Mahoning Valley Podcast Episode 28

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Whether you are a business, an individual or a charity, Time Banking is a way for you to get as much as possible from yourself, your organization and the wealth of resources in the community around you.

A Time Bank network is simple tool that unlocks the value in the expertise, resources and assets that you have, enabling you to trade them for what you really need to progress as an organization or individual, saving money and achieving more in the process.

For every hour of resources a member trades within the Time Bank network they receive one credit which can then be spent on one hour of resources, expertise or assets offered up by network members.

This means that identifying and unlocking dormant resource that you can afford to share (a meeting space? mini bus? staff time?), you’re able to buy in resources that you really need (business mentor ship? accountancy? maintenance work?) at no cash expenditure.

The Mahoning Watershed TimeBank is looking to hold a bring and fix event coming up in late April or early May. Click on the link above to see a Video about how Bring and Fix will work for you.

We put together a short interest form so you can get involved. If you have some space you can use for this, please click this link and fill out the form.

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The Mahoning County Board of Health HUB worked in conjunction with the Safe Kids Coalition to sponsor a Wellness Event recently to make sure our children are safe and secure while traveling in a vehicle and had a great turnout.

Safe Kids Mahoning Valley is led by Akron Children’s Hospital/Mahoning Valley, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.

The Mahoning County HUB helps to ensure that every pregnancy has the best possible chance of turning out well. What is the HUB?

The HUB reduces barriers that can prevent women in Mahoning County who are at risk of poor birth outcomes from having healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. It partners with local care coordination agencies to connect women to resources and services that can benefit them and their baby throughout pregnancy.

The HUB coordinates and monitors services through a community-wide strategy. This team approach uses a web-based data entry and reporting system to reach those at greatest need while reducing duplication of services. Through the implementation of Pathways and its Network of Care, the HUB confirms that clients are connected to evidence-based care and best practices and it measures the results.

Why use “Pathways”?

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Pathways are used to address identified risk factors or barriers. The Pathway then tracks and documents each critical step, ending with ensuring the risk factor has been addressed. The Pathway is complete when a final outcome is achieved. There are 20 standardized Pathways that are used to address the client’s needs and improve health outcomes.

African American women are more than twice as likely to deliver a low birth weight baby compared to Caucasian women. There has been a dramatic improvement in the birth outcomes of at-risk pregnant women who have participated in the HUB in other counties. For example, in 2013 and 2014, African American women in Lucas County that were enrolled in Pathways had a low birth rate of 9.5%, much lower than the overall rates for African Americans in Lucas County (13.2% in 2013) and statewide (13.4% in 2013).

How does it work?

Each care coordination agency employs principal care coordinators (community health workers, home visitors, etc.) who find women that are most at risk. Principal care coordinators are trained professionals that have a connection to the communities that they serve and are relatable to their clients. They partner with clients by providing health education, connecting them to medical care, and by removing social barriers through regular home visits. They help pregnant women with securing medical insurance, navigating the healthcare system and meeting basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter and transportation. They support, advocate for, and encourage each client during pregnancy and after delivery.

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)

One of the goals of the HUB is to reduce the gap in disparities and improve health equity by providing services that take into account the diverse backgrounds of our clients. Health outcomes can be improved when providers make efforts to respect clients’ beliefs, practices, and culture through positive engagement. All HUB staff members are trained to provide services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

In addition, the HUB engages the services of a linguistics translator to eliminate any barriers in providing comprehensive services to any clients participating in any of the HUB Pathways.

Who is eligible for the HUB?

The HUB serves clients that can benefit from effective and intentional care coordination. HUB clients: Are pregnant, want to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, need help with resources, and live in Youngstown or Mahoning County

How can you connect with the HUB?

There are several ways to connect with the HUB:

Call the Mahoning County Pathways HUB at 330-270-2855 ext. 136

Email the Mahoning County Pathways HUB at hub@mahoninghealth.org

Connect with a HUB-associated care coordination agency:

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

Help Me Grow Home Visiting and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation

Mercy Health Resource Mothers

The Mahoning County Pathways HUB was funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

Meals on Wheels PSA. Join us in delivering meals to our neighbors.

