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The Health Care Improvement Foundation Receives $247,000 Grant to Help Prevent Opioid Misuse among Post-Surgical Patients

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:53pm

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) launched a two-year pilot program that aims to help prevent chronic opioid use among post-surgical patients. The program, which is supported by a $247,000 grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, will address the issue via patient education and engagement, as well as provider improvement strategies.

Persistent use of opioids remains one of the most common complications after elective surgery, according to recent reports. A study published in JAMA Surgery revealed that 6 percent of people who received opioids for the first time after surgery were still taking them three to six months later.

HCIF is partnering with the Pennsylvania National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Consortium (PANC), a voluntary association of 14 Pennsylvania medical centers across the state. As part of the program, called “Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise,” HCIF will also leverage existing collaboration among the surgical departments at the medical centers and recruit additional hospital-based surgical teams statewide to form a Patient and Family Advisory Council, as well as a Medical Advisory Council. The councils will guide the development and review of resources.

“At HCIF, we look forward to addressing this important topic with Pennsylvania surgical teams and partnering with patients across the state to develop health-literate materials to optimize patients’ understanding and engagement,” said Pam Braun, Vice President of Clinical Improvement at the Health Care Improvement Foundation.

HCIF has earned recognition for its ability to drive high-value healthcare through stakeholder collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, including regional efforts focused on medication safety issues such as antimicrobial stewardship, appropriate use of Hydromorphone and Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) system evaluation.

Led by PANC Vice President Dr. Matthew Philp, who serves as the program’s Physician Champion and Principal Medical Advisor, the new initiative involves creating and disseminating resources meant to prevent opioid misuse. Resources will include patient education videos, procedure-specific opioid prescribing guidelines and suggested pain management plans.

“Our aim is to help guide clinicians prescribing opioids by developing education materials focused on setting preoperative expectations, perioperative prescribing and the use of postoperative non-opioid pain regimens. The process will involve educating patients about perioperative opioid use and safe disposal mechanisms for leftover medications,” Dr. Philp said. 

As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation partners with municipal entities and nonprofits at the local and national level to bolster efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around prevention and innovative solutions. The Foundation recently launched an Opioid Resource Grant Program that will enable the nonprofit to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits, in an effort to redefine best practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

“There is no one-size fits all approach to combating opioid misuse. To maximize our impact, we actively look to partner with organizations across the healthcare continuum to address the issue from a variety of angles,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “We particularly seek preventive solutions – and HCIF’s program arms providers and patients with resources to help prevent misuse among post-surgical patients.”

About the Health Care Improvement Foundation

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives. Based in Philadelphia, PA, HCIF is dedicated to the vision of a responsive, coordinated health care delivery system that fulfills the needs of patients and consumers, and achieves better health. Since its inception in 1980, HCIF has been recognized as an outstanding example of how advances in quality care can be achieved through large-scale collaborations.

About the AmerisourceBergen Foundation

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well-being of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in its communities. Through strategic partnerships and community collaboration, the Foundation works to expand access to quality healthcare and provide sources to ensure prescription drug safety. For more information, visit www.amerisourcebergenfoundation.org.

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Socktober Appeal Launched by Yorkshire Building Society to Support the Homeless

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:53am

Yorkshire Building Society colleagues from Edinburgh to Exeter are calling out for donations of new pairs of socks and other items to help support homeless people.

The Society is relaunching its month-long Socktober appeal throughout October due to the impact of the campaign last year.

The campaign is part of the Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH) and to raise awareness of World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.

Donations of new pairs of socks, toiletries and interview clothes plus other items such as woolly hats, gloves, scarves, can be made at all the Society’s branches and agencies across the UK.

The Society is also raising money for EYH and is asking the public to support Socktober by making a donation to the campaign and posting a picture of themselves online with their favourite socks on 10 October with the hashtag #socktober.

An estimated 86,000 young people in the UK are homeless.

Sasha Pauley, Charity Partnership Manager for Yorkshire Building Society, said: “This is our second Socktober campaign and we are hoping to make it as sock-cessful as last year. This year as well as donations of socks, we are also asking for toiletries, interview clothes, woolly hats, gloves and scarves and every single item will go to a homeless person.

“We’re really proud of our partnership with End Youth Homelessness and providing help for young people in need. Thanks to donations from people all over the UK we have been able to help 138 young people into their own rented homes.

“The money that is raised funds our bespoke Rent Deposit Scheme which provides young people access to a deposit guarantee home essentials grants and practical help for living independently. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and would ask people to donate what they can to help us give homeless young people a chance to build a successful future.”  

Through the course of the Society’s three-year partnership with EYH it aims to raise £750,000.

EYH is a UK wide movement, bringing together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.

Charlotte Milner, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer for End Youth Homelessness, said: “Every year 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK. Through our partnership with Yorkshire Building Society we are not only supporting homeless young people into their own rented homes, we are also aiming to break down the barriers that homeless young people face.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/socktober18 or by simply texting SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

To find a branch or agency to donate any items please visit www.ybs.co.uk/contact-us/branch-finder.html.

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*Source: Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank - www.yhdatabank.com

Yorkshire Building Society’s charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness supports its corporate responsibility strategy, Society Matters, and its ambition to make a lasting positive impact on society.

To find out more about the Society Matters strategy, please visit www.ybs.co.uk/societymatters .

About Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society has assets of £42.0 billion and has more than 3 million customers.

