Allegheny County Leaders Agree: Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan Will Help Region Thrive

first_img Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Community leaders in Allegheny County say Governor Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania aggressive infrastructure investment plan will help the region thrive.“Restore Pennsylvania is consistent with what we are trying to accomplish in our communities. From disaster recovery, to stormwater and green infrastructure projects, and removal of blight and redevelopment of neighborhoods, we all struggle with the same challenges,” Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger, Braddock Mayor Chardaé Jones, Sharpsburg Mayor Matthew V. Rudzki and Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett said jointly in a letter to the General Assembly from the Millennial Mayors of Allegheny County. “We can think of no other effort as bi-partisan as improving Main Street without raising taxes on citizens. On behalf of our communities, our generation, and all Pennsylvanians, we strongly encourage you to support Restore Pennsylvania.”Their support was echoed by the borough council of Castle Shannon and the city council of Pittsburgh, which each passed a resolution formally supporting Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto submitted a letter to the Allegheny County Delegation and General Assembly asking them to “consider seriously how this proposal can help everyday Pennsylvanians.”“As a mayor, I understand that the challenges in front of public officials are as tough as they have ever been,” Peduto wrote. “Let’s build on our natural strengths, invest in our people, and Restore Pennsylvania, together.”In a letter to Allegheny County Delegation Members, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald made note of the economic turnaround of the region while calling for the responsible development of the natural gas industry.“As companies continue to extract natural resources from under our feet, it’s only appropriate that they also help us invest in our infrastructure,” he wrote. “I wholeheartedly support this proposal from Governor Wolf and encourage your support of the same.”Gov. Wolf visited several communities in Allegheny County that were devastated last year by flooding and mudslides including Bridgeville and Carnegie. He also visited Pitcairn to discuss blight remediation, broadband access expansion and green infrastructure creation. These issues will be addressed with Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan.“It’s no secret that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are in the midst of a renaissance,” said Gov. Wolf. “Through initiatives like high-speed internet access expansion and blight remediation, Restore Pennsylvania will build on the momentum of the region’s growing economy while extending that economic growth to communities that are still struggling.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. May 07, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Allegheny County Leaders Agree: Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan Will Help Region Thrivelast_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards Grants for Projects Targeting Better Health Outcomes in North Philadelphia

first_img June 04, 2019 Wolf Administration Awards Grants for Projects Targeting Better Health Outcomes in North Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img 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.last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea pip Newcastle, move third place

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea have climbed into the top four of the Premier League table courtesy of a hardfought 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge.After an even opening 45 minutes, the Blues dominated the second half but had to wait until the 73rd minute for their breakthrough, which arrived courtesy of Marcos Alonso’s low strike.Newcastle rarely looked like threatening Chelsea’s second clean sheet of the season as the hosts picked up their fifth successive win across all competitions – the best run of form in Frank Lampard’s fledging managerial career.The Magpies held their own throughout a relatively uneventful first half, offering sporadic threats on the break and largely keeping Chelsea at bay despite the hosts enjoying the lion’s share of possession.The best chances did fall to Lampard’s side, though, and Willian should have done better with the first of those when he was picked out by Callum Hudson-Odoi only to get his header all wrong and steer it off target.Martin Dubravka was forced into his first save of the contest shortly afterwards when Jorginho and Hudson-Odoi combined to tee up Mason Mount, whose shot on the turn was too close to the Newcastle keeper.Steve Bruce’s side were limited to half-chances at the other end, with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton both missing the target – the first with a half-volley from 25 yards and the second with a header while stretching for the ball.Chelsea did not look much more likely to score themselves, though, with Willian dragging an effort wide of the near post and Marcos Alonso sending a tame looping header into the arms of Dubravka.There was further frustration for the hosts shortly before half time when Ross Barkley was forced off with a minor injury, being replaced by Mateo Kovacic, who himself had been an injury doubt heading into the match.Lampard’s side did impose a more prolonged period of control in the second half as they began to dominate possession and territory to an even greater extent, denying Newcastle any opportunity to relieve the growing pressure.A string of corners eventually led to Chelsea coming as close as they had all game when Tammy Abraham climbed highest in the box and crashed a thunderous header against the crossbar, with Dubravka beaten.The home side did not relent either, and Abraham came close from another corner shortly after the hour mark when he once again rose above the defence only to this time put his header over the top.Newcastle may have begun to believe that it would be their day when another glorious chance went begging for the hosts moments later, with Hudson-Odoi’s blocked shot deflecting into the path of Christian Pulisic, who was thwarted by a fine one-on-one save from Dubravka.Dubravka then denied Willian from a tight angle before the breakthrough did finally arrive for Chelsea with 17 minutes of normal time remaining.Hudson-Odoi had been the most dangerous player throughout the 90 minutes and it was no surprise to see him involved as he collected a pass with his back to goal inside the box before laying it into the path of Marcos Alonso, who drilled a low first-time strike into the bottom corner.A loose pass from Andy Carroll almost gifted Hudson-Odoi the chance to get his own name on the scoresheet minutes later, but his finish was tame and easy for Dubravka to gather.Chelsea did look certain to add a second goal 10 minutes from time when Jorginho slid the ball through for Pulisic, who found himself in a two-on-one scenario with Abraham and the keeper. Pulisic duly slid the ball to Abraham, who looked to have a simple tap-in until DeAndre Yedlin produced a stunning last-ditch block to deny a certain goal.The visitors never really looked capable of making that goal-saving interception truly count, though, with their only half-chance in the closing stages seeing Ciaran Clark steer the ball off target with a difficult header.Tags: ChelseaEPLFrank LampardMarcos AlonsoNewcastlelast_img read more