Although it seems as if we just had an election, I felt the need to start the discussion about our local primary election coming up in May. In the State of Ohio, you do not need to be registered with either Major Political Party to vote, so all registered voters are eligible to participate. In my opinion, it is these local elections that affect us here in the Mahoning Valley to a greater extend and many times much harder to find information about.

In the Cities of Youngstown, Struthers, and Poland Village there will be campaigns for Mayor, City Council, Municipal Judges and Levies. The Mahoning County Board of Elections has published the list of Races that Voters will be deciding on in May. Please take a few minutes to review it if you are a voter in any of these Municipalities. Like any homework project, the sooner you start; the better chance you have at having your voice heard and getting the grade you want. I also encourage you to get involved. Voting and participating in the process are the best ways to make sure you have nothing to complain about when is is all over.

Please visit the Trumbull County Board of Elections Website to get more information on registering by clicking the link. The deadline for registering to vote in Trumbull County is April 3, 2017 by 9PM.

Same deadline to register in Columbiana County. Go here to make sure you are registered and to find out more information about local issues and candidates.

 

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Salem Library has a couple of events coming up in March that look to be winners. The “Live from Anywhere” Series kicks off on March 23. Salem Public Library’s monthly video-conference series, gives audiences the opportunity to explore exciting places from around the world by easily visiting Salem Public Library. Each program is interactive and features a different topic. On March 23, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm the program will be especially exciting as attendees will learn about the Komodo Dragons of Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Suitable for all ages Kindergarten through adult the program is open to the public and free of cost to attend. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us , by calling the library for assistance at 330-332-0042, by emailing: library@salem.lib.oh.us or by stopping in at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460.

Another interesting event in March, “Vessels of Glass” have been used as everyday containers and appreciated as works of art for over 3,500 years. Jessica Trickett of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will lead us on an exploration of ancient and modern glass, glass making techniques and examples of glassware as works of art during the program “Form and Function: The Beauty of Glass” to be held Monday, March 27, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm in the Quaker Room of Salem Public Library. Also featured during the talk will be practical tips for cleaning and maintaining pieces of glassware.

Registration is required to attend and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us , by calling the library at 330-332-0042 for assistance, or by stopping in at the library located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. The program is open to the public and free of cost to attend.

Ms. Trickett is the Anne Kilcauley Christman Memorial Collections Manager at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society of Youngstown, Ohio. As Collections Manager she oversees the collections department and develops museum exhibits and public programs. She has presented lectures to local civic organizations exploring a variety of themes in local history. She holds a M. A. in History and a certificate in Historic Preservation from Youngstown State University.

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If you are in the City of Warren A Public Notice for Comments on Plans to Improve the Mahoningside Property. The City of Warren will utilize federal funds for improvements to the City-owned Mahoningside property. The property is located on Summit Street at the former power plant site on the west bank of the Mahoning River.

The preliminary plans for the first phase of the Mahoningside project include a walkway overlooking the Mahoning River, a riverfront patio on the lower spillway, landscaping, a small parking lot, and other amenities. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000. Construction will be scheduled in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018.

The City of Warren envisions the improvements at Mahoningside will increase access to the river, expand civic interaction, provide further community continuity and ultimately trigger new economic opportunities by providing a hub for tourism, education and entertainment activities.

Any questions or comments concerning the project should be directed by March 27, 2017 to:

Paul Makosky, Director
City of Warren
Engineering, Planning & Building Department
540 Laird Avenue S.E.
Warren, Ohio 44484
Phone: (330) 841-2973
pmakosky@warren.org

Read the full Mahoningside Property Improvement Plan press release

View a schematic of the Mahoningside Property Improvement plan

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Today’s Groupon Deals for the Mahoning Valley.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey Game with Hats and McDonald’s Vouchers for One or Two until April 8.

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Get great deals from Groupon by clicking this link and help to sponsor this podcast in the process. It is a win-win.

Find out more about the Mahoning Valley Podcast here.

