Worries about brain damage in infants linked to Zika leads WHO to declare a public health emergency

first_imgMany criticized WHO for not sounding this alarm when the Ebola outbreak surfaced in 2014. “It was a very difficult decision to discern between what is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and what should be precautionary measures because of a possible relation between Zika and these clusters,” explained the chair of the committee, epidemiologist David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.Chan suggested that pregnant women not living in Zika-affected countries may want to delay travel to those areas but did not issue a formal travel alert for them, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has done. Chan stressed that “the committee found no public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus.” Many countries ignored similar recommendations during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and imposed what WHO saw as unnecessary and even counterproductive travel and trade restrictions.In tandem with the declaration, the committee made two major recommendations: Standardize surveillance for microcephaly and other neurological disorders in places where Zika is spreading, and intensify research to discern whether the clusters of cases are truly linked to the virus.“There is an urgent need to do a lot more work,” Chan said. She also stressed that the world had to step up mosquito control efforts, surveillance of Zika, and efforts to develop a vaccine. “Can you imagine if we do not do all this work now and wait until the scientific evidence comes out?” she asked.Lawrence Gostin, a lawyer who specializes in global health law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., supports  the declaration but stated in a press release that WHO needs to spell out more explicitly how it intends to respond. “Margaret Chan was silent on what strategy the organization will take on the ground to control Zika and how she will mobilize the major funding needed for surveillance, mosquito control, and critical research,” Gostin contended. “Without a clear strategy and ample resources, sounding an alert is simply not enough.” Increasingly strong links between the spread of Zika virus and microcephaly in newborns led the World Health Organization (WHO) today to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in Geneva, Switzerland, made this declaration upon the advice of a committee of 18 experts and advisers, who she said “agree that a causal relationship between the Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected though not yet scientifically proven.” Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is currently spreading through 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, plus Cape Verde, an island off West Africa. Chan noted that there was “a particularly strong association in time and in space” between the arrival of the virus and the detection of microcephaly and other neurological disorders. Although Brazil has had more than 4000 suspected cases of microcephaly, it has confirmed only 270 cases of this brain-damaging condition in children born to mothers who had evidence of having been infected with the virus.Although Brazil is the only country to report a spike in microcephaly during the current outbreak, French Polynesia in 2014 saw a rise in this rare disorder concurrent with viral spread, Chan said. Brazil, El Salvador, and French Polynesia also suspect Zika virus may have led to increased cases of a neurological disorder in adults called Guillain-Barre syndrome that causes temporary paralysis. “The committee advised that the cluster of microcephaly and other neurological complications constitute an extraordinary event and public threat to other parts of world,” Chan explained. She was careful to note that her declaration of concern focused on these clusters and not the spread of the virus itself, which causes no symptoms in 80% of people it infects, and a short-lived rash and fever in the other 20%.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

VA Is Hiring Nurses Nationwide!

first_imgCalling all nurses! The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants to hire you!VA is the nation’s largest employer of nurses, offering a wide range of practice settings and opportunities in which to advance your career. Because the VA is looking to hire nurses from North Carolina to Vermont, California to Florida and everywhere in between, they are hosting a special virtual career fair.Get tailored answers to your specific questions about what it’s like to care for Vets and discover if this is the job and company for you. Department of Veterans AffairsNursing Careers Virtual Open HouseThursday, January 18, 20186 – 9 PM CSTBefore logging on to the virtual career fair, upload your resume and get unparalleled access to a live recruiter who can give you feedback and insights. The text-based virtual career fair allows you to have one-on-one chat conversations for about 10 minutes. Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone to explore the various roles and departments to find your perfect fit.“There are outstanding benefits, including generous paid time off, flexible scheduling and other perks that help us keep a healthy work-life balance,” says Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Lisa Wratchford of the Abilene Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Texas. “Above all, we get to give back to Veterans by providing treatment that improves their lives.”Discover the many ways you can give back to Veterans through a career at the VA. With facilities in all 50 states and U.S. territories, you’re sure to find a position in a location that’s best suited for you, from big cities to rural areas. And with our outstanding benefits, ongoing leadership and educational programs, we’ll help you excel beyond what you could imagine. On top of it all, you’ll have the honor of serving America’s Veterans.Sign up for the VA event today!And browse open jobs on Glassdoor! 3.4★ RN – Performance Improvement Coordinator/Surgical Clinical Nurse Reviewer US Department of Veterans Affairs Bronx, NY Attorney Advisor (Investigative Attorney) US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC Executive Director, Chief Technology Officer US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ See more jobs at US Department of Veterans Affairs 3.4★ Available Jobs at US Department of Veterans Affairs Program Specialist US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 3.4★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.4★ 3.4★ Physician-Deputy Director Comprehensive Health US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Attorney Advisor US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC Budget Analyst US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Supervisory Management Program Analyst US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC Registered Respiratory Therapist US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Paralegal Specialist US Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, DClast_img read more

