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Catania Successfully Steers Health Insurance Exchange Legislation through First Reading

 

From Brendan Williams-Kief:

DC Department of Health Reports 2011 HIV/AIDS Accomplishments on World AIDS Day

DC Department of Health Reports 2011 HIV/AIDS Accomplishments on World AIDS Day

 

From Mahlori Isaacs:

In the spirit of World AIDS Day, today the DC Department of Health (DOH) announces several accomplishments in the fight against HIV/AIDS for the year 2011.  City-wide and Departmental efforts have lead to an increase in HIV/AIDS tests in the District, a successful condom distribution initiative and being able to provide treatment on demand to anyone who needs HIV/AIDS medical care to name a few beneficial undertakings for this year. 

Catania Marks World AIDS Day with Testing, Education, and Strategic Planning Events

Catania Marks World AIDS Day with Testing, Education, and Strategic Planning Events

 

From Brendan Williams-Kief:

Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown are sponsoring a full day of public events at the John A. Wilson Building to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday December 1, 2011. All events are free and open to the public. 

Residents Encouraged to Drop-off Unwanted and Expired Medications at Local Take-back Sites

Residents Encouraged to Drop-off Unwanted and Expired Medications at Local Take-back Sites

 

From Malhori Isaacs:
District of Columbia residents will have the option to safely dispose of household medications at drug take-back sites throughout the city. The upcoming “Take-Back” initiative, being held on Saturday, October 29, is an effort to safely collect unused and expired medications and prevent improper drug disposal and distribution.

 

Catania Moves to Require HIV/AIDS Continuing Education for Medical Professionals

Catania Moves to Require HIV/AIDS Continuing Education for Medical Professionals

 

This story comes to us from Brendan Williams-Kief:

Today, Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) introduced the “HIV/AIDS Continuing Medical Education Amendment Act of 2011.” The bill would require HIV/AIDS specific coursework as part of continuing education standards for medical professionals.

 

Learning How To Balance Our Energy

     Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”  While I always recommend positive self-talk, (the examined life is a joyful experience, for example), Socrates is suggesting that we step back from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and have a look at who we are and what we have become. Perhaps you will agree, the wise teacher has a point! Where, you might ask, do we start?

     A great starting place for self-examination is comes in the form of an intriguing question:  Are we human beings or human doers?  Sometimes, I believe we should call ourselves human doers because it feels like we are always in action… we are doing this and doing that.  We all have such busy lives – going to meetings, conference calls, our kids’ sports games, carpooling, running errands, and so on…like well-oiled machines. 

GW to Offer Free Mental Health Screenings for National Depression Screening Day

GW to Offer Free Mental Health Screenings for National Depression Screening Day

 

This event comes from Courtney Bowe:

The Community Counseling Services Center at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) is offering a free, anonymous education and screening program to assist in the public’s knowledge of depression and mental health treatment. As part of this free program, participants will complete a self-screening and have the opportunity to talk privately with a mental health professional.