Mahoning Valley Podcast Transcript Episode 10 for December 27 2016

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Shepherd of the Valley Plans New Campus in Liberty, YNDC Lots of Green Program, Free Christmas Dinner in Warren draws hundreds, Game of Hope Family Fest, Bike Racks that are also Art in Warren, Bracelet Sales to Support Emergency Assistance to Local Persons in need, YSU Football Team plans Meet and Greet, and Akron Childrens Hospital recognized for Innovative Patient Experience Award.

According to the Vindicator An upcoming facility for the elderly by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services is expected to create 200 local jobs. Liberty Township trustees last month approved a zoning change for the project, which is on Tibbetts-Wick Road. The venture, which is expected to cost between $26 million and $31 million, is set for completion in spring 2018.

The complex will include between 50 and 80 assisted living units, a 79-bed nursing home, a rehabilitation facility, a wellness facility and a facility for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. The 55-acre complex includes close to 44 acres of green space. Shepherd of the Valley also has locations in Boardman, Howland, Poland and Niles. “It’s a big deal not only for our community, but also for surrounding communities because all around here people are aging,” said township Trustee Jodi Stoyak of the Liberty location. “It’s going to be a phenomenal facility.”

And this a good thing for a couple of reasons. Jobs. If there is one thing we need more of here in the Mahoning Valley it is good jobs that pay a living wage. Few things can drive community development like a well employed work force. But there is more good coming out of this plan. The preservation of Green Space within the development plan. I am all for economic development but when planners ignore the necessity of Green Space within the plan they are dropping the ball. Where there are plants there is oxygen and where there are plants there is the reduction of CO2. Although many people wonder if reducing CO2 is an important part of living sustainably, I am here to attest to the fact that anything you can do to reduce your carbon footprint or preserve green space personally or corporately is not only intelligent and forward thinking it is ecologically responsible.

Speaking of Green Spaces, one of the most active and prolific organizations in the area of Community Development runs a great program right here in Mahoning County. The YNDC (Youngstown Community Development Corporation runs a program called Lots of Green.

According to their website, Lots of Green, the YNDC’s vacant land reuse program, seeks to repurpose all land in a target area, transforming the physical fabric of strategic neighborhoods. These lots are converted to community gardens, native planting sites, pocket parks, small community orchards, a 1.5 acre urban farm and training center, and side yard expansions. All of these strategies for vacant land reuse serve to both improve quality of life for residents and demonstrate best practices for neighborhood projects across the city. The YNDC has established 6 community gardens on vacant land, which provide space for neighborhoods residents, primarily low-income individuals and seniors, to produce fresh foods to feed their families. Vacant land reuse at scale also reinforces our homeownership strategies, fostering a sense of ownership and confidence for new investors in the neighborhood.

According to the Vindicator quite a few people showed up for a Free Christmas Dinner at Aulizio’s Banquet Center in Warren. Hundreds experienced the warmth of the 28th annual Families Helping Families Christmas Day Dinner on Sunday. Some came alone, while others brought the whole family to experience what Christmas is all about: caring about people and sharing the warmth of the holiday together — whether you are strangers or not.

“I have been coming about 15 years,” said Barbara Strother of Warren. “When I first started coming, I did some volunteer work. I liked to help out those who are less fortunate than I am because that’s what Christmas is all about. This time, I came out with my friends to spend time with them. It’s a great blessing to me that I get to sit here with my very best friends.”

The dimly-lit banquet hall gave off a romantic feeling that was enhanced by the sound of a soft flute playing in the background and Santa’s jolly laugh. Children ran around showing off new toys they received from Santa as a balloon maker made balloon animals and passed them out, offering lessons to anyone who wanted them. The hall felt homey.

Around the corner from the main dining and fellowship area were steaming dishes with smiling volunteers scooping the offerings up for guests. On the menu: ham, turkey, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Dunkin’ Donuts, Piccadilly Parlour, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery and Panera Bread all donated to the seemingly never-ending dessert table.

“It’s like clockwork anymore,” said Dan Polivka, Trumbull County Commissioner, of organizing the event. “We have so many good volunteers. They know their job each year.”