How to Make a Career Comeback

first_img Fintech Senior Data Scientist Vanguard Malvern, PA 3.1★ Senior Full-Stack Developer – Java Security Vanguard Malvern, PA See more jobs at Vanguard 3.1★ UX Strategist – CX Journey Lab Vanguard Charlotte, NC Senior Manager, Data Analytics Vanguard Malvern, PA 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h There’s a cautionary tale that’s been passed around the professional world for years – someone quits their job and decides to tell the boss exactly what they think of them. Fast forward a few years and this same person, at a different job, finds out they’re getting a new boss. Yep, you guessed it, the very same person they told off years ago. Urban legend or not, it’s a great lesson to be thoughtful in business affairs and never burn bridges. It’s also a strong reminder that we all make embarrassing mistakes at some point in our career. Common ones include a co-worker overhearing you badmouth them, missing a major deadline, or neglecting a client. The good news is that, whatever your mistake, it is absolutely possible to make a comeback. (Not guaranteed, but possible.) So if you’re in the middle of a tough time, or want to be prepared just in case, here are a few suggestions for getting back on track and repairing your reputation. AcknowledgeThe first step is admitting the mistake, and apologizing sincerely. Just once. This is arguably the most important step in reestablishing your credibility – admitting that you made a poor choice shows maturity and self-awareness. Don’t feel it’s necessary to say “I’m sorry” over and over again. At this point, your leader/teammate/client just wants to know how you’re going to fix it. Keep in mind, in some situations, it may be more appropriate to apologize in private so that you don’t make the situation worse, or embarrass the person you wronged.The Career Mistake That Still Haunts MeCorrectMake a plan that suits everyone – it could be professional coaching, offering a discount, or revamping a project strategy.  As an example, I knew someone who inadvertently sabotaged a teammate in an effort to show off their leadership skills. It backfired, and they both looked unprepared in front of their boss. To repair the dynamic, the offender scheduled regular check-ins to ensure their teammate felt included in all decisions and had opportunities to contribute to the project. It took time, but the relationship was mended. For smaller, yet visible errors, it could be something like daily self-reflection or a slight change in your presence. For example, imagine you made an inappropriate joke in front of your boss’ boss. You probably don’t need a thorough strategy, however, you should brainstorm some ideas to correct the impression you made – such as speaking more formally and avoiding even appropriate jokes.5 Ways to Make a Lasting ImpressionLearnNever make the same mistake twice: leaders understand that mistakes happen, but expect their team to learn and show growth from past mistakes. After the correction plan is implemented, check in with leaders or teammates, whoever the appropriate stakeholder is, and share your progress and what you’ve gained from the plan. If possible, it’s also great to have some metrics or feedback showing that the plan is working. Re-adjustIf the plan only slightly works, or temporarily, try altering your approach. Not every mistake requires a deep plan, simple improvements can also enhance your brand. An example could be getting caught not paying attention in a meeting. Perhaps at first you tried overt professionalism, but you still sensed a change in your reputation. So now, maybe you try dressing better, adding a more serious tone to your voice, asking a smart question in a future meeting, or some other small measure to show that you’re reliable and professional. No matter what you choose, it should always start with delivering quality work.A CEO’s 7 Proven Tips for Personal and Professional EfficiencyBe genuineAs you’re working to fix things, be mindful of staying authentic – avoid making phony compliments, bringing in cookies, or overpromising on a project. People are usually pretty aware of insincere efforts and these can actually be more damaging. Know that the other person’s trust won’t be instantly restored, but keep at it. Remember that if you do this well, it will not only help repair your reputation, but may even make your brand stronger than it was before the mistake. Check inAfter a lengthier period of time (six months, a year), make sure to ask for feedback. For smaller mistakes, you can ask for general feedback on your overall performance, but for real slip-ups, you may have to get more specific. And consider if you’re making different, but comparable errors. Let’s say you’ve turned in several sloppy presentations to your boss. You’ve fixed that problem, but are your emails also careless?                 As a final thought, know that some mistakes aren’t fixable. In some professional cultures, racially insensitive language, physical violence, or large financial errors are grounds for immediate termination or demotion. Walk away with a valuable lesson learned and focus on making a fresh start.Devon Miller, Talent Branding and Recruitment Marketing at Vanguard, is a writer specializing in branding and marketing topics that create authenticity and engagement via social media channels. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment companies, offering a large selection of high-quality low-cost mutual funds, ETFs, advice, and related services.  23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 3.1★ Senior Eagle Full-Stack Developer Vanguard Malvern, PA 3.1★center_img 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Data Analyst Vanguard Malvern, PA 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Senior Manager, Global Benefits Offer Vanguard Malvern, PA Senior UX Designer – Account Maintenance Journey Lab Vanguard Charlotte, NC Senior UX Designer – CX Journey Lab Vanguard Charlotte, NC 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 3.1★ Front End Developer – Client Experience Vanguard Malvern, PA Browse All Jobs Available Jobs at Vanguard 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

