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The White House is getting into financial planning. National Social Security Week is July 19-25

Dear Colleague:

July 1925, 2015 is National my Social Security Week. Now in its second year, this campaign aims to educate workers about the importance of planning thoughtfully for life events—starting with creating a secure my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Throughout this week, we ask that you share our retirement planning and other messages with your members, employees, and the public by taking advantage of our 2015 my Social Security toolkit atwww.socialsecurity.gov/thirdparty.  Here you will discover a wealth of materials that you can begin using now to support the campaign. The toolkit includes eye-catching web banners and publication-ready content for internal and external web pages, blogs, newsletter articles, social media, and email blasts.

Creating a my Social Security account helps workers plan for their future and the future of their families by giving them convenient access to their own personalized Social Security Statement. TheStatement provides estimates of future retirement benefits at age 62, full retirement age, and age 70. It also lets workers verify the earnings information we have for them. This is important because future benefits depend on earnings.

On average, Social Security replaces just 40 percent of pre-retirement income. Yet only about half of American workers say they are contributing to a workplace retirement plan. We need your support to help workers understand that they will require other sources of retirement income in addition to Social Security, and that it’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking ahead.

Besides retirement, with a my Social Security account, you can also get estimates of future disability and survivor benefits you or your family may be eligible to receive. For those already receiving benefits, a my Social Security can be used to get benefit verification letters, change an  address and phone number, and start or update direct deposit information.

In addition, we welcome invitations to assist workers with creating a my Social Security account at your location, whether as part of another activity, such as a conference or annual meeting, or as a standalone event. To explore this possibility, please contact us at oea.net.post@ssa.gov.

To hear more about my Social Security from Social Security’s Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, visit us at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loBsUPMFYfs.

Thank you for sharing our materials and helping us to make this vital campaign a success!

Sincerely,

  1. Jioni Palmer
    Associate Commissioner for External Affairs
    (T) 410-965-1804
    (E) Jioni.Palmer@ssa.gov

National my Social Security Week is July 1925, 2015. Visit  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/materials.html to learn how you can support us and make our campaign a success!

Plan for your “Someday”. Create your own my Social Security account today at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Follow @SSAOutreach on Twitter and stay connected with Social Security:

Need health coverage or know someone that does, visit www.healthcare.gov.

Buddy System Newsletter: Week 1 – 2 Upcoming July Events, Vendor Opportunities and Job Openings

The following events/listings are for professionals who work with Seniors or in the Senior/Healthcare industry in Southern California.

*On Tuesday, July 14th The Buddy System (Southwest Riverside) presents a special networking lunch featuring a panel discussion of Social Services Directors from various Skilled Nursing Facilities. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear and discuss the issues of marketing and referrals.

We’re meeting at the new Parkside Mansion on 2789 Rafferty Rd. in Hemet, 92545 from 11:30 – 1:30. Due to the expected turnout make sure you reserve your seat and are not shut out. RSVP to julie.ablanida@yahoo.com

Our panelists to date:

• Jenna D. Snowball, Director of Social Services of Highland Care Center of Redlands

• Marisa Reese, Director of Social Services of LifeHOUSE Vista Healthcare Center

• Monica Porras, Social Services Director for Ontario Grove Healthcare & Wellness Centre

•Shelly Johnson, Social Services Director with Vista Cove Care Center at Rialto

Panelists are subject to be changed or added.

*The Buddy System (Orange County) is on Wednesday, July 15th at Kirkwood Orange located on 1525 E. Taft Avenue in Orange, 92866 from 11:30 – 1:00. RSVP to Melanie.Aaron@thebegroup.org or call 714-282-1409

Join us for a summer barbecue with networking, food and fun.

Menu:

•BBQ Chicken Sandwich with cheddar cheese and bacon
•Pork Tenderloin
•Gourmet Burger with onion rings, mushrooms, and blue cheese crumbles
•Bourbon Baked Beans
•Potato Salad
•Strawberry Shortcake

All The Buddy System events are free. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and marketing materials to our meetings and door prizes are always appreciated.

