The Need to Grieve: How Grief and Bereavement Care in the U.S. Needs to be Retooled

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NHPCO and SWHPN Applaud the COVID Memorial Ceremony that Gave America an Opportunity to Grieve as a Nation but Ongoing Support is Critical for National Healing

One of the most profound lasting effects from the coronavirus pandemic will be its impact on how we experience grief.”

— Edo Banach

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, January 21, 2021 / — The nation’s attention turned to healing on the evening of January 19, 2021 as the Biden administration hosted the Memorial and Nationwide Tribute to Remember and Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19 at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) applaud this powerful event that allowed the nation to publicly grieve together. By lighting candles around the Reflecting Pool, this first-ever event highlighted the need to honor the memories of Americans who have died from COVID, and help their families and friends grieve these losses.

NHPCO and SWHPN offer insight regarding the way bereavement support in the U.S. can be made more accessible to those struggling with loss and grief and issue a call for organizations to join the list of organizations in support of a National Grief Strategy.

“One of the most profound lasting effects from the coronavirus pandemic will be its impact on how we experience grief,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach. “The significance of loss in our lives is something hospice and palliative care professionals know well.”

The magnitude of the losses feels even greater now during the pandemic for several reasons. For those who have lost a family member, friend, or colleague to COVID-19, in addition to grieving the actual death, there may also be the loss of not being able to be physically present during the dying process. Many people who know someone is dying have anticipatory grief. For others, there has been the loss of financial stability, or loss of the feeling of physical safety. People are missing the normalcy of human contact. Rituals and milestones like funerals, graduations, and weddings have been postponed or eliminated altogether. We are grieving the loss of the life we knew before the virus.

For frontline health care workers, these changes are compounded by some of the most challenging work of their lives. In addition to dealing with limited access to necessary medical and personal protective equipment, and vaccine access, health care workers are managing massive volumes of sick patients, many who are seriously ill, and are learning how to use technology that connects families to those that are isolated and dying, when they would typically be trying to offer a more human connection.

Saying goodbye to someone who is dying can be challenging and has been made measurably worse by the pandemic. Travel restrictions and facility lockdowns have forced people to remain physically separated. Comfort is now provided through facemasks or technology. COVID-19 has denied family members of those in intensive care, nursing homes, and other congregate care facilities the ability to sit at the bedside, stripping away these cherished final moments. Being present in this manner and completing rituals around death are important to the grieving process. Complicated grief and unresolved issues at death can cast a long shadow over those who survive.

“With over 400,000 dead in the United States alone from COVID-19, we are all grieving together, but we are grieving in a country that doesn’t often talk about death or grief,” said SWHPN Executive Director Jessica Strong. “It is time we change that, time we talk about and build a better understanding of grief, so we can all help each other through this difficult time.”

Grief literacy encompasses the idea that if individuals know more about what grief looks and feels like, we can support each other through the most difficult aspects of grief. By creating a culture of awareness and support around grief, Americans can help each other prevent many of the negative long-term health outcomes associated with grief that goes unaddressed.

Humans are inherently drawn to community. We are not meant to face difficult times alone; we need the support of others who understand. This is why hospices frequently offer bereavement support within their communities beyond people with family members who have received hospice care. We are well positioned to provide this kind of support as we move through this pandemic together. We can work together to create a National Grief Strategy, building compassionate communities that support each other.

Call for National Grief Strategy
Additionally, health care leaders and policy makers must engage in a national conversation toward addressing the new and compounded forms of grief that are emerging because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have an opportunity to address this crisis by mobilizing resources and education to assist people in navigating the grief that lies ahead, and in studying the effects of such a collective experience. Please add your name to the growing list of people and organizations that support a National Grief Strategy.

Edo Banach, JD is President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Jessica Strong is Executive Director of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Is It Safe to Reopen Schools? 20 Questions to Ask First

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Find out what are the important questions we need to answer before reopening schools and going back to in-class learning.

It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school.”

— President Biden

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Parents are concerned.

Teachers are concerned.

Educators are concerned.

Public health authorities are concerned.

The question on everyone’s mind: when will it be safe to reopen schools again?

