ForDignity announces the organization’s annual fundraising gala 2018 She Has A Dream, to be held on Saturday, April 14 at the elegant Palace Catering hall in Gloucester Township, NJ.
The evening begins with a premier silent auction and raffle opportunities, a delectable sit-down dinner and drinks, followed by a dynamic keynote speaker, then culminating with exciting entertainment, networking and the opportunity to partner with a unique organization, forDignity.
Keynote speaker Annie Lobert is a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking and a former high-class call girl. She now serves on the Las Vegas Human Trafficking Task Force and is an international speaker, author, and expert. She is also the founder and director of Hookers for Jesus and Destiny House, which provides transitional support to youth and women seeking to leave the commercial sex industry.
A mini documentary featuring Annie Lorbert is available on YouTube.
Kelly Master is Founder and Director of non-profit forDignity, and she is a powerful motivational speaker who has a has a beautiful gift of translating life’s trials into opportunities of hope.
Master’s first published book, SHINE – Uplifting Words for Girls in Stilettos is inspiring women across the country. She is passionate and committed to advocating for the sexually exploited, and draws upon healing from past addictions, abuse, and shattered dreams to elevate and inspire others.
Kelly Master states that her group is committed to “helping survivors of sexual trauma, most of whom work in the adult sex industry. Survivors often suffer silently with a myriad of complex issues ranging from domestic violence, PTSD, addictions, eating disorders and depression. As a community, we can change that.”
During a ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial on Wednesday morning, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill expanding Medicaid coverage for family planning services and said his administration would loosen restrictions that prevent some low-income mothers from getting long-acting reversible contraceptives immediately after childbirth.
“Today we are saying in a clear voice that New Jersey will once again stand for the right things,” Murphy said. “New Jersey will once again stand up for women’s health.”
Joining the governor were his wife, Tammy, lawmakers and advocates, including outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who for 12 years has led her organization through polarizing national debates about abortion and ongoing calls from conservatives to “defund Planned Parenthood.” Several Planned Parenthood clinics in New Jersey could benefit from the new funding.
(Former Governor Chris) Christie’s decision to veto the spending had real healthcare consequences. Advocates link the lack of state funding to the closure in 2010 of six family planning clinics, which they say deprived women of access to cancer screenings and breast exams, and to rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases in New Jersey.
“I think it was a cautionary tale of what happens when people in elected office put their politics ahead of women’s health care,” Ricards said, “and we’re here today to say no more in New Jersey and no more across the United States of America.”
Murphy said his bill signing now signals that “the era of putting personal politics before the needs of countless thousands of New Jerseyans is over.” He singled out Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, for praise as the champion for family planning funding under Christie.
Under the first bill Murphy signed, S-120, the nonprofit New Jersey Family Planning League will administer the $7.5 million in grant funding and dole it out to family planning clinics across the state. None of the money can be used for “abortion procedures,” according to the bill.
Murphy also announced that the state would remove a restriction in NJ Family Care, the state’s insurance program for low-income people, that prevents mothers from receiving long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as intrauterine devices and hormonal implants, immediately after childbirth. The governor’s office said the change will decrease the odds of rapid repeat pregnancies that increase the risks of complications in childbearing, including low birth weight and an increased rate of preterm delivery.
Major opioid manufacturers paid millions of dollars to groups that lobbied for increased opioid usage in the last five years, a Senate investigation claimed on Monday.
The investigation explored the financial ties between major opioid manufacturers and advocacy groups working in opioid policy. It found that many of the advocacy groups may have “played a significant role” in the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Between 2012 and 2017, five companies that produce top opioid products—Purdue, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Mylan, Insys Therapeutics and Depomed—together paid $8.8 million to 14 organizations that, according to the report, promoted opioid prescription, attempted to downplay the risk of addiction to opioids and lobbied against restrictions on overprescription.
Because of the organizations’ classification under the tax code, they don’t have a legal obligation to disclose their donors.
Janssen paid $465,152 and, in an email, referred to an announcement that it, too, had recently made the decision to stop promoting opioids (in 2015). “Since 2008, the volume of Janssen opioid medications always has amounted to less than one percent of the total prescriptions written per year for these medications,” a spokesperson wrote.
Mylan, in its response, said the inquiry showed “Mylan’s limited role in the manufacturing and marketing of opioids.” A spokeswoman noted that Mylan made limited payments ($20,250, according to the report) to the American Pain Society, solely for its annual conferences.
The president of the U.S. Pain Foundation (which received over $2.9 million from the opioid manufacturers), Paul Gileno, wrote in an email to Newsweek, “We have never lobbied for the increased use of opioids and never would. It’s appalling to me that this would be suggested. We certainly have not contributed to the opioid epidemic. We work hard to educate and empower patients on all options of treatments.”
The report comes at a time when the opioid crisis has left Americans reeling. Opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control. And opioid overdose deaths in 2016 were five times higher than in 1999.
Dr. David Berk, Chiropractic Sports Physician and Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist
Advanced Physical Medicine Center, Fairview NJ
Remedies for back pain range from patches to devices to the OTC pills that people also take for a headache or a cold. And of course, many people will go to a doctor who will prescribe serious pain pills. Why opt for physiotherapy?
Dr. Berk: Most back pain is not caused from one single reason — rather, it is of insidious onset and is most likely the accumulation of small pressures to the spine over a long period of time.
Pain is our alarm system alerting us that there is a problem. Medication specifically to treat pain simply turns off the alarm system — it doesn’t address the problem. The goal of rehabilitation is to correct poor movement patterns with manual therapy and exercise. In other words, rehabilitation corrects the root of the problem.
What do you say to people who have back pain in terms of what they should do and why?
Dr. Berk: The primary goal is to evaluate that individual to find out why they are experiencing pain. Once the problem is discovered, a treatment plan is created to improve any functional deficit — range of motion, flexibility, strength, and coordination. It is imperative to empower the patient and make them realize that they can stay well by themselves and do not require the help of others. A healthy lifestyle that includes an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise are key factors to the health of the musculoskeletal system.
How long should a person go on with handling back pain before surgery is the only recourse?
Dr. Berk: Only 3-5% of patients with lower back pain require surgical intervention. By definition, patients who require surgery have progressive neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness caused by a pinched nerve. But pain is not a criterion for surgery — there are infinite options available while the patient finds a treatment option that works for him or her to address the problem.
What is the most common cause of back pain?
Dr. Berk: The most common cause is cycles of repetitive or prolonged bending, or sitting over a long period of time. The typical lower back patient is one that is de-conditioned from a sedentary lifestyle and sits in front of a computer for 40 plus hours per week.
We believe that movement is medicine. A physical therapist who studies movement has a mantra that I really like – “First move well, and then move often.” If every patient followed this prescription, lower back pain wouldn’t be the third most costly condition of our health care system, and 80% of the population wouldn’t experience it at least once during their lifetime.
A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers called on White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to scrap a proposal in President Trump’s proposed budget plan they say could threaten the health treatment of 9/11 first responders.
New York Reps. Peter King (R), Jerry Nadler (D) and Carolyn Maloney (D) said they were “shocked and disturbed” by the proposal, which would see a realignment involving the World Trade Center Health Program.
That program is currently housed in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Trump’s 2019 budget proposal for NIOSH would move that agency into the National Institute for Health (NIH).
That move could result in the shifting of employees from NIOSH to the NIH, impacting the 83,000 9/11 first responders who receive treatment and care from the WTC Health program.
“The proposal directly contradicts legislation Congress passed just three years ago to renew WTCHP for 75 years within NIOSH,” the three lawmakers wrote in their letter to Mulvaney on Friday.
King, Nadler, and Maloney were the original sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, which works to provide health care and financial aid to 9/11’s first responders.
They said the budget proposal was made with no input from the 9/11 health-care community.
“If you had spoken to us, or anyone in the 9/11 healthcare community, you would have understood that the World Trade Center Health Program is fully integrated with NIOSH and there are many shared NIOSH staff whose expertise would be lost if the WTCHP is pulled from NIOSH,” the lawmakers said.
“We also would have explained the amount of progress NIOSH has made in service delivery, all of which would be lost if WTCHP were removed from the institute.”
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has recognized award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer Queen Latifah for her dedication and commitment to raising awareness about heart failure, a dangerous, chronic condition affecting more than 6.5 million Americans. According to AHA CEO Nancy Brown, Queen Latifah “is helping others understand the signs and symptoms of the condition and providing support so they can live a full life. She is truly an inspiration.”
Queen Latifah knows first-hand the importance of understanding the symptoms and treatment for heart failure. She’s the primary caregiver for her mother, Rita Owens, who is living with the condition.
“My mom means everything to me, and I am excited to dedicate this award to her,” said Queen Latifah. “For my entire life, she has been my rock. When she was diagnosed with heart failure, I didn’t think twice before stepping up as her caregiver. It wasn’t an easy process, but I hope that our experiences can empower and inspire others who are also living with heart failure.”
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart can’t pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body’s needs. More than 6.5 million Americans are living with HF and more than 308,000 people die from it each year. One in five people will have heart failure in their lifetime with nearly a million new cases diagnosed each year.
But the condition is manageable if it’s diagnosed early. Making sure patients and their families recognize symptoms and talk to a doctor to get on an appropriate treatment plan is critical.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org.