Remember, the best way to spread the word about your business is through strong networking.
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Vendor Opportunities:

*Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter Walks for 2015

Opening Ceremonies this year begin at 8:30 and the Walk begins at 9:00

• Laguna Niguel Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday October 24th at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, 92677

• Huntington Beach Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday November 7th on 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 92648

• Anaheim Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Saturday November 14th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on
2000 East Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, 92806

For more information on vendor opportunities or forming a walk team e-mail dblair@alz.org
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*26th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference
Friday, October 2nd
Irvine Marriott Hotel
7:00 – 5:00

Hosted by the UCI MIND Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter. Recent studies have revealed new understanding of age-related brain changes, as well as lifestyle factors related to sleep, exercise and nutrition that may delay or prevent these changes!

An audience of over 500 professionals and families is expected. Contact Kari Walker for sponsorship opportunities atkwalker@alz.org or 949-757-3724
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Upcoming Networking Events, Meetings and Classes:

(These listings are presented as a service to the Healthcare community. Events are subject to be changed or canceled. Please RSVP to verify date and time.)

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*Coordinating Council
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Basement Conference Room #1)
8:30 – 9:45

Speaker: Clement Pepe on Mastering the Art of Time Management

Clement Pepe, is a Success Coach, who for over 23 years has been coaching and teaching Business owners and sales people how to be more effective in all aspects of life, both business and personal.
Clement is a published author, a motivational speaker, a sales trainer, a seminar leader and a teacher of “how to” get what you want, and “how to” enjoy the process of life.

No RSVP required. We look forward to seeing you.
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*Serving Seniors Networking Breakfast
Cypress Court
1255 North Broadway
Escondido, 92026
RSVP: patti.phillips57@gmail.com
7:15 – 9:00

$20.00 per person
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*SFV MAPS (Marketing & Admissions Professionals for Seniors)
Brookdale Chatsworth
20801 Devonshire St.
RSVP: 818-341-2552 or Melanie.Rivera@brookdale.com
Chatsworth, 91311
8:00 – 10:00

Presents: “The 5 Most Dangerous Symptoms..and what you can do to avoid them”

$10 Donation at the door
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*T.O.P.S. (Team of Older Persons Services)
Sunrise Senior Living, Beverly Hills
201 N. Crescent Drive
Beverly Hills, 90210
8:00-10:00
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Job openings:

*Community Relations Advisory – A Place for Mom – San Fernando Valley

Description:
The Community Relations Advisor is an outside sales role, responsible for creating and executing a plan for market growth that supports revenue objectives for APFM by increasing our professional referral partners and delighting existing professional referral partner relationships.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to;
•Arrange appointments and call activity with Social Workers, Case Managers and Community Partners and other healthcare professionals as directed to increase new incremental professional referrals and nurture existing relationships to continue organic growth in target market. These may be pre-arranged appointments or cold calls.
•Build trusting strong relationships that will encourage direct referrals by; Developing professional APFM presence in the market and educating professionals on our value, process and best practices
•Conduct frequent partner communication and visits to improve the results of our partnerships, improve ongoing relationships, and support the generation of professional referrals.
•Maintains relationships with customers by providing support, information and  guidance that will lead to increased number of referrals
•Achieve or exceed quota quarterly and annually
•Developing strategies for increasing opportunities to meet and talk to the professionals that will drive your business.
•Manage and nurture relationships to be the “go to” source of information and resources.
•Pipeline management: manage lead pipeline on daily basis and accurately record activity and information in CRM.

Required Skills and Competencies
•3+ years business development or relationship sales experience in a quota or metrics driven environment: demonstrated history of success in outside sales role, focused on healthcare or senior services preferred.
•Proven ability to maintain quality relationships with a large number of professional referral sources.
•Strong networking skills.
•Strong customer relations skills
•Ability to travel from time to time outside of local region, for occasional regional or national meeting

For more information contact John Young: johny@aplaceformom.com
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*Memory Care Coordinator for Renaissance Village in Moreno Valley

Key responsibilities include:
 Supervising other staff associates while on duty, and providing training and coaching
in all aspects of the Memory Care Program
 Designs a creative and exciting life enrichment program to meet the individual needs
and interests of the residents.
 Participates in the pre admission screening of prospective new residents as assigned
by supervisor.
 Participates in the review of individual resident’s service plans and completes program
documentation as required.
 Communicates positively with residents, families, and community professionals
regarding the memory care program and its benefits.
 Reports changes in residents’ overall health to the nurse, including changes in
behavior; takes actions to address concerns in a timely manner.