And this touches on an ongoing theme of my podcasts. That it is in giving that we become the people we have the potential to be. That goes for organizations and for individuals. I know it seems to be something that we talk a lot about around the holidays, but the truth is that the holidays are a great reason to remind people that giving is a basic function of living in civilized society, but it is a year round attitude of looking for reasons to give and finding ways of giving that brings out the humanity in all of us. It is true that when we give to others, we do receive back. But sometimes we do not get anything back from those we give, but there is always a benefit to giving to each other.

GOT GAME? Want to Play in the Game of Hope Family Fun Fest?

If you do, or even think you do, it’s time to sign up to get on the roster for the biggest charity basketball game of the season, The Hope Foundation’s Game of Hope Family Fun Fest being held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at YSU’s Beeghly Center.

The Hope Foundation of Mahoning Valley asks that each participant that is selected makes a goal to raise at least $300 through donations, side events, ticket sales, or any other means.

Here’s your chance to hit the court with local celebrities and a number of surprise, big-name ‘walk-ons’ to help raise money for our region’s chronically and terminally ill children.

To get on a team, Click Here to Fill out the Information Form. Space is limited and registration closes QUICKLY so reserve your spot today! With the RETURN of the Game of Hope, the effect will be that everyone is in this together will raise money for chronically/terminally ill children.

According to their website, The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (H.F.M.V.) a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2007 after the increasing success and popularity of the Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic. Unpaid staff, volunteers and supporting individuals and organizations are committed to our mission. We improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families through charitable support. With money raised from donations and our signature fundraisers The Foundation provides grants up to $5,000. For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at www.HopeMV.org.

According to the Tribune Chronicle Warren has commissioned some artwork that will also serve a public purpose; Bike Racks. It wasn’t bicycle weather as Doug Meyer and Carl Henneman worked to install the first of four bike racks that will double as public art projects in the city. Meyer, a metal artist who lives in Warren and has a workshop in Garrettsville, had to shovel away snow before securing the 12-foot long sculpture made from 1-inch tubular steel outside Trumbull Family Fitness near the corner of High Street NW and Mahoning Avenue NW.

He was commissioned by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, which received a $4,000 grant from the Ohio Arts Council to finance four dual-purpose pieces that would be both functional and artistic. “I’m familiar with Doug’s work,”said Henneman, who is working with TNP through AmeriCorps VISTA, a federal program that works with communities to overcome poverty. “He was one of the first artists who came to mind, and I contacted him to get a proposal in. He made a scale model of this, and it blew everyone away.”

“He was really good to do first, because he’s done this kind of work a lot and on a pretty big level. He has his own workshop. I just knew he could do it and pull it off,” Henneman said.

This is the kind of project that everyone in this Valley should support rigorously. Arts are one of the important activities that everyone benefits from. The Artists benefit from the fulfillment of creating. The patrons benefit from setting an example for generations upcoming. And the public benefits from the exposure to the different perspectives and opinions so as to help all of us understand that although we are all individuals, we all have more in common then we have differences.

Bracelet sales to support Emergency Assistance programs throughout the Diocese.

When you purchase a bracelet in support of our Emergency Assistance Program, you will be providing help, and creating hope to a family in need. Without the continuous support of our community our doors would close, and we would be forced to turn away those in critical need. Without you, we are nothing.

Our Emergency Assistance Programs combine material and financial assistance with advocacy efforts for people in need of food, shelter, clothing, transportation, utility payments, homeless outreach and other services essential to well-being.

Extending help and hope in times of crisis and need to families and children is a vital part of Catholic Charities mission and identity.

Won’t you please join us to support our neighbors and friends of the Diocese? 

Catholic Charities served 10,693 children through the Emergency Assistance Program in 2015.  We also assisted 754 people in finding shelter/homes in 2015 to prevent homelessness.  Thank you for your continued support.

According to Youngstown State University, The 2016 NCAA Division I-FCS National Finalist Youngstown State football team will have a meet and greet prior to the men’s basketball game against Milwaukee on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m., the YSU Athletics Department announced.

The student-athletes will greet fans, take pictures and sign autographs before the game in the general admission section on the West side of the Beeghly Center. Fans can also participate in the Rulli Bros. “Holiday Hoops” promotion for December where fans can receive a buy one, get one free offer on general admission tickets by asking for the “Holiday Hoops” special upon ordering their tickets. The Penguins face James Madison in the national championship game on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Noon Eastern. It marks Youngstown State’s seventh appearance in the national title game.

