Wolf Administration Announces Education Department Receives $7.2 Million Grant to Assist Students with Behavioral Needs

first_img September 18, 2017 Wolf Administration Announces Education Department Receives $7.2 Million Grant to Assist Students with Behavioral Needs Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will receive $7.2 million for school districts to help with student behavioral health under the Middle School Success: The Path to Graduation (P2G) grant program.“Pennsylvania must do everything we can to ensure every student is able to succeed, no matter the circumstance,” said Governor Wolf. “This grant is critical to helping teachers, administrators and faculty to provide the critical services and resources to schools and students.”More than 24,000 Pennsylvania students are currently identified as having behavioral needs, which could lead to chronic absenteeism and inhibit post-graduate or career success. To better help students, school districts across the commonwealth will receive funds to aid in ongoing professional development to ensure that every student can succeed.“The Wolf Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Education have made a commitment to preparing students for success, whether in college and career,” said Secretary Rivera. “This grant aligns with that mission and will provide more resources to ensure that our important work continues.”Through evidenced-based instructional practices, P2G will help local educational agencies address the academic and behavioral needs of middle school students with disabilities and students with emotional and behavioral needs. This will result in:School personnel will be better equipped to implement intervention methods and support at-risk students.Resources will be developed to provide parents and guardians with educational materials.Middle school building teams will utilize an early warning system to implement action plans for at-risk students.Institutions of Higher Education will partner with PDE to prepare preservice teachers to analyze critical data that impacts graduation and dropout rates.The P2G grant will begin in October and extend over the course of the next five years. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, or to read PDE Secretary Rivera’s budget testimony, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Pushes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Pension Forfeiture for Public Officials

first_imgGovernor Wolf Pushes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Pension Forfeiture for Public Officials December 07, 2017 Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Pension Reform,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today urged the General Assembly to send him House Bill 939, which would hold state, county or municipal government officials and public employees accountable for crimes related to their official duties by requiring them to forfeit their government pension and pay appropriate restitution when they plead guilty or no contest to any crime related to their official government position or any felony offense related to their office or employment. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), also includes federal crimes that are classified as felonies or are punishable by a term of at least five years imprisonment.“Providing pensions to those who have committed crimes related to their elected office is a betrayal of the public’s trust,” Governor Wolf said. “I am endorsing Rep. Petri’s legislation that will strengthen Pennsylvania’s pension forfeiture laws. We have taken important steps to reform our pension system but, as long as these loopholes exist, our pension system is vulnerable to malfeasance. Public officials should be held to the highest possible standard and we should expect more out of them and our government.”Houe Bill 939 passed the House in May with strong bipartisan support.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Adjutant General and Pennsylvania Commission for Women to Honor Female Veterans During Women’s History Month

first_img Press Release,  Veterans,  Women’s History Month Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and Major General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General, today joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Women to host the third annual Female Veterans Day Ceremony in celebration of Women’s History Month. During the event, held at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, 16 women from across the commonwealth were recognized for their military service and selfless sacrifice to Pennsylvania and to the nation.“Each of these women, and all those who have served before them, have made profound sacrifices for the betterment of their country. They have chosen to delay careers, families, and relationships — putting their own personal goals and desires aside to lend their time and service to their fellow citizens,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “That is exactly why Tom and I have partnered with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women to make this event our Women’s History Month celebration each year. Women’s History Month is a wonderful time to pause and say thank you to our brave female veterans.”“These 16 women are a great representation of the more than 60,000 female veterans and thousands of other currently serving female service members in Pennsylvania,” said Carrelli. “They broke through gender barriers and dispelled stereotypes for decades as they faithfully and selflessly served and continue to serve our country. We would not be the greatest military force on the planet without the tremendous contributions of our women in uniform.”