5 Signs Your Boss Is Trying to Drive You Out

first_img 3.8★ Chef Manager / Director of Food & Beverage Civitas Senior Living Fort Worth, TX Hair Stylist – Licensed – PROSPER, TX-4940 W. University Drive, 75078 Sport Clips Prosper, TX 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Material Handler I (8am-4:30pm) Imperial Supplies Grand Prairie, TX Licensed Plumber ARS Rescue Rooter Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX Maintenance I Delek US Big Spring, TX 3.7★ In the course of any job, it’s natural to get a little paranoid once in a while. Maybe you weren’t included in an email you should’ve been on, or maybe a project was discussed on the fly, and you were left out as a result. But there comes a point when paranoia gives way to reality, especially if it’s your boss who’s causing you to raise an eye. Here are a few indications your boss might be trying to push you out — and what to do about it.1. You’re Excluded From MeetingsMost of us only have so much patience for meetings, so if your boss stops inviting you to key sit-downs, you might initially be happy to have that time back in your schedule. But being excluded from meetings is a key sign that your boss doesn’t intend for you to stick around. This especially holds true if your manager stops inviting you to participate but also doesn’t offer an explanation as to why.What to Do When Your Boss Is Mad at You2. You’re Losing Responsibilities, Not Gaining ThemA healthy career progression is usually one in which you gain responsibilities along the way. So if your boss starts taking certain tasks off your plate instead, and doesn’t replace them with others, it could mean that your manager is secretly (or not so secretly) planning your departure.3. You’re Not Formally Introduced to New Hires — When Everyone Else on Your Team IsNot every company has a formal introduction process when new folks are brought on board. But if you find that your colleagues have all been introduced to a string of recent hires, and you were never included, it could be because your boss wants you out.4. Your Boss Won’t Talk to You in PersonManagers tend to be busy people, so it’s not unusual for them to communicate with their direct reports via email. But if your boss never seems to have the time to talk to you in person, or declines your requests for one-on-one sit-downs, that inability to look you in the eye could spell trouble.5. You’re Criticized Frequently in PublicIt’s your manager’s job to offer feedback on your performance. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to provide criticism, and a public forum falls under the latter category. If your boss consistently calls you out in front of your peers, it could be a sign that your manager is trying to embarrass you in the hopes of having you up and quit.What to Do When Your Manager Hints That You Should QuitHow to Cope When Your Manager Wants You OutOnce it becomes obvious that your boss blatantly wants you gone, you’ll have to decide whether you want to stay on board or take your career elsewhere. Assuming the former, your first move should be to document all instances of your manager’s behavior. Not inviting you to meetings and shifting responsibilities aren’t necessarily egregious offenses on your boss’s behalf, but if your manager refuses to give you the time of day, bashes your performance in public and makes a point to treat you differently than the other people on your team, that’s something you can take to your human resources department.Before you run to HR, though, it’s worth pushing your manager for a conversation to try to sort things out. Maybe you said or did something to rub your boss the wrong way that you need to apologize for. Or maybe your performance just hasn’t been all that great, and your boss wants you out for what are actually some pretty valid reasons. If you’re able to get to the bottom of things and pledge to improve, your boss might soften up and give you another chance.If that tactic fails, though, meet with HR, present the data you’ve collected and discuss your options. Affirm your commitment to the company and ask to be transferred to another team. If that’s not possible, and you must keep working with your manager, insist that HR intervene. Otherwise, your boss will likely continue to make your life miserable.Finally, accept the fact that despite your best efforts to keep your job, your boss might end up emerging victorious and ousting you nonetheless. It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, but you can prepare for the worst by updating your resume in advance and doing a little pre-emptive networking to see what’s out there. You may come to find that there’s a better position for you at another company, one that comes with a manager who doesn’t seem to have it in for you.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Available Jobs in Texas 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CDL-A Flatbed Truck Driver Maverick USA Sulphur Springs, TXcenter_img 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX See More Jobs Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Waco, TX 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.3★ 4.3★ Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Rockwall, TX 4.4★ See more jobs in Texas, US 3.9★last_img read more

