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LogiTalk | Carson Tueller on Diversity & Intersectionality of Disability

Logitech

LogiTalk welcomes Carson Tueller, a speaker, coach, and accessibility advocate, whose experiences as a disabled person and a member of the LGBTQ community have driven his activism in diversity, equity, and inclusion. He discusses his journey to rediscovering his worth inside of his disability, and the need for global change in how we approach accessibility. Hear from more incredible people on our LogiTalk podcast feed, available wherever you listen. About LogiTalk This interview series recognizes the people who are pushing beyond reason to inspire and change the world. In each episode, Gabriella Deyi sits down with our guests to explore who they are and how they defy logic with their passions, their identities, their activism, their careers, their platforms, their entrepreneurship, and especially their stories. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Logitech on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 01:11 PM Eastern Standard Time

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SCE Quadruples Rebate Offer for Pre-Owned EVs

Edison International

By Paul Griffo, Energized by Edison Writer  @SCE_PaulG Southern California Edison announced that it is  offering a $4,000 rebate  to income-qualified customers who buy or lease pre-owned electric vehicles. SCE has been offering a $1,000 rebate through its Pre-Owned EV Rebate program to residential customers who purchase or lease a used EV. But the electric company has now quadrupled the rebate amount for those who either live in a state-designated, income-qualified household or who are enrolled in certain state or federal income assistance programs. “We want the benefits of clean transportation to be available to all our customers, including those who are buying pre-owned EVs,” said Carter Prescott, SCE director of Electrification. “And now we’re happy that we can provide additional help to customers who may need it.” Rebates for new and used EVs have been available to SCE customers since 2017. Earlier this year, the utility extended its program for used EVs to lend a hand to more cost-conscious customers seeking to go electric.  Federal and state  government programs also offer rebates and other incentives to lower the cost of buying new electric cars. The Pre-Owned EV Rebate program is available to first, second and third owners or lessors of pre-owned EVs. By overcoming one of the key barriers to EV ownership — affordability — the program aims to stimulate EV adoption, a key component in helping the state meet its critical climate and air quality goals. “Many people, regardless of income, would rather buy pre-owned vehicles instead of new, and SCE’s pre-owned EV rebate may make the difference between those customers buying an EV rather than a car powered by fossil fuel,” Prescott said. “At SCE, we also strive to ensure that our programs help communities that are most impacted by harmful vehicle emissions.” Applying for the rebate can be done online in a few minutes. SCE customers simply need to go to  evrebates.sce.com  and enter their SCE service account number and current vehicle registration card number. Up to three consecutive owners of a single EV are eligible for a rebate, and up to three EVs at each SCE customer address can receive rebates. Those applying for the higher rebate amount will be asked to provide information proving that they qualify. "We want the benefits of clean transportation to be available to all our customers, including those who are buying pre-owned EVs. And now we're happy that we can provide additional help to customers who may need it.” - Carter Prescott, SCE Director of Electrification Customers can also shop for used EVs online and compare the price of owning them to similar gas-powered cars at  cars.sce.com. The site shows how EVs can save on fuel, maintenance and other costs. Charging an electric car at home is equal to paying less than $2 per gallon of gasoline. The Pre-Owned Rebate is funded by the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program, which helps combat climate change by encouraging the use of clean fuels, like electricity, in vehicles. SCE is helping to accelerate EV adoption through its innovative  Charge Ready  charging infrastructure programs, which support the installation of electric car charging at workplaces, schools and public places and multifamily dwellings, as well as charging for fleet and industrial vehicles. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Edison International on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 01:01 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Premier Allergist, formerly The Allergy & Asthma Center, Joins AllerVie Health and Expands AllerVie Footprint to 10 States and 64 Locations