Experience:
 One or more years of experience working with the elderly. Knowledge and experience
working with memory impaired residents and their families is highly desirable.
 Professional or volunteer related experience with memory impairment groups helpful.
 High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s Degree preferred
 Hold a certificate as an activity professional
 One year of experience supervising others to include: setting performance expectations,
coaching, motivating, promoting collaboration and teamwork, promoting company
culture, managing change, providing performance feedback, delegating effectively,
resolving conflicts, etc.

For more information contact malona@rvseniorliving.com
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*Full Time – SCAN Temporary TeleSales Rep

Requirements:

-Associate’s Degree or equivalent work experience.

-2+ years of experience in telemarketing or healthcare related field.

-Excellent communication and time management skills.

-Proven sales and customer service skills.

External Description:

-Assess health plan needs of prospective members, verify Medicare / Medi-Cal/AZ eligibility, and facilitate telephonic enrollment. Schedule sales appointments (in home / meeting) as needed.

-Facilitate Telephonic enrollment(s) by presenting benefit information over the phone, mailing appropriate enrollment information to prospects and assisting prospects with completing the enrollment process.

-Demonstrate and maintain knowledge of Medicare, Medi-Cal/AZ and SCAN benefits by successfully completing National Sales Certification, Sales Orientation Training, Medi-Cal/AZ Certification training other department or company training modules as required.

-Support Field Sales Representatives by assigning in-home appointments and setting meeting rsvp’s at sales presentations or other sales events.

Send your résumé to jvictor@scanhealthplan.com
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If you have an upcoming meeting, networking event, health fair or job opening please send it to me and I will try to post it in future e-mails. Unfortunately, due to the number of events received and with space limitations, not everything can be listed. Please send your information at least 2 weeks before the event. If you have any questions please call or e-mail me.

Thank you,
Buddy Liberman
Cell: 310-986-5256
kohonah@aol.com

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/buddy-liberman/6/962/940
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Healthcare for All June 2015 Newsletter

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday September 10th, 2015,  7 pm- 9:30pm
Peace Center 3916 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City 90230.  Parking Lot and Entrance behind building. 
ELECTION of Chapter Directors &  SPECIAL SPEAKER TBA
Interested in being a candidate for Director of HCA-LA Chapter?
Contact Doris Nelson thewizardessofoz@verizon.net   
THANKS to LUIS SOUTH for generously providing PIZZA for ALL at our May Meeting.
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Healthcare for All – Los Angeles Chapter meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm in the Peace Center Meeting Room at 3916 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 90230-4640. The HCA-LA mission is to educate, activate and encourage people to participate in advocating for just, equitable, accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare in a publicly financed universal single-payer system. Agendas include speakers, presentations, discussions, films, opportunity for action in our communities. To join the HCA-LA Mailing list, contact: 
‘Our “conventional wisdom” about what we pay for and why, has been created and controlled by those entities profiting from a series of false messages. What we as a society believe about our healthcare costs is often simply not true.’ www.truecostofhealthcare.net 

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July 2nd, Thursday 10-12 noon   http://laborforhealthcare.org/  ; INFO: Connie at 213-252-1351  

  Labor United for Universal Healthcare’s July meeting will be largely about MEDICARE in recognition of the program’s 50th Anniversary.
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What do we mean by an “Improved Medicare” for all?
Presentation and discussion led by Nancy Greep, MD 
Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 10-12 noon
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
2130 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006
(Parking lot entrance off Lake Street)
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 July 11th Saturday 2-5pm.We Need Health Care, Not Jails  Community Dialogue.  cchelosangeles@gmail.com 

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JULY 26th, Sunday 2-5 PM   MEDICARE’S 50th BIRTHDAY GARDEN PARTY  PHYSICIANS FOR NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM
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JULY 30th THURSDAY 4-6:30

