Stigma

Philly has highest STI rates in the country – improving sex ed in schools and access to at-home testing could lower rates

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

1 among U.S. cities for new sexually transmitted infections – STIs – according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • 1 among U.S. cities for new sexually transmitted infections – STIs – according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Among 15- to 24-year-olds in Philadelphia, syphilis cases have shot up 30% since 2019, while cases of gonorrhea [increased 18%].
  • I know that two important barriers to young people’s sexual health are high-quality sex education and access to confidential STI testing.

Sex ed in schools

  • In the U.S., 28 states and Washington D.C. mandate sex education in both elementary and high schools.
  • Pennsylvania state law does require schools to provide instruction on the prevention of HIV and AIDS and other “life-threatening and communicable diseases” – though it does not specify STIs.
  • Schools are also not required to discuss consent, sexual orientation and gender identity, or healthy sexual relationships.

Abstinence-based vs. comprehensive

  • In contrast, studies have shown that comprehensive sex education programs in schools have resulted in lower rates of sexual activity, increased use of contraception, and fewer teen pregnancies.
  • It’s not clear whether comprehensive sex education programs directly lead to fewer STI rates.
  • However, research does show that increased safe-sex practices is a consistent result from comprehensive sex education.

Confidential testing and other strategies

Celebrating More Than 100 Million Meals Delivered Through Project DASH

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Today, thanks to our partners, we’re proud to celebrate over 6 million deliveries via Project DASH.

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  • Today, thanks to our partners, we’re proud to celebrate over 6 million deliveries via Project DASH.
  • These deliveries are estimated to amount to more than 100 million meals delivered to households in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Project DASH eases some of these barriers, harnessing the power of local delivery to ensure that time and transportation are no longer obstacles.
  • When LaPorte County Meals on Wheels in Indiana is low on volunteers, they partner with Project DASH to ensure seniors get the meals they need and expect without interruption.

First Action Shooter Video Game Treating Mental Health Launches

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

SEATTLE, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DeepWell Digital Therapeutics (DTx), the leader in immersive media as medicine, today launches its initial product, Zengence, the first action video game treating mental health and the first therapeutic released in the Meta Game Store. Zengence uses patent-pending technology for breath and sound mechanics to drive the first-of-its-kind action game where players defeat Dark Wraiths and silence their inner anxieties.

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  • SEATTLE, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DeepWell Digital Therapeutics (DTx) , the leader in immersive media as medicine, today launches its initial product, Zengence , the first action video game treating mental health and the first therapeutic released in the Meta Game Store.
  • Zengence uses patent-pending technology for breath and sound mechanics to drive the first-of-its-kind action game where players defeat Dark Wraiths and silence their inner anxieties.
  • DeepWell makes games that combine breath training with action shooting game mechanics, to train and build resilience for stressful situations.
  • "As the world continues to combat the global mental health crisis, mental health support is still largely inaccessible: 70-80% of people with mental health issues do not manage them due to stigma, accessibility, and cost," said Ryan Douglas, DeepWell DTx Founder and Chief Therapeutic Designer.

Casey House creates fictitious drug, Stigmavir, to smash HIV stigma within the health care system

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

This initiative aims to reach health care practitioners and introduces a ‘fictitious’ anti-viral drug named Stigmavir, designed to treat HIV stigma.

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  • This initiative aims to reach health care practitioners and introduces a ‘fictitious’ anti-viral drug named Stigmavir, designed to treat HIV stigma.
  • Stigma in health care is harming people living with HIV, with one in five people living with HIV being denied.
  • The Stigmavir campaign marks the next chapter in our longstanding Smash Stigma initiative to eradicate HIV stigma,” says Joanne Simons, Casey House CEO.
  • “Health care leaders like Casey House play a crucial role in educating Canada’s health care providers on what stigma-free care truly involves.

Menstrual Health Day: We Must End Period Poverty, says AHF

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

This year, in partnership with The Period Abundance Foundation and with support from The Period Company (Period.

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  • This year, in partnership with The Period Abundance Foundation and with support from The Period Company (Period.
  • (Graphic: Business Wire)
    Observed annually on May 28, Menstrual Health Day raises awareness about the importance of menstrual health education and resources like Period.
  • For these reasons and more, on this Menstrual Health Day, we must do all we can to end period poverty worldwide.”
    An estimated 1.8 billion people menstruate globally, yet 500 million will experience period poverty—including the lack of access to menstrual health products, safe and clean facilities, and accepting communities.
  • This Menstrual Health Day – let’s end period poverty and end the stigma.