Juventus fullback Daniel Alves: Why I taunt Ronaldo…

first_imgJuventus fullback Daniel Alves insists he has no problem with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.Alves admits he’s publicly taunted Ronaldo over the years, but explained his reasons.He told Esporte Interativo: “Sometimes words are manipulated and do not reach people properly. You think I’m stupid or mentally ill? I am not. Do you think I do not know that Cristiano is a phenomenon? He is, but I think Messi has a little more influence on the game. But to say that does not harm Cristiano. “I’m like Conor McGregor (UFC fighter). Before I go to fight, I will not say he is a phenomenon. This is part of the game. How to stop a player of his level in accordance with the rules? I also took blows from him. But that’s part of the game. I’m not gonna cry for that. “What is happening on the pitch remains on the pitch.”last_img read more

Barcelona ready to re-sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu

first_imgBarcelona are ready to re-sign Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu.The Times says Barca will activate their buy-back clause for the 23-year-old winger – set at £10.5million.The fee would double the price Everton paid just two seasons ago.Despite Deulofeu’s obvious potential, the winger has failed to impress manager Ronald Koeman in his time at Goodison Park.However, Deulofeu impressed in Italy on-loan with AC Milan, scoring four goals and adding three assists in 18 matches.last_img

Bayern Munich chief Rummenigge: Ronaldo talk the realm of fable

first_imgBayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says they won’t be competing for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.Bayern, along with PSG and Manchester United, have been linked with Ronaldo since it broke over the weekend that he wanted to leave Real this summer.However, Rummenigge stated this morning: “We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible inflows and outflows during the transfer period.”As a rule, we do not comment on these rumors.”But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of fable.”last_img

Tottenham ready to bid for Bournemouth striker Josh King

first_imgTottenham are ready to bid for Bournemouth striker Josh King.The Telegraph says Spurs are considering an approach for King.The Norwegian international, 25, enjoyed an incredible campaign for Eddie Howe’s side last season – netting an impressive 16 Premier League goals.And his exploits didn’t escape the attentions of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine manager wants cover for the injured Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela, who are both likely to miss the beginning of the season.It’s believed Bournemouth value King at £30million.last_img

​DONE DEAL: Borini leaves Sunderland for AC Milan berth

first_imgFabio Borini has signed for AC Milan from Championship Sunderland, according to Sky Sports.The fee is understood to be £5.3m for the 26-year-old, who has been with the Black Cats on a permanent basis since the summer of 2015.last_img

