University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium

University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium











UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy student Megan Wyand checks the weight of donated medical supplies bound for Ghana


Biddeford and Portland, ME (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

The Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) was established as a formal program in spring 2010 to improve the health of the people of western Ghana through development and implementation of collaborative research, education and training programs with local and international partners. Its partners include the University of New England, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Health Mission, Inc. (GHM) and the Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR).

The partnership grew out of a long-established health outreach program between UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and the U.S.-based Ghana Health Mission, Inc. Close to 100 students and faculty from across all UNE Colleges have participated in five exchanges since 2008, providing direct care services, community health education and other unique programs in urban and rural communities in the Sekondi/Takoradi regions of western Ghana.

The UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), which conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad, houses the partnership at UNE. The partnership through CCPH submitted three research grants over the past year—one on chronic disease and two on maternal and child health-system strengthening.

The 21 UNE students and faculty participating this summer comprise an interprofessional group of physicians, physician assistants (PA), pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and dental hygienists, as well as undergraduate medical biology majors. Also joining the group is UNE alum Kathleen Keller, PA-C, a 2009 PA graduate who says, “I had the extreme honor of going to Ghana as a PA student, and it continues to shape my daily practice. I am very much looking forward to going again. I found the experience quite humbling and full of valuable learning experiences.”

The Ghana Health Service Western Region Director, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, as well as three GHM nurses, a dentist and an ophthalmologist, will join the team in August. Cataracts, river blindness and trachoma are common eye conditions in the region.

UNE volunteers have gathered 225 pounds of medical supplies donated by Portland-based Partners for World Health, which the team will use and distribute at the health mission in Sekondi.

In November 2010, leaders from the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Health Partnership traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in Ghana Health Week, a week of informative meetings, presentations, and faculty/student exchanges, combined with cultural events such as African drumming and dancing. On August 10-11, they are collaborating once again for an academic symposium, but this year will gather in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast’s oceanfront campus.

The 2011 symposium will focus on research and educational strategies that advance the work of the partnership, and the plenary session is entitled, “Excellence in Higher Education Across Borders.” Additional topics include:


    Sustainability of Chronic Disease Practice Innovations in Low Resource Communities
    Models of Change for Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
    Water and Sanitation – Advancing Water Research That Impacts Health Status
    Sharing Evidence-Based Strategies for the Care of Rheumatologic Disorders
    Problem-based, Case-based Learning Teaching Methodologies – Lessons Learned and Shared from the University of Cape Coast
    Simulation Strategies to Introduce, Model and Educate Complex Health Situations
    Collaborative Strategies for Teaching, Implementing and Sustaining Cultural Understanding Within a Cross-Cultural Partnership
    Student Presentation on the Ghana Health Mission

About University of New England

The University of New England is a top-ranked independent university with two distinctive campuses located in the coastal communities of Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, offering student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE is the leading provider of health care professionals in Maine; it offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

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Canadian University Student Publishes Debut Science Fiction Novel

Canadian University Student Publishes Debut Science Fiction Novel










(PRWEB) November 14, 2004

PageFree Publishing has released Cavan Terrill’s debut novel, Blurred Line, a science fiction tale set in the heart of future corporate America.

Following the paths of an android spurned by her creators, a virtual reality junkie disconnected with the real world and a hitman mired in an unhappy life, Blurred Line tells the story of what it takes to stay at the top of the corporate game in a world where corporations have become government. The biggest of these companies, Summerstone, is about to face a crisis which will change the way the world thinks and could cause the downfall of the society in which it exists.

Author Ali Al Saeed calls Terrill “a great sci-fi author in the making” and Blurred Line a “compelling and engaging read.”

Terrill lives in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, where he attends the University of Ottawa as a third year English student. He began writing at the age of thirteen and is currently at work on the sequel to Blurred Line, titled Glistening Edges and Right Angles.

Blurred Line is available direct through the publisher (http://www.pagefreepublishing.com) or through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

More information on the book and the author is available at the author’s website (http://www.blurredline.com).

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University Health Plans Moving Online: My Yoga Online Unveils New Wellness Program

University Health Plans Moving Online: My Yoga Online Unveils New Wellness Program











My Yoga Online University Wellness


Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) September 16, 2009

Just in time for back-to-school, My Yoga Online, the global mind-body health and wellness resource, is proud to announce the launch of The University Program. Simon Fraser University, The University of Iowa, McMaster University, and York University are already on-board. A buzz is generating across the North American educational system, as more universities follow the advent of preventative healthcare taking precedence across Canada and the US by signing on to the My Yoga Online University Wellness Initiative.

