people who are uninsured and eligible to purchase an Affordable Care Act marketplace plan in 2018 could pay less in premiums for health insurance than they would owe as an individual mandate tax penalty for lacking coverage.

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“Within that 5.8 million, about 4.5 million (42% of the total) could obtain a bronze-level plan at no cost in 2018, after taking income-related premium tax credits into account, the analysis finds.

“Most people without insurance who are eligible to buy marketplace coverage qualify for subsidies in the form of tax credits to help pay premiums for marketplace plans (8.3 million out of 10.7 million). Among those eligible for premium subsidies, the analysis finds that 70 percent could pay less in premiums than what they’d owe as a tax penalty for lacking coverage, with 54 percent able to purchase a bronze plan at no cost and 16 percent contributing less to their health insurance premium than the tax penalty they owe.

“Among the 2.4 million uninsured, marketplace-eligible people who do not qualify for a premium subsidy, 2 percent would be able to pay less for marketplace insurance than they’d owe for their 2018 penalty, the analysis finds.

“The Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requires that most people have health coverage or be subject to a tax penalty unless they qualify for certain exemptions. The individual mandate is still in effect, though Congress may consider repealing it as part of tax legislation.

“Consumers can compare their estimated 2018 individual mandate penalty with the cost of marketplace insurance in their area with KFF’s new Individual Mandate Penalty Calculator.

“The deadline for ACA open enrollment in most states is Dec. 15, 2017.”

LIHEAP opens today!

The LIHEAP program opened today, November 1, 2017 and is expected to close April 6, 2018, subject to earlier or later closing depending on funding.


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

LIHEAP has 3 components:

LIHEAP Cash Grant: Pays at least $200 to help with a heating bill. This includes bills for electricity, gas, water, oil, propane, kerosene, or other fuel types.

LIHEAP Crisis Grant: Pays up to $500 to stop a shut-off of utility service, to get service turned back on, or to get fuel if a household is out of fuel or about to run out of fuel.

LIHEAP Crisis Weatherization: Help for home-heating emergency: broken furnace, broken windows, frozen pipes, little or no insulation, cracks or other damage to roofs.

For more information, click here.

To apply online, visit


the history of halloween –

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“Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.”

Read much more about Halloween and watch a short video here – at the Website.

December 16 – Wreaths Across America dedication

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Wreaths Across America Website

“The opioid epidemic in six charts” – The Conversation

opoidMichelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

“Drug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns and HIV infection.

“As a former public health official, clinician and researcher, I’ve been engaged in efforts to control the opioid addiction epidemic for the past 15 years.

“The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

“How the crisis started

“Opioids are drugs that stimulate the brain’s opiate receptors. Some are made from opium and some are completely synthetic. In the U.S., the most commonly prescribed opioids are hydrocodone and oxycodone, which are classified as semi-synthetic because they are synthesized from opium. Heroin is also a semi-synthetic opioid.”

Continue reading this Conversation article, click here.

In Lebanon County, people from families grappling with opoid addiction are invited to come to the next talk time cafe on Wednesday, October 25 at the Lebanon Community Library to have no pressure, no lectures conversations with others about addiction.

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Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair Returning to Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2017) –  Area veterans of all ages, active military and their families are urged to attend the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair, a free, one-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim.

vet expoVisitors at the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will have direct access to employers interested in hiring veterans and exhibitors offering benefits and resources.

Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo will connect active, transitioning and retired military members and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs and American Legions—plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services and finance to retirement living and insurance.

Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office will be on hand to help all honorably discharged Lancaster County veterans record their DD-214 papers and enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Veterans should bring their full-sized DD-214s to be enrolled.

Additionally, a deserving veteran will receive a Quilt of Valor created by Stitches of West Brandywine.

The Job Fair provides an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions in industries ranging from finance and insurance to construction, healthcare and sales.

In the Job Fair’s Resource Center, military personnel can benefit from mock interviews and learn about VA Medicare options.

Sponsors include 50plus LIFE, AT&T, Blue Ridge Communications, Cigna Health Improvement Tour, Disabled American Veterans, ESPN 92.7, Fulton Financial Corporation, LCTV, Pennsylvania American Legion, Pennsylvania National Guard Outreach Office, Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW, Worley & Obetz Inc., WFYL and WHTM abc27.

For more information on the Veterans Expo & Job Fair, call (717) 285-1350, visit, or check out videos of past events at

SOURCE: news release

“Teach Back – One Strategy to Improve Health Literacy” | A Webinar on October 26

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Low health literacy is extremely common, and lack of health literacy interferes with the ability of patients to understand their health conditions and their role in managing them.  Please join in this Webinar as Mary Powell, PHD, CRNP, CDE discusses how teach back can be utilized as a strategy to recognize patients with low health literacy and help improve their literacy levels. Dr. Powell, who is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Neumann University, will describe attributes of a health literate organization and introduce the Teach Back Toolkit. Dr. Powell will also identify opportunities to use teach back to improve care transitions.

Quality Insights has announced this Webinar:

Registration is required, so please register today. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the login details.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care team members in the states of Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia who work with patients to improve coordination of care.

Friday Wrap-Up, September 29, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

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

You’re going to really like the Secretary’s comments about the new “senior” community center she visited. It is what these centers have to be.

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SAVE THE DATE – The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit is December 6 & 7

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