Liverpool boss Klopp rejects three offers for Ojo

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep hold of Sheyi Ojo.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have rejected a trio of offers for Ojo from Newcastle United, Burnley and Middlesbrough.The Reds have knocked back all three loan approaches for the 20-year-old as they assess their squad for the 2017/18 season.Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants Ojo to report to Melwood for pre-season before making a decision on his short-term future.A loan deal for the England Under-20 international is reportedly still on the cards but will only be considered later in the transfer window.last_img

Branding Your Nonprofit: An Investment in Your Tomorrows

first_imgCustomer ExperienceEvery donor, volunteer, staff member, or prospective supporter is your customer. Their experiences at every organizational touchpoint help establish their impressions and may make the difference between their support and avoidance. From the person who answers your telephone, or the staff who respond to donation receipt questions, each individual plays a significant role in this experience and thus builds your reputation.Hire a market research company to conduct mystery shopper calls to your organization using different scenarios, or conduct a survey of those who have used your services or made gifts to your organization. If you don’t have the funds, conscript marketing students or your lay committee. This will help you identify the gaps that need zapping. Develop a customer service manual for staff and volunteers that outlines your protocols and standards, and then reward those who model it well.Understanding what branding is in the nonprofit sector is only the beginning. Being proactive will help reap the benefits of increased exposure, revenue, and volunteers. In this competitive marketplace, nonprofits need to differentiate themselves from the throngs of other choices. Make your case for support easier to convey by defining your brand, living it, and refining it when necessary. And when you can afford it, bring in marketing communications specialists to guide you. You can’t afford NOT to market and brand effectively today. It’s an investment in your organization’s tomorrows. HistoryI used to think that a nonprofit’s history couldn’t possibly interest anyone. Every time I heard about my former organization’s origins, I would gag and ask, “But how are we relevant to today’s donor or client?” That’s only true to a point. Without overindulging your organization’s history in print, longevity in the nonprofit world can increase credibility, bringing value to your organization just as it would in the consumer world.Tell your story in a few sentences on your Web site in “Who We Are” or “About Us” pages or in your corporate brochure. I wouldn’t recommend a diatribe. Connect the dots from your origin to your organization’s relevance today, explaining how you bring your mission full circle. Supporters typically help organizations whom they believe are worthy and do good work. Your history helps to sustain that. In the nonprofit sector, we sometimes market services and occasionally a product, but most frequently, we market “heart.” The by-product of our existence has more importance than any consumer product can muster. The results of our success affect others. If a product fails to live up to its reputation, a consumer can ask for a refund or simply choose not to buy it again. But at a nonprofit, we typically help people (or animals) live a better quality of life—an outcome that cannot be refunded or returned.So, how do you differentiate yourselves from others to access the funding dollars you desperately need? How can you create a brand without spending a fortune? Focus on the cornerstones of a brand: name, packaging, history, reputation, and customer experience.NameIf your name says it all and has brand recognition, keep it. Work with it. The American Cancer Society doesn’t need to explain what it does. because it’s self-evident. Similarly, names like the Phoenix Art Museum or the National Center for Victims of Crime give prospective supporters a good idea of their mandates. If you don’t have a large marketing budget, this is half the battle—name recognition.If your organization’s name doesn’t speak to who you are, and you don’t have big bucks to build your brand, confusion can result. Compassionate Friends or Concern America may be worthy organizations, but just from their names alone, it’s difficult to tell what they do. In these cases, it takes a strategic approach and money to build brand equity—the public image they impart. If there are no options here, then develop a tagline that sets you apart and hints at what you stand for. Use it on every piece of communication to help build recognition for your cause or mission. PackagingPackaging need not refer to a tangible product. Packaging is how your organization puts itself together. How is it “wrapped” or presented to your constituencies? Does your direct mail have a similar look or feel to your brochures or annual report? Are there common denominators that “brand” your organization? Work with marketing communications professionals or volunteers to conduct a communications audit of your existing materials. Ensure that your staff is not distributing materials they developed themselves that look like a young student created and photocopied it. Cheap, poorly designed materials can destroy your credibility more than you can imagine. Hire specialists or ask design students or volunteers for assistance.Develop a new look every 2 to 3 years to keep fresh. This does not mean changing your logo, name, or corporate stationery. This relates to the standards you use for all your communications vehicles. What font and colors do you use? What graphics and images do you use to convey your message? Establishing a manual will help guide your staff and volunteers in using the same standards. Consistency is the key here to build your brand.center_img Reputation This is a key brand ingredient for nonprofits and is heavily weighted. It can set you apart, or erode your existence. One negative media report on a nonprofit can set it back to the point where it may not recover. A nonprofit’s main asset is its reputation. A product like Tylenol, which had its share of brand erosion several years ago after they recalled bottles following incidents of tampering, recovered with good PR tactics and investment.The public, however, has higher expectations for nonprofits and sets the bar at a different level where skepticism rules. Ensure that everything you do furthers your mission each day. Develop a crisis communications plan long before you need one. Conscript a risk assessment committee and conduct an assessment for the entire organization. Just knowing where your gaps and weaknesses lie, then making modifications may help avert future disasters. Elaine Fogel is president and CMO of Solutions Marketing & Consulting LLC, a boutique-style agency with a strong focus on nonprofit and public organizations. Elaine is a senior contributor to MarketingProfs.com and its Daily Fix blog—rated in the top five marketing blogs. She chairs the American Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Special Interest Group and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ international communications and marketing committee. Her articles have appeared in many marketing and nonprofit publications. You can reach Elaine at elaine@solutionsmc.net.This article first was originally published on December 13, 2007 based on a December 23, 2004 article in Today’s Fundraiser. It has been updated. © Elaine Fogel 2004last_img read more

