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

Black Student Assembly to utilize budget differently

first_imgThe Black Student Assembly has announced plans to scale back its annual music and fashion show, Gearfest, because of a shift in programming interests.Last year, Gearfest featured Bruno Mars and cost approximately $30,000, according to BSA President Eric Burse. BSA had only budgeted $15,000 for the event and had to rely on USG spring allocations and Program Board cosponsors to make up the difference.Music · Bruno Mars performed at USC’s Gearfest 2010, Sex in Public, Eva Marcille Pigford of America’s Next Top Model hosted the event. – Daily Trojan file photo Burse said Gearfest has been one of the organization’s larger events in previous years, but BSA has been working to increase year-long programming, instead of focusing on single events.“We’ve been getting more people involved, expanding our leadership and creating new committees to get people involved,” Burse said. “There are more opportunities, more people coming out and more people becoming active.”This year Burse said BSA will host Gearfest, which will be held April 15, within the budget USG offered so BSA could provide more funding for other events. Burse said the details for the event have not been finalized.BSA requested $25,000 for Gearfest this spring, but only received $13,952.15 from the USG spring allocations budget.BSA applied for an additional $2,000 dollars from USG, but did not receive the funds, by a vote of eight to four.“BSA has previously asked us for large sums for this particular event and an additional $2,000 might not be able to achieve that level of making this event significantly better,” said Howard Fu, a commuter senator who voted against the funds.Burse said BSA has already initiated a large alumni mailing, hoping to bring in donations, and raised between $3,000 and $4,000 in additional funding for the event.“It’s the last big event of the year,” Burse said. “We’d like to make it as good as we can.”The money BSA saved by not going all-out for Gearfest this year has been used to sponsor monthly performances at Ground Zero, increase BSA’s  programming during Parents’ Weekend and host a monthly Distinguished Speaker Series featuring both celebrities and professors.Ryan Cole, a black freshman majoring in political science, said these events have made him more comfortable at USC.“It makes me feel more welcomed, like people have an interest in you,” Cole said. “I feel more comfortable at USC and it’s really helped my transition into college. The events also aren’t limited to black students, and help people of other races experience what black culture is and what it means.”BSA has also been doing more off-campus activities such as monthly meetings with other black student groups from Los Angeles universities, including Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, where they coordinate programming and discuss solutions to problems such as low retention rates of black students at universities and racism on campuses.Kenyatta McLean, president of the UCLA Afrikan Student Union, said she’s glad USC enabled multiple collegiate groups to address larger issues for black students in higher education because the UCLA Afrikan Student Union does not have the budget to host the events on its own.“I really commend USC for bringing [these meetings] together, because sometimes we can get caught up in the rivalry of our different campuses,” McLean said. “For us, it’s not really something we could have afforded to do. Because there are such low access numbers for black people coming to college, we really need to support each other.”last_img read more