AllerVie Health

Today, AllerVie Health, a national network of board-certified allergists and immunologists, welcomes Premier Allergist, formerly The Allergy & Asthma Center, to its national platform. With the addition of Premier Allergist, AllerVie adds 32 locations to its provider network, enters three new states, and densifies their existing presence in Virginia and Florida. Dr. Prasad M. Nataraj, MD, the owner and founder of Premier Allergist, joins AllerVie Health and will be serving in a new executive leadership role where his expertise in increasing access to care through allergy clinic growth will help propel the company’s national network expansion. Dr. Nataraj attended medical school at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical School in India, completed his residency at Cornell Hospital in New York, and completed fellowship at the Louisiana State University – Tulane combination program. Dr. Nataraj and his wife Radhika built Premier Allergist over the past 26 years through relentless dedication to their calling to provide patients with state-of-the-art techniques for treatment, testing, and diagnosis of allergy, asthma, and related immunological disorders. "We are thrilled to be able to expand our phenomenal patient base and the care we provide to our patients by partnering with AllerVie Health,” said Dr. Prasad M. Nataraj. “We look forward to utilizing their resources to improve care for our current patients and to amplify our reach to new patients in our current and new markets.” All Premier Allergist providers will continue to practice medicine and provide exemplary allergy and immunology services to patients from their current locations throughout Maryland, D.C, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, ensuring continuity of care for patients. By joining AllerVie Health, Premier Allergist will leverage AllerVie’s commitment to clinical research, innovation, and expansion of care allowing the combined organization to expand and enhance services to patients through new clinical research trials, innovative treatments, and other resources available across the nationwide network of providers. “AllerVie Health is a patient-first organization directed by and in support of board-certified allergists,” said Dr. Weily Soong, AllerVie Health Chief Medical Officer. “We believe that all people deserve access to evidence-based allergy diagnostics and treatments, as well as advancements in allergy therapeutics stemming from clinical research trials. With the inclusion of Premier Allergist to our network, we are thrilled to be adding new providers to our network who both believe and ensure that patients receive the best in life changing care every day - the ultimate AllerVie experience.” An organization of like-minded, patient-focused providers living out their commitment to improving people’s lives one patient at a time, AllerVie Health and Premier Allergist look forward to bringing more clinic access, job opportunities, and the gold standard of patient care to their communities. About AllerVie Health AllerVie Health is a national network of board-certified allergists and immunologists partnering together for the advancement of patient care, serving patients across 10 states in 64 clinic locations. Our providers are committed to establishing the allergy and immunology gold standard, expanding access to best-in-class care, and bringing relief and renewed vitality to the millions of Americans affected annually, many of whom live in underserved communities today. AllerVie is relentlessly dedicated to clinical excellence, creating an improved patient experience, and supporting the development of advanced allergy and immunology-focused therapeutics and treatment options. With AllerVie Health, our patients can feel their best, reclaim their lives, and live in freedom! To learn more, visit www.allervie.com. Contact Details Rachel Russell Chief Marketing Officer rrussell@allervie.com Weily Soong, MD Chief Medical Officer wsoong@allervie.com

December 06, 2021 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

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Ørsted Receives HRH the Prince of Wales' Terra Carta Seal in Recognition of the Company's Commitment to Creating a Sustainable Future

