Medical School targets opioid crisis in Midwest

first_img Read Full Story According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. A generous donation was recently made to Harvard Medical School (HMS) in an effort to target addiction prevention and treatment strategies in communities hard-hit by the opioid epidemic.Eugenio Madero, chief executive officer of Rassini International, an auto parts manufacturer with plants in Michigan and Ohio, was personally motivated to tackle this critical issue.Ohio, home to a Rassini manufacturing plant, has one of the five highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths among U.S. states, averaging 14 deaths per day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Ohio’s Office of the Governor.“Given our company’s ties to communities in the Midwest, and particularly Ohio and Michigan, we wanted to contribute to this very important effort,” said Madero.This gift establishes the Eugenio Madero Family Medical Education Fund, which helped to create a recent extensive educational program to address the opioid epidemic in northwest Ohio.Supported by the HMS Office for External Education, a two-day program was hosted by Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, and Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, which serve Williams County, Ohio. The events were attended by local community members, health care providers and policymakers.“HMS appreciates the vision, leadership and support of Eugenio Madero and his family. We are so pleased with the success of these initiatives and are committed to bringing opioid awareness, treatment and prevention education to other communities,” said David Roberts, HMS dean for external educationMajor challengesThe program kicked off on April 12, with a screening of the award-winning documentary “The Providers,” which recounts the experience of three health care professionals caring for people in a rural American community struggling with a shortage of doctors and the ravages of the opioid epidemic.Filmmaker Anna Moot-Levin and film subjects Leslie Hayes and Chris Ruge were on hand to discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.“The opioid and mental health crises facing northwest Ohio present major challenges spanning health care, legal and addiction services,” said Michael Thomson, president of Northwest State Community College. “While the task seems daunting, we can make a measurable difference in this crisis by working together using proven best practices from other rural communities.”The program included a continuing education course on treating opioid addiction attended by more than 70 local providers.The course was designed and delivered by HMS faculty members Mark Albanese, Sarah Bernstein, David Boyce, Jessica R. Gray, and Zev Schuman-Olivier, and led by course director Catherine Finn, deputy editor for Harvard Health Publishing. The latest clinical and research-based information for preventing opioid misuse and treating addiction in adults, adolescents and pregnant women was presented. The course also covered the treatment of co-occurring behavioral health conditions, management of pain with medication and other approaches, and mindfulness-based practices for improving both patients’ and providers’ resilience.“It is so good to see leaders in the medical field share that showing compassion is a significant part of the treatment of trauma and addiction,” one participant noted.The program concluded with an open town forum for local community members. It featured a panel of speakers representing health care, policy and law enforcement.Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown sent a video message commending local efforts to combat opioid addiction.“Harvard Medical School is key to helping support impacted communities and shape public policy around this pervasive and destructive health problem,” said Madero.last_img read more

UK Law Commission presenting ‘false dichotomy’ over ESG, passive investing

first_imgThe group noted that passive investors could use indices based around ESG principles to reduce their ESG risks, and that it was a “false dichotomy to contrast ESG investing with passive investing”.“The choice for most pension funds will not be simply to ‘consider ESG factors’ or ‘not consider ESG factors’ and then seek out products accordingly,” the consultation added.“Rather, ESG capability should be one of the range of criteria on which potential fund managers are judged during manager selection, alongside other criteria such as cost.”ShareAction argued that trustees should not feel obliged to maximise returns at all costs, and that the purpose of the pension fund was rather to provide a pension income that would provide a “decent standard of living”.“Arguably, pension funds, like charities, should not be obliged to invest in ways that directly undermine the underlying purpose of their trust,” it added.The group further argued that there would be a benefit in “clarifying and strengthening” the duties of all investment intermediaries in the investment chain, and said this could ideally occur through changes to legislation.However, it added: “We do not suggest a wholesale codification or reform of the general law of fiduciary duties.”Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, said the Commission had the opportunity to “set the record straight” on trustee duties.“We worry that, without a clarification in statute, the Law Commission’s findings will have limited positive impact on investor behaviour,” she said.The head of the London School of Economics’ Sustainable Finance Project previously warned IPE of the problems associated with a codification of fiduciary duties, noting it was difficult to lay down “hard and fast” rules that would endure for decades.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ShareAction’s consultation response The UK’s Law Commission should be careful not to present environmental, social and governance (ESG) based investing as incompatible with a passive, index-tracking approach, ShareAction has warned.The lobby group was further critical of the Commission viewing ESG as a style of investing, rather than a set of criteria to be employed across all asset classes, and that the interpretation – presented in its recent consultation paper on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries – focused “almost exclusively” on stock selection, overlooking issues of engagement.In its response to the Commission’s consultation, ShareAction said the interpretation of ESG matters would lead to the assumption that only active managers could employ an ESG approach.“As a result, the consultation paper gives the impression that trustees face a one-off choice whether to ‘take an ESG approach’, and that ‘choosing’ this style of investing is likely to be inappropriate for many funds, particularly those seeking to reduce costs,” it said.last_img read more

HERO’S WELCOME HOME FOR BOXING STAR JASON

first_imgWORLD championship silver medalist Jason Quigley is home!And he got a hero’s welcome when he arrived at Dublin airport today – before making his way back to the Twin Towns.“It’s great to be home,” said Jason, who made history by being the first ever Irishman to reach a world championship final. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of support. I’m looking forward to getting home and resting.”A large crowd of supporters greeted Jason at the airport – including family and friends.There will be a homecoming party tomorrow evening at the Finn Valley Centre.Patsy McGonagle, from Finn Valley AC, said: “Jason is a fantastic role model. “He is so dedicated to his sport and he is someone for young people to look up to.“His achievements this week have been world class and we are going to see bigger and better things from this great Donegal athlete.”HERO’S WELCOME HOME FOR BOXING STAR JASON was last modified: October 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:home comingJason Quigleylast_img read more