What is Quality of Care and How Do We Measure It?

first_imgPosted on August 8, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As I’ve read through the excellent guest posts of “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” series, I’ve often thought, “Yes, we need well-trained health providers to ensure quality care, but what is quality care and how do we measure it?” Of course there are the well-known indicators like maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and percentage of women that give birth in a facility, but these indicators are high level and take expensive surveys. What should we be measuring at the facility and community level?In The Lancet’s Midwifery series, the authors present a framework for quality maternal and newborn care. At the foundation, they identified the need to provide information and education to enable women to seek quality care. In addition, health professionals with clinical, interpersonal and cultural knowledge and skills need to give women respectful maternity care. While everyone working in maternal and newborn health would agree with that conclusion, what are the specificities and how are they measured and managed?To answer this question, the WHO recently released, Consultation on improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilities. This document explores the need for global quality assurance standards, since many countries do not have accreditation or monitoring systems to assess and ensure quality of care at health facilities. To fill this need, global consultations formulated indicators for maternal, newborn, and child health. The document also details lessons learned in monitoring and evaluation and a literature review to support the proposed indicators.Please find below this resource and others for assessing quality of care from facility to national levels.WHO Indicators and RecommendationsConsultation on Improving measurement of the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in health facilitiesOther Sources for Indicators and RecommendationsNational Level Quality MeasurementMaternal neonatal program index (MNPI)National to Facility Level Quality MeasurementNewborn Health Indicators from MEASURE (PDF)Newborn Health Indicators from MEASURE (Website)Facility Level Quality MeasurementMCHIP Maternal and Newborn Quality of Care SurveysIntroduction to the Maternal and Newborn Quality of Care SurveysHealth Worker Line ListingFacility InventoryANC Observation ChecklistLabor & Delivery Observation ChecklistHealth Worker Interview and Knowledge Test Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

