Advertisement Edu has joined up with Unai Emery’s Arsenal first team squad on their pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal technical director Edu told the first team squad he intends to take a hands-on approach to his role.The 41-year-old, a former Arsenal midfielder and member of the club’s most recent Premier League title-winning squad, flew to America earlier this week after his period with the Brazil international team ended in this summer’s Copa America success on home soil.Edu will oversee many of the club’s long-term objectives but he insists he will remain intrinsically linked with the first team squad and told the players his door is always open when he met Unai Emery’s squad earlier this week.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe said: ‘There are a lot of things to do, but I will try to explain to you a little bit about almost everything.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘People always say that the technical director has to look after and be involved in the process of signing players, selling players, keeping players, loaning players.‘That’s an important part of the job of course and I understand that. But for me there are more important things in front of that – we have to look after what we have today.‘We have to work hard today. We have to look after our squad today. The future is the future, and signing players means sometimes the future, and of course I have to be involved in that process, but I also have to take care of today.‘I explained to the players when I arrived that I’m not the guy who stays inside the office and waits for someone to knock on my door and send a message to me. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jul 2019 4:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares What Edu told Arsenal squad in first meeting with players on US pre-season tour Edu was a member of Arsenal’s 2003/04 Premeir League title-winning side (Picture: Getty)‘I want to be involved in the process, I want to be on the inside, I want to be with them, I want to be with Unai, I want to be with the staff as well, to try and advise them if they need it, and give some advice for them.‘Being involved is important and that’s what I really believe from today.‘The link with the academy is very important because people always forget about it, because they talk about signing big names, but we have to take care of the academy as well. That’s one point I have to be linked with.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement
June 04, 2019 Wolf Administration Awards Grants for Projects Targeting Better Health Outcomes in North Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced details of projects selected to support improved health outcomes in North Philadelphia’s Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ), an eight-mile area in Philadelphia with a large Medicaid population but poor health outcomes. In February, Gov. Wolf announced the award of $3 million for five programs to create projects that will use community health workers to address health disparities in children, older adults, and those who are frequent users of medical services by increasing health promotion and education in the HEZ.“Community health workers encourage partnerships and collaboration between health care providers, community organizations, and residents to address inequities and barriers to health care services, reduce health care costs, and help residents lead healthier lives,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m pleased we are now awarding this funding, which will go a long way toward helping residents in North Philadelphia access the health supports they need to get and stay healthy.”Education Plus Health, Bebashi – Transition to Hope, Project HOME Health Services, Health Federation of Philadelphia, and New Kensington Community Development Corporation were selected as awardees. The projects these programs created through the grants include:• Education Plus Health: improving child and adolescent health outcomes through the School-Based Health Center Community Health Worker project, which will integrate community health workers into each school-based health center team to screen students and identify concerns related to asthma, diabetes, mental health, substance use, food insecurity and healthy weight, and multi-generational health needs.• Bebashi – Transition to Hope: mitigating the symptoms of multigenerational poverty by addressing food insecurity through physically expanding Second Helping, an emergency food pantry, and working to increase access to quality health care and assistance programs through one-to-one resource navigation with direct linkages and referrals for HEZ residents.• Project HOME: addressing diabetes and managing growing health care spending through the Healthy Communities Program, which will train peer community health workers to recruit participants from the HEZ with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The initiative will use an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program focusing on nutrition, physical activity, healthy food access, and motivational supports and will connect participants to integrated health and wellness resources.• Health Federation of Philadelphia: strengthening programs at organizations throughout the HEZ by training community health workers and peer support workers to build sustainable capacity and promote organizational development. They will focus on addressing diabetes and prediabetes through the implementation of a diabetes prevention program, while also addressing behavioral and mental health and substance use disorders. In addition, the project will utilize technology by implementing a cloud-based platform for comprehensive social service referrals.• New Kensington Community Development Corporation: addressing social determinants of health by hiring 8-10 community health workers and certified peer specialists and utilizing trauma-informed training to assist as they screen clients and connect them to resources for health care, food resources, credit and budget counseling, and other social service resources.“As we work towards better long-term health outcomes for all Pennsylvanians, providing coverage for health care services is only the first step,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “People in low-income households may struggle to access basic necessities such as nutritious food and stable housing and maintain connections to health care providers and community services to help them get and stay healthy. Our hope is that these projects will start to reduce these barriers by supporting community health workers that will establish relationships and connections that will help residents lead healthier lives.”“Health is a fundamental human right, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the same level of health and quality of life,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Health equity concerns include maternal and child health, lack of pre-kindergarten education, food insecurity and unaffordable housing. These grants will allow those working in this community to further their work to ensure that residents have access to the resources they need to live a healthy life.”Community health workers bridge the gap between health care providers and patients by helping patients navigate the health systems and social support services available in their community, as well as advocate for the patients they work with. Community health workers are trained by medical and public health professionals and typically come from the communities they work with, ensuring cultural competence as they help residents live healthier.Zip codes within the HEZ include: 19120-26, 19130-34, 19138, 19140-41, and 19144. As stated in the RFA, which was announced in October 2018, the grantees also will develop partnerships with other local entities to ensure sustainability beyond the grant period. A portion of grant funding can be used for community health worker education and training.The HEZ was identified through a partnership between the Department of Human Services, the City of Philadelphia, area hospitals, universities, and community partners. More than 580,000 Philadelphia residents are covered by Medicaid, and approximately 320,000 reside within the eight-mile-long North Philadelphia HEZ. The zone spans from the beginning of Broad Street in the West Oak Lane section of the city to City Hall and includes four health systems, three of which are academic medical centers. Despite this, beneficiaries in zip codes around this corridor experience multiple health conditions and significant socio-economic barriers that result in high medical costs and utilization and chronic poor health.In June 2017, the Wolf Administration announced a $1.5 million investment in Philadelphia City community schools to leverage and connect schools to the large array of health-related services that are available for Philadelphia’s children who attend community schools in the North Philadelphia HEZ. This program continues to work toward new and innovative community-based approaches to coordinated health care and to reward strategies to minimize health disparities, improve health outcomes, and stabilize and reduce care costs.