20 Questions To Answer To Reopen Schools Safely

Let’s look at the most recent information available to answer 20 of the most important questions facing parents, teachers, educators, and public health officials trying to decide when it’s safe to reopen schools.

1. President Biden Wants To Reopen Schools In 100 Days. What’s The Plan?

“It should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school,” says President Biden. “If Congress provides the funding, we need to protect students, educators, and staff. If states and cities put strong public health measures in place that we all follow, then my team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be open by the end of my first 100 days.”

The incoming Biden administration has proposed a $400 billion pandemic response budget to increase vaccination rates and provide financial relief to schools, local governments, and small businesses. Here are some of the key proposed budget line items which affect (either directly or indirectly) the safe reopening of schools:

· $350 Billion Emergency Funding For State Local And Territorial Governments
Provides emergency aid to local governments hard-hit by tax revenue shortfalls to provide new funding sources for frontline workers, vaccine distribution, increase Covid testing, and costs associated with reopening schools.

· $130 Billion Fund To Help Schools Reopen
The plan provides for substantially increased school funding to modify school buildings for increased social distancing, reduced class sizes, personal protective equipment, and improved ventilation systems.

· Funding For 100,000 Public Health Workers To Manage Vaccine Outreach And Contact Tracing
Direct funding for 100,000 public health workers to established new vaccine outreach programs and enhanced contract tracing efforts, with particular emphasis placed on disadvantaged communities hard-hit by the pandemic.

· $50 Billion Expanded Testing Program
This funding would support increased testing by local governments and schools, including the purchase of rapid Covid tests and expanded lab capacity.

· $20 Billion National Vaccination Program
The proposal would help ramp up a national vaccination program similar to the massive polio vaccination campaigns of the 1950s, with funding for community vaccination centers and mobile units for rural areas.

· Emergency Paid Sick Leave And Medical Leave
Paid medical leave for those who do not have it will allow workers to stay home if they suspect they are sick (avoiding dangerous “presenteeism”) and help parents take care of sick children at home.

· 15% Increase In Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits
The proposal would increase SNAP benefits available to low-income families by 15% until October. Additionally, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) would receive an additional $3 billion investment.

· Increase Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour
The federally mandated minimum wage for non-exempt employees would be increased from $7.25 to $15.00 per hour.

· Emergency Increase In Child Tax Credit
The proposal would expand child tax credits for one year, allowing families to receive a tax credit of up to $4,000 for a child under 13, or $8,000 for two or more children.

2. What’s The Latest CDC Guidance On Covid Safety At K-12 Schools?

The CDC has ranked the relative risk of different school learning models from the lowest to the highest.

Lowest Risk: Virtual only classes, activities, and events.
Some Risk: Hybrid learning models that augment virtual classes with limited in-person learning, provided students and teachers follow scrupulous hygiene practices and remain in isolated “bubbles” or rigorously applied staggered schedules.
Medium Risk: Hybrid learning models where many students engage in in-person learning in larger classrooms with some mixing of different groups of students and teachers across schooldays.
Higher Risk: Full-time in-person learning activities and events with some mixing of different groups of students and teachers across schooldays.
Highest Risk: Full-time in-person learning activities and events with students and teachers freely mixing between classes and activities, poor sanitary hygiene practices, and freely sharing objects.

3. What Can Facility Managers Do To Make K-12 Schools Safer?

K-12 school facility managers have had to respond quickly to the challenges of conducting in-class learning during the Covid pandemic.

Some the primary strategies include reducing class sizes and spreading desks further apart to increase social distancing, increasing ventilation and classrooms, either by opening windows during temperate days or revamping ventilation systems to draw air away (ideally up and out of the facility), and adding transparent dividers for students, teachers, for administrative support staff must work close to one another.

The CDC has also created “Plan, Prepare, and Respond” toolkits for facility managers and administrators operating school and child care programs, including:

· COVID-19 Mitigation Toolkit
How to prevent the spread of Covid in your facility.
· Five-Step School Walk-Through Guide
This guide provides a hands-on approach to getting ready for in-person learning.
· How to Set up Your Classroom
Ways to modify layout and classroom behaviors to reduce virus risks.
· Guide for Teachers and Staff Returning to Class
What teachers, staff, and families need to know about returning to school.

