Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Outpost in the City

Observing 2014 National Nurses Week

“Nurses: Leading the Way”A statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Nurses are awesome. Tell us why by tweeting @HRSAgov or commenting on HRSA's Facebook page during Nurses Week, May 6-12.It is only fitting that the theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nurses: Leading the Way.” After all, nurses lead the way in showing an elderly patient how to manage his or her diabetes. They lead the way in making sure their patients – children and adults – get the vaccinations they need. They lead the way in helping our young moms learn how to care for their infants. And they lead the way in conducting research to promote high-quality life for those with chronic illnesses, and to help all of us stay healthy across the lifespan. 
And nurses, our trusted advisers on health issues, led the way in reaching out to their patients, neighbors, and families to make sure they enrolled in health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Nurses, who are on the frontlines of health care, know firsthand how important coverage can be to their patients: to their health, their peace of mind, and their financial security.
We’re continuing to rely on nurses to help educate patients, some of whom had never had health insurance before, on how to use their newly acquired coverage to get the vital preventive and primary care they need. Nurses are also helping patients use new health information technology tools to manage their own care and ultimately improve their health.
That is why this Administration invests in workforce development, education, and training for nurses.
As a result of funding through the Affordable Care Act and other investments, the Administration has greatly expanded the National Health Service Corps and the NURSE Corps, two initiatives that provide educational loan repayment and scholarships in return for practice in the nation’s medically underserved communities. More than 3,680 National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps nurses – including 1,889 nurse practitioners and 1,475 registered nurses – are providing care across the country to those who need it most.
In addition, during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Administration funded the training of 10,600 nursing students through advanced nursing education initiatives. These are just a few of the initiatives that support the education and training of nurses.
National Nurses Week culminates on May 12, the anniversary of the birthday of perhaps the most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader.  Please join me this week and all the weeks that follow in recognizing nurses across the country for following in Florence’s footsteps and thanking them for the critical work they do in bringing better care and better health to all Americans.
For more information on the Department’s nursing loan repayments, scholarships, and research grants, and to take part in Nurses Week activities including the #IAMANURSE social media campaign, please visit hrsa.gov/nurseswee

Derrick Gordon Dating Actor Gerald McCullouch

By Jerry Portwood (www.advocate.com)

The UMass player was on the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards with his boyfriend
Photo: Getty Images for GLAAD

University of Massachusetts Amherst basketball player Derrick Gordon made headlines in April of this year when he came out publicly to his teammates and shared his story with the world, making him the first openly gay man to play college basketball, according to OutSports.
Now 22-year-old Gordon has shared more of his personal life. He appeared at the GLAAD Media Awards on May 3 with his boyfriend Gerald McCullouch, 47, who is familiar to audiences of CSI as well as those who remember him playing a popular daddy character in the movie BearCity.
According to McCullouch—who recently wrapped production on Daddy, his feature directorial debut, which he also stars in—the two first connected via Twitter several years ago after Gordon saw him in BearCity.

"Through the years I've encouraged him to lead an authentic life and tried my best to offer as much objective support as possible," McCullouch told E! Online. "It was a scary time for him, and I tried my best to assure him that self-acceptance wasn't anything to be ashamed of. And I strongly suggested he find a support team at UMass."

Including Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley and Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti, his is the third sports-entertainment pairing of a younger athlete with an older actor/director/writing, so could it be seen as something of a growing trend? 

Gay Newspaper Preparing for Step Off

The creative forces producing The READ have been working in full force according to Tonya E. serving as Editorial Director of the publication. "I've been furiously editing, interviewing and writing, plus sourcing as much information as possible for this next edition." She continued," I've worked my ass off on it and I know it will be a great piece when done."  The next edition is scheduled to debut during a launch party at The New Six Ten, 610 Center Street in downtown Little Rock. The venue also has shown its support with purchasing advertising and future partnerships to be announced.

The staff of the paper has been involved with all aspects of the production including seeking advertisers and sponsorships for the monthly publication. At post time, Management of  I-30 Liquor signed off on the "World Changer" level with a full year sponsorship citing their support to the vital need that this LGBTQ focused periodical would bring to the area. In preparation for the launch evening commemorative black T-Shirts produced by Little Rock T's will be available for $20 each. Everyone who purchases a T-shirt will be invited to a future private supporter party and entered into a drawing from The Read prize closet.

Managing Editor and Executive Producer of COP 24/7 cited that "advertising will be the life blood of this venture. If I-30 Liquor can step up and not only advertise but in a top sponsorship category, surely this should send a signal to other local businesses as to how they too should be apart of the "world changing" that we all are seeking."  If you are interested in advertising feel free to call 501-349-7777 for more information or check the online portal at www.theread.net


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