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Medicare Turns 50 Program:  Actor Mike Farrell, activist and star of hit TV show M*A*S*H Sheila Kuehl, LA County Supervisor author of CA Single Payer Bills Hilda Solis, LA County Supervisor *  
Dr. Paul Song, Courage Campaign Chair, Campaign for a Healthy California Co-Chair,  PNHP  National) Exec Board  * Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary Treasurer of LA County Federation of Labor Alicia Rivera, Communities for a Better Environment   Assemblymember Curren Price  *   Senator Holly Mitchell
PEOPLE’S Healthcare Stories 
Incredible Musical Performances by: 
**** Lili Haydn **** 
humanitarian and activist violinist/vocalist/composer  “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”  (http://lilihaydn.com/)
****Inner City Dwellers***** 
Pro-peoples hip hop, movement music, music mimicking   life..  .”(https://www.facebook.com/icdmusic)
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AUGUST 1ST SATURDAY   …...Three Locations…..
MEDICARE 50th BIRTHDAY  CELEBRATIONS                       
with   HEALTH CARE for ALL Chapters  
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
*HCA-Los Angeles  
Baldwin Hills/ Crenshaw Farmers Market  
10am-2pm  with Luis South

  Contact: Maureen  mcruised@aol.com

*HCA-San Fernando Valley  TBA

  Contact:  jennifer@hca-sfv.org

* HCA -San Gabriel Valley……see flyer left 
Contacts:
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The Medicare Solution is the latest video in the “Big Picture” ……… 
Medicare
Here’s the bottom line: Allowing all Americans to buy into Medicare through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act would strengthen Medicare and improve American health care, saving all of us money while boosting health outcomes. If you’re like me and you’re ready to reject partisan lies and tackle rising health care costs head-on, please watch and share The Medicare Solution now.
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 http://kff.org/generations-medicare-at-50-years/

Generations: Medicare at 50 Years

Published in a special Summer 2015 edition of the journal  Generations on Medicare’s 50th anniversary, these six articles by Kaiser Family Foundation staff reflect on Medicare’s history, evolution and future, including a look at lessons and challenges, the Medicare and Medicaid partnership, coverage, the role of private plans, Medicare’s role for women, and the public opinion about the program. Foundation Senior Vice President Tricia Neuman served as co-editor, along with National Coalition on Health Care President and CEO John Rother. The articles are available courtesy of the American Society on Aging, which publishes Generations.
Medicare at 50: Lessons and Challenges –  PDF
By Tricia Neuman and John Rother
The Medicare and Medicaid Partnership at 50 –  PDF
By Diane Rowland
Medicare Coverage, Affordability, and Access –  PDF
By Juliette Cubanski and Cristina Boccuti
The Emerging Role of Private Plans in Medicare –  PDF
By Gretchen Jacobson
Women and Medicare: An Unfinished Agenda –  PDF
By Alina Salganicoff
Medicare as Reflected in Public Opinion –  PDF
By Mollyann Brodie, Elizabeth C. Hamel, and Mira Norton

White House Conference on Aging Webcast: Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit

WEBCAST: Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit

Date: June 30, 2015

Time: 1:25 – 2:25 p.m. PCT

Click here to view the webcast

Event Agenda:

2015 White House Conference on Aging Update & Investing in the Silver Economy

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. PCT

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.

Introduction: Jeff Maltz, CEO, SilverRide

Speaker: Nora Super, Executive Director, White House Conference on Aging

What Are Your Investing Priorities?

1:30 – 2:25 p.m. PCT

Business Plan Competition judges will talk about what trends will dominate the market in the coming year and where smart investors are putting their money.

Moderator: Heather Somerville, Business & Technology Reporter, San Jose Mercury News

Panel of Judges:

  • Lynne Chou, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • John Hopper, Managing Director, Link-age Ventures, Inc.
  • Scott Smith, Founder & Managing Partner, Viant Group
  • Gavin Teo, Principal, Comcast Ventures
  • Jeff Lee, Principal, DCM Ventures
  • Jim Murphy, Vice President, UnitedHealthcare
  • Dr. Sanjaya Kumar, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Synepta Group, Inc.
  • Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP

Click here to view the webcast.

Common Good, a Conference Combining Social Innovation, Public Policy and Healthcare

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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

 The 4th Annual HTF Innovation Conference titled ‘Common Good’ will take a deeper look into health and wellness enhancements for the masses made possible through technology and the framing and implementation of key health policies. Discussions at the conference will revolve around next generation technology, the importance of compassion and innovation in care, best practices in public health, community resilience. Important use-cases demonstrating barriers that impede effective healthcare delivery will be examined.