Ørsted

December 6, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Ørsted has been awarded the Terra Carta Seal. The inaugural 2021 Terra Carta Seal recognises global companies which are driving innovation and demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets. The seal is awarded to companies whose ambitions are aligned with those of the Terra Carta, a recovery plan for nature, people, and planet launched in January 2021. Over the last decade, Ørsted has transitioned from being one of the most fossil-fuel intensive utilities in Europe to being ranked the most sustainable energy company in the world. Now, as the global leader in offshore wind, the company is working towards its vision to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. HRH The Prince of Wales was deeply encouraged by Ørsted’s commitment to reducing its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 98 % per kWh by 2025 (from a 2006 base year), reducing its scope 3 emissions by 50 % by 2032 (from a 2018 base year), and achieving net-zero GHG/CO2e emissions across its value chain by 2040. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said: “The Terra Carta Seal recognises those organisations which have made a serious commitment to a future that is much more sustainable, and puts nature, people, and the planet at the heart of the economy. We all need to make changes if we are to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren, and these businesses have pledged to make it easier for us all to do so.” The Terra Carta Seal acknowledges that each industry faces unique challenges in its transition to a sustainable future and that they are all at different stages of their journey. Here, all industries and all companies must be supported as they take steps in a more positive direction. At the same time, an accelerated pace is required if we are to achieve a 1.5 °C target, restore biodiversity, and benefit the lives and livelihoods of current and future generations. The Terra Carta Seal has been awarded to companies who hold a leadership position within their industry and who have credible transition road maps underpinned by globally recognised scientific metrics for achieving net-zero by 2050 or earlier. Mads Nipper, CEO and Group President of Ørsted, said: “We’re delighted to be among the first recipients of the Terra Carta Seal, which we see as both an achievement and an ongoing commitment. Climate change is no longer a challenge of technology or finance – it’s a question of leadership commitment from governments as well as corporates. We welcome the Terra Carta Seal and its purpose of motivating future-proof decisions by corporate leaders which are consistent with a 1.5 °C future.” Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK at Ørsted, said: “Climate change is the single greatest long-term threat facing society, and we must accelerate efforts to fight against it. As a company whose vision is to create a world that runs entirely on green energy, we know that net-zero is achievable.Having made the transition from one of the most carbon-intensive energy companies in Europe to the global leader in offshore wind, we understand the challenges posed by the transition to net-zero and want to inspire real action to help create a cleaner and more sustainable home for us all.We believe renewable energy holds the key to a cleaner future, and the planet needs to act now to reduce the effects of climate change.” Working closely with HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Jony Ive and his creative team at LoveFrom have created a physical and animated seal engineered with paper that is both simple and beautifully crafted. The design combines a host of natural references, including oak leaves, fern, magnolia, and honeybees, and intricate patterns both in nature and in the arts, creating a visual celebration which reflects the power of and reverence for nature that is at the heart of the Terra Carta. “With respect for both the historic resonance of the Terra Carta and for the environment, we have used modest, natural materials and celebrated craftsmanship with a delicate, illustrated design,” said Sir Jony Ive. “This feels a sensitive and sincere commemoration for those who have committed to the aims of the Terra Carta, and we are so very grateful to be able to contribute to such an important and impactful initiative.” About the Terra Carta Seal The 2021 inaugural Terra Carta Seal recognises global corporations that are demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets. It is being awarded to firms who have aligned themselves with the Terra Carta, who are driving innovation and leadership within their industry and who have credible transition roadmaps underpinned by globally recognised, scientific metrics for achieving net-zero by 2050 or sooner. The SMI has partnered with Corporate Knights for this initiative. Corporate Knights’ Global 100 most sustainable corporations were invited to apply for the inaugural Terra Carta Seal together with active task force members of the SMI as of 1 January 2021. The Terra Carta Seal will be awarded annually to companies who are demonstrating their commitment to, and momentum towards, the creation of genuinely sustainable markets and care for nature, people and planet. About the Sustainable Markets Initiative His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) in Davos in January 2020. The SMI is a network of global CEOs and private-sector corporations working together to build prosperous and sustainable economies that generate long-term value through the balanced integration of natural, social, human, and financial capital. The SMI facilitates the development of responsible transition pathways at industry and business levels to decarbonise and achieve net-zero, create a nature-positive future, and support a transition towards a sustainable future. HRH is appealing to public, private, and philanthropic leaders around the world to join this endeavour as part of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’. Read more here: www.sustainable-markets.org About the Terra Carta Launched by His Royal Highness at the One Planet Summit in January 2021, the Terra Carta provides a practical road map for acceleration towards an ambitious and sustainable future; one that will harness the power of Nature combined with the transformative power, innovation, and resources of the private sector. The Terra Carta serves as the mandate for the Sustainable Markets Initiative. Currently, there are over 400 named supporters of the Terra Carta – listed on the SMI website. About Ørsted The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights' 2021 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,672 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2020, the group's revenue was DKK 52.6 billion (EUR 7.1 billion). Visit orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.  Contact Information Anders Stougaard astou@orsted.com +45 99 55 67 39 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ørsted on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 12:51 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The STEM Careers Coalition Marks Second Anniversary With Expanded Career Readiness Resources and New Industry Partners Joining National Effort to Improve Student Outcomes

