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DHS News June 2012

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Improving the Health of Foster Youth
In an effort to improve health outcomes for local foster children, the Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) has partnered with UPMC’s Medicaid Managed Care plan, UPMC for you; Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO) and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to implement the Foster Care (Health Information) Program.

Senior Companions Make a Difference
On Friday, June 8, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) held its 38th Annual Recognition Luncheon for the Senior Companion Program. The event, which took place this year at the Westin Convention Center, honors those individuals who have given their time to be senior companions, providing needed care and comfort to nearly 500 isolated older adults in Allegheny County.

The LGBTQ Council
In 2012, DHS established the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Advisory Council. The Council – which is comprised of service providers, consumers and community members – is designed to identify the needs of the LGBTQ community, to serve as a communication channel between DHS and the public, and to share solutions and best practices.

HSB Green Cleans!
In honor of World Environment Day (June 5), the DHS Eco Council sponsored Green Cleanup Days at the Human Services Building. For three days, HSB staff members were encouraged to recycle paper, plastic and aluminum materials; throw away trash; and clean their work areas with eco-friendly cleaning products provided by DHS.

Area Agency on Aging Surveys Community Needs 
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) recently completed its first entirely online consumer survey. The survey was conducted to allow older adults, caregivers and the general public the opportunity to provide direct input for the Agency’s four-year plan.  

KUDOS: Kurt Emmerling
Kurt Emmerling, Advocacy, Protection and Care Management Bureau Chief in the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), was recognized at the 2012 Pennsylvania State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Annual Conference for his engaging keynote addresses.

KUDOS: Marcia Sturdivant, PH.D
Dr. Marcia Sturdivant, Deputy Director for the Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF), was recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence”. 

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