*Included
May 27th – Snack, Coffee Service, and Reception.
May 28th – Breakfast, Snack, Coffee service, Lunch, and Reception.

 MAY 27-28TH, 2015 | EMBASSY SUITES SFO WATERFRONT

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Innovations for the
Underserved:

Focus on the innovations that are needed to improve the health and wellness of the global underserved—but in actuality will benefit all of us. Panel sessions will be staged during the conference covering the various aspects of technology and policy innovations that are aiding the pathway to achieve a good healthy life.

Resilient
Communities:

Unfavorable circumstances make all of us vulnerable. Adverse effects of famine, natural disasters, war, and infectious diseases such as Ebola affect all humans, as well as our fragile eco-system of flora and fauna. How do we handle these disastrous situations and learn collectively how to build communities and systems that protect us better?

Population Health
Management:

Care model analysis seeking to keep us inspired, motivated, and healthy with an ultimate goal of sustainability. A closer look will be given to innovative technologies that transform our health systems, making a positive difference.

Panel Topics:

  • Wireless Health Solutions for Low Resource Settings
  • Privacy, Safety, and Security Considerations for Mobile Data
  • Expand Health Tech Business in Europe
  • Resilient Communities and Systems for Adverse Events
  • Tech Innovation to Support Aging
  • CMIO Panel
  • VC Funding Landscape
  • Food and Nutrition for Children Health
  • Improving the Role of Patients
    • Influence of Consumerism & Technology On Employee Health and Benefits
    • The Sharing Economy in Healthcare

Spring Abundance, 3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival on April 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

San Diego Veg Festival Team

marketing@sandiegovegfestival.com

619-512-2202

3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival comes to Point Loma to Celebrate a Spring Abundance

San Diego, California — The 3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival takes place on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 10 AM to 5 PM held at the McMillin Company Event Center in NTC Point Loma Liberty Station. Appropriately themed as Celebrating a “Spring Abundance”, key figures (both local and from across the U.S.) from the veg-friendly, plant-based community will be featured to speak and demo at the event. Guest host Emily Valdez of Channel 10News will be in attendance. Speakers include Dr. Shawn Miller, D.C. (retired practitioner to wellness icons like David Wolfe, Patricia Bragg) and Dr. Saman Soheily, N.D. of Spark Health. Other featured speakers include Matt Ball of Vegfund, Sid Garza-Hillman of The Stanford Inn by the Sea Eco-Resort, Laura Chiraya Fox of Raw Pure Living Expo, Prana Gogia of Siddha Ayurveda, Chef Sarah Alam of San Diego Vibrant Eats, Jon Bockman of Animal Charity Evaluators, Rachelle Rodriguez of Arbonne International, and Yovana Mendoza of Rawvana. There are active body workshops such as “Body Self Awareness” from Patricia Maldonado from Centro Cultural de la Raza Balboa Park and “Stop, Drop and Yoga” from Lindsey May, Executive Director and Co-Creator & Dave Kemp, Music Director and Co-Creator of Plant Powered Kids.

Topics that will be covered include the newly released Dietary Guidelines, natural and plant-based beauty practices, raw vegan living, holistic health panel on plant-based eating, sustainable practices for raising vegan kids, ecological impacts of one’s diet, and the controversial legislation to ban Foie Gras sells from California Restaurants. There is live juicing demo contest and a film screening on the Foie Gras ban. In the days prior to the main event, San Diegans can enjoy free recipes, Meatless Mondays, 21-day Veg Challenge, and special events from other plant-based lifestyle supporters all over the county by following San Diego Veg Festival’s social media accounts. The San Diego Veg Festival aims to build a healthy community of conscious San Diegans in America’s Finest City through food education, active living, environmental sustainability, animal rights and holistic health practices.

A special VIP Meet and Greet Preview Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at the

Raw Vegan restaurant (run by former NFL-player Jacob Bell) called Sol Cal Café located at 910 J Street

in downtown, East Village. All the food samples and products passed out at the San Diego Veg Festival are veg-friendly. Tickets are $5 online, $10 at the door and children under the age of 12 are free. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sandiegovegfest.com and to like the Facebook page go to facebook.com/SanDiegoVegFestival.