The BC Schizophrenia Society Calls on British Columbians to #StandAgainstStigma this National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day

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Friday, May 24, 2024

"For far too long, schizophrenia has been shrouded with misconceptions and stigma, leading to profound misunderstandings about the illness and those living with it," says Faydra Aldridge, CEO of the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society.

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  • "For far too long, schizophrenia has been shrouded with misconceptions and stigma, leading to profound misunderstandings about the illness and those living with it," says Faydra Aldridge, CEO of the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society.
  • Undiagnosed schizophrenia and underreporting are prevalent due to widespread stigma, narrow definitions of severe and persistent mental illness, and the exclusion of certain populations.
  • “National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day has become an impactful day for our family, as it helps to create awareness and start conversations about serious mental illness,” says Suzie Warneke who has a family member with schizophrenia.
  • For more information about the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS), severe and persistent mental illnesses and psychosis, National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day and/or information on how to donate to support BCSS’ programs and services, visit www.bcss.org .

The Arc and United Health Foundation Launch $2.5M Partnership to Tackle Mental Health Crisis for People with Disabilities

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Monday, May 6, 2024

The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has awarded The Arc of the United States a three-year, $2.5 million grant to improve mental health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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  • The United Health Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has awarded The Arc of the United States a three-year, $2.5 million grant to improve mental health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
  • Up to 40% of people with IDD have co-occurring mental health conditions, and this critical funding will help address their unmet mental health needs.
  • These statistics highlight the need for training and awareness to ensure providers and caregivers are equipped to support the mental health needs of people with disabilities.
  • Over three years, the United Health Foundation grant will help train caregivers, health care professionals, first responders, educators and family members to recognize the mental health needs of people with IDD and decrease the number of mental health crisis incidents experienced by this population.

GHOST® Rings the Bell in New Official & Exclusive Energy Drink Partnership with the Phillies, Bringing Its Feel-Good Energy to Citizens Bank Park

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

The multi-year collaboration features GHOST®, a lifestyle brand of sports nutrition products, energy drinks, dietary supplements, and apparel, as the first ever "Official & Exclusive Energy Drink" of the Phillies.

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  • The multi-year collaboration features GHOST®, a lifestyle brand of sports nutrition products, energy drinks, dietary supplements, and apparel, as the first ever "Official & Exclusive Energy Drink" of the Phillies.
  • In addition, GHOST® will be served as a backbar mixer and available as an exclusive GHOST® Energy signature cocktail drink, with other highlights including fan samplings and special events throughout the season.
  • However, this partnership goes far beyond the hometown connection," said Ryan Hughes, Co-Founder and CMO of GHOST®.
  • "GHOST® as a brand, has ascended in the energy category by staying true to who we are and doubling down on authenticity.

QuantaSing Group Accelerates Global Growth with Strategic Initiatives

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

BEIJING, April 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QuantaSing Group Limited (NASDAQ: QSG) (“QuantaSing” or the “Company”), a leading online learning service provider in China, today announced several strategic initiatives integral to the Company’s global growth acceleration.

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  • BEIJING, April 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QuantaSing Group Limited (NASDAQ: QSG) (“QuantaSing” or the “Company”), a leading online learning service provider in China, today announced several strategic initiatives integral to the Company’s global growth acceleration.
  • QuantaSing is strengthening its presence in the United States and in Hong Kong as part of this plan.
  • These exchanges are focused on the company’s development, establishing and strengthening new and existing relationships, and shaping next steps for QuantaSing’s growth.
  • Since becoming a part of the QuantaSing Group, Kelly’s Education has seen remarkable growth.

Summit Energy Sponsors and Participates in the Interfaith Social Services Stop the Stigma 5K

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Summit Energy , one of the Northeast region’s premier solar installers, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Interfaith Social Services 50th anniversary of its annual “Stop the Stigma” 5K held today, April 27 at the Kennedy Center in North Quincy.

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  • Summit Energy , one of the Northeast region’s premier solar installers, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Interfaith Social Services 50th anniversary of its annual “Stop the Stigma” 5K held today, April 27 at the Kennedy Center in North Quincy.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240426109658/en/
    Summit Energy sponsored and participated in Interfaith Social Services 50th anniversary of its annual “Stop the Stigma” 5K held today, April 27 at the Kennedy Center in North Quincy.
  • (Photo: Business Wire)
    The Interfaith Social Services annual event has grown from a homegrown church-sponsored walk to a full-blown 5K race welcoming more than 800 walkers and runners annually.
  • We are honored to support Interfaith’s 'Stop the Stigma' 5K with the proceeds going to its New Directions Counseling Center.