HIV Health Services Associated With Better Prenatal and Postnatal Care for All Women

first_imgPosted on February 19, 2015October 28, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Investment in HIV services may improve quality of prenatal and postnatal care. At the facility level, the mere presence of HIV treatment services was associated with higher quality prenatal and postnatal care, shows a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.Researchers from Columbia University, the CDC and Kenyan public health institutions, analyzed data from 560 hospitals and clinics in Kenya, a country with a high maternal mortality ratio, to compare the quality of prenatal, postnatal, and delivery services in facilities that had HIV treatment services and those that did not. The researchers found that the existence of PMTCT and ART treatment programs was associated with significantly increased quality in prenatal and postnatal care, irrespective of HIV status. However, quality of delivery care was similar across the two settings.Driving this association is the fact that “the introduction of PMTCT and ART programs may have brought with it better tools, resources, and infrastructure for outpatient maternal health, services,” shared Dr. Margaret Kruk, lead author on the paper, now at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.What does this mean for the Kenyan woman? “HIV monies that have poured into Kenya from the U.S., and from a number of other partners, including the Kenyan government, are making a difference to some aspects of her [health care] experience, even if she’s HIV-negative,” shared Kruk.Limitations to the research include the inability to show a relationship between HIV services and maternal health outcomes and the inability to show causality since the research was cross-sectional and not prospective.Moving forward, this research shows that donors can stretch the effects of their investments. Kruk shares, “I think the big takeaway is, if we had planned for these collateral benefits, we could have done more with the investment to benefit the entire facility, to benefit more services.” As the world gears up for the Sustainable Development Goals and new funding mechanisms such as the Global Financing Facility, these lessons can be leveraged to create synergies between health sectors in order to strengthen the entire system.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Strengthening Health Systems Improves Health Care for Women, Children and Youth

first_imgPosted on March 20, 2018March 21, 2018By: Yuval Cohen, Intern, Maternal Health Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)“We cannot achieve our goals of ending maternal and child deaths without addressing critical health system barriers around the world,” said Grace Chee of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program at a recent Wilson Center event. To improve the lives of mothers and children, health workers must address the underlying causes of poor health outcomes, including systemic weaknesses in health care governance, financing and human resources.Health workers: Critical building blocksTo deliver quality services to women and children, “all elements of the health system need to converge,” said Chee, referring to the World Health Organization’s six “Health Systems Building Blocks”: governance, financing, health workforce, medical products and technology, information and service delivery.“High quality and coverage of these essential services cannot be achieved without trained and motivated health workers, who have the medicines, equipment and technology that they need to deliver these services,” said Chee, which—in turn—depends on strong leadership and greater financing.Human resources is an essential building block in Liberia, said Dr. Birhanu Getahun: “The health workforce capacity has been built at county, district and national levels, so they do have the soft skills to strengthen the health system.”Similarly, in Rwanda, the Low-Dose High-Frequency mentorship program deployed traveling mentors to train providers “within their working environment,” said Dr. Stephen Mutwiwa. Since the launch of the program in 2016, the total number of providers in Rwanda trained in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care, child health and family planning has increased three-fold.Governance and financing: Changing the system from withinLike all international development programs, programs aimed at providing technical assistance to improve maternal and child health should work closely with national and local government leaders, because “only they can really change the system from within,” Chee said.In Nigeria, the lack of centralized governance has slowed progress in reducing maternal mortality and under-five mortality rates, said Lee Pyne-Mercier of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The large number of donor and non-governmental partners in Nigeria have “led to significant fragmentation and duplication of effort,” said Pyne-Mercier. The Gates Foundation is working with national leaders to coordinate efforts and develop a single set of long-term goals for the health system.Official development assistance (ODA), while at a record high, continues to make up only a small sliver of total development assistance worldwide, according to Dr. Mariam Claeson from the Global Financing Facility (GFF). Other sources include foreign direct investment, remittances and domestic financing.“How can we use, smartly, our ODA to leverage those other sources of finance for women, children and adolescents?” said Dr. Claeson. GFF estimates that an additional $33.3 billion would be needed to cover the global need for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services—but currently total development assistance worldwide—for all needs—is roughly $36 billion.The Global Financing Facility seeks to close the funding gap by encouraging country leaders to mobilize domestic resources, providing technical support for health finance reforms and identifying target areas for investment. “We have to put the country…in the driver’s seat,” Dr. Claeson said.Governments can assess their progress by asking, “Is money going to underserved areas? Are domestic resources increasing over total government resources? Are there more technical health personnel assigned to the primary healthcare level?” said Dr. Claeson. These disbursement-linked indicators, developed by the World Bank, help to bring investments to the frontline by identifying neglected areas, said Dr. Claeson.Data: Measuring what worksData—collecting and assessing it—is critical to a well-functioning health system. For example, Dr. Koki Agarwal, the director of USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, noted that while antenatal care is highly utilized by women worldwide, “we still don’t know what services are being provided and how effective they are,” she said.To be useful, data must be accessible, said Mary Taylor of the Arctic University of Norway. “It is most important that everybody have the capacity to actually understand and use that data at the levels at which they work,” she said.Kelly Saldaña, from USAID Global Health Bureau, encouraged development programs to work within already existing open-source data systems, such as the District Health Information Software 2, which is used in Rwanda by health facilities to monitor key indicators for maternal, newborn and child health.Dr. Agarwal urged development workers to “think differently about how we invest in our country programs and what outcomes we are interested in.” Along those lines, Saldaña urged us to remember that the Sustainable Development Goals look very different in each country context.“Only by changing how the system fundamentally operates,” said Chee, “can we have sustainable improvement.”Sources: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, District Health Information Software 2, Global Financing Facility, Jhpiego, United Nations, USAID, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, World Bank, World Health OrganizationPhoto Credit: Lindsay Mgbor/UK Department for International Development—Listen to a podcast from this dialogue on strengthening health systems>>This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Reform unemployment insurance!

