Physicians to receive guides about domestic violence

first_imgVERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory for Floyd, Mitchell, Mower counties until midnight

first_imgURGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGENational Weather Service La Crosse WI1145 AM CST Mon Jan 14 2019…Icy Travel For Many Into This Evening….Areas of freezing drizzle, mixing with snow at times, will makefor hazardous travel through the evening commute. Local lawenforcement and state DOTs are already reporting icy stretchesalong highway 52 in Minnesota and parts of Interstates 90 and 94in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Secondary roads, sidewalks and otheruntreated surfaces will also quickly develop icy spots.Motorists should anticipate slippery travel through the afternoon.Assume roads will be icy…slow down and allow extra time to reachyour destination.IAZ008>011-018-019-029-030-WIZ054-055-061-150145-/O.NEW.KARX.WW.Y.0002.190114T1800Z-190115T0600Z/Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Allamakee-Floyd-Chickasaw-Fayette-Clayton-Crawford-Richland-Grant-Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Waukon,Charles City, New Hampton, Oelwein, Elkader, Prairie Du Chien,Richland Center, and Platteville1145 AM CST Mon Jan 14 2019…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT…* WHAT…Periods of freezing drizzle. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze expected.* WHERE…Portions of southwest Wisconsin and north central and northeast Iowa.* WHEN…Until midnight CST tonight.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of freezing rainwill cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads. Slow downand use caution while driving.The latest road conditions for Iowa can be found on-line at511ia.org, in Minnesota at 511mn.org, and in Wisconsin at511wi.gov or by calling 5 1 1.last_img read more