About San Diego Veg Festival

San Diego Veg Festival’s goal is to build a healthy and sustainable movement of conscious San Diegans.

We support a community and lifestyle of being compassionate, plant-based and earth-friendly. Whether

you are a first time or long time vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian, locavorian, or curious foodie,

the festival is for everyone. Learn more at www.sandiegovegfest.com.

The Largest Mental Health Workers’ Strike during the week of January 12, 2015

For immediate release

December 31, 2014
Contact: Justin DeFreitas: (510) 701-1415jdefreitas@nuhw.org
KAISER PERMANENTE CLINICIANS TO LAUNCH NATION’S LARGEST EVER MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS’ STRIKE JAN. 12 – LOS ANGELES, CA
2,600 Kaiser California mental health clinicians notify state and federal authorities today that they will hold a week-long statewide strike over the HMO’s failure to provide timely, adequate care to patients. Local contacts and information on 35 strike locations and 65 picket lines below.
Additional documents for review:
Why are Kaiser mental health clinicians on strike?
Kaiser does not staff its psychiatry departments with enough mental health clinicians — psychologists, therapists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses — to meet the needs of its patients. Due to this staff shortage, our schedules are booked solid. Patients are forced to wait weeks, even months for treatment. For patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other debilitating mental conditions, these delays can be insurmountable obstacles.
As mental health clinicians, we have an ethical obligation to advocate for our patients, whose conditions often make it difficult for them to advocate for themselves. For four years we have done all we can to persuade Kaiser officials to correct these ethical and legal violations, to no avail. That’s why Kaiser’s 2,600 California mental health clinicians and more than 700 other Kaiser employees — optical workers and healthcare professionals — are on strike, here in our community and throughout the state. Kaiser is letting our patients down every day, refusing to provide the timely, appropriate care they pay for with their monthly premiums and that Kaiser is required by law to provide.
In 2013, California’s Department of Managed Health Care fined Kaiser
$4 million for systemically understaffing its psychiatry department and falsifying records to conceal long appointment wait times. Yet Kaiser’s systemic violations of state law continue. After an initial diagnostic appointment, our patients frequently must endure waits of 4 to 12 weeks for treatment, making effective, ongoing therapy nearly impossible.
And the situation is getting worse. This year, under the Affordable Care Act, Kaiser’s California enrollment has increased by a quarter million members. Staffing levels, already too low, are not keeping pace with enrollment.
Meanwhile, “nonprofit” Kaiser is enjoying record profits. Kaiser hasmade more than $14 billion since 2009, and this year’s profitsare up 40 percent over last year’s record.
Last month, we presented Kaiser with a commonsense solution:clinician–management committees in each facility that can work together to determine adequate staffing levels and outsourcing needs, with help from a neutral, outside expert if the two sides cannot agree. It’s a simple and effective solution already in place in other health care systems. Once again, Kaiser failed to act.
With soaring profits and a $30 billion cash reserve, Kaiser can afford to invest in its mental health services by recruiting new clinicians, retaining experienced staff, and staffing its clinics in compliance with state law and in accordance with its ethical obligations as
a healthcare provider.
How can you help?
l Join us on the picket line.
l Call or write to
your local and state representatives and educate them on this important issue.
l Call or write to the Kaiser executives listed below and tell them you support our efforts.
Tell them Kaiser should be investing its record profits in its mental health services to ensure that its patients receive the timely, quality care they need and deserve.
KAISER EXECUTIVES
Bernard Tyson
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dr. Robert Pearl
CEO, Permanente Medical Group (510) 987-3141Robert.pearl@kp.org
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Dr. Edward Ellison
Director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group (626) 405-5000 edward.m.ellison @kp.org
35 strike locations and 65 pickets at Kaiser Permanente Facilities  
…National Union of Healthcare Workers.. NUHW 
Please join us on the picket lines next week as mental health workers
strike for better patient care and a decent worker contract.  

