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The Arizona Foundation for Women Kicks Off 6th Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The Arizona Foundation for Women (http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org) announced that the 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will be held on April 26, 2008 at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix. The Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run, followed by the 5K Walk and then a Kids Dash. The festivities will include a live performance from the Chris Parker Project, a Kids Zone with games and activities, sponsor booths with giveaways and a designated area where participants can learn about domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County. The Home Team Sponsors (Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Coyotes) will be participating in interactive areas hosted by players and mascots.

The 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will raise much-needed funds to support domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County that provide full-service support to women and children as they flee violent situations. The Walk is also designed to increase awareness of this devastating problem as domestic violence incidences are increasing and public supported fundraising is more critical than ever. Funds are raised through registration fees and pledges collected by participants. All event costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors, therefore 100 percent of the pledges and registration fees directly benefit the shelters looking to end domestic violence.

“We are honored to host the Walk and to continue the good work that The Arizona Republic and 12 News started,” states Nancy Dean, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women. “The funds raised from the Walk have helped thousands of lives and the event draws attention to one of Arizona’s most critical social issues. We challenge our community to join with us in taking a stand against domestic violence. This abuse is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it — we must have a unified voice.”

All community members are welcome to join the 5K Walk or Run. Participants include the Honorary Chair, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, city officials, teams from local corporations, domestic violence shelters, victims of abuse and community members who want to show their support for the issue.

The Walk to End Domestic Violence aims to raise $ 400,000 and gain participation from a minimum of 4,000 walkers and runners with a minimum of 146 teams.

To participate in the Walk to End Domestic Violence or to learn more about the event, visit http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org/dv-walk/.

Domestic Violence Statistics

One in every four women in the U.S. is abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in her life
Each year, nearly 100 women are killed in domestic violence situations in Arizona
Sixty percent of all Child Protective Services cases involve a domestic violence component
Domestic violence is the leading cause of death of women in the workplace
Over 4.5 million assaults are committed against U.S. women by intimate partners each year
More than 50 percent of domestic violence victims live with children under the age of 12
More than 50 percent of all Arizona women and their children seeking shelter from domestic violence are turned away due to lack of space (approximately 17,000 per year in Maricopa County)
Domestic violence costs U.S. businesses nearly $ 1 billion in lost productivity

About The Arizona Foundation for Women:

The Arizona Foundation for Women (AZF) is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated to investing in and promoting innovative solutions that address the unmet needs of women and children throughout the state of Arizona.

Using ongoing research, the Foundation identifies and focuses on priority issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and the health and self-esteem of women, teens and children.

The Arizona Foundation for Women’s Men’s Anti-Violence Network (MAN) enlists the help of prominent community leaders to focus on prevention and abuser accountability. Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV) is a program that focuses on domestic violence awareness in the workplace. To date, AFW programs have benefited more than a million individuals in the state of Arizona. For more information about the Arizona Foundation for Women, please call (602) 532-2800.


New York Times Bestselling Author Dana Canedy Kicks Off 31 Days of Glory in Fayetteville/Cumberland County on May 1

Fayetteville, NC (PRWEB) March 24, 2010

The series of events opens with A Journal for Jordan author Ms. Canedy giving a motivational speech, signing copies of the book, and visiting and connecting with civilians and soldiers and their families at two locations, Fascinate-U Childrens Museum and Fort Braggs North Post PX. The book is filled with life lessons that Canedys husband, Army First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, wanted to instill in his son in the event he did not return from war. The Pulitzer-Prize winning editor will share her heart-wrenching story with those who truly understand what its like to lose a loved one.

31 Days of Glory will honor children of fallen soldiers at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) during a special ceremony where Mayor Anthony Chavonne will present each child with a special coin recognizing them for their courage. Also during the event, winners of the museums month-long exhibit, Celebrating & Honoring Military Heroes, will be announced. The display features art from children of military families in Cumberland County Schools.

Our community is committed to watching over those who watch over us and 31 Days of Glory is just another way for us to honor and recognize the military for bravely protecting our everyday freedoms, says John Meroski, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With various patriotic and military attractions and events taking place throughout the month, 31 Days of Glory offers lively and fun activities for all ages. Please visit http://www.31daysofglory.com for a listing of all events, such as:

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Kicks Off District Days 2012

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 18, 2012

With their eyes on a critical election this fall, members of Congress are frequently returning home to engage with voters in their districts. After several years of successfully lobbying Congress in Washington, D.C., with an annual “Hill Day,” the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is taking a grassroots approach with District Days, an advocacy event to educate members of Congress when they are in their home offices on issues of importance to older Americans and individuals with special needs.

NAELA’s District Days launched in May, when representatives and senators returned home for a week-long recess. NAELA members met with their legislators and shared their ideas and concerns on the federal policy issues that affect their clients and practice, including:

Support for reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which provides older adults with much-needed services that include home care, congregate and home-delivered meals, case management, caregiver support, legal services, transportation, elder abuse prevention and job training, and the long-term care ombudsman program;
Opposition to efforts to convert the Medicare program into a premium support system, a model that would replace Medicares current guarantee of coverage with a premium-support voucher and raise the age of eligibility from 65 to 67;
Opposition to the House budgets proposed Medicaid block grants, which would restrict funding for state programs, as well as restrict eligibility and funding for long-term services and supports; and
Support for the Disabled Military Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 4329), which would allow payment of military survivors benefits into special needs trusts for disabled children.