“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, we are honored to join First Lady Frances Wolf and General Carrelli to honor the courageous and selfless women who have served in the military,” Commission Chair Randi Teplitz said. “Women who have served deserve our recognition, and we are excited to share the unique stories and accomplishments of these 16 women who have triumphed in both the public and private sectors.”The following women were honored for their service:Megan Andros (Pittsburgh) was honored for her service in the U.S. Army. Megan served for five years as an ordinance officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, reaching the rank of captain. She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in northwest Baghdad from January 2009 to January 2010. Megan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in international law. After leaving the military, Megan joined the Heinz Endowments as a Community & Economic Development program officer. At the Endowments, she focuses primarily on improving the quality of life for veterans in western Pennsylvania. Her goals are to strengthen the community of veterans and their supporters, improve veteran access to quality health and service organizations, and increase opportunities for veterans in the workforce.Elaine H. Berkowitz (Pittsburgh) was honored for her service in the U.S. Army. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in vocational education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and a residency at Ohio State University, College of Dentistry. Dr. Berkowitz was a dental assistant for over 20 years and taught dental assisting at the high school level and at the University of Pittsburgh before going to dental school at age 38. She recently retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel with 38 years of service. She deployed four times and has accumulated numerous medals and awards.Bobbi Cumpston (Washington) was honored for her current service in the U.S. Army. Bobbi is the training and supply manager for B Company, 128th Support Battalion. She has served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for 15 years. Bobbi earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology, followed by a Master of Arts in organizational management. She is a member of SALUTE Veterans Honor Society. Bobbi also serves as the Commander’s Liaison for the Family Readiness Group of B Company. Bobbi resides in Washington, Pennsylvania with her husband of 24 years.Natalie Aysha David (Philadelphia) was honored for her service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Natalie is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School. She enlisted in the Marines in September 2014. After graduating Recruit Training in Parris Island, she attended the Ground Supply School in Camp Johnson, North Carolina. Since then, she has served in Japan and South Korea. Most recently, Natalie reported to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, Maryland to serve as a Supply Warehouse Clerk. Lance Corporal David’s awards include the National Defense Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star.Hazel Marie Diaz (Annville) was honored for her service in the U.S. Marine Corps. A 2004 graduate of Lebanon High School, Hazel joined the Marines in 2006, serving for four years before she was honorably discharged. Hazel went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Penn State University. In the eight years since her discharge from the Marines, Hazel has worked to help veterans access their GI bills and education benefits, as well as healthcare. She is currently working with NPR and StoryCorps to amplify female veterans’ voices. Hazel was recently appointed Chair of the Veterans Caucus for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. She is the first woman of color to hold the position.Cheryl Grant (York) was honored for her service in the U.S. Army. Cheryl enlisted in 1979 and served as an administrative specialist in Stuttgart, Germany; Fort Eutis, Virgina; and Fort Campbell Kentucky. She was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4 in September of 1982. Today, Cheryl is employed with the City of York Parking Bureau.Carol Griffitts (Abington) was honored for her service in the U.S. Navy. Carol received her training in the Great Lakes region and was first sent to Virginia and then Puerto Rico for sea duty, where she served as a medical corpsman. Carol has also served as adjutant of her American Legion and as commander of the Bux-Mont Women Veterans Association. She lives in Abington, Pennsylvania — and still gives medical advice to those in the need when she volunteers to give rides to seniors for their medical appointments.Kimberly Henderson-Rosario (Philadelphia) was honored for her service in the U.S. Army. Kimberly attended Simon Gratz High School in the School District of Philadelphia, where she participated in the school’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In 1981, Kimberly enlisted in the Army Reserves and served with the 224th Military Intelligence Unit and 4074th Reception Battalion. She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, along with letters of appreciation. In 2013, Kimberly joined the Latin American Legion Post #840 in the 1st Pennsylvania District of the American Legion. Kimberly became the first female to hold elected office in the Latin American post. Kimberly is a proud