Discovery Education

SILVER SPRING, Md., December 6, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The STEM Careers Coalition ™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by  Discovery Education  – marks its second anniversary by welcoming new members and offering educators, students, and families nationwide an expanded collection of no-cost digital resources. To date, the  STEM Careers Coalition ™ has reached more than 4.5 million students in its mission to build the next generation of diverse STEM solution-seekers.  Building upon the dynamic array of hands-on resources, the Coalition is introducing new experiences to further support students’ career preparedness. Designed to engage high schoolers in the world of STEM, these interactive resources help students focus on their career goals with simple strategies, roadmaps, and other easy-to-use digital tools. Created in partnership with NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders dedicated to supporting student outcomes and future readiness in high-need communities, this robust series of post-secondary exploration activities connects classroom learning to careers and provides tools to help students build professional identities and digital presence. The partners of the  STEM Careers Coalition ™ share a common goal of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom with an intentional focus on racial and gender equity. Representing a range of industry sectors, the  STEM Careers Coalition ™ seeks to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. In 2021, the Coalition welcomed new members Stanley Black & Decker, NAF, Sanofi, DuPont, AstraZeneca, Keysight Technologies, and Capital Power. View the complete list of  STEM Career Coalition™  partners  here.  “All students deserve access to opportunities to be successful,” said Bill Taylor, Vice President of Outreach & Partnership Development at NAF. “As a STEM Careers Coalition member, we are helping students thrive by empowering communities to increase access to opportunities to build STEM skills that will help students thrive.”  “DuPont is proud to join the  STEM Careers Coalition  and support the mission of helping students discover and curate personal pathways to STEM careers,” said Jon Kemp, President, DuPont Electronics & Industrial. “Alongside our incredible partners in the Coalition, we are helping ensure STEM equity in education across the United States and building a stronger future for all.”  In addition to creating careers content through a diversity lens, each Coalition partner commits to improving STEM education for all students, with a specific focus on addressing equity by providing access to the award-winning Discovery Education K-12 learning platform for key communities. Connecting educators to a vast collection of standards-aligned resources and professional learning content, the Discovery Education learning platform is helping educators facilitate engaging, daily instruction in any learning environment. School communities can also engage additional digital resources in the  STEM Careers Channel  within the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform which features real-world career profiles, student activities, classroom lessons, virtual field trips, and more highlighting a wide range of fascinating STEM careers. “Reaching close to 5 million students in two years is an important milestone. Through multi-industry leadership, we are bringing diverse STEM stories directly to students nationwide. We now have a responsibility to move that awareness into action.” said Amy Nakamoto, Senior Vice President of Social Impact Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are thrilled to work alongside NAF in this journey and are excited to welcome all the new Coalition partners who have joined us this year.”   All Coalition resources are available at  stemcareerscoalition.org, and through Discovery Education’s  K-12 learning platform  on the STEM Careers Channel.  For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit  www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through  Twitter  and  LinkedIn.  ###  About the STEM Careers Coalition™ A coalition of industry partners are joining forces with Discovery Education to impact the culture of STEM education in K – 12 schools nationwide. The all-new STEM Careers Coalition’s™ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, foster equity and access to quality education, and build the next generation of solution-seekers.  About NAF   NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF’s educational design is uniquely comprehensive in its approach to skill development, enabling students of all backgrounds to participate in a meaningful education and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment to integrate STEM infused, career-relevant curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.  About Discovery Education Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading EdTech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.   Contacts Grace Maliska | Discovery Education |  gmaliska@discoveryed.com   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Discovery Education on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 11:31 AM Eastern Standard Time

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MetroPlusHealth Brings Behavioral Health Services In-house, Citing Need for Integrated Care of Body and Mind

MetroPlusHealth

MetroPlusHealth, New York City’s five-star health plan, announced today the successful completion of its year-long effort to bring behavioral health (BH) services in-house. Now, MetroPlusHealth staff, part of the largest BH provider in New York State – NYC Health + Hospitals – will be providing both BH and medical benefits to its more than 625,000 members. As New York City continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the integration of body and mind issues and coordinated care of both have become more important than ever before. Amidst an uptick in the utilization of BH services by its members, including a bump of nearly 85 % in BH telehealth services, a recent survey* conducted by MetroPlusHealth found that over 55% of New Yorkers believe the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. The transition to in-house BH services will help address the surge in BH-related issues, offering MetroPlusHealth members a more effective, holistic care experience, and will result in improved medical and mental health outcomes for members and greater efficiency for the health plan. The Plan’s approach to integrated care has already garnered significant success, earning national recognition for its innovation and, in New York State, the #1 ranking in quality. Over a nearly forty-year span, MetroPlusHealth has grown from a tiny pilot program working out of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Hospital to a major health insurer, covering hundreds of thousands of lives across the five boroughs. Delivering BH services to its members is the latest forward step in the steady evolution of one of New York City’s largest health plans. “Behavioral health benefits must be an integral component of our health plans. These services enable us to offer our members the full range of coordinated care,” said Dr. Talya Schwartz, President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “Our mission, as a health plan, embraces taking care of the complete person. When we care for the body, we can’t just ignore the mind. New York City has always been demanding, and its residents face many stresses. But COVID-19 has placed new pressures on the health care system, on New Yorkers, and our most vulnerable members, as well. As New York City’s homegrown health plan and proud New Yorkers ourselves, we quickly realized that these times require innovative thinking and approaches. Bringing BH in-house was one of the most critical initiatives we launched during the pandemic. Our members need our full attention to their care, and that includes their behavioral health.” MetroPlusHealth is committed to treating physical health and behavioral health as equally important to its members' wellbeing. Traditionally, these concerns have been managed separately by most health plans, with BH outsourced to vendors. Over the past eighteen months, MetroPlusHealth has done significant work to integrate a behavioral health model of care, which aims to heighten staff awareness and synergy to ