Biz Briefs Of The Week • November 28, 2013

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House received a $5,000 grant from the Yum! Brands Foundation.

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House received a $5,000 grant from the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Yum! Brands Foundation Gives Cabbage Patch Settlement House Grant

On Thursday, Nov. 21, employee volunteers from Yum! were awarded Cabbage Patch Settlement House a grant for $5,000 as a result of their participation in the Yum! Hunger to Hope global volunteerism initiative. The Yum! employees were among 20 teams recognized as Huge Heart Champions by Yum! for their outstanding service project.

“We are incredibly honored to award $5,000 to the Cabbage Patch House to help support the great things they are doing. Also, we’re proud of the Yum! team who won the grant thanks to their commitment to volunteerism,” said Christopher Fuller, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

University of Louisville Trackside Partnership Produces Multiple Winners

During a checkup at the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center (KRHSC), one patient is diagnosed with an abscessed tooth and another patient receives a routine oral exam.

Under the leadership of University of Louisville assistant professor Dedra Hayden, APRN-BC, UofL nurse practitioner students and dental students and residents are working together to provide top-quality health care to backside track workers who cannot afford care. This is part of a UofL effort that began in spring 2013 to engage students from the two professions in inter-professional education with the goal to improve the patient experience once these students become practitioners and, at the same time, expanding access to health care.

“This program has provided me additional education in oral manifestations and pathology, and has enhanced my communication skills when collaborating with other disciplines – facilitating my development as a thorough provider for my future patients,” said nurse practitioner student Kelly Stice, BSN, RN, CCRN.

“These interactions help us feel more comfortable interacting with other professions; it is helpful to learn how a nurse practitioner makes a diagnosis and treatment plan for a patient with diabetes, for example,” said general practice resident Lauren Parsons, DMD.

Supported through a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration grant, nursing and dental students are engaged in joint seminars, standardized patient learning and clinical experiences to better identify and manage systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that are sometimes linked to
oral health.

Preliminary data show students in both professions have improved confidence in their ability to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team after going through the new learning model, a success that Whitney Nash. School of Nursing Director of Practice and International Affairs, PhD, APRN, presented at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee workshop, Assessing Health Professional Education.

The IOM has said the impact of inter-professional education (IPE) could be measured by improvement in population health outcomes; better patient care; more inter-professional collaboration/understanding; and maximum value of services at lower costs.

WaterStep Issues Urgent Call for Donations to Aid Philippines Typhoon Victims

WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to save lives around the world with safe water, is issuing a call for donations to provide disaster relief to the Filipino victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. For every $1,200 raised, one M-100 chlorine generator will be shipped to the Filipino Red Cross and any other organization, church group or individual with boots on the ground in The Philippines who will be trained on how to install and maintain the systems via WaterStep’s new online distance learning program.

The M-100, which was developed with the help of volunteer engineers from General Electric (GE) and the Louisville Water Company, is currently deployed in more than 25 countries around the world including Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Kenya and Uganda. The M-100 is a chlorine generator small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase, yet powerful enough to provide safe water for thousands of people each day. It uses table salt and a 12-volt car battery or solar panels to simply and safely produce chlorine gas. When the gas is injected into contaminated water, it is highly effective in killing disease-causing pathogens and can produce up to 30,000 gallons of safe water each day.

Funds raised will cover the cost of the M-100 chlorinators and the shipping, as well as the online training program for the Red Cross and others. To donate, visit www.waterstep.org or call 502.568.6342 and be sure to designate the contribution to the Philippines Typhoon Relief.

The Speed Art Museum Launches Art Detectives Program Available to Local School Systems and Area Non-Profits.

The Speed Art Museum is taking local students and children of all ages on an art adventure. The Speed’s learning and enhancement team has been busy developing a stimulating classroom experience that will have a lasting impact on students’ learning and observation skills particularly as it relates to visual arts standards.

Tailored to students at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Art Detectives brings artwork, cultural artifacts, conservator tools and mysteries into school classrooms around the region. It is an engaging experience that gives students the opportunity to act as fine arts professionals as they study and handle actual objects, then analyze their findings through interactions and writing exercises led by Art Detectives facilitators.

“This has been an exciting program to learn about during my first few weeks at the Museum. I truly believe that the students will gain a heightened awareness that will allow them to look at art and museums from a more analytical perspective,” said Ghislain d’Humières, Director of the Speed Art Museum. “There are twelve different cases, each with original objects and a tailored curriculum. We want the students in this program to discover the history and culture of these objects while they learn the importance of preservation in a museum.”

Classrooms at Engelhard Elementary School were active participants in the testing of the program in its development stages. “Our students loved the Art Detectives program!,” said Jennifer Stewart, teacher at Engelhard Elementary School. “It was such a unique opportunity for the kids to explore real artifacts, and it was great to watch them as they made predictions, shared their individual perspectives, and were surprised and supported in their observations. I loved the writing component, and the students loved it all, including donning their special curatorial gloves!”

Through the generosity of an art fund grant from Louisville Metro Government, Art Detectives will be offered at no cost, while funding lasts, with preference to Title One schools in JCPS. This program is open to all schools and nonprofits in Jefferson County and surrounding areas for a nominal fee.

Know a teacher who would be interested in bringing Art Detectives to their classroom? Additional information can be found at http://www.speedmuseum.org/kids-art-detectives.html.