Los Angeles area strike locations: 

Media contact Elizabeth White
(310) 391-4785elizbwhite@msn.com

Monday Jan 12
West Los Angeles Medical Center
6041 Cadillac Ave., West L.A., 90034

Tuesday Jan 13
South Bay Medical Center
25825 Vermont Ave., Harbor City, 90710

Wednesday Jan 14
Downey Medical Center
9333 Imperial Highway, Downey, 90242

Thursday Jan 15
Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills, 91367

Friday Jan 16
Baldwin Park Medical Center

1011 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, 91706 
EMERYVILLE — Kaiser Permanente’s 2,600 California mental health clinicians — psychologists, therapists, and social workers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers — will launch a statewide strike on Monday, January 12, to protest Kaiser’s chronic failure to provide its members with timely, quality mental health care. Kaiser staff will be on 65 picket lines at more than 35 locations throughout the state during the scheduled week-long strike. Notice of the strike was filed today.
More than 700 other Kaiser workers will join the picket lines, including Northern California optical workers and Southern California medical social workers, speech pathologists, audiologists, health educators, and registered dietitians, all of whom also report problems with inadequate staffing.
Despite huge profits — “nonprofit” Kaiser has made more $14 billion since 2009, and this year’s profits of more than $3 billion are up 40 percent over last year’s record— Kaiser Permanente does not staff its psychiatry departments with enough clinicians to treat the ever-growing number of patients seeking mental health care. Kaiser’s systemic understaffing forces patients to endure lengthy waits
for treatment — weeks and even months — in violation of California law and industry standards.

Last year Kaiser was fined $4 million for imposing lengthy and illegal appointment delays on mental health patients. Since then, Kaiser has failed to correct the violations. Compounding the crisis, during the first nine months of 2014, Kaiser added 422,000 new members nationwide, many as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
 
“For patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other debilitating mental conditions, these delays can be insurmountable obstacles, sometimes leading to tragic outcomes,” said Clement Papazian, a clinical social worker at Kaiser in Oakland and president of NUHW’s Northern California chapter of mental health clinicians. “We don’t want to see patients being ignored. Kaiser’s actions are doing real harm. Even suicides have been linked to Kaiser’s delays and denial of care.”
For more than four years Kaiser has refused to acknowledge the problems caused by its lengthy appointment delays, much less fix them. Having exhausted every other means, Kaiser’s mental health clinicians are adhering to their ethical responsibility to advocate for their patients by conducting a strike aimed at forcing Kaiser to uphold its contractual and ethical obligations to its patients.
Journalists covering this issue are encouraged to review NUHW’s ten-page summary, which provides a history of the crisis, its impact on patients, and evidence of ongoing violations. Here are a few key items:
In 2013, California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) fined Kaiser $4 million for systemically understaffing its psychiatry department, falsifying patients’ appointment records to conceal long wait times, and providing patients with misleading information regarding the care available to them — a situation nearly identical to the scandal that engulfed the Veterans Affairs Administration last year.
Rather than staff their clinics appropriately, Kaiser merely shifted resources, directing clinicians to see more first-time patients at the expense of returning patients. Healthcare workers at Kaiser facilities report that patients frequently endure waits of between four and twelve weeks for a return appointment, making effective, ongoing treatment nearly impossible.
The situation is getting worse. This year, under the Affordable Care Act, Kaiser’s California enrollment has increased by a quarter million members. Staffing levels, already too low, are not keeping pace with enrollment of new patients. Withholding services while increasing membership is an effective way
to score record profits but it has led to woefully inadequate care, as well as four class-action lawsuits filed by patients and families who say Kaiser’s violations contributed to tragic outcomes, including suicides.
In September, Kaiser implicitly acknowledged the problems by agreeing to pay the DMHC’s $4 million fine. Also, Kaiser revealed plans to outsource Northern California mental health services to Value Options. Kaiser’s mental health clinicians believe outsourcing is necessary as a temporary, stop- gap measure while Kaiser hires enough staff to meet its patients’ needs. However, Kaiser has ignored Value Options’ dubious track record. In July 2009, New Mexico discontinued its use of Value Options because of the company’s denial of services to patients.
In June 2014, California’s Department of Managed Health Care fined Value Options for “repeated deficiencies.” And in July 2014, New York’s attorney general assessed $1.2 million in penalties to Value Options and up to $31 million in restitution to patients for denial of access to mental health care.
In contract bargaining in December, Kaiser’s mental health clinicians presented Kaiser with a commonsense solution: clinician–management committees in each facility that can work together to determine adequate staffing levels and outsourcing needs, with help from a neutral, outside expert
if the two sides cannot agree. It’s a simple and effective solution already in place in other health care systems. But once again, Kaiser failed to act, triggering this statewide strike.
“With soaring profits and a $30 billion reserve, Kaiser needs to step up and lead the way in finally making mental health care a priority in this country,” said NUHW President Sal Rosselli. “The law requires it and Kaiser’s ethical obligations as a health care provider demand it.”