mother of two career military sons – one serves in the Army and the other serves in the Air Force. She is also a grandmother of three girls, with one more on the way this month.Charmaine Ijeoma (Norristown) was honored for her service in the U.S. Navy from 1985 to 1989. After leaving the military, Charmaine graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in African American studies. She then pursued a masters and a doctorate, specializing in African American literature. In 2008, Charmaine lost her job and for three years, she lived on savings and part-time jobs, but eventually lost her home and became homeless. Charmaine connected with Coatesville VAMC, where she used their computers to search for full-time jobs and enrolled in VA Healthcare. In the summer of 2014, Charmaine was successfully housed in Pottstown. And in 2015, Charmaine was hired as the Homeless Veterans Outreach Officer at the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs Office. There, she has housed 215 veterans and 170 of their family members. She continues to work to help other veterans in Montgomery County avoid becoming homeless in the first place.Amanda Kloehr (Camp Hill) was honored for her service in the U.S. Air Force. Amanda entered the military immediately after high school. She spent three and a half years working as a physical therapy assistant for the Air Force before being medically retired in 2009 after suffering a horrific car accident in 2008. The accident was a result of her being a distracted driver. She was in a coma, underwent over 20 surgeries, and lost her right eye. In 2014, Amanda graduated from Central Penn College with a Bachelor of Science in corporate communications. She was hired as communications coordinator for the East Pennsboro School District. Amanda has also chosen­­­ to use her horrific experience to educate others about the dangers of distracted driving. She is a motivational speaker who has spoken with audiences ranging from one to 2,000 – she’s even been interviewed on the Today Show.Rachel Kovach (Clinton) was honored for her current service in the U.S. Army. Staff Sergeant Kovach is a training manager for the 1st of the 112th Infantry of the 56 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania National Guard. She has served in the National Guard for 13 years. Rachel is currently pursuing a degree in operations management with a concentration in supply chain management. She is a member of National Defense Transportation Association, the American Legion Post #0698, and Veterans of Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary Post #6553. Rachel resides in Clinton, Pennsylvania with her husband of 13 years and their son.Monica Mihlbauer Kruger (York) was honored for her service in the U.S. Marine Corps. She joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 through the 4 x 2 program, which meant four years of active reserve duty and two years of inactive reserve duty. She attended basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot located in Parris Island, where upon completion she was meritoriously advanced to Private First Class after finishing second of 52 in her platoon. Following boot camp, Monica reported to Frostburg State College in Maryland and traveled to and from Andrews Air Force Base for monthly duty. She was then transferred to Cherry Point, North Carolina in July 1982. She was promoted to sergeant in August of 1983, a position she held until she was honorably discharged 1986. Today, Monica is happily married to her husband Bob, has two children, and lives in the City of York, where she is employed with the City Bureau of Health as a Personal Health Services Supervisor.Stephanie Reid (Pittsburgh) was honored for her current service in the U.S. Army. She entered military service in 1993 and served as a transportation operator until 2007. She deployed in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service while leading 35 combat convoy missions in Iraq. In 2007, Stephanie was mobilized with the 316th Sustainment Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She remained on active duty with the 316th until 2011. In 2011, Stephanie deployed to Afghanistan, earning her second Bronze Star. In 2017, Stephanie completed her third deployment – this time to Kuwait. For her service, she received three Army Meritorious Service Medals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in leadership from Duquesne University. Master Sergeant Reid now works as a Department of the Army Civilian/Military Technician in Western Pennsylvania.Theresa Walls (Chalfont) was honored for her current service in the U.S. Army. Sergeant First Class Walls has served over 28 years in the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Navy and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. While raising her three children, she has had a span of assignments including Aviation Storekeeper, Automated Logistics Specialist, Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Human Resources Manager and Paralegal. Her tours include humanitarian efforts in Nicaragua and Louisiana, in support of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, where she earned Humanitarian Service Medals. Theresa also had a combat deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She earned her MBA in 2015 from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. Her significant military decorations include the Bronze Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge.Cheryl A. Wormley (York) was honored for her service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Cheryl