The YBS Group includes Yorkshire Building Society and its brands Chelsea Building Society and Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, and its subsidiary companies including Accord Mortgages Limited. 

For more information on Yorkshire Building Society visit www.ybs.co.uk

For further media information please contact:

Press Office on 0345 1200 890 

About End Youth Homelessness

End Youth Homelessness (EYH) is a national movement to end youth homelessness in the UK.

EYH brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale.

Each EYH charity works in its own way to meet the needs of local young people; all sharing a belief in giving homeless young people the opportunity to turn their lives around; build high aspirations and move on to successful and independent lives.

EYH works directly with over 26,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK.

History:

EYH was founded in 2010 by EYH charity Centrepoint, after its patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, challenged the charity to end youth homelessness.

Members:

The charities supported through End Youth Homelessness are: 1625 Independent People (Bristol), Aberdeen Foyer (Aberdeen), The Amber Foundation (Surrey, Wiltshire, and Devon), St. Basils (West Midlands), The Benjamin Foundation (Norfolk), Centrepoint (Barnsley, Bradford, London, Manchester, and Sunderland), Llamau (Wales), MACS (Belfast), The Rock Trust (Edinburgh, West Lothian, Glasgow), and Roundabout (Sheffield), Step by Step (Hampshire).

www.eyh.org.uk

https://www.ybs.co.uk/media-centre/news/socktober/index.html

Hyatt Hotels Commit to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:53am

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced the launch of RiseHY, a new global program designed to pair the hospitality industry’s career opportunities with young people who need them. As part of the initiative, Hyatt hotels around the world commit to hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – people ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working – by 2025.   

According to the International Labour Organization, more than 40 percent of the world’s young people are either unemployed or living in poverty. As reported by Measure of America, there are 4.9 million Opportunity Youth who are disconnected from the economy in the U.S. alone. 

“We understand the challenges young people face, and Hyatt hotels are uniquely positioned to be part of the solution. Hospitality is one of the few industries where entry-level opportunities often lead to fulfilling, life-long careers that can change the trajectory of someone’s life,” said Malaika Myers, chief human resources officer, Hyatt. “With the launch of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will harness the power of technology in ways our industry has never done before to scale career opportunities, bringing awareness to hospitality careers, setting candidates up for success from the start, and expanding training programs as a path for employment.” 

Virtual Reality: Bringing Awareness to Hospitality Careers
Using virtual technology, youth across global communities will be able to experience what employment inside a hotel looks like, from home or a community center. With this immersive experience, candidates will be able to spend a “day in the life” of hospitality professionals and learn about key roles Hyatt hotels offer, including bell attendant, entry-level culinary, housekeeper, steward and waiter/waitress. Preview the experience at youvisit.com/tour/hyatt

Digital Skill-Matching: Setting Youth Up for Success from the Start
Funded in part by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, digital technology that taps into artificial intelligence will also be made available to community-based organizations in order to identify candidates’ inherent soft skills and match those to entry-level roles in the hospitality industry – and not just at Hyatt hotels. Candidates that match to hospitality roles will then have the option to be referred to human resources teams at a variety of hotels through community-based organizations, ensuring they are set on a path that aligns with their skillset.

Training Programs with Community-Based Organizations: Pathways for Employment
As part of RiseHY, Hyatt hotels will build upon their long-standing engagements with local community-based organizations and further expand our global network to scale training programs and accelerate Opportunity Youth hiring. Working with organizations like Grads of Life and Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Hyatt hotels will provide on-the-job training and employment opportunities across the globe.   

“Grads of Life is thrilled to be part of Hyatt’s ambitious effort to expand career opportunities for Opportunity Youth across the globe,” said Elyse Rosenblum, principal, Grads of Life. “We were honored to assist Hyatt in developing RiseHY and believe that this program will give many young adults a chance to explore a career in hospitality – an industry that offers significant opportunity for professional growth and advancement.” 

RiseHY builds on a long-standing commitment across Hyatt hotels worldwide, many of which already have existing relationships with community-based organizations providing vocational training and career readiness programs.  

“Hyatt’s support of Youth Career Initiative since 2008 has helped over 300 disadvantaged young people train and secure meaningful employment at Hyatt hotels around the world,” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, chair, International Tourism Partnership. “We are incredibly excited that Hyatt has chosen our YCI program as a strategic partner for RiseHY. Together, we aim to provide vocational skills, training and employment opportunities to thousands of the most disadvantaged young people, empowering them to improve their lives and build successful careers in the hospitality industry.” 

“It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family, and our hotels have been working with local organizations for decades to bring employment opportunities to underserved members of our communities,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “RiseHY is a focused commitment that not only brings our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – to life in our communities, but it is also a business imperative to ensure we have a diverse pipeline of great talent for the future.” 

Watch the video announcement from Chief Human Resources Officer Malaika Myers and learn more at hyatt.com/risehy

The term “Hyatt” is used for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, one or more of its affiliates, and/or one or more Hyatt hotels. Some of these positions will be at hotels managed by Hyatt while other positions may be at hotels franchised by Hyatt and/or where a third party is the employer. It does not refer to the Hyatt Hotels Foundation. Please note that all hiring by Hyatt hotels is subject to applicable law, which may include without limitation non-discrimination and minimum age requirements. 

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands. As of June 30, 2018, the Company's portfolio included more than 750 properties in more than 55 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

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