National Health Center Week – August 10-16

Did you know it’s National Community Health Centers week? Held by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), serving medical centers who serve healthy communities for healthy people, this cool infographic explains more about how low-cost medical clinics help so many patients nationwide.

HRSA Health Center Week Infographic
National Health Center Week – August 10-16 Increasing Access to Affordable, Cost Effective, High Quality Care For more than 45 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. During that time, community health centers have become the essential primary care medical home for millions of Americans, including some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. With a proven track record of success, community health centers have played an essential role in national recovery and reinvestment efforts and will play a key role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awarenress Day. With the tech market booming for individuals with impairments or disabilities, there is no shortage of tools to make their life and living better.

Share this with a friend or family member who could use some additional resources on mobile or web developments for those with accessibility needs. Events will be held nationwide, including one tonight at Yahoo in Santa Monica!

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Hashtag: #GAAD
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2015 at Yahoo Santa Monica

Details for this event can be found at the Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM

  • Yahoo! 2400 Broadway Ave, Bldg D, 1st floor., Santa Monica, CA (map)

On May 21, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

TOPICS

Ismael Herrera will provide an introduction to ‘what is assistive technology’, providing a brief history of a variety of devices used by persons with various disabilities. He will also speak on the assessment process used to determine the type of assistive technology needed by individuals with disabilities.

EmpowerTech Executive Director Joan Anderson and current EmpowerTech Board Chair and former student of the Blind Program Keith Breaux will attempt to navigate a series of trips and tasks throughout Los Angeles over the course of an entire weekend, without using any technology whatsoever. The weekend challenge, which will raise money for EmpowerTech’s program offerings, will be streamed live online, making it the ultimate reality show.

Matt Reamer will discuss affordable product accessibility.

SPEAKER

Ismael Herrera is a veteran developer of access technologies who has worked in the field since 1986. In 1995 he was invited by Xerox to participate in the creation of “Reading Edge,” a stand-alone reading scanner for the visually impaired, and in early 2000, he developed speech access for the Magic magnification software mouse which enabled blind assistive technology trainers to train persons who are partially sighted.  In addition to his work with EmpowerTech, Mr. Herrera will continue to develop mobile APPS for IOS devices to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.

Steve Andrews, founder and executive director of Platinum Bay Technologies, a software technology company designed from the ground up to create successful and empowering full-stack software engineering careers for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. They specialize in making your business more efficient through line-of-business application development, job flow and data flow automation, and concierge CTO services for mid-sized businesses with an intense focus on user experience, maintainability, and reducing long-term code cost.

Matt Reamer is an Experience Designer at Team One USA in LA and co-founder of Dustin’s Words. Dustin’s Words is an open source communication device I built my brother that a small team and I are iterating and testing to make a a free alternative, consumer ready product for families in need.

Laura Bengford will give a brief talk on accessibility and ICANN.

COMPANY

EmpowerTech, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that provides computer training to persons with physical and developmental disabilities, announced the appointment of Ismael Herrera as Director of Blind and Low Vision Services. EmpowerTech is the only Assistive Technology center serving the 1.8 million people living with disabilities in Los Angeles County.

More details will be posted as they become available!

SPONSORS

Stack Overflow Careers

Co-founded by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, Stack Overflow is the trusted destination for developers to find, ask, and answer programming questions. With more than 25 million monthly visitors, it’s the world’s largest programming community. Through their hiring platform, Stack Overflow Careers lets employers reach, attract, and engage talent while helping developers find jobs they love.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Web: http://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org
Twitter: @gbla11yday
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