4. What About Unconventional Or Alternative Schooling Ideas?

During the spring, summer, and fall, many school districts experimented with conducting in-person learning within outdoor classroom spaces.

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MGH Institute of Health Professions Launches New England’s First Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology Program

Program Director Dr. Bridget Perry

Program Director Dr. Bridget Perry

The two-year program offers a personalized learning model, an interdisciplinary focus, and a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

It aims to develop highly effective leaders and practitioners who draw on cutting-edge clinical expertise and critical thinking abilities to advance the impact of our profession on patient outcomes.”

— Program Director Dr. Bridget Perry

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, January 21, 2021 / — MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston has launched New England’s first clinical Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) program.

The post-professional program, which is primarily online, is designed for working speech-language pathologists who have a strong desire to assume advanced professional roles both within the field and within interprofessional teams, according to Dr. Bridget Perry, the program’s director.

“As a speech-language pathologist myself, I know firsthand many of the challenges SLPs face in clinical practice today,” said Perry, who earned a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in 2018 from the MGH Institute and is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Our new SLPD program aims to develop highly effective leaders and practitioners who draw on cutting-edge clinical expertise and critical thinking abilities to advance the impact of our profession on patient outcomes.”

The six-semester program, which has two points of entry (fall and summer), includes a flexible schedule with a blend of self-directed and optional weekly live classes to meet professionals’ individual schedules. The first class will start in September 2021.

The program has three other unique aspects:

• A personalized learning model. Students can customize coursework and take a deep dive into a specific area of interest. With guidance from a mentor or mentorship team within or outside the MGH Institute, students will complete a Capstone project designed to address their specific learning objectives within their clinical area of interest.

• An interdisciplinary focus. This approach promotes collaboration with peers and practitioners from across the health professions, creating team-building opportunities in every course. The program reinforces the importance of team care by sharing many core courses with the MGH Institute’s post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Research shows that this patient-centered team approach creates optimum patient outcomes.

• A commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Topics, projects, and action plans that focus on influencing and promoting these critical issues in service delivery for clients are woven throughout the curriculum.

About MGH Institute of Health Professions

Team-based care, delivered by clinicians skilled in collaboration and communication, leads to better outcomes for patients. That’s why MGH Institute of Health Professions graduate school in Boston integrates interprofessional education into its academic programs. Approximately 1,600 students pursue post-baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in genetic counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, health professions education, and rehabilitation sciences. The interprofessional learning model extends to hundreds of hospitals, and clinical, community, and educational sites in Greater Boston and beyond.

The MGH Institute is the only degree-granting affiliate of Mass General Brigham, New England’s largest health provider. It has educated more than 8,900 graduates since its 1977 founding. It is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. For the past decade, the IHP has been named a “Great College to Work For.”

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Education Needed to Reduce Number of New Born Drug Addicts

No new born baby should have to experience the living nightmare of opioid withdrawals.

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — A recent study shows that in the US from 2010 to 2017, estimated rates of new born babies withdrawing from opioids, called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), significantly increased nationally and in the majority of states.i The Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW) Florida chapter is asking the community to get educated about this issue and the Truth About Drugs. FDFW provides free drug education materials to anyone who would like to educate themselves and others.

“Drug education is so important in reducing drug abuse,” said Ms. Julieta Santagostino, the President of FDFW Florida Chapter. “With drug education we can empower young people to make the right decision to live drug-free and save lives.”

As opioid addicts will tell you, withdrawals from these drugs are unbearable and can include pain in the muscles, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, restlessness, sweating, general discontent, anxiety, dilated pupil or watery eyes, cramping abdominal pain, fast heart rate, excessive yawning, goose bumps, insomnia and tremor.

“No new born baby should have to experience the living nightmare of opioid withdrawal,” said Ms. Santagostino. It can take up to 6 months for a new born baby to recover from withdrawal symptoms. ii

FDFW educational materials include 14 information booklets on the most commonly abused drugs including, “The Truth About Painkillers” and “The Truth About Heroin.” There is also a documentary “The Truth About Drugs – Real People Real Stories.” And free online courses utilizing the booklets and videos that any can do.