joined the Marines via the delayed entry program in October of 1980. She attended boot camp at Parris Island in February of 1981 and graduated as the honor graduate of her platoon. Cheryl was assigned as a Communication Center Operator and permanently stationed to Camp H. M. Smith on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where she remained for the next three and a half years. After the Hawaii tour, Cheryl returned to Pennsylvania, and continued to serve by joining the US. Marine Corps Reserves located in Harrisburg. After just about a seven-year break in service, she re-enlisted in the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in Harrisburg, where she remained until her retirement after 24 years of service. Cheryl is a mother of three daughters and has one grandson. Cheryl was recently sworn in as the Zoning Officer for the City of York, where she is also active in several different volunteer and civic groups.Adelle Zavada (Dallas) was honored for her service in the U.S. Air Force. Adelle retired from the Air Force in 2008 as a colonel, after a 30-year career as an aircraft maintenance and logistics officer. She served in various leadership positions in both the active and reserve components. As a Reservist, she was mobilized after the September 11 attacks to lead the Air Force Combat Support Center at the Pentagon. Adelle is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College, all located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. She is also a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where she received a master’s degree in logistics management. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Pharmacy degree from Temple University, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. She has practiced law in the public interest sector over the past 12 years. Adelle resides in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania with her husband Sam.The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women and girls. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, visit the Commission’s website or follow the Commission on Facebook. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Adjutant General and Pennsylvania Commission for Women to Honor Female Veterans During Women’s History Monthcenter_img March 28, 2018last_img read more

Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Light the Capitol Christmas Tree

first_imgGovernor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Light the Capitol Christmas Tree SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf,  Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf joined hundreds of people in the state Capitol Rotunda today to celebrate the holidays with the 2018 Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony.“This is a wonderful time of year to come together with family and friends to celebrate the season,” said Governor Wolf. “As we gather around the beautiful Capitol Christmas tree and trees across the commonwealth, let’s reflect on our blessings and everything the holiday has to offer.”The tree is an 18-foot Douglas Fir from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. It is decorated with more than 900 LED lights and more than 1,600 total hand-made ornaments from senior centers throughout the commonwealth coordinated by the PA Department of Aging and Pre-K/Head Start students through Pre-K for PA.The Governor and First Lady were joined by Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper and the Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Acting Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Stephen. The Quakertown High School Varsity Singers performed and led the singing of Christmas carols and Santa Claus made an appearance.In addition to the Rotunda Tree, there is a 20-foot Douglas Fir on the Capitol Steps and a 16-foot Douglas Fir in Soldiers’ Grove.The Rotunda tree will be lit daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., while the Capitol Steps and Soldiers’ Grove trees will be lit daily from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. All trees will be lit daily through the week of January 7, 2019.center_img December 06, 2018last_img read more

Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Precautions in Extreme Summer Heat to Protect Themselves, Families, Neighbors, Elderly and Pets

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With temperatures anticipated to reach the mid-90s, combined with high humidity toward the end of the week, The Wolf Administration is urging all Pennsylvanians to take steps to keep themselves and their loved ones, including pets, safe from potentially deadly heat-related illnesses. Infants and children, older adults, and people suffering from illness may be less able to respond to extreme temperatures and taking certain medications can affect how one’s body responds to heat.