Persell’s Produce Patch is a community garden conceptualized by two teachers and their Garden Club members. The garden consists of 5 large raised garden beds, a shed, a large teaching area, and approximately 50 varieties of produce. The majority of the garden was built during a 12-hour community work day with over 30 teacher, parent, and community volunteers. It has continued to be a labor of love for many staff, students, and community members who have given graciously of their time and energy because they believe in this project. Almost everything that is growing in the garden was started from seed in different classrooms throughout the school or directly in the garden beds.
The goal is to provide an outdoor, hands-on experience to deliver lifelong learning and enrichment in the students’ lives. Many students have tried new fruits and vegetables that they have never had before. Students are seeing where their food comes from and are learning how to grow their own food. Staff and students have had an opportunity to build close working relationships with different community members, learned how to nurture plants, foster patience, and it has raised awareness of both nature and health benefits of fresh and organic local produce. There were increased opportunities for families to be engaged in their child’s life in the school. During summer hours, many community members, families, and students have stopped by the garden to harvest and take home free produce.
This project has a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PersellSchoolGarden/) where you can see the progress that has been made with this project.
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Thanks to everyone who attended our 2nd Annual SOPHi awards! ZDoggMD rocked Buffalo RiverWorks!
We had over 350 attendees who enjoyed our rapping keynote speaker, Dr. Zubin Damania, aka ZDoggMD, and awards ceremony. Dr. Damania talked about the changing landscape of healthcare as we move away from the past. In “Health 1.0” physicians had relationships with their patients, but failed to track quality or value. Currently with “Health 2.0,” the focus is on measures that do not lead to quality, and the physician/patient relationship is hindered by excessive reporting and measuring.
Dr. Damania argues that we need to move towards “Health 3.0 which transcends and includes 1.0 and 2.0." Health 3.0 brings deep human relationships from Health 1.0 back into care, but allows for human interaction where doctors and patients are partners and utilize the technology that has come with Health 2.0. This new model really focuses on population health and looking at the person as a whole.
Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to follow the event! There are videos of ZDoggMD rapping, Stay Well On Your Feet singing in their acceptance speech, and pictures from several of the winners. You can also find the slideshow detailing each of the nominees and winners below. Stay tuned for more pictures from the event!
Click here for the full list of nominees.
#SOPHi2016 is just a week away and the P² Team has been hard at work. We are excited to announce that we've opened up registration for the SOPHi Awards! Tickets are extremely limited and will run out quickly.
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However, Medicaid is more than a backstop against financial loss – it’s a smart investment that keeps our communities healthy and productive. Healthy children covered through Medicaid or CHP mean moms and dads take fewer days off work to care for them when sick. Working adults with low incomes covered through these programs have fewer sick days, and fewer days when they show up to work but perform at a lower level because they’re “toughing out” an illness.
Medicaid also supports jobs here in New York. We at YourCare Health Plan employ 200 full-time employees, and support the work of 10,000 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers in our network. Medicaid is a vital linchpin of our community here in the cities of Rochester, Buffalo, and the surrounding counties -- and we at YourCare Health Plan, a Monroe Plan Company, have been proud of the role we’ve played for the last 46 years in coordinating care and maximizing the resources entrusted to us, so as to deliver the best care possible for the thousands whom we serve.
YourCare Health Plan will continue to work to assure that all of our members receive the best possible care – we’ll achieve that through one-of-a-kind support systems, through innovation, or through finding ways to maximize our limited resources. Our number one priority is putting our members first. It is our differentiator, and it is our defining quality.
From all of us at YourCare, congratulations to the SOPHi Award recipients.