To order the materials, sign up for the online courses or get more information go to:

About Foundation for a Drug-Free World:

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Through a worldwide network of volunteers, 50 million drug prevention booklets have been distributed and tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries. The Foundation’s “Truth About Drugs” public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. Supported by the Church of Scientology internationally, the materials and activities in 20 languages have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them.



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The Best Nootropic Extracts for 2021: Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Bacopa

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Cistanche tubulosa from Mongolia is a top nootropic extract for brain health and energy.

Cistanche tubulosa from Mongolia is a top nootropic extract for brain health and energy.

Bacopa monnieri, known as the plant of universal consciousness, is used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and improve learning.

Bacopa monnieri, known as the plant of universal consciousness, is used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and improve learning.

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Nootropics like Vaccinium uliginosum, Polygala tenuifolia, Cistanche tubulosa, and Bacopa monnieri may improve cognition, memory, creativity, and motivation.

The best nootropics may provide invaluable brain health support. Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Bacopa may help improve focus, memory, and learning, which is why we sell them in our online store.”

— Michael Van der Linden, Owner of Linden Botanicals

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Nootropics may help improve cognitive ability, memory, concentration, and creativity. Nootropics are known to improve mood and reduce anxiety, and some may boost levels of social comfort and ease. Some nootropics may even increase willpower and motivation. The most effective nootropics in 2021 include Vaccinium uliginosum, Polygala tenuifolia, Cistanche tubulosa, and Bacopa monnieri.

Studies suggest Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry) may improve memory and help with age-related cognitive issues. It may reverse the cognitive decline many people experience with aging. It’s often used as support for the treatment of cognitive deficits, navigational skills, balance, and coordination. Compounds in Vaccinium seem to jumpstart the brain, helping aging neurons communicate again.

Polygala tenuifolia may be able to improve willpower, motivation, and creative thinking. It’s Chinese name, “Yuan Zhi,” means “high aspirations.” It is often used for geriatric concerns due to its ability to protect against cognitive decline. Research shows it can promote neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation, putting it in a special category of nootropics that supports new brain cell growth.

Cistanche tubulosa (Rou Cong Rong) is traditionally used to improve brain health, enhance practiced learning abilities, and increase stamina and longevity. It may also help sharpen the memory, help maintain healthy metabolic function, and increase energy. Research shows it may enhance mitochondrial functional and antioxidant capacity, which may improve endurance and reduce fatigue.

Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) is known as the plant of universal consciousness. It is used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits, improve learning, and sharpen memory. It is also used to support clarity in thinking, learning, and concentration in otherwise healthy adults. Some research suggests it may protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our most popular nootropics—Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Bacopa—may optimize brain health,” says Linden Botanicals owner Michael Van der Linden. “These nootropic extracts are all-natural ways to help people live their lives with greater focus and intention.”

“Nootropic” is a word formed from the Greek words nous (mind) and trepein (bend). The term was coined by psychologist and chemist Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, who stated that a true nootropic meets five criteria: (1) enhances memory and learning ability; (2) helps the brain resist learned behaviors and disruptive memories; (3) protects the brain from harmful physical or chemical injury or damage; (4) enhances the efficiency of brain functions; and (5) lacks any sedative, stimulant, or toxic side effects.

“The best nootropics in 2021 may provide invaluable support,” Van der Linden says. “Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Bacopa may help to improve focus, memory, and learning, which is why we sell them in our online store.”

The Linden Botanicals FAQ page provides science-based research and information about how Vaccinium, Polygala, Cistanche, and Bacopa extracts have the potential to help optimize brain health.

About Linden Botanicals: Linden Botanicals sells the world’s healthiest teas and extracts, including Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry), Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi), Cistanche tubulosa, and Bacopa monnieri. These teas and extracts provide science-based support for brain health, mood, immune health, stress relief, energy, memory, kidney health, joint health, digestive health, inflammation, hormonal balance, and detox/cleanse. Visit to learn about the company’s teas and extracts and find hundreds of valuable health tips and resources. U.S. orders $75+ ship free.

