Inland Empire Weekly

School of Nursing receives $2.6 million grant to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses in the I.E.

Loma Linda University School of Nursing has been awarded a four-year, $2.6-million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help grow the number of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the Inland Empire. The grant, from the federal department’s Advanced Education Nursing Grant Program, will provide funding toward tuition assistance for qualifying students and enhance training. The school recently received confirmation of the funding for year one of the 4-year grant, a $684,848 installment. “This grant will allow us to update and enhance the training provided to students,” said Gloria Mattson Huerta, DNP, Nurse Practitioner program coordinator and assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Nursing. “This will include the development of standardized patient scenarios focusing on behavioral health issues, as well as managing the opioid crisis — both of which are significant issues in the Inland Empire as well as nationally.” Pete Aguilar, Representative for California’s 31st U.S. Congressional District, has promoted adding HHS funding to provide high-quality affordable healthcare in the state’s medically-underserved communities. “By increasing the number of highly-qualified nurses in our region, we can help ensure better health outcomes…

White House drug reform reversal leaves mental health patients pinching pennies

An Op-Ed The White House just axed a proposal that would have made medicines more affordable for patients living with mental illness. Had the change taken effect, millions of Americans would have found it easier to afford the medicines they need.  I’ve made it my life’s mission to help Americans who are battling mental illnesses.  While serving in the House of Representatives, I authored and co-sponsored bills to improve treatment of mental health disorders. And I’ve continued to advocate for these patients since leaving Congress. Each year, millions of Americans confront mental illness. Roughly one in six Americans relies on some form of psychiatric medication.  Many patients struggle to afford the medications that keep them healthy. In 2017, nearly half of people battling a mental illness went without treatment, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Almost half of those patients cited cost as the reason.  High out-of-pocket pharmacy bills deserve much of the blame. An analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when copays for antidepressants double, patients fill 26 percent fewer prescriptions.  The Trump…

Animal shelters to host “End of Summer Spay-Cation – free cat spay, neuter

Summer is a busy time for local animal shelters.  The warmer weather means an increase in the number of kittens born and surrendered to already over-crowded animal welfare organizations.  In an ongoing effort to prevent unwanted litters and promote life-saving measures, nine animal shelters servicing San Bernardino County will be hosting an “End of Summer Spay-Cation.”  Appointments for free cat spay or neuter clinics will be available August 19th through the 23rd at participating animal shelters, the County of San Bernardino will be offering vouchers worth $75.00 toward the cost to spay and neuter cats! Vouchers are for residents who reside in the County’s unincorporated areas. San Bernardino County Animal Control Directors Coalition, encourages residents of San Bernardino County to participate in the “End of Summer Spay-Cation” by making their cat an appointment to be spayed or neutered. “Beyond the many health benefits for cats, spaying or neutering your pet is a way that residents can help reduce pet over-population and promote the adoption of healthy and treatable pets county-wide” Veronica Fincher, Rancho Cucamonga Animal Center’s Director explains.  “We hope residents will take advantage of the free…

Governor Newsom’s “Mental Health Czar” visits Behavioral Health

Last week, Dr. Thomas Insel, the internationally renowned neuroscientist and psychiatrist appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to be his special advisor on mental health, visited San Bernardino County to learn about its behavioral health programs. Insel visited San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) clinics, residential treatment facilities, and participated in a ride along with the Homeless Outreach Support Team, a mental health team that provides supportive services to homeless individuals living on the streets. He also viewed an RV which had been transformed into a mobile clinic, and visited several DBH clubhouses, recreation centers that support individuals with a mental health disorder. At the Desert Stars Clubhouse in Barstow, members shared their stories of recovery and presented Insel with a Certificate of Appreciation for his long outstanding support of mental health. “Dr. Insel is interested in learning from the ‘little people’ and we appreciate that,” said clubhouse member Rey French. “As I visit counties around California, I am continually impressed by the commitment and the creativity of the people delivering behavioral health services,” Insel said. “San Bernardino is such a great example of…

Community to celebrate Emma Shaw’s 107th birthday!

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, in San Bernardino the Shaw family will gather together to celebrate the 107th birthday of the family matriarch, Emma Shaw. The celebration will be held at the Akoma Unity Center at Anne Shirrells Park from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. It is being sponsored by Akoma Community, Greenwood Bail Bonds, the Westside Action Group (WAG) and the Shaw Family Foundation. Emma was the 2nd born to James and Gertrude Armstrong on August 9, 1912 in Tallulah, Louisiana. Emma was raised by her aunt and uncle and attended Madison Parish Training School. Emma was not able to complete school because the family needed her to help in the cotton fields. At the tender age of 15 she met the love of her life, George Bernard Shaw. Emma and George were married on February 6, 1929 and to this union God blessed them with 13 children; six sons, five daughters and two children who died at birth. Six of their children; Cleveland, Luretha, Johnny B, Joyce, Wiley and Mary were born in Tallulah. Emma and George were married for 62 years until…

Over 650 tax-defaulted properties will be auctioned starting August 3

San Bernardino County Tax Collector Ensen Mason announced recently that his office will hold its annual online auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning August 3, 2019, with staggered closing times from August 5, 2019 through August 9, 2019. “The benefit of a tax sale is getting tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services, including education, police and fire protection, and social and public health services,” Mason said. “Winning bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices.” This tax sale auction consists of more than 650 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years, and will include re-offered properties that did not sell in a previous tax sale. Opening bids start as low as $100, and the highest bid wins. Each bidder alone bears the responsibility of due diligence to inspect, research, and investigate the properties offered for sale. Limited tax information including parcel number, Assessor’s parcel map, and Google Map are available for viewing online at www.MyTaxCollector.com. Property is sold “as is”, and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.…

Sierra Club to present “Keep California Leading: Our Voice at the Capitol”

The next meeting of the San Gorgonio Chapter, Sierra Club will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum, 2014 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands.  Sierra Club California Chair Mary Ann Ruiz (also chair of the San Gorgonio Chapter) will present a program titled, “Keep California Leading:  Our Voice at the Capitol”. While our federal government dodges any action to avert a climate disaster California, the fifth largest economy in the world, is leading the charge to combat climate change.  Sierra Club California is our voice at the Capitol in Sacramento, giving a voice to the environment in the State Legislature and at state-wide policy agencies.  Join us to learn more about this effective organization at our August 6 meeting. Sierra Club California Chair (also our Chapter Chair) Mary Ann Ruiz will lead this meeting.  In addition to learning about our presence at the Capitol, you will have the opportunity to learn more about helping to influence our Legislature on important environmental bills coming up in the August/September Legislative session.  We will have a short video about in-district lobbying with signups from…

Power-packed lunchbox ideas

(Family Features) Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn’t have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals. Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during the school year, features more than 80 registered dietitian-approved, family-tested meal ideas with produce as a focal point. Consider skipping the typical sandwich, chips and apple. Instead, it only takes a few minutes to embark on a creative approach to lunch. Get the kids involved by having them use small cookie cutters to make fresh fruits and vegetables into fun shapes. Try complementing the produce with wraps or soups to add extra excitement to typical lunchbox fare. Regardless if your child is a picky eater or is on the more adventurous side, bento box lunches such as Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box and Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box can prove to be satisfying, power-packed meals. For more lunchbox inspiration, visit poweryourlunchbox.com. Chinese Mandarin Pasta…

Start the school year off right

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year. To help your children put the best foot forward, consider these suggestions from The Salvation Army, which operates hundreds of low-cost after-school programs for kids of all ages in low-income neighborhoods across the country and understands the importance of setting children up for success all year. Get back into a routine. During the summer months, family routines tend to slide, especially morning rituals and bedtime habits. A few weeks before school starts, begin transitioning your way back to a normal school schedule. A gentle progression toward earlier bed and wake-up times is easier on kids physically and mentally. Try adjusting by 15 minutes each day until you reach the optimal schedule for your family. Remember that routines aren’t just about the clock, though. If there are certain steps that are part of the school year routine, such as packing lunches and laying out clothes for the next…

Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship awards deserving students

Sarah-Beth Roach, Dallas Platter and Laura Acosta are recipients of the Diana Harrison Memorial Scholarship; each student received $1,000. Diana Harrison was the managing editor and co-publisher of Inland Empire Community Newspapers, who passed away suddenly on June 1, 2017. Supporting our youth was one of Diana’s passions, therefore a scholarship established in her memory was so fitting. Sarah-Beth is returning to school after serving in the United States Army as a medic for six years where she received two Commendation Medals and was recognized for leadership. Sarah-Beth is majoring in Biology and plans to transfer to a university to become a Registered Nurse before pursuing her master’s in Public Health and Global Health. Sarah-Beth is very passionate about health care- specifically women’s healthcare and those who do not have adequate access to medical care. Her ultimate goal is to work with MSF (Aka Doctors without borders) as a nurse to provide access to care in impoverished and war-torn areas. After realizing you cannot get anywhere in life without a good education, Dallas decided to follow her passion to become a social worker. Dallas hopes to use her personal…

Awareness event highlights services for children, parents

August is Child Support Awareness Month and San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is reminding parents that they are here to offer a range of services to assist parents in supporting their children. DCSS invites parents to attend events aimed at celebrating the department’s purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of children, as well as supplying resources to provide help building stronger, healthier families. Thursday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., DCSS will hold its first-ever Back to School Health and Resource Fair. The department will hand out free backpacks (on a first-come, first-serve basis), offer free dental screenings, free vaccinations, free haircuts, CPR demonstrations, story time, cooking and much more through partnerships with local community agencies. The event will take place at DCSS office located at 10417 Mountain View Ave., Loma Linda. During Mondays with DCSS, the department will host representatives from social service agencies at its three offices in  Loma Linda, Victorville and Ontario. While child support customers wait to meet with their case workers, they will have the chance to meet with staff from other…