“Keeping Pennsylvanians safe is always top-of-mind and providing useful and important information is one way to accomplish safety,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “With the extreme heat and humidity forecast over the next five days, I want all Pennsylvanians – residents and visitors – to be cognizant of how to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, pets and livestock. It’s imperative to their well-being.”All Pennsylvanians are urged to follow these safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses:• Drink plenty of water and do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more fluids;• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar, as they can cause dehydration (loss of body fluids);• Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible – this is the best way to protect against heat-related illness and death;• Avoid long periods in the direct sun or in unventilated rooms;• If you must be outside in the heat, reschedule activities for cooler times of the day, and try to rest often in shady areas;• Dress in light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses – and use a sunscreen of SPF15 or higher;• Take frequent baths or showers and remain in a cool place;• Check on those who might be more at risk from high temperatures like infants, children, or older individuals; and• Never leave your children or pets inside vehicles.“With the extremely high temperatures we are expecting to see, it’s important that we check on our older neighbors, friends, and family members to make sure they are staying cool,” said Secretary of the Department of Aging Robert Torres. “Pennsylvania’s network of Area Agencies on Aging is a great resource for seniors or their caregivers to find senior centers acting as cooling centers if needed.”Local Area Agencies on Aging are ready to assist older adults facing dangerously hot weather. Area Agencies on Aging offer a broad range of services, including help with transporting older adults to cooler locations such as a local church or senior center. Find a local Area Agency on Aging here.“Extreme heat poses a danger to all Pennsylvanians, and we urge everyone to be aware of the potential for heat-related illnesses,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are both serious, and potentially life-threatening illnesses that can occur very quickly when high temperatures occur. Drink plenty of water and if you must be outside, take frequent breaks and use sunscreen.”Infants and people who are suffering from an illness are especially vulnerable to extreme heat. In addition to the tips for all people, specific to infants and children, remember:• Never leave infants or children in a parked car.• Even when it feels cool outside, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.• Leaving a window open is not enough – temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open.• Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.As for people who are ill, the Department of Health recommends that they go somewhere where there is air conditioning, whether that is the local mall, library or other temperature-controlled locations.The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. Warning signs include extreme body temperature, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness and confusion. If you or loved ones develop heat stroke symptoms, get medical assistance right away. Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will be working closely with county emergency management officials in the event that state resources are needed to support efforts to keep people safe. Many counties will post information on their websites or social media accounts as cooling centers open and close. Anyone who needs specifics can call their county emergency management agency, keeping in mind that a closer location may be in a neighboring county rather than the one where they reside.Livestock and pet owners should take appropriate precautions to protect their animals from high temperatures that can cause them to suffer from heat-related stress and illness. Heavier, fattened livestock, those with dark coats, and chronic health conditions are at the greatest risk for stress from heat.Signs of stress in livestock include:• Animals bunching together• Heavy panting• Slobbering• Lack of coordination• TremblingIf you see any of the following heat exhaustion signs in your pet, seek immediate veterinary care:• Anxiousness• Excessive panting• Restlessness• Excessive drooling• Abnormal tongue color• CollapsePet owners should remember to not leave animals in vehicles. A car’s interior temperature can rise within minutes, creating suffocating temperatures that lead to animal health problems and often death. When pets are outdoors, it’s important to be sure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh, clean, cool water. Animals kept indoors should have proper ventilation.Additional tips to help pets and livestock deal with the heat:• Provide shade; move them to shaded pens if possible.• Provide water; the hotter it is, the more water they should drink (providing a sprinkler can also help them to cool down).• Don’t overwork livestock; it’s safest to work with livestock in the early morning when body temperatures are low.• Postpone routine procedures (such as vaccination, hoof trimming, dehorning) until the weather cools.• Avoid unnecessary transportation; if livestock must be moved, do so in the late evening or early morning hours.• Take dogs for early morning or late-evening walks.“Excessive heat can put tremendous stress on both people and animals, and Pennsylvanians should take care to ensure the safety of domestic animals as well as livestock,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “By knowing the signs of heat stress and taking the proper precautions – like providing shade, water, and plenty of ventilation – animal owners can protect the health of livestock and pets, whether they live in the home or in the barn.”For more information or if you have concerns about the health of your pets or livestock, contact your local veterinarian.For more information on how to prepare for and deal with extreme heat, visit Ready.PA.gov, health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). July 16, 2019 Pennsylvanians Reminded to Take Precautions in Extreme Summer Heat to Protect Themselves, Families, Neighbors, Elderly and Petscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Research Funding to Grow PA Agriculture Industry SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of nearly $1.3 million to seven organizations for research on issues critical to sustaining and growing Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Grant recipients include Penn State University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Think and Grow Farms, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.