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Building Great Doctors After Graduation: Residents Medical Programs In the United States

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Residency programs in the US are meant to provide a good medical experience for students graduating from med schools. Medical schools impart theoretical and practical knowledge regarding different medicinal practices. However, that alone cannot make a good physician.

Medical practitioners often need to function in various settings and cope with many difficult situations and attendant challenges. That is to say, medical skills and knowledge alone do not make a good physician. The latter also need to be equipped with skills such as working in high-stress settings, making sound judgments depending on the situation at hand, having empathy for others, mental and physical stamina, emotional stability, maturity, and good communication/problem-solving skills.

Of course, not all of these can simply be learned by attending a residency program. The programs are intended to infuse these skills and abilities into med students to help them make the transition from good med school students to good doctors.

Apart from this, all residency programs also acquaint med school graduates with the many different processes and procedures that are part of the daily functioning of large medical facilities and hospitals. Residents learn to assess incoming patients, offer primary consultation, perform physical examinations, and order diagnostic tests. These will be often carried out in consultation with senior residents or attending physicians. According to one's specialty, residents in a program will also perform treatments and diagnostic procedures. Going on regular patient rounds and calls are also part of the responsibilities of a resident doctor.

With each passing year, residents will need to undertake more responsibilities, which also means that they are given more independence regarding their respective tasks. Senior residents, for example, will often carry out tasks similar to experienced attending physicians. They also play a key role in mentoring first-year residents.

Residents Medical Finding a Good Match

For the above reasons, finding an appropriate residency program—one that will most benefit a particular student and help them prepare for the realization of their future goals and ambitions becomes key. This is not an easy task. One needs to do their research to zero in on the residency programs of their choice, and then, of course, they will need to get selected by that program.

That is where a medical residency placement service, such as Residents Medical, can be of immense help to fresh med school graduates. Residents Medical, thanks to their extensive database, will perform research on behalf of the applying student.

Unlike many such placement services, Residents Medical has its own screening and assessment process. They will only offer residency placement opportunities for students who meet their established criteria (which include experience, USMLE scores, and
other credentials of an applying candidate).

Once a candidate has been accepted, the expert placement advisors of the Residents Medical Group will not only find the appropriate residency program for them but also prepare a bespoke education and guidance schedule to best prepare them for the interview at the program in question. For candidates who (in addition to meeting the standard criteria) are already emotionally mature enough and possess good social and interpersonal skills, the Residents Medical team will do their best to leverage their resources to place these highly qualified candidates at some of the best residency programs in the country.

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The Burke Foundation Awards $2 Million to Help Young Children and Families Thrive

PRINCETON, N.J., USA, January 21, 2021 / — The Burke Foundation awarded $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 to non-profit organizations in New Jersey working to improve prenatal and child health.

New Jersey has one of the country’s worst records for child health and wellbeing, especially among under-resourced communities, despite being one of the wealthiest states in terms of per capita income.

The Burke Foundation seeks to improve this situation by funding the most promising and transformative programs and policies that foster the health, well-being and resilience of children and families in the state.

New Jersey ranks 47th among the 50 U.S. states for maternal mortality, and its rate of more than 46 deaths per every 100,000 live births is nearly 50 percent greater than the national average. The situation is even more dire for Black women and babies: A Black mother in New Jersey is seven times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than a white mother, and the preterm birth rate for Black infants in New Jersey is 13.3%, which is 51% higher than the rate for white infants in the state. New Jersey also ranks in the bottom third of states for children being up to date on immunizations at age two (35th out of 50), with stark disparities across socio-economic and racial lines.

The Burke Foundation believes that addressing these disparities requires investment in high-quality, scalable programming that prioritizes young children and families. Investments in the earliest years promote better health outcomes in the short term and provide significant social and economic returns in the long term. These new grants reflect the Foundation’s deep commitment to supporting nurturing, responsive relationships between caregivers and young children to foster health, well-being, and resilience for a lifetime.

“We are very proud to help fund new initiatives that will give parents, caregivers and health care providers the resources they need to safeguard the healthy development and bright futures of New Jersey’s children,” said James Burke, President of the Burke Foundation. “And we are especially pleased that all of these programs are evidence-based and community-centered.”

David Willis, M.D., Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, applauded these new investments. “As a pediatrician and policymaker, I am pleased to see the Burke Foundation’s emphasis on early relational health,” he said. “Having supportive, nurturing relationships early in life has been shown to bolster a child’s resilience and lead to better social, emotional and physical health outcomes.”

The strategic grants awarded by the Burke Foundation since September 2020 support solutions across the maternal and child health and early childhood development ecosystems, including:

• In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the Burke Foundation is launching Family Connects in Mercer County, the first postnatal universal home-visiting pilot in the state. Burke awarded $500,000 to Trenton Health Team to launch this evidence-based model for all parents who deliver at Capital Health.
• The Burke Foundation is supporting Centering Healthcare Institute with an initial $300,000 grant as part of a multi-year initiative to scale and sustain the evidence-based Centering model.
• Reach Out and Read New Jersey (RORNJ) will partner with experts to develop and evaluate a new pediatric training program that will incorporate a focus on early relational health into well-child visits. The Burke Foundation provided a grant of $91,722 to this initiative.
• The Burke Foundation has awarded $200,500 to the Reinvestment Fund and Child Care Connection to conduct a mapping analysis of supply and demand for child care in Mercer County.
• The Burke Foundation has provided a $300,000 grant to Mount Sinai Parenting Center to create a Parent Video Series that will be paired with the 14 standard pediatric well-child visits from birth to age five.
• The Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA) was awarded a $180,000 grant to develop and advance a new model for a healing-centered education in New Jersey.
• The Burke Foundation is supporting Montclair State University’s Center for Autism & Early Childhood with a $200,000 grant to expand an evidence-based model to coach, support and train early childhood educators in northern New Jersey.

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Targepeutics Receives Orphan Drug Designation for Lead Drug Targeting Malignant Glioma

Targepeutics lead drug, GB13, molecularly targets and kills cancers, including high grade glioma with promise against numerous other solid tumors.

HERSHEY, PA, USA, January 21, 2021 / — Targepeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company advancing targeted oncology conjugates, today announced that the Office of Orphan Products Development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its lead therapeutic, GB13, orphan drug status for the treatment of malignant glioma.

“Malignant glioma broadly includes many types of brain cancer, including glioblastoma, that remain difficult to treat with a large unmet medical need. This orphan drug designation is an important milestone for Targepeutics as we strive to broaden the clinical utility of GB13,” said Sil Lutkewitte, President of Targepeutics.

Orphan drug status is granted by the FDA to support development of drugs and biologics for underserved patient populations, or rare disorders, that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan drug designation includes various development incentives, including tax credits for qualified clinical studies, a waiver of the new drug application fee, and market exclusivity following approval. Orphan designation covers the active moiety, IL13.E13K, targeting cancer cells and other principal molecular structural features of GB13.

About GB13
GB13 is the lead product and the most advanced program in Targepeutics unique targeted-drug conjugate (TDC) platform. GB13 is a cancer targeted toxin directed against the Interleukin 13 Receptor alpha 2, IL13Ra2, a cell-surface protein present on many solid cancers but not on normal cells. GB13 binds to IL13Ra2 on cancer cells via its functional targeting element, IL13.E13K, delivers the connected toxin, pseudomonas exotoxin (PE), and kills the targeted cancer cell. Targepeutics has a streamlined development program for GB13, including multiple viable target cancers and delivery in combination with other agents. Visit

About Malignant Glioma
Glioma is the most common type of primary brain tumor with subtypes such as glioblastoma (GBM), astrocytoma, ependymoma, and oligodendroglioma. Among these brain cancers, GBM is the most aggressive with median survival from diagnosis of 15-17 months. Another target of interest is Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a pediatric brain stem cancer, with less than a 10% two-year survival rate. Many malignant glioma express very high levels of the GB13 target receptor, IL13R2, allowing targeted therapeutics to selectively bind and kill cancer cells.

About Targepeutics
Targepeutics has an intellectual property portfolio including several issued patents and numerous additional patens pending, focused on novel targeted oncology therapeutics and diagnostics. Targepeutics patents and patents pending include the use of a mutant form of Interleukin 13, IL13.E13K, which preferentially binds to cancer specific IL13Ra2 but not to the broadly expressed, non-cancer specific IL13Ra1. This Orphan drug designation provides regulatory and other incentives accelerating clinical development of GB13 and facilitating funding opportunities. Targepeutics is currently securing funds to support clinical development of GB13.

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iDocsWeb, announces Strategic Alliance with Reliq Health Technologies to Offer its iUGO Care RPM and CCM Platform

iDocsWeb Telemedicine Specifically Developed for LTC/

iDocsWeb offers the iUGO Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Behavioral Health solutions to our clients across the US

PLANO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — iDocsWeb, the developer and marketer of its proprietary telemedicine platform is working with the LTC and SNF operators across the U.S. to assist them in reaching the most effective delivery of quality health care. Our platform was developed specifically for the Skilled Nursing Facilities, Long Term Care, Long Term Acute Care and Assisted Living Facilities.

iDocsWeb is the premier telehealth provider for over 200 US Skilled Nursing Facilities. These facilities discharge a significant number of patients, the majority of who are eligible for Transitional Care (TCM), Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Behavioral Health Integration (BHI).
“We are very excited to be working with Reliq to bring their iUGO Transitional Care Management (TCM), Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) solutions to our Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) clients across the US,” said Dr. Suresh Nellore, CEO of iDocsWeb “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) closely track readmission rates for SNFs, and either assess penalties or pay bonuses to each SNF based on each facility’s unique rate of readmission. As such, SNFs are highly motivated to implement solutions that support care coordination and remote monitoring post-discharge to improve health outcomes and prevent costly readmissions.”

“We know that implementing a flexible software platform that supports a wide range of post- discharge care including TCM, RPM, CCM and BHI is critical for Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing Facilities, particularly during the global pandemic when readmissions increase the risk of exposure to the virus,” said Dr. Anton Georgiev, Chief Medical Officer of iDocsWeb. “These facilities need to ensure that patients who are discharged are closely monitored at home to prevent the complications that can lead to readmission, and iUGO Care supports the full range of care coordination and remote monitoring services required. We are so confident that the iUGO Care platform will meet the needs of our clients that we intend to make a strategic investment in Reliq Health through the private placement announced today.”

“Our Skilled Nursing clients have been asking us to expand our telehealth solutions in order to help them manage the post-discharge period and prevent readmissions. We chose Reliq’s iUGO Care platform for post-discharge care because it was the only software platform on the market that supports the full range of post-discharge care that our clients need to provide to their patients” said Al Forcella, Senior Vice President of iDocsWeb.

iDocsWeb will continue to offer a complimentary month’s use of its proprietary LTC/SNF specific Telemedicine Platform. Any new clients during this period will also benefit from its Infection Control Stewardship at no cost for the first three months.

This is available to any Skilled Nursing or Long-Term Care Facility and ALF across the United States. iDocsWeb can have you operational within a 24 hours.

The company's founder and CEO, Dr. Suresh Nellore MD an Infectious Disease Specialist, has taken this action considering the concerns over COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the Coronavirus. He explained “with this pandemic reaching epic proportions in the United States, it is paramount for institutions to minimize workers' and patients' exposure. The use of telemedicine as the name implies will reduce the number of in person contacts that can possibly lead to the spread of this deadly virus."

About iDocsWeb: iDocsWeb is a telemedicine company founded in 2013 that specializes its services to residents in long-term and post-acute care facilities, throughout the United States The iDocsWeb cloud-based and HIPAA compliant Telemedicine solution provides consultation with a doctor within minutes. It is striving to bring comfort to patients without the agony of long, tedious and costly visits to the hospital emergency department, while avoiding the potential exposure to various healthcare associated infections. iDocsWeb offers a specifically tailored telemedicine platform that allows RN's, Nurse Practitioner and Board-Certified Physicians to consult with its client facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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About Reliq Health
Reliq Health Technologies is a healthcare technology company that specializes in developing innovative software solutions for the Community Care market. Reliq’s powerful iUGO Care platform supports care coordination and community-based healthcare. iUGO Care allows complex patients to receive high quality care at home, improving health outcomes, enhancing quality of life for patients and families and reducing the cost of care delivery. iUGO Care provides real-time access to remote patient monitoring data, allowing for timely interventions by the care team to prevent costly hospital readmissions and ER visits. Reliq Health Technologies trades on the TSX Venture under the symbol RHT and on the OTCQB as RQHTF.

For more information contact Investor Relations @ and 888-869-1363.

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Trusted Arizona Cannabis Company, Giving Tree Dispensary, Expands Cultivation and Debuts New Retail Location

Lilach Mazor Power, Founder and Managing Director at Giving Tree Dispensary

The only dispensary in Arizona with majority female ownership, Giving Tree is transforming the patient experience with its new, open concept retail space.

We look forward to welcoming new and long time cannabis shoppers to engage, explore, and learn about our trusted products while still providing the same elevated service and patient care.”

— Lilach Mazor Power, Founder and Managing Director at Giving Tree Dispensary

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 / — Giving Tree Dispensary (“Giving Tree”), an Arizona-licensed, vertically integrated seed to sale cannabis company, today announced it is moving to a new retail location on Monday, January 25th, at 701 W. Union Hills Drive in Phoenix. An official Grand Opening with event promotions and giveaways will take place on Friday, February 5th.

The only dispensary in Arizona with majority female ownership, Giving Tree is transforming the patient experience with its new, open concept retail space. Its former dispensary operation will be converted to expand cultivation and triple manufacturing capacity.

“We wanted to create a new kind of shopping experience and versatile retail environment at Giving Tree. We look forward to welcoming new and long time cannabis shoppers to engage, explore, and learn about our trusted products while still providing the same elevated service and patient care,” said Lilach Mazor Power, owner and founder of Giving Tree.

Offering a diverse product portfolio, Giving Tree features its own house cannabis brand as well as its esteemed Kindred and Katatonic product suites. Other top-tier Arizona brands will be available at the new location, including Venom, Baked Bros, Aries, Cresco, and PuraEarth. Renowned for quality service, Giving Tree’s innovative risk-free 30-day product guarantee allows customers to exchange any product if they are not satisfied.

The new 2,400 square-foot dispensary is optimized for product exploration and social engagement, featuring a lounge-like ambience and interactive, shareable elements. Customers may also place orders through touch screens for quick and seamless purchasing.

Dedication to a personalized experience will continue at the new location with the support of the approachable and knowledgeable team. Despite the challenges of 2020, Giving Tree experienced accelerated growth spurring an increase in hiring initiatives. The company added numerous team members last year, broadening its global staff to nearly 50 individuals.

Since its inception, Giving Tree has stayed true to its name and social responsibility values, donating over $100,000 in funds and volunteer time to the community. Recently, Giving Tree completed a successful fundraiser for the National Brain Tumor Society and built gardens at Streetlight USA, a shelter for young girls rescued from sex-trafficking. This year, Giving Tree plans to provide gardening education at the shelter and a day devoted to harvesting and cooking the vegetables grown.

The launch of the new Giving Tree location follows a milestone election year for the industry with the passage of Prop 207 legalizing recreational marijuana use in Arizona. The state cannabis market is estimated to reach $41.5 billion in 2021, according to research firm New Frontier Data.

Giving Tree is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information visit

About Giving Tree Dispensary:
Established in 2013, Giving Tree Dispensary is an Arizona-licensed, vertically integrated cannabis company headquartered in Phoenix. Led by founder and managing director, Lilach Mazor Power, the company is one of the longest standing, well-respected cultivators and trusted retailers of premium cannabis products. The dispensary provides an inviting retail experience for experienced cannabis consumers, and for those taking the first step in their cannabis wellness journey with personalized shopping assistance and a 30-day risk-free guarantee on purchases. The company is home to a portfolio of cannabis lifestyle brands including Kindred, Katatonic, and house brand, Giving Tree. A dedicated community partner, Giving Tree Dispensary’s corporate citizenship program has contributed to various charities and donated countless volunteer hours. Giving Tree Dispensary is located at 701 W. Union Hills Drive, in Phoenix, Arizona. For information, contact or visit

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