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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 Iowans can find a health center in their area at


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.

Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Anti-Bullying Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:49

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 5707, a bill that sets a comprehensive anti-bullying standard for Illinois school districts. The measure had previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:

“All Illinois students deserve to go to school where they feel welcome and safe.

“This legislation requires school districts to have policies in place to prevent bullying and thoroughly investigate when it happens. By requiring schools to shine a light on the problem and come up with solutions, we will make great strides to eliminate bullying from our classrooms.

“I applaud Representative Kelly Cassidy and Senator Heather Steans for sponsoring this legislation. I look forward to signing it and increasing safety and tolerance in our schools.”    


Don't Play Politics with our Children's Health PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Friday, 30 May 2014 09:28

By Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman


Politics should never trump sound policy, particularly when it comes to our kids.


Four years ago, Congress, in a strong bipartisan effort, committed to America’s children that they would enjoy healthier and more nutritious meals at school. Sadly, just as we are beginning to see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 succeed, some in Congress want to step back from that commitment.


Now is not the time to backpedal on a healthier future for our kids. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of American children are overweight or obese. The cost of treating obesity-related illnesses is $190.2 billion per year, dragging down our economy and increasing budget deficits. If nothing changes, this generation of children will be the first to live shorter lives than their parents.

Thanks to HHFKA, parents, teachers, school nutrition professionals, doctors, nutritionists and USDA have implemented science-based nutrition standards based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine that make the school environment healthier for millions of American children.

Replacing fat-, sugar- and sodium-laden meals with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods at school should be a no-brainer. Access to nutritious meals reduces the risk of diet-related health problems and gives our kids a fair shot at a healthier, more productive future.

It is outrageous, then, that certain members of Congress are now attempting to undo the progress we’ve made since the passage of the law.

Our nation's schools and schoolchildren are thriving under the new standards. School lunch revenue is up. A recent Harvard study showed that, thanks to the new standards, kids are now eating 16 percent more vegetables and 23 percent more fruit at lunch—astounding progress in just two years. Some predicted kids would reject healthy food and throw more food away, but the same study showed the critics were wrong.

These changes haven't happened overnight. USDA has listened carefully to schools and provided time, flexibility, guidance and additional funding where needed. As a result, more than 90 percent of schools across the country are now meeting the standards. Kids are eating healthier in those schools because of it.  There's no reason to turn back the clock now.

Yet, some in Washington want the power to overrule experts and decide for themselves what goes on the lunch tray of school children. Our position is that pediatricians know better than politicians what's healthy for our kids.

It will take persistence and strong leadership by families, schools, states and USDA to ensure continued success in the fight for a healthier next generation. We stand ready for the challenge and we expect our Congressional leaders to do the same. Anything less would be a betrayal to our nation’s children.

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