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

Marshall Innovation Coast Conference aims to connect students, professionals

first_imgTo David Florence, director of consulting firm Stanton Chase International and chairman of the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation, there is no better place to hold a conference exploring the depths of innovation than in Southern California.Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Entertainment Thomas Gewecke emphasised his company’s close relationship to USC and its alumni. Photo courtesy of Aimee Galicia TorresThe Center for Global Innovation held its third annual Innovation Coast Conference on Friday at the Doubletree hotel in Culver City. “The beaches, the mountains, the quality of life and the schools [here] are phenomenal,” Florence said. “All of this is part of my vision for making Los Angeles the hub of innovation of the globe.”This vision was created by Marshall School of Business professor Gerard Tellis, director of the Marshall Center for Global Innovation, who launched this conference three years ago.In attendance were innovators and entrepreneurs in business, technology, science and entertainment. It aimed to connect students and professionals in a full-day, interactive network.The day started off with a breakfast buffet and introductions from Florence, as well as a presentation on the growing need for and importance of innovation. The panels then kicked off promptly at 9 a.m., and broke into four different tracks: “Heart and Money,” “Corporate Innovation,” “Joining to Innovate” and “Science Fiction or Reality?”As part of the “Joining to Innovate” track, the “Upstarts – Millennial Innovators” panel featured seven entrepreneurs and businessmen. The audience asked questions on what employers can do to adjust to millennial demands, as well as how to bridge a growing generational gap. Marshall alumnus Dillon Morgan, who is the founder and CEO of Unum, offered advice to older employers at the panel.“Because millennials can probably navigate the digital landscape better than most people, if something kind of feels like an obstacle … sometimes they think they can do things faster,” Morgan said.Other panels that morning ranged from “The Entertainment Disruptors,” which featured TiVo CEO Enrique Rodriguez, to “Fung Shui – Workplace Innovation,” which focused on improving workplaces to foster creativity and productivity. Lunch was served before Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Entertainment Thomas Gewecke gave the event’s keynote address. In his speech, Gewecke emphasized the close relationship that Warner Bros. has had with USC and its alumni.This was followed by several other panels, including ones focused on topics like Blockchain, crowdfunding and health and wellness through innovation.“It’s important for [students] to realize that the path to wealth and success is innovation,” Tellis said. “You can’t just say ‘I’m going to be an employee.’ Things are moving so fast that you have to be innovative and you not only have to react to the changes, but you have to be the creator of change.”last_img read more