Unemployment benefits fight highlights long-term economic pain

As state legislators contemplate the future of unemployment benefits, the health of Michigan’s economy hangs in the balance.

Michigan’s quick recovery, largely thanks to the automotive sector working double time after two months of lost production, has stalled out.

Jobs posts remain well below January levels and long-term unemployment is on the rise. More than 230,000 unemployed Michiganders entered the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program between Aug. 29 and Sept. 19, according to U.S. Department of Labor data.

That system pays benefits for those unemployed longer than 26 weeks. In other words, hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have been laid off since March with no sign of returning to a job. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has failed to tell Crain’s just how many people would be impacted if an agreement to extend benefits isn’t reached.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office claims as many as 800,000 in

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CRSwNP Highlights From the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Meeting

The annual American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) 2020 Meeting was held virtually this year and also included abstracts from the American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting.

Stella Lee, MD, chief of the Division of Sino-Nasal Disorder and Allergy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, reviews important studies and data presented at the meeting that could have important implications for patient care.

Dr Lee highlights developments in the use of protein biomarkers to help determine potential efficacy of systemic steroid therapy in postsurgical patients with CRSwNP. The study could aid in the prevention of overtreatment in certain patients.

Biologic therapies approved for use in asthma management continue to show efficacy in patients with CRSwNP. The results of the SYNAPSE study of mepolizumab, an anti-IL-5 biologic therapy, showed clear clinical benefit in patients with CRSwNP. The multi-institutional, phase 3 study met primary endpoints and showed that mepolizumab reduced the

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Worldwide Week highlights Harvard’s global reach | News

October 5, 2020 – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health experts will discuss topics ranging from COVID-19 and telemedicine to HIV research in Botswana to the future of the Amazon during Harvard Worldwide Week 2020.

The Harvard-wide event, running from October 5-9, showcases the breadth of the University’s global engagement through a host of virtual offerings, including a brand-new event titled “24 Hours of Harvard,” featuring 24 consecutive hours of Harvard programming on global topics. Themes of this year’s Worldwide Week include social justice and human rights, pandemics and global health, and governance and democratic leadership.

Events featuring Harvard Chan School experts include:

October 6, 1-2 PM

Human Rights = Human Health

Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health event presented by Dean Michelle Williams features Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and moderator Guillermo Arduino, CNN anchor and correspondent.

October 7, 8-9:30 AM


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Trump’s health condition highlights gaps in the 25th Amendment

Sixty-two years after Eisenhower’s letter, another American leader is in the hospital, and the circumstances around his condition are equally murky. His doctor insists he is well, while anonymous officials whisper to reporters that he might not be.

Questions are swirling about what happens if President Donald Trump, a man not known for his probity or transperency, becomes incapacitated. To a large extent, Covid-19 remains a mysterious disease, with uncertain long-term consequences and a penchant for taking sudden, violent lurches for the worse in its hosts.

And the 25th Amendment, a rough map for replacing a president should he die, resign, or become disabled in some way, provides some answers — but not all.

It allows for temporary transfers of authority, such as in 2002 and 2007 when President George W. Bush transferred authority temporarily to Vice President Dick Cheney for a few hours each time while he underwent routine

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New Research Highlights Two Local Governments That Have Successfully Implemented Employee Financial Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As many state and local employees face increased financial challenges and stress amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report provides examples of two local jurisdictions that have successfully implemented financial literacy and education programs to help improve the financial security of their workforce and the surrounding communities.

Sponsored by the Wells Fargo Foundation and conducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE), Case Studies Of Successful Local Government Financial Wellness Programs, is available here.

The report highlights two local governments that have successfully implemented financial wellness programs to address the needs and preferences of their respective workforces – one in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and the other in Denver, Colorado. The case studies describe the programs implemented, outcomes, challenges each jurisdiction faced, and lessons learned.

While the geographic and demographic characteristics of the two jurisdictions and their approaches

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

Based in Rockville, Md., the Indian Health Service, often referred to as I.H.S., was created to carry out the government’s treaty obligation to provide health care services to eligible American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The tribes agreed to exchange land and natural resources for health care and other services from the U.S. government as part of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.

The agency, which has 15,170 employees, most of whom work in the hospitals and clinics, was without permanent leadership until a few months into the pandemic. Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, a member of the Zuni Tribe, was confirmed by the Senate in April after leading the agency on an interim basis since 2015. Mr. Weahkee declined to comment for this article.

The system consists of 26 hospitals, 56 health centers and 32 health stations. The hospitals range in size from four beds to 133. The Indian Health

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Pitney Bowes Highlights Environmental, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Progress in 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing and financial services, today announced the launch of its 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report (CSR), highlighting the company’s progress and accomplishments to create meaningful impact in local communities, reduce its impact on the environment, and strengthen its commitment to a diverse and inclusive company culture.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200924005245/en/

2019 Pitney Bowes Corporate Responsibility Report (Photo: Business Wire)

2019 Pitney Bowes Corporate Responsibility Report (Photo: Business Wire)

“As we mark our 100-year anniversary, we are working hard to fuel a new century of client-centered innovation and responsible citizenship,” said Marc Lautenbach, CEO and President, Pitney Bowes. “Pitney Bowes entered its second century amidst a global pandemic that has challenged businesses, families, communities and governments everywhere to think and act in new ways.”

This year’s Corporate Responsibility Report contains

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The Latest: Trump Highlights Choice of Barrett at Rally | Pennsylvania News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court (all times local):

Chants of “fill that seat” erupted as President Donald Trump opened his first campaign rally after nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump told several thousand supporters at the event at an airport hangar in Middletown, Pennsylvania, that the federal appeals court judge is a “brilliant legal mind.”

He also turned the celebration of Barrett — his third Supreme Court nominee — into a jab at Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Trump told the packed and largely mask-free crowd that one of Barrett’s professors had praised her as the best student he’d ever had, then added: “That’s a little better than Biden, wouldn’t you say?”

The president chose the conservative Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who led the court’s liberal wing until her death on

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New study highlights success of health program’s clinical van and street outreach

A novel mobile health program created in early 2018 by the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has proven to be an effective model for bringing opioid addiction treatment services directly to marginalized individuals, particularly the homeless, a population that faces the highest risk of near-term death from drug overdose.

The early success of the program, known as Community Care in Reach, in breaking down traditional barriers of care and serving as an entry point for people disconnected from the healthcare system was detailed in a community case study published in Frontiers in Public Health.

The program, made possible by contributions from Robert K. Kraft and family, brings together the resources of the Kraft Center, the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) and the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) syringe access program, AHOPE.


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Visit Alexandria Highlights Community Resiliency Amid Pandemic

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Visit Alexandria took its annual meeting for members to the web on Wednesday, highlighting the resilience of businesses, hotels, the health department and city government in response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A video from Visit Alexandria spotlighted small businesses and local initiatives was shown during the meeting. Del Ray’s Cheesetique was mentioned for providing 3,600 meals to hospitality workers impacted by the pandemic as well as Spice Kraft Indian Bistro for monthly meal donations to local organizations. On the retail side, Threadleaf was highlighted for adapting to encourage shopping and online engagement. Building Momentum received a nod for creating a quicker way to make face masks and a germ-killing robot. And as the Black Lives Matter movement strengthened, Alexandria Black History Museum Director Audrey Davis was mentioned for helping put Black Lives Matter in historical perspective and Manumission Tour Company for relaunching its Black

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