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Celebrate National Volunteer Week by Donating Blood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:07
This National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, the American Red Cross
encourages eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate and
help save lives. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United
States needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to volunteer blood donors, the
Red Cross is able to provide needed blood products to local hospitals and
more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers around the country.

In the hour it takes to donate blood, donors can help save the lives of more
than one patient. Only 3 percent of the U.S. population currently donates
blood. Become a Red Cross volunteer donor and join a family of blood
donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are
needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or
driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-
in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at
least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school
students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and
weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American
Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United
States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no
patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing
nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster,
trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military
members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Blood Donation Opportunities

4/27/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay Street, Mount Carroll

4/19/2012, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3400 Anamosa Road, Clinton

4/17/2012, 10:30 am- 5:30 pm, Kewanee Hospital, 1051 W. South St., Kewanee

4/25/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee

4/17/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo

4/27/2012, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 4064 E. 53rd St., Davenport

4/17/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

4/18/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/20/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, Fulton High School, 1207 12th Street, Fulton

4/20/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive, Sterling

4/24/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

4/25/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/26/2012, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

4/28/2012, 6:30 am-11:00 am, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling

More Americans Willing to Cross Borders for Health Care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 April 2012 12:44
Expert Says Big Business is Primary Culprit

Despite spending more than any other nation in the world on health care, Americans are increasingly willing to leave the country for medical treatment, polls suggest.

A Pew Research Center poll shows that only 15 percent of Americans believe the nation’s healthcare system is the “best in the world.” Additionally, a Gallup poll found that 29 percent of American adults are willing to travel outside the United States for medical treatment.

“Our health-care system is one with competing interests – financial profit versus health and well-being,” says J. Thomas Shaw, author of The RX Factor (, a novel dramatizing what many see as a crisis in our health-care system. “Believe me, I am not advocating some sort of communist-based system, but I do think there is a sort of out-in-the-open conspiracy where true medical solutions are tossed aside in favor of lucrative prescriptions that treat only symptoms.”

One of the wealthiest people in the country, Steve Jobs, reportedly traveled outside the country for treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Gallup poll reveals nearly a quarter of Americans are willing to do the same specifically for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Experts attribute these high percentages to a steady increase in health-care costs and the rough estimate that nearly 48 million Americans remain uninsured, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

“Contrary to myth, the United States does not have the world’s best health care,” says physician Timothy Shaw, no relation to J. Thomas Shaw, in a report by “We’re No. 1 in health-care spending, but No. 50 in life expectancy, just before Albania. In Japan, people live four years longer than Americans. Canadians live three years longer. Forty-three countries have better infant mortality rates.”

Uninsured Americans are more likely to seek treatment abroad than those with coverage – 37 percent versus 22 percent, according to the 2009 Gallup poll.

“In a significant measure, the United States private health system has changed into ‘Big Business,’” says Timothy Shaw, recounting several experiences with fellow doctors. “In some measure the humanitarian emphasis has eroded.”

J. Thomas Shaw says the debate over health care has become a game of politics and money, leaving the “little guy” to suffer.

But he remains optimistic that the nation can create world-class system for all, referencing Thomas Jefferson’s appeal for “unalienable rights:” “And for the support of this declaration,” Jefferson writes, “… We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

There are no “easy answers” to the problem of “Big Pharma,” Shaw says, referring to the nation’s most powerful pharmaceutical companies. “They are the entities funding most of the research, including that of universities. Research without the interests of “Big Money” would be a good start, perhaps on a grass-roots level.”

About J. Thomas Shaw

J. Thomas Shaw believes fiction has the power to bring people from all walks of life together and focus on a single issue. Shaw started writing novels after a successful career in the mortgage industry, including co-founding Guaranteed Rate, Inc., which is now one of the fastest-growing independent mortgage banks in the United States. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Quad City Health Initiative is happy to share the following PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nicole Carkner   
Monday, 02 April 2012 12:42

I know you share my vision of creating a healthier community for everyone who calls the Quad Cities home.


There is something you can do today to help!  Join me in voting for Davenport which has been selected as a finalist in the state-wide competition to become an Iowa Blue Zones™ community.   If Davenport wins, then the entire Quad Cities will benefit.


We are seeking 10,000 more votes before May 1st to show that all of our residents and businesses are behind this effort.  We are especially looking for people who live and work in Davenport to take a pledge to support this project using their Davenport zip code.


So please, take a minute to vote for our community at   And, ask others to do the same. Because this simple act could have a positive impact on all of us for years to come.



Nicole A. Carkner



Here's to our well-being!

Executive Director


April is National Autism Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Camille Proctor   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:49

The Color of Autism Foundation raises awareness about African Americans living with autism


Atlanta, GA, March 31, 2012 —The Color of Autism Foundation will celebrate World Autism Day on April 2, 2012 and National Autism Awareness Month for the entire month of April with fundraising events and donation drives.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of neurological and developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently estimates that about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an ASD.  With 1 in 54 boys identified, the largest increases were found among African American and Hispanic children.

The Color of Autism Foundation is a not-profit (501 c3) organization based in Atlanta, Georgia that relies on the donations of individuals.  it was founded in 2009. The Foundation is committed to educating and assisting African American families with Autistic children. Autism affects children of every race, ethnic group and socioeconomic status. African-American children frequently are confronted with late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Our goal is to help families identify the warning signs of autism early on.

Camille Proctor, Founder of The Color of Autism Foundation says, “We can start to overturn these disparities by helping African-Americans with autism reach their full potential and empowering families with information on autism that they can use to advocate services for their child.”

Proctor also states, “We are committed to raising public awareness about ASD, empowering families and lessening their isolation. We are dedicated to ensuring that all people with autism receive appropriate and effective services to maximize their growth potential

The Color of Autism Foundation’s main initiatives this year is the completion and distribution of a film with a new perspective on the Autism epidemic.

Screaming in Silence: Autism is a documentary about the affects of Autism on African American families.  Autism is a growing epidemic that has a resonating impact on the school systems, health and human services, judicial system, medical, mental health, therapeutic industry and caregivers in the African American community.

This film follows several everyday African American families across the United States who has children (toddlers to adults) with autism. Regardless of how unique an autistic individual may be, those that love and care for them have one unified goal in life - fight to ensure they have the best quality of life. Screaming in Silence: Autism is about awareness, accountability, advocacy and aspiration within the African American community.

More information on how to take action and donate to this organization during the month of April, please contact

YouTube video link: Screaming in Silence: Autism movie trailer

For media kit or request interviews from the organization, please visit our websites at or Camille Proctor at 404/941-6441, email:

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Planning for Long-Term Health Care? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:22
Expert Offers Tips for Selecting Insurance Options

Thanks to Baby Boomers and modern medical marvels, more Americans than ever are heading into their senior years, and they’re expected to live longer than ever, too. Barely 50 years ago, our average life expectancy was 62.5 years; today that number has risen to 78.2 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

That means that more Americans than ever will also soon be deciding how to handle their eldercare. Steve Casto, Retirement Income Specialist and author of Is Your Retirement Headed in the Right Direction?, (, says there are important questions and answers to consider before making that critical decision.

“The key thing to balance is the difference between what you think you’ll need and what you can afford between your liquid assets and insurance coverage,” Casto said. “If you don’t start by asking yourself the right questions, you’ll never get to the answers that will lead to a successful long-term care plan.”

Here are some questions – and their answers:

Q. Should I opt for nursing-home or in-home care insurance?
A. When selecting insurance plans, protect against your worst risk first. In-home care is more about maintenance, while care outside the home is focused on crises. Home care is good for when a person needs help getting around. If he has a stroke, he’d need to be cared for outside the home initially, so there is a need for both.

Q. What should I select as my daily allowance?
A. If your health deteriorates, a daily allowance of $100 per day could cover all your care outside the home, but only a third of the care inside the home. Your home-care costs could rocket to more than $400 or more per day, so plan for the worst.

Q. What is an elimination period?
A. Sometimes referred to as the “waiting” or “qualifying” period, this refers to the length of time between the beginning of an injury or illness and receiving benefit payments from an insurer. With long-term care, the typical elimination period is 90 days, which means you are responsible for covering the first 90 days of care on your own. Most people believe that Medicare covers the first 90 days, which is dead wrong. It only covers it under certain conditions, and not all patients meet those conditions, which include:

o A nursing home stay that follows a three-day hospital stay
o Admission to a nursing home within 30 days of hospital discharge
o A Medicare-certified nursing home
o Physician-certified need for skilled care on a daily basis

Your best bet is to be insured through a long-term care policy for that first 90 days.

“These are just a few of the issues,” Casto says. “A good starting point for those planning early is to completely discount the idea of getting a dime from Medicare. Even if it is still around when you need long-term care, the restrictions on Medicare are tightening. You’ll be lucky to get the program to pay for 10 percent of a nursing home stay.

“The real answer is to get a solid long-term care insurance policy that is based on a sound plan.”

About Steve Casto

Steve Casto is founder and president of Strategic Wealth Solutions, Inc. an Omaha, Neb.-based financial firm that manages money for investors in the Midwest. Steve helps clients reduce their tax bill, minimize their risk, and ensure they don’t outlive their money. He’s the author of Is Your Retirement Heading in the Right Direction? and offers presentations on how to increase income while reducing taxes.

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