San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District Breaks 30-Year Record for Groundwater Storage, at 20 Billion Gallons and Counting

Like money in the bank, local groundwater aquifers have seen record-breaking deposits this year with a staggering 20 billion gallons saved so far and another two months still left in the water year, the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District announced today. More than 61,000 acre-feet of snowmelt and rainfall has been diverted from Mill Creek and the Santa Ana River by the District and recharged into the groundwater basin for future use by those who pump water from the basin.  Imported water was also used to help supplement the amount of water stored. Photo Daniel Cozad SBVWCD General Manager Daniel Cozad attributes this year’s high recharge figures to a wet winter and the 2017 establishment of the San Bernardino Basin Groundwater Council: a group of local cities and water agencies helping to purchase imported State Project water for groundwater storage. The water stored so far this year is enough to serve 180,000 families in Southern California for an entire year, Cozad said. It helps to replenish the water used during the prior drought periods and will help provide resiliency for future dry times. “Our region is blessed with…

Wellness camp gives community kids tools to make wholesome lifestyle choices

Loma Linda University Health last week concluded its 12th annual Operation Fit, a series of week-long wellness camps for Inland Empire children and their families to learn how to live healthier lives through sensible food choices and physical activity. This summer, 75 kids, ages 9 to 15, participated in each of the three Operation Fit camps held June 24 through July 19 at Loma Linda University Health. Camps were led and staffed by Loma Linda University School of Medicine and School of Public Health medical students, pediatric residents, and dietetic students. Through dynamic, interactive educational activities, campers learn how portion control, read food labels and incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. Kids were also introduced to fun exercise games and physical activities. Marti Baum, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, said camp participants are referred by SAC Health System pediatricians and family medicine physicians if the patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is over the 85th percentile, which means the child is considered overweight or obese. “Children with elevated BMIs often move into type 2 diabetes by the time they reach their 20’s,” Baum said. “A proactive approach…

Fortnite’s biggest tournament yet

One of, if not the most, popular games of all time Fortnite, just held one of e-sports biggest tournaments yet, the Fortnite World Cup. Over $30 million was put into it and it was hosted this past Friday – Sunday. To qualify, you had to be at the top of your region’s standings for 1 of the 10 qualifying weeks. Here’s how it went down. The first day, Friday, was the creative World Cup, a mode in Fortnite where you can make your own maps, death runs, battle courses and anything your mind can think of. Cizzorz, a popular streamer and Faze Fortnite member, with the help of his world-class death run team, was able to pull away and him and his team now have $1 million to split four ways. This was then followed by the Fortnite pro am. Where money was at stake for charity. And pro Airwaks and his celebrity teammate RL Grimes took home $500,000 each to give to their charity of choice. Now, for the big events, the Solo and Duo World Cup Finals. Winners get $3 million. There was…

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Summer Meal Program: Now to July 31 – the City of San Bernardino will have a Summer Meal Program for kids under 18 years of age from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the following Community Centers: Center for Individual Development – Mon. – Fri.- 8088 Palm Lane – (909) 384-5426 Lytle Creek Community Center – Tues. – Fri. – 380 South K Street – (909) 384-5424 Ruben Campos Center – Tues. – Fri – 1717 West 5th Street – (909) 384-5421 Verdemont Community Center – Tues. – Fri. -3664 Little League Dr. – (909) 361-2574 Delmann Heights Center – Tues. – Fri. – 2969 North Flores Street – (909) 880-1362 Hernandez Community Center – Tues. – Fri. – 222 North Lugonia Ave. – (909) 384-5420 Each site will also receive a visit from the public library three times during the summer schedule with story time with Miss MARY Charter, a marionette show by Franklin Haynes Marionettes and a Magic Show presented by Rafael & Katie. For information call your local community center. Now to July 30 – the Colton Breakfast/Lunch Program will be administered at…

Colton School Board Member Dan Flores raises $262,000 in campaign for 5th District Supervisor

Today, Colton Joint Unified School Board Member Dan Flores’ campaign for San Bernardino County 5th District Supervisor announced that it has raised $262,000. Flores’ campaign ended the June reporting period with cash on hand of over $200,000. Flores, a Colton native, has served the County of San Bernardino as a school board member and Chief of Staff to 5th District Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, since 2005. Flores launched his campaign for 5th District Supervisor earlier this year with the full support of Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Colton Mayor Frank Navarro, and Colton Joint Unified School Board President Joanne Thoring-Ojeda. You can learn more about Flores and his vision for San Bernardino County byreading Sandra Emerson’s profile of him in the San Bernardino Sun. Commenting on his campaign in the 5th District race, Flores stated: “I am from the Fifth District, and I am proud to raise my three children in the same neighborhood where I grew up.  Through hard work, determination, and with the help of financial aid, I was the first generation in my family to graduate from college. I’m running for Supervisor to make sure that…

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