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Cancer Transitions – Moving Beyond Treatment (Muscatine) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:43

Cancer Transitions™ is a free 2 hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Expert panelists include an oncology nurse navigator, registered dietitian and certified cancer exercise specialist. The weekly sessions will include exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management, tips for nutritious eating and group discussion. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment. The course covers the following topics:

Session 1: Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship

Session 2: Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise

Session 3: Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor

Session 4: Nutrition Beyond Cancer

Session 5: Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know

Session 6: Life Beyond Cancer

Date: Tuesday July 8th (for 6 weeks)

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Muscatine Community Y

1823 Logan Street

Muscatine, IA

Professionally led exercise sessions are facilitated by Mel Steckel – Health Promotion Services Director and Jake Moreno Exercise Area Manager both from the Muscatine Community Y. Nutrition will be addressed by Nancy Dew, Registered Dietitian and by Chef Carrie Leftwich both from Hy-Vee. Medical management of cancer will be facilitated by Judy Howell, Oncology Nurse Navigator from UnityPoint Health.

Please note: You must be out of treatment, and a signed program waiver reviewed by your physician is required for participation.

For more details and registration, call Erin at (877) 926-7504 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Ensuring Students in all Illinois High Schools Have CPR and AED Training PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 06 June 2014 09:16

New Law to Provide Secondary Students with Life-Saving Skills in Case of an Emergency

NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill that will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The Governor was joined by the Laman and Bell families and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois at their annual meeting in Normal to sign the measure. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.

“It is not often our high school students are faced with the opportunity to save a life,” Governor Quinn said. “Should an emergency arise, we want our students ready to step in and take action. This common-sense law will make sure they are better prepared to help their classmates, teachers, family and friends in case of an emergency.”

House Bill 3724, sponsored by State Representative Daniel Burke (D-Chicago) and State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago), requires that all secondary schools in Illinois train students on how to properly administer CPR and how to use an AED. The new law allows students to opt out of the training if their parents submit a written objection. The law will be effective for the 2014-2015 school year.

The bill was recommended by George Laman, whose daughter Lauren collapsed and died at her high school drill team practice in 2008. An AED was available at the school but was not used until the paramedics arrived 13 minutes after the initial emergency call. Because Mr. Laman is a paramedic, he realized there was a need for training in CPR and AED usage in high schools across Illinois.

In January, Eric Bell’s heart stopped due to a blockage in one of his arteries. His son Harry was able to correctly perform CPR on his father for twelve minutes until paramedics arrived on the scene. Harry, a junior at Fenwick High School, learned CPR during health class at the Catholic school in Oak Park. Eric believes he would not be alive today if it wasn’t for Harry’s quick reaction and previous training of CPR.

“We’d like to recognize the bill sponsors for helping make Illinois a safer place to live, and Governor Quinn for his long commitment to public safety in this state,” Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois President Pat Devaney said.

“I would like to thank the Laman family for their remarkable efforts and their tireless work for House Bill 3724,” Representative Burke said. “The loss of their daughter, Lauren, is what precipitated their efforts. It is important for people to know that this woman’s legacy is now law and kids will be trained in these areas and could potentially save thousands of lives in the future.”

“There are AEDs in schools now, but people need to know how to use them before they are effective,” Senator Mulroe said. “These tools and the CPR and AED training are life-saving measures that our young people will be able to use the rest of their lives.”

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has worked to improve public safety by supporting AED and CPR measures and programs. As Lieutenant Governor, in 2006 he announced the Heartsaver AED Fund to provide matching grants for AED purchases for public schools, park districts, conservation districts, forest preserves and public colleges and universities. He has expanded access to AEDs in public places across the state, and signed legislation to provide civil protections for citizens trained in CPR.

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Cancer Transitions – Moving Beyond Treatment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Williams   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:46

A Program of the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG™

Davenport, Iowa (June 2014) - Gilda’s Club and UnityPoint Health - Trinity Cancer Center are partnering to offer Cancer Transitions™. Cancer Transitions is a free 2 hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Expert panelists including an oncology nurse navigator, nutritionist and physical therapist; will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.

The workshop begins Tuesday, June 24th (meets for 6 weeks) from 1:30p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Two Rivers YMCA Moline, IL

For more details and registration, contact Melissa at (563)-326-7504 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Harkin Announces Major Investment Available for Iowa Community Health Centers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 14:00

Urges CHCs to Apply for $300 Million Fund made available through ACA

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would make available up to $300 million through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Community Health Centers (CHCs) to expand services to underserved populations.  The funds will be used to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.

For more than a decade, Harkin has worked to expand CHC's in Iowa and around the country through his dual roles in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he played a pivotal role in the Senate passage of the ACA, and as chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (the LHHS subcommittee) that funds health programs such as community health centers.

“Community health centers are a critical part of our nationwide health care system, providing essential health care services to thousands of Iowans every year,” Harkin said.  “New funding made available through the Affordable Care Act will help these centers expand care to individuals and families in need, while adding good-quality jobs in our communities.  Between the Health Insurance Marketplace, which helped more than 29,000 Iowans enroll in health coverage for 2014, and expanded resources for CHCs, the ACA is helping bring affordable, quality health care to more Americans every day.  I encourage Iowa’s community health centers to apply for this crucial funding and my office stands ready to assist CHCs throughout the process.”

More information on this funding opportunity announcement can be found at www.grants.gov. Iowans can find a health center in their area at findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

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Loebsack Meets with Leaders of Iowa City VA Health Care System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:17

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack today met with leaders of the Iowa City Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, including the Acting Director. During the meeting, Loebsack was briefed on the process the Iowa City VA uses for scheduling appointments, the average wait time for new patients and the general quality of care that the veterans receive. He also gathered information about how he can ensure veterans receive the timely, quality care they deserve.

“I appreciate Acting Director Horsman and her staff for briefing me on the Iowa City VA’s efforts to reduce wait times, expand mental health care, and their efforts to hire more medical specialists to help meet veteran demand and reduce wait times. While I have been extremely concerned about the reports of alleged preventable deaths and reported cover ups at VA health clinics nationwide, I know that Iowa VA employees are doing an excellent job taking care of our veterans. As a military parent, I am incredibly upset that this could have ever happened to the men and women who honorably served our nation. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to provide the VA with the resources necessary to hire additional doctors and nurses so they can continue the great work they do in our community,” said Congressman Loebsack.

 
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