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Health Systems Compete with Medical Insurers for Clients and Revenue – The Minute

Traditional business models in the health care industry continue to be disrupted by the Affordable Care Act. In a potentially major shift in practice, health systems and medical groups are now competing against medical insurers by enrolling employer groups and individual consumers in their health plans, reports Modern Healthcare. A number of major, multi-state health systems, including Ascension Health, the largest U.S. not-for-profit system, have acquired health plans or insurance licenses. So have some regional health systems and even a few medical groups. Continue reading

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Philadelphia-Area Advertisers Collaborate to Feed Children in Need

CAMDEN, N.J., March 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Local Philadelphia area advertisers, including the New Jersey Education Association, Holy Family University, ACME and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, have partnered with CBS EcoMedia to fund weekend meals for Camden students through Blessings in a Backpack.

To celebrate the partnership, a special school tour and backpack-stuffing event was held today at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary School in Camden, N.J. Financial support through EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program will feed 150 children at Bonsall Elementary School for three years.

Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. Thirty-one million students in the United States qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, and within the Camden City School District, approximately 95% of students are eligible for free lunches. While that program provides food during the week, these students often have little or no means of obtaining food on weekends. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that provides food for more than 72,000 elementary school children across 44 states on weekends during the school year, filling a significant hunger gap for these children. Continue reading

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How Technology Transforms Workplace Volunteering

How can you match employees with the right volunteer opportunities – the ones that best build on their skills and interests? Technology.  Did you know that the average employee at VolunteerMatch partner companies volunteers 36 hours a year? How do we know that? Technology.

There’s no question about it: Technology has transformed the world. And it has also transformed workplace volunteering.  In this infographic, we summarize what we’ve heard from our 150+ partner companies about technology and volunteering.

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Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award Winner

Growing, nurturing, and harvesting good, nutritious food have always brought Maisie Roberts joy. And because she believes that everyone should have access to affordable, fresh produce, the avid gardener teamed up with her sister to make such universal access a reality by fighting hunger.

Maisie, a Business Banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Denver, spends countless volunteer hours working to feed people in need in the most populous area of her state — the Front Range. The Front Range includes Denver, Fort Collins, and other large areas. Together, Maisie and her sister Tracy Lowery built Foraged Feast, a nonprofit that connects locally grown food that would otherwise go to waste with food service organizations in their community.

“Food banks have difficulty providing fresh produce to their clients, and farmers often have excess food after the farmers’ markets close,” says Maisie. “By connecting food banks and service organizations to farmers, we can provide fresh food that would otherwise go unused to those who are hungry.”

Maisie, Tracy, and other Foraged Feast volunteers work with local farmers, farmers’ markets, and wholesale food distributors to recover excess produce. They also support gathering fruit from trees in private and public spaces with permission. Continue reading

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Catfish Trade Controversy Challenges Environmental and Health Protection

Catfish anyone? It may not be your preferred fish fry, but it’s at the center of a dispute that illustrates a number of issues that impact every one of us.

Catfish farming is a major industry in the Southeast. Recently, farmers have complained to government officials about low cost imports coming in from Asia that were driving prices down. So they asked for increased regulation.

Congress listened and moved the regulatory authority for catfish from the  FDA to the Dept. of Agriculture, which is generally known for more rigorous regulation. The process has taken years to work its way through the bureaucracy, but now that it’s done, it’s starting to look like a case of “be careful what you wish for.” Continue reading

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Developing Vision for Inclusive Employment

Post by Rebecca Longa, Supported Employment Coordinator with Keystone Human Services Intellectual Disabilities Services

Vision is one of the guiding forces in what we do in customized employment. Vision is necessary to see a future and plan how to get there. It means seeing creative and innovative employment processes and options for individuals with disabilities when typical processes and options would prevent an individual from finding employment.

The customized employment process starts by keeping vision broad and focusing on themes instead of jobs. For example, by following the customized employment process, you would focus on the theme of fashion and beauty rather than specific jobs like hair stylist, nail technician, clothing retailer, tailor, etc.

As the process continues, employment specialists think outside the box for employment opportunities. They look for ways to benefit businesses by restructuring jobs or creating a position to fill a need the business has. Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee

There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focused on its mission can look great, taste great, feel great. (Apparently locally-grown wheat grass smoothies, raw yeast balls and sandpaper hemp pants don’t float everyone’s boat.) As it turns out, in the coffee world, sustainability not only goes hand-in-hand with quality, they’re integrally linked. And Fair Trade has become an important vehicle for helping farmers improve crop quality and build strong relationships with quality-forward buyers. In fact, today nearly 100% of Fair Trade Certified coffees are specialty grade.

Sorry to turn your world upside down, but it’s true: sustainable practices and thriving farmers are the secret ingredients to your mind-blowingly delicious cup of joe. Here are a few reasons why: Continue reading

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Cox Celebrates World Water Day with Ocean Conservancy Partnership

Today is World Water Day, and Cox is proud of our partnership with Ocean Conservancy. In 2014, Cox employees cleaned up shorelines at Miami’s Key BiscayneOrange County’s Doheny State Beach, Seattle’s Puget Sound and Wantagh’s Jones Beach. We’re looking forward to more great volunteer events with Ocean Conservancy this year.

Learn more about our partnership in the video.

About Cox Conserves:

Launched in 2007 by Chairman Jim Kennedy, Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises’ national sustainability program. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company’s major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises’ 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices. Continue reading

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