“The agriculture industry contributes $136 billion to our state economy every year and supports 580,000 jobs,” Gov. Wolf said. “These investments in cutting edge research are key to sustaining and growing the industry that feeds our communities and our economy.”The grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, focus on a broad range of research topics including adapting to and reducing climate change, extending growing seasons in urban agriculture, combatting animal disease, increasing farm productivity and profits, protecting pollinators, remote sensing to detect injured and sick livestock, controlling invasive species, and improving soil and water quality.“Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry is challenged by rapid changes in climate, technology, and evolving animal and plant diseases,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “Along with those challenges come opportunities to increase productivity, advance human and animal medicine, plant and environmental science, and food safety. Research is what fuels innovation and future prosperity.”Following is a list of grantees, amounts awarded, and project titles:PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, Centre County – $73,683 – Building Soil Health and Climate Resilience through On-Farm Citizen SciencePA Association for Sustainable Agriculture – $71,268 – Improving Farm Viability through Collaborative Financial BenchmarkingTemple University, Philadelphia – $145,634 – Furthering Computational Approaches to Model the Spotted Lanternfly invasion and economic impactsTemple University – $48,161 – Investigating the Role of Invasive Plants on the Prevalence of Lyme Disease in PennsylvaniaThink and Grow Farms, York – $136,950 – Urban Agriculture, Workforce Development, Blockchain Technology in Food Systems, Aquaponics, and Market Potential of HempWestern Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh – $41,268 – Bees of Barrens HabitatsPennsylvania State University – $89,394 – Spotted Lanternfly Host Preference and Impacts on Ornamental TreesPennsylvania State University – $102,714 – Predicting Pollinator Responses to Climate ChangePennsylvania State University – $180,000 – 2020-2021 Pennsylvania Farm Conservation Practices Inventory and Total Maximum Daily Load Cost StudyPennsylvania State University – $64,918 – Evaluating Bio-pesticides Against Spotted LanternflyPennsylvania State University – $49,995 – Use of IMT-504 to Develop a Novel in Ovo Vaccine against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 VirusPennsylvania State University – $28,500 – Investigating the Use of RB51 Brucella Abortus Vaccine in Pa. Cattle, and the Prevalence of Shedding of the Vaccine in MilkPennsylvania State University – $16,324 – Defining Avian Influenza Viral Diversity in Pa. Wild Ducks to Proactively Identify Risks to Animal AgriculturePennsylvania State University – $7,000 – Investigation of a Four-Sugar Absorption Test to Diagnose and Quantify Gastric Ulcers and Gastrointestinal Disease in HorsesPennsylvania State University – $33,000 – Improving Pregnancy Toxemia Diagnostics for Pennsylvania Meat Sheep FarmsPennsylvania State University – $21,000 – Assessment of the effect of intrauterine dextrose infusion on animal welfare and performance in post-partum dairy cows diagnosed with clinical metritisUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – $22,852 – Smart Farming: Automated Detection of Lameness with a Time of Flight CameraUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000– Understanding the Contribution of Quorum Sensing Signaling in Dissemination of Antimicrobial Resistance on Pa. Dairy HerdsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $30,000 – A Novel Approach to Improve Productivity and Reduce Methane Emissions Based on Bacteria-archaea Networks in Rumen of PA Dairy CowsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $22,952 – Rapid Detection of Foreign Animal and Other Viral Diseases in Boars Using Precision AgricultureUniversity of Pennsylvania – $11,000 – Understanding and Addressing Consumer Concerns Related to Use of Antimicrobials on Dairy FarmsUniversity of Pennsylvania – $14,330 – The Amazing Cow: A Bio-processor for Converting Human-unavailable Biomass into Milk and Advancing SustainabilityUniversity of Pennsylvania – $29,700 – Temporal Dynamics of Virulence Evolution in Cattle Salmonella Serotypes in Pa: Implications to Animal and Public HealthUniversity of Pennsylvania – $4,960 – Retrospective Analysis of Fatal West Nile Virus Encephalitis in Pa. Horses from 2009-2019 and Correlation with Climate, Human, and Avian Diseasecenter_img November 13, 2019last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Career and Technical Education Prepares Students for In-Demand Jobs

