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The Dallas Examiner | 5/1/2015, 9:51 a.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Learning Institute of Family Education, a nonprofit organization specializing in programs to strengthen families, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc. This support will allow LIFE to continue its collaborative efforts to provide HIV and AIDS education in Denton.
Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need.
The goal of the project is to present an HIV/AIDS workshop and HIV testing this fall in conjunction with a local church. Gilead’s contributions will help LIFE reach many people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Overall, Denton County ranks eighth among the top 25 counties in the state with the highest HIV infection rate. It ranks 11th place for AIDS and 10th place for people living with HIV. These cases of HIV disproportionately impact communities of color, youth populations, gay men and others. The grant will enable LIFE to provide a workshop that focuses on care, prevention and advocacy efforts that aim to meet the needs of individuals impacted by this epidemic in our community.
“During our more than 20 years of serving our various communities, we have an unprecedented opportunity to provide education and testing to prevent new cases of HIV and provide even greater resources to those living with and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS,” Mary C. Taylor, LIFE’s president, said. “Gilead has played an essential role in helping us to realize this incredible opportunity. We are grateful for their extraordinary generosity.”
Dallas County Health and Human Services launched a new tool last week that will enhance communication with Dallas County residents. The system allows users to sign up to receive news and information on a variety of health topics and other subjects, such as emergency preparedness. Subscribers can sign up to receive announcements by email or text.
“This new tool enables DCHHS to send important health-related information to Dallas County residents that they may not otherwise receive by traditional means,” DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said.
Topics subscribers can sign up for include, but are not limited to, health advisories, communicable diseases, immunizations and emergency preparedness.
Thompson said DCHHS will also use the service to issue updates on evolving crisis situations, such as disease outbreaks and disaster-related situations.
“The public health information DCHHS provides is vital to ensuring Dallas County residents are aware and can make informed decisions as it concerns their health,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director and health authority.
Anyone can sign up at http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs.
Earth Day, April 22, is the largest environmental campaign in the world. Sen. Gaylord Nelson led the first Earth Day event on April 22, 1970. Every year, people across the globe demonstrate their support in protecting the environment.
This year, Skyline’s lead librarian, Heather Hornor, led an Earth Week celebration, April 20 through April 24.
“The main goal is to educate students about Earth Day and why we celebrate it,” Hornor said.
Skyline’s Green Team held an Earth Day activity, led by Captains Genesis Delgado, Evelyn Perez and Kimberly Barraza. Every day that week, facts were read about the environment and how students can prevent pollution from getting worse, and the Green Team distributed wristbands made by students before school, during lunch and after school. Students who pledged to help the environment received a token made out of plastic bottle caps to add on their wristband.
During the week, the library hosted a “Join the Race to Make the World a Better Place!” recycle contest. The school’s interior design program participated in this contest for the past two years.
Nayely Zavala, a senior, was one of the participants.
“I learned that you can build a lot of things with things you no longer use,” Nayely said.
Residents, along with the rest of the community, are encouraged to get more informed about the earth and how to help preserve it for future generations to come.
Source: by Patricia Rios/Skyline High School student