This Doctor Is Teaching Black Youth To Cope With Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus pandemic, has caused many Americans across the country to adapt to a new reality following the devastating economic fallout. According to the CDC, 40% of Americans have reported they were struggling with mental health issues since June, with 31% reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. Young adults and teenagers have also been severely impacted, with many unsure about the future of their academic pursuits with school closures due to social distancing restrictions and a pivot to online learning.

To help with the transition, programs like Peer Health Exchange are working with young adults to help them learn to cope with their mental health issues. Angela Glymph, Ph.D., vice president of Programs and Strategic Learning of Peer Health Exchange, discusses why organizations like hers are so important especially during this time.

“I’ve been working with the organization [since] 2014,” says Glymph in an interview with

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Habitat for Humanity BCS launches podcast to educate on housing issues, policy

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Bryan College Station Habitat for Humanity has launched a new podcast series aimed at informing the community of housing related issues in the Brazos Valley. The podcast named “Think Brazos” features interviews from candidates in local city council and commissioner races.

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Think Brazos discusses policies that impact housing affordability and financial stability for families in the Brazos Valley. Candidates from Single Member District 4, Flynn Adcock and Dorris Machinski, Brazos County Commissioner precinct 2 candidates Jane Sherman and Russ Ford, and candidates for College Station City Council place 4, Elizabeth Cunha and Joe Guerra, kick off the series of interviews.

“We did a wide array of interviews that we think the people in the community may find interesting, especially since this is the first day of early voting. We want the people to have as much information as

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10 post-COVID policy issues facing education

A new report from the Aurora Institute examines the top 10 K-12 education policy issues that have surfaced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness, offers insight into effecting high-level systematic change for the future of teaching and learning.

“Calls for a redesigned education system are growing in number and volume,” says Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute President and CEO and report co-author. “In this unprecedented time, we will do well to acknowledge that our long and firmly held beliefs about school, teaching, and learning will never be the same again. Our educators and students have a daunting year ahead as the pandemic persists. We are fortunate to have the liberty to seize the moment, share strategic guidance on education policy issues to rewrite the narrative, and fundamentally reshape this public

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Health, education, water, environment: Key issues highlighted in Resident Coordinator’s visit to Basra – Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq; 05 October 2020 -The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Ms Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano visited Basra yesterday, reaffirming the UN’s long-term commitment to supporting the Government of Iraq in current challenges, particularly in the wake of COVID-19.

Ms Vojáčková-Sollorano was accompanied by Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Iraq and Hamida Ramadhani Lasseko, Country Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Iraq.

During a meeting with Basra Governor H.E Mr. Asaad al-Eidani, the Resident Coordinator discussed the challenges facing communities in Basra, including adequate healthcare amidst the pandemic and the need to encourage continued education, particularly for girls. She also met with representatives from civil society to express support for more robust environmental protection measures, long-term employment opportunities, and respect for human rights.


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Women With HIV Have More Non-AIDS Health Issues

Women with HIV suffer a greater burden of of non-AIDS comorbidities than HIV-seronegative women in every age group, according to findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

In one of the largest studies of the epidemiology of non-AIDS comorbidities (NACM) in female participants, the author, Ighovwerha Ofotokun, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, and his colleagues analyzed data from the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a nationally representative cohort of women living with HIV (WLWH) and at-risk HIV-seronegative women. Ofotokun’s team assessed 2,309 virologically suppressed WLWH and 923 HIV-seronegative participants in the WIHS with the median age of 50 years. Sixty-five percent of participants were Black and 70% had ever used cigarettes. Researchers also examined burden of NACM according to HIV serostatus and age. The median observation period was 15.3 years.

Overall, researchers found that total NACM were significantly

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Unlock 5.0: Education Ministry Issues Guidelines For Reopening of Schools, Colleges

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New Delhi: The Education Ministry on Saturday released guidelines for reopening of schools during the Unlock 5 phase. As per the guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can also open outside containment zones after October 15. However, the decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with the states/UTs. For schools/coaching centres Students can come to school but they will need a written consent of their parents or guardians. Online learning will still be encouraged in case students decide not to come to schools. States and Union Territories will need to prepare their SOPs in line with the Centre’s Unlock 5 guidelines, and in accordance with the ground situation in their respective units.
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5 big financial issues voters didn’t hear much (or anything) about in the Trump-Biden debate

For a rancorous first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, there was a whole lot that went unsaid.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate again on Oct. 15 in a town-hall format with undecided voters. Perhaps they’ll get to these critical personal finance topics then.

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Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate again on Oct. 15 in a town-hall format with undecided voters. Perhaps they’ll get to these critical personal finance topics then.

Unemployment is coming off double-digit rates in the spring after government shutdowns to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, yet joblessness is still high. But the candidates didn’t delve deeply into solutions for joblessness before cross-talk reigned. The same goes for the prospect of another round of fiscal stimulus and more federal unemployment benefits.


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Health care costs were another issue discussed briefly before turning into a slugfest. Meanwhile, millions of renters could be facing eviction starting next year, but interruptions — many from Trump — crowded out talk on that issue.

How about

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Weigh the parties on three issues: abortion, police, education

The media is biased in both directions. Make a list of three policies that interest you. Put them in order of importance according to our Constitution, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For example: abortions, education and police. Figure out what Democrats and Republicans say they want to do.

Abortion: Killing an infant in the womb. Planned Parenthood Annual report for 2019 is 345,672 abortions.

Democrats: funding to increase the number of abortions; abortions legal up to date of birth; continue to receive taxpayer funds.

Republicans: limit the number of abortions; no abortions after the eighth month of pregnancy; no taxpayer funds.

Education: States are required to educate children in their state. Curriculum and cost is determined by state education boards. All taxpayers pay for the education of children in state schools, both public and charter schools.

Republicans: Vouchers for parents, good at all schools, public or private; all

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Fears internet issues in Moray schools may affect online learning

Moray Council has been urged to ensure its school infrastructure is fit for online learning amid concerns it is struggling to cope.

Lessons delivered through internet platforms were commonplace before classes returned following the summer holidays.

However, the services remain under consideration in the event pupils need to self-isolate or classes need to be reduced in size if rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic change.

Yesterday Forres Academy teacher Susan Slater, who is local branch secretary of the EIS union, warned learning may start to suffer amid concerns the internet bandwidth in some schools is already struggling to cope with demand.

She said: “The reality is that if we move towards classes where individuals need to self-isolate then staff will be responding more and more on digital platforms.

“It will be crucial to resolve these issues otherwise there will be an impact on attainment and the workload of class teachers.”


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Online Learning Issues, $2M Ticket, Dementia Case: News Nearby

Here are some of the share-worthy stories from Maryland Patches to talk about tonight:

  • $101M Revenue Loss: Schools Brace For Possible FY22 Budget Cuts

  • Drug Bust At Pasadena Royal Farms Seizes Cocaine: Police

  • Maryland Awards $10M In Grants To 16 Community Colleges

Crofton Mom Shares Family’s Virtual Learning Experience

A hug. A smile. A high five. These are just three of many things students learning from home really miss. Elizabeth Fine of Crofton shared her family’s experience with virtual learning.

Former MD Politician Shares Dementia Diagnosis

The former mayor of Havre de Grace has been diagnosed with dementia. David Craig, also a former Harford County executive, went public with his condition to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and call for more research funding.

Royal Farms Sells $2 Million Lottery Ticket

Someone who purchased a lottery ticket in Perry Hall is $2 million richer.

Halloween In MD: Avoid Risky Trick-Or-Treating, CDC Urges

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