first_img December 02, 2019 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf visited the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) today to talk with students about their employment goals and watch a demonstration of their skills. The students led the governor, legislators and local education leaders on a tour of the career and technical education center (CTC) in Montgomery County. Expanding opportunities for students to get hands-on training for jobs in high-demand industries is a priority for the governor.“The vo-tech of the past has been transformed into advanced career and technical centers where students can get an education and develop real-world skills,” said Governor Wolf. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all path for every high school student and CTCs give students options to choose which path is best for them. After graduation they can continue their education in college or a job training program or enter the workforce.”There are more than 80 CTCs in Pennsylvania that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Department of Education. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.The governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative is investing $70 million over two years to expand science and technology education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships, including $10 million for CTCs. The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology will invest its share of the funding to create a robotics and automated technology program starting next school year. The Wolf administration also awarded EASTERN a competitive equipment grant of $8,813 to help purchase three welding machines.“We are honored that Governor Wolf chose to tour EASTERN today,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, executive director, EASTERN. “We appreciate his support of career and technical education. Career and technical education provides cost-effective ways for students to explore, clarify and pursue their career goals and opens multiple pathways to success for our students.”Since Governor Wolf took office the number of CTC students has increased by more than 27 percent and the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 34 percent.During the visit, students told the governor about their experiences and future career plans. The students led the governor on a tour of the veterinary science, construction technology, welding technology and practical nursing programs and provided a demonstration of their skills at each stop.EASTERN serves ninth through twelfth grade students in nine school districts: Abington, Hatboro-Horsham; Springfield; Bryn Athyn; Jenkintown; Upper Dublin; Cheltenham; Lower Moreland and Upper Moreland.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. Gov. Wolf: Career and Technical Education Prepares Students for In-Demand Jobscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Proposes Regulations to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage

first_imgWolf Administration Proposes Regulations to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Coverage Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is introducing new regulations to protect consumers’ mental health and substance use disorder rights in the commonwealth. The regulations build on the department’s efforts to enforce equal standards of coverage between physical and mental health and substance use services.“Accessing mental health services and treatment has been an ongoing concern reported through multiple task forces of my administration, including the School Safety Task Force, the Ready to Start Task Force, and the Suicide Prevention Task Force,” Gov. Wolf said. “When patients experience higher costs or fewer visits for mental health services than for other kinds of health care, there may be a parity violation causing these barriers to treatment. We are going to change that.”The new regulations will require health insurers that want to offer coverage in Pennsylvania to verify the company has completed documented analyses of its efforts to provide mental health and substance use coverage that is comparable to physical services in treatment limits, cost sharing, and in- and out-of-network coverage. In addition to the verified analysis, insurers must make that documentation available to the department, upon request, to demonstrate compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). Documentation must also be available to policyholders and providers upon request.“The Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act guarantee that health plans and insurers offer mental health and substance use disorder benefits that are comparable to their coverage for general medical and surgical care,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “However, the objective of parity can only be fully realized if health plans are implementing it correctly, consumers and providers understand it, and there is proper oversight.”The recently submitted regulations are one element of Gov. Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma campaign, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters. The campaign is dedicated to expanding resources and the state’s comprehensive support of mental health and related health care priorities in Pennsylvania. The governor announced several initiatives and reviews the administration will undertake for commonwealth agencies to bolster the effort.“A critical part of accessing mental health services is ensuring that state and federal parity laws are being followed by all insurance providers operating within the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “The recently submitted regulations give Pennsylvania insurers a clear understanding of what the Insurance Department will look for regarding parity. This type of transparency will allow those struggling with mental health or substance use disorders continued access to the care they need.”Consumers with questions or concerns about their insurance plan’s compliance with parity laws can contact the Insurance Department’s Consumer Hotline at 1-877-881-6388.As part of Reach Out PA, the governor introduced an online form for Pennsylvanians to provide feedback on mental health barriers, services and ways the commonwealth can better support mental health needs. February 03, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