Although many people may not give much thought to this, supporting college sports through attending the games helps to defray the costs of running the entire College. So when you go out to see a basketball game or a football game or any YSU sporting event, you are helping to keep the cost of a higher education down for all students. So get on out there and cheer for our student athletes.

Although this happened last month, I think it is important to recognize one of the premiere children health facilities in the nation. Akron Children’s Hospital was recognized for Innovative Patient Experience. According to their website, Akron Children’s has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of cutting-edge healthcare news, as one of 50 hospitals nationwide with innovative patient experience programs.

According to Becker’s, “The hospitals and health systems on this list are among those committed to keeping up with – or getting ahead of – the pace of change in healthcare by forming dedicated centers and institutes for innovation.” One of the ways the hospital’s patient experience program is innovative is in its approach, which the center’s director, Stefan Agamanolis, PhD, refers to as human-centered design.

“An increasing body of research illustrates how delivering a positive experience in healthcare can improve medical outcomes,” Agamanolis said. “For example, reducing stress and anxiety strengthens the immune system, which in turn impacts infection and recovery rates. If an institution is to fully embody a mission to solve medical problems and improve health, it cannot merely provide a technical service – it must also be able to deliver thoughts and feelings in the same way any other business working with human beings must do so.”

The Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation works to ensure that the hospital can continue to uphold its three promises: treat each other the way we’d want to be treated; treat each child as if he was our own; and turn no child away because of a family’s inability to pay.

Your financial and in-kind donations help support our mission, and we’re grateful for your support. Each gift, regardless of its size, makes a difference in the patients we care for every day.

Todays Target Partisan Politics

Partisan Politics has to be one of the most ridiculous and sadly entertaining products of our Democratic Capitalist Society.  Watching the advertisements on TV and on Social Media is like some kind of horribly surreal Soap Opera where there are no good guys, just people with no way of communicating their positions on policy or how to solve problems;  but with seemingly endless ways of attacking each other.

To be fair, it is important to note that as the two major Parties struggle to become more cohesive and unified in their seeming disdain for each other, there is one benefit.  According to Pietro Nivola at the Brookings Institute, at least we can find out what to expect from our candidates when the two major parties become more unified and entrenched in their positions.

But the reasons that I am so dissatisfied with this coalescence is that nothing seems to be getting done. Or if it is, it seems as if it is entirely too slow. It seems as if the major problems of our time and within our society are just getting worse, while a bunch of rich and entitled jerkwads keep bickering about what to do about them.

When it becomes time to elect our representatives, many of our elected leaders seem to take a bunch of time off to travel and campaign.  Does this seem like some kind of scam? We are paying these people to travel around and campaign for themselves to get rehired instead of doing what we elected them to do in the first place.

Take for instance gun control.  Is there any rational person in the United States that really thinks that there is not a problem with how firearms are sold and distributed in this country? Is there anyone who does not think that there are entirely too many guns on the streets?

And what of the Affordable Health Care Act? Although for the most part, I lean towards democratic notions of how to provide health care to the citizens of this country, this thing is a complete disaster.

Case in point.  During my last stint as an employed person with benefits and a salary; I signed up for the “minimum coverage” required by the AHCA.  So I end up with a infection and have to go to the emergency room. While I am being treated for the infection and am in the hospital, I am confronted on the second day there with the news that I have no Insurance Coverage.

That I am going to be billed for the entire stay including all testing and antibiotics. I am astounded and decide that as soon as possible I am calling the Insurance Company. I call them, and they confirm that I am not covered for actually getting sick and then being treated. My minimum coverage only covered preventative care.

So although I had the required insurance, I still got bills totaling over $5000.00. And my insurance company who was faithfully collecting premiums, got to deny all the claims made by the Hospital. Is this the result of a partisan political environment where it was necessary to throw the insurance industry a nice sized bone to get them to stop lobbying against a Health Care Plan?

I do not know if that was the case, but I do know that I should have read the fine print on that Policy. Story of my life, I should have read the fine print.  So what about you?  Are you feeling some concerns with the way politics operate in the US? I am interested really.