“What’s so great about this program,” says My Yoga Director of Business Development Michelle Trantina, “is that it addresses the key student and staff health concerns really effectively and efficiently. Time-strapped students and staff get instant access to health and wellness videos that address their specific concerns. They get healthier, on their schedule, on their time, in the way that suits them best.” A 2008 Report on Post-Secondary Institutions as Healthy Settings, by the Canadian Council on Learning, revealed that the top three student health concerns are: mental health, including anxiety and depression, sleep deprivation, and stress. Addictions and poor nutrition were also noted. BusinessWeek Magazine reported in 2008 that business schools at the University of Chicago, MIT, Harvard and Northwestern had all instituted yoga initiatives.

In response to these concerns, My Yoga Online’s University Program offers customized video programming that universities can access on their own websites. Students and staff can use the programming from home, at school, or anywhere with internet access. Each tailored program offers related health and wellness videos by top yoga, Pilates, and meditation instructors, plus nutritional experts, and more.

For more information visit My Yoga Online’s University Program.

Michelle Burtnyk, a recent Health Promotion Specialist at SFU, has this to say: “The videos have been extremely popular. According to the number of hits to the page, it’s one of our most popular on-line resources. We felt it was important to offer these videos, in addition to other resources and services, in an effort to decrease back pain and stress in the entire SFU community.”

My Yoga Online is a global resource for mind-body health and wellness and holistic living. They offer hundreds of yoga, Pilates, and meditation videos and expert information on workplace wellness, green living, expert health advice, a Q&A forum with professionals, and more. My Yoga provides health and wellness content and distribution to major airlines, universities, and media providers such as Tivo, York University, the University of Iowa, and Air Canada. For more information visit MyYogaOnline.com or call 1-888-488-3877.

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Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta

Privasoft 2010 Scholarship Awards Presented at University of Alberta










Ottawa, ON (Vocus) July 27, 2010

Privasoft, a world leader in specialized software for freedom of information (FOI) process automation, is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Privasoft Scholarship for Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program (IAPP) at the University of Alberta.

Each year, scholarships are awarded to the two students with the highest academic standings completing the IAPP Certificate Program with the Faculty of Extension, Government Studies.

For 2010, congratulations go to Jennifer Marks of Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Promotions and Tracy Hoskins of Research in Motion. Both students displayed excellent academic performance and leadership skills. They will be valuable assets to the FOI community as a whole.

Previous winners include Brian Perry, Jeffrey Meyer, Mary Penny, Andrea Hare, Kathryn Smerechinskiy, and Judy Boufford.

To learn more about the Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate Program at the University of Alberta go to: http://www.extension.ualberta.ca/govstudies/prog-iapp.aspx

About Privasoft

For nearly 20 years, Privasoft has been delivering software and services to automate case management in public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government. They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA, and Brentford, Middlesex.

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Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting

Mental Health Experts Available To Discuss University Shooting











Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 20, 2008

Mental health experts from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) are available to comment on the student shootings at Northern Illinois University.

“Tragedies like the Illinois campus shooting emphasize the need for all of us to work together to make our communities healthier and safer,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. “As those charged with serving broad populations and helping communities solve problems, National Council members are providers of education and community support in addition to treatment. Perhaps more than ever before, we must now focus on building the mental health literacy of Americans. We need to ensure that every citizen understands the signs of mental illness and knows how to help when an individual’s mental health deteriorates–before a crisis happens,” she added.

National Council experts focus on educating communities on issues such as:

What kind of mental health issues may people who commit these kinds of crimes be suffering from?
Are there warning signs to look for in people with mental illness?
Who can community members who may be struggling in the aftermath of the tragedy turn to for help?
What kind of mental health counseling for students and community members may be needed?
What sort of long-term challenges may students and community members face in the weeks, months and years after this tragedy?

Rosenberg also commented, “As the single largest association representing community behavioral healthcare, we offer news and information about common mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We want our public to know that we will help provide insight into the challenges to recognizing, understanding, and treating these mental and health conditions.”

Experts are currently available to answer community questions. For more information visit the National Council at TheNationalCouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children, and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.






















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