first_imgScholars at the Brookings Institution are calling for reform of the unemployment insurance system, according to the New York Times. Freelancers and other self-employed workers aren’t eligible to receive benefits under the current system, which is funded by payroll taxes levied on employers. The new proposal says that the self-employed should be able to save pre-tax dollars in personal accounts, with the government providing matching funds. We’ve been saying so all along.last_img

8:05 – Back to Action

first_imgAndy wraps up, the music comes back on, and freelancers are coming back to grab more postcards, sign up to volunteer, and pledge to the PAC. Members, staff, and volunteers are circulating with clipboards, and it’s getting really loud!last_img

Would you buy a house sight unseen? New Bravo show puts couples to the test.

first_imgThe real estate market is crazy, but Bravo’s new show Buying it Blind takes it to a new level.To promote the premiere of the new show, three “hidden” homes are popping up in key, high-traffic areas in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.Buying it Blind, which premieres at 8/7c on Friday, November 2nd as part of the network’s new real estate and design dedicated “Bravo Home” content block, will follow house-hunting couples who can’t agree on what kind of home to buy, so they hand the decision (and their life-savings) over to a team of experts to buy and renovate their dream home sight unseen.To highlight the drama and anticipation of spending all that money on a house that will be a total surprise, Bravo worked with 360i to completely cover a series of existing homes in mysterious packaging posing the question, “Would you buy this house sight unseen?” The hidden houses serve as larger than life billboards that stop people in their tracks and generate buzz for the show. And to further target home buyers currently browsing the market, the wrapped homes are also being featured as “listings” in native advertising on Zillow.com & Trulia.com. Will this real estate gamble end in a dream home or a house of horrors? Tune in Friday night to find out.Want to see a hidden house to see for yourself? Stop by these three locations:New York City – 80 Washington Place, NY, NY 10011 (October 31-Nov 3)Los Angeles – 611 Mildred Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Oct 30-Nov 4)Chicago – 716 West Schubert Ave (Lincoln Park) Chicago, Il 60614 (Oct 30-Nov 4).Read more about the activation in the Chicago Tribune and BizBash.last_img read more

Pre-Made Supermarket Foods: Are They Worth the Extra Expense?

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5 Ways to Get a Free Education

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What the Finance: Breaking Down Investment Terms

first_imgBe sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram to get the newest in the What the Finance series right in your feed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat the Finance: It’s Tax TimeMarch 23, 2018In “Tax Tips”3 Ways to Talk Money With Your HoneyApril 7, 2015In “Financial Literacy”Managing Your Finances With Your PartnerMarch 2, 2018In “Financial Planning” So many financial terms are often thrown around and used in every-day conversation, but do you really know what they mean? Our What the Finance series simplifies financial terms so you feel confident about your money decisions! Post navigationlast_img