NAELA Board member Ron Landsman, CAP, and former NAELA Board member Morris Klein, CELA, CAP, met with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, as part of NAELA’s District Days advocacy effort. During the meeting, Landsman and Klein asked the congressman to support the Disabled Military Child Protection Act of 2012. Rep. Van Hollen shared his support for the proposal, as well as his concern about inequity if others civilian government employees and private citizens under Social Security did not have the same opportunities. Landsman and Klein also discussed the many defects of the so-called Ryan budget proposal, particularly the dismembering of Medicaid federal standards through block grants to states.

NAELA members will continue their advocacy efforts this summer and fall when representatives and senators return home during the weeks of:

July 2-6
August 7-September 7
September 10-14 (Senate only)
September 24-28
October 8-November 6

As Landsman stated after his visit with Rep. Van Hollen, “Developing relationships with your senators and representatives is important, as we can become valued resources to them and their staff. It is much easier to ask for their support once this relationship has been established.”

More information about NAELAs advocacy efforts can be found online in the Advocacy section.


Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

About Elder and Special Needs Law

Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the clients right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.

Iowa Medicine TLC Statewide Public Education Program Kicks Off to Prevent Teen Medicine Misuse and Abuse

Cedar Rapids, IA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013

The Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center (ISAIC), in collaboration with the Governors Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), today announced a statewide public education program to prevent teen prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse. The Iowa Medicine TLC Talk, Lock and Connect program kicks off in conjunction with October Medicine Misuse and Abuse Prevention Month in Iowa.

The improper use of medicines is the fastest growing form of substance abuse in Iowa. Teens are more likely to misuse or abuse prescription or OTC medicines than illicit drugs due to the ease of access to prescription medicines, according the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS). More than four in 10 teens nationally who have misused or abused a prescription drug say they took it from their parents medicine cabinet.

Iowa parents must be informed of this dangerous and growing problem and start taking the right steps to protect their teens from prescription and OTC medicine misuse and abuse, said Emily Blomme, program manager, Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center. Prevention starts with talking with your teens, securing these drugs and connecting with our center for help and to learn more. Iowa Medicine TLC is a new kind of TLC we encourage all parents to give to their teens.

PATS results show the most effective way to prevent Iowa teens from misusing or abusing medicines is for parents to discuss the dangers with their teens. PATS found only 14 percent of parents have discussed the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs with their teens, as opposed to about 80 percent of parents who talk to their teens about alcohol or marijuana.

Many parents may not realize that prescription and OTC medicines, when misused, can be just as dangerous or deadly as street drugs like heroin or cocaine. According to the most recent data available from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, more Americans die of drug overdoses than car crashes. The study showed that 60 percent of these overdoses were from prescription drugs and 74 percent of the overdoses were unintentional.

Mary Patch of Dubuque, Iowa, knows firsthand that it only can take the misuse of three prescription pills to take your childs life. Patch was the guardian of her niece, Vanessa, who died in 2007 of an accidental overdose of prescribed medicinestwo antidepressants and one painkiller.

Since Vanessas death, teen prescription abuse has been on the rise. According to PATS, one in four American teens reported having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime, which is a 33 percent increase from 2008 to 2012. Iowa has had one of the lowest self-reported rates of prescription drug misuse in the pastwith only 6 percent of Iowa 11th graders reporting to have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 Iowa Youth Survey.

Although teen self-reporting is lower in our state, other indicators are showing a steep rate of increase of prescription drug misuse and abuseand this has us very concerned, said Steve Lukan, director, Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy. During the last decade, the number of Iowans age 12 or older treated for prescription pain reliever abuse has increased more than 250 percent, and overdoses due to pain medicines have increased 1,200 percent.

Taryn Erbes, a 17-year-old Kennedy High School student, was a good student, involved in extracurricular activities like track and wrestling. She was introduced to prescription pain relievers, including the opiate Oxycontin, and the tranquilizer Xanax, at a local Pharm Party, where kids bring prescription medicines (often their own meds or meds stolen from a parent), mix them in a bowl and take a variety of unknown medicines to get high. Erbes is currently in Area Substance Abuse Councils (ASAC) inpatient recovery program in Cedar Rapids for prescription drug abuse.

Parents need to be aware of the most commonly abused medicines to protect their teens from medicine misuse and abuse. In addition to prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers, prescriptions to monitor carefully include stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin. According to Lukan, college students are more apt to misuse ADHD medicines in an effort to perform better on exams, while tweens are more apt to abuse Dextromethorphan, a cough-suppressant ingredient found in many OTC cold medicines.

An indicator Iowans are more aware of the risks of prescription drugs is the volume of prescription drugs subject to abuse collected through the Iowa Take-Back initiative, which includes biannual prescription drug drop-off events. Iowans returned nearly 8,000 pounds of unused or expired drugs during the April 2013 event, versus roughly 5,000 pounds for the September 2012 event. The next series of community Take Back events is scheduled for October 26.

Iowa parents are encouraged to not only talk to their own teens about proper medicine use, but also prevent more cases of teen medicine misuse by properly securing and disposing of medicines. For proper disposal at home, ODCP recommends removing identifying labels and mixing prescriptions with used kitty litter or coffee grounds in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and placing it in household trash.

The ISAIC public education program includes mass-media public service announcements and digital strategies targeting parents, including social media and email campaigns and a new website, IowaMedicineTLC.org, complete with resources and tools. Funding for this project is from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS CFDA #16.710, Grant #2009CKWX0379).

ISAIC is a Cedar Rapids Public Library program funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health. ISAIC, a member of Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists, provides individuals and organizations with educational tools to aid in the prevention and recovery of substance abuse. The Governors Office of Drug Control Policy improves the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic and collaborative approaches to reduce drug use and related crime. To learn more about the Iowa Medicine TLC public education program, visit IowaMedicineTLC.org or call 866-242-4111.