La Administración Wolf presenta una guía para reanudar los deportes de escuela secundaria y otros deportes de verano

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health La Administración Wolf emitió hoy una guía preliminar para que los equipos de deportes de escuela secundaria y recreativos reanuden los entrenamientos voluntarios y otras actividades en persona en las fases amarilla y verde del estado. La guía incluye deportes universitarios y profesionales.“Pennsylvania tiene algunos de los mejores atletas y equipos del país y ahora pueden comenzar a regresar de manera segura a los deportes organizados”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. Esta guía logra el equilibro entre mantener a los alumnos atletas a salvo de la COVID-19 al tiempo que les permite participar en una parte importante de sus vidas.“Este es otro paso hacia la reapertura de nuestro estado para volver a poner las cosas en marcha. A medida que los alumnos y compañeros de equipo se preparan para entrenar y competir, es necesario que cumplan con las precauciones para protegerse entre sí y a su comunidad del riesgo de la COVID-19”.La guía preliminar es un punto de partida para los equipos deportivos de verano y la Administración Wolf continuará trabajando con las partes interesadas. La guía para las temporadas deportivas de otoño, invierno y primavera puede actualizarse.Las escuelas públicas y privadas de grados K-12 conforme a la Asociación Atlética Interescolar de Pennsylvania(PIAA, por sus siglas en inglés)y la Asociación Atlética de Escuelas Independientes de Pennsylvania (PISAA, por sus siglas en inglés) que estén en la fase amarilla y verde pueden reanudar los entrenamientos voluntarios relacionados con los deportes. Las escuelas primero deben desarrollar un plan de salud y seguridad atlética de conformidad con la Guía preliminar para la reapertura gradual de las escuelas del Departamento de Educación, que esté aprobada por la junta local de directores y publicada en el sitio de Internet de la escuela.Los equipos deportivos recreativos y aficionados de los estados que están en la fase verde y que no están afiliados a una escuela K-12 pueden realizar actividades en persona, incluidos juegos y prácticas. Algunos ejemplos incluyen baloncesto, hockey, hockey sobre césped, fútbol americano, fútbol, natación, béisbol, sóftbol, lacrosse, gimnasia y kickball. Las organizaciones deportivas juveniles deben seguir las guías de los CDC.Las reuniones de todos los participantes, incluidos los jugadores, el personal deportivo, los funcionarios y los espectadores, se limitan a 25 en la fase amarilla y 250, o el 50% de su capacidad, en la fase verde, como se describe en el Proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania.El personal de la liga y de cada equipo deben revisar la guía de los CDC para los deportes juveniles. Los entrenadores y otro tipo de personal adulto deben usar máscaras faciales y evaluar a los atletas para detectar si presentan síntomas antes de las prácticas y de los juegos. Todos los participantes deben cumplir con las prácticas seguras de higiene y de distanciamiento social, evitar el contacto físico innecesario y limpiar y desinfectar los equipos e instalaciones. Se recomienda a los equipos escalonar los horarios de llegada y salida en los lugares al aire libre y designar entradas y salidas de las instalaciones.Los padres y otros espectadores deben practicar el distanciamiento social, cubrirse la cara y no entrar al área del campo o de bancos. Los padres deben supervisar a sus hijos para detectar síntomas de COVID-19 y evaluar a los niños con mayor riesgo de enfermedades graves.Los deportes universitarios avalados por la asociación Nacional Deportiva Universitaria (NCAA, por sus siglas en inglés), incluidos los deportes que se juegan entre muros y de clubes, pueden reanudar las actividades en persona después de desarrollar un plan atlético de salud y seguridad en consonancia con la guía para Instituciones de educación postsecundaria y programas de educación para adultos (Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs) de PDE.Los deportes profesionales pueden reanudarse de inmediato. Los equipos o las ligas en condados que están en la fase amarilla, o si hubiera más de 250 personas en el sitio y están en la fase verde, deben tener un plan de seguridad contra la COVID-19 aprobado por el Departamento de Salud.La guía publicada hoy brinda información adicional.La Administración Wolf también actualizó hoy la guía sobre la recreación al aire libre y la guía de verano para campamentos, piscinas y cuidado infantil que ya había sido presentada.Todos los condados están en la fase amarilla o verde.View this information in English. La Administración Wolf presenta una guía para reanudar los deportes de escuela secundaria y otros deportes de verano SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 10, 2020last_img read more