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The Dallas Examiner | 7/18/2014, 12:35 p.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Last week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services awarded Dallas County Health and Human Services 100 percent on its annual Technical Assistance Review. The review assesses the Public Health Preparedness Division’s ability to dispense essential medications and health equipment to Dallas County’s 2.4 million residents in response to a large-scale emergency.
DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson lauded the staff and partners for the work they do to serve the residents of Dallas County and the accomplishment was possible with collaboration and planning with cities, agencies and community organizations within the county.
The PHP Division recently completed a full-scale mass prophylaxis exercise to practice dispensing medication to the public in response to a bioterrorism attack and a mass fatality exercise in conjunction with several other Dallas County departments and organizations.
Gilley’s Dallas will host Broken the Musical from July 25 through August 17 in the Lone Star Room, 1135 S. Lamar Street. The performance is the first musical the venue has held. Actors will perform on three stages and amongst the audience.
With an original story by Monica Martino and music by Aaron Fryklund, Broken follows the path of Mona as she suffers a sexual assault and grapples with repairing her shattered life. Martino was inspired to write Broken after hearing a news story about the loss of thousands of untested rape kits that were to be used as evidence in sexual assault cases.
“After hearing the news report about the lost rape kits I thought to myself, ‘That’s just not right,’” said Martino, executive producer of Broken. “The words for Broken just showed up; I channeled it.”
The opening night of the musical will serve as a black-tie gala and charity event with 50 percent of ticket sales benefitting the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. The center’s mission is to provide loved ones the resources they need to reclaim their lives.
“Broken brings real issues facing our community to life through the theater,” Martino said. “The musical is about healing after tremendous circumstances. It’s also about educating viewers about the challenges sexual assault victims face within the judicial system.”
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 44 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18 and 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
The play contains mature themes, sexual situations and strong language. No one under 17 will be admitted. For more information, visit http://www.brokenthemusical.com.
The fifth annual Loving the Me I See Girls Empowerment Workshop will be held July 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road. The mission of the workshop is to reach, teach and encourage young girls to value their self-worth, esteem their amazing character, and connect to the power of their purpose on earth so they can become productive women in society. There will be a workshop panel that features founder Angela Clay, Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon of the 305th District Court, and comedian and actress Cocoa Brown. For more information, visit http://www.lovingthemeisee.com.