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|Health Groups Seek Relaxed Doctor-Note Policies|
|News/Features - City Shorts|
|Written by Joe Collins|
|Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:18|
The health departments of Scott and Rock Island counties along with Trinity Regional Health System and Genesis Health System are asking for the help of businesses and school districts to reduce traffic to doctor offices during flu season. In a memo sent last week to area chambers of commerce and school districts, the health-care organizations asked school districts and employers to temporarily relax their policies and not require a doctor's note prior to returning to school or work. Doctor offices are receiving large numbers of requests for signed forms for patients returning to work and returning to school. These requests bring people to offices for routine visits at a time when many clinics are already seeing larger volumes from those seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms. This not only increases exposure risk for patients but also strains the resources of already busy offices.
Iowa's Emergency Management Division has been awarded nearly $350,000 to improve response to transportation incidents involving hazardous materials. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Administration. Specifically, these funds will help train first responders to react to incidents involving hazardous materials and to meet the safety challenges posed by new chemicals and alternative-energy products such as ethanol.
The Moline Public Library will offer the program Super-Couponing on Saturday, November 14. Jill Cataldo, the "Coupon Queen," will offer a morning session at 10 a.m. and an afternoon session at 1 p.m. Jill will teach how to maximize grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for pennies. For more information, visit MolineLibrary.com.
The Martin Luther King Center's ACTIVE Club is sponsoring a Driver's Safety Program conducted by the AARP Driver Safety Program. This will be for motorists 50 and older. The eight-hour course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, and Wednesday, November 11. The program will be held at 630 Ninth Street in Rock Island. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Register by Friday, November 6, by calling (309)732-2999.
The Amy Helpenstell Foundation awarded nine organizations a total of $137,250. Grants were given to Ballet Quad Cities, Christian Care, Churches United of the Quad Cities Area, Habitat for Humanity, Martin Luther King Center, Project Renewal, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Rebuilding Together Quad Cities, and Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation. For more information on the foundation, including information about awards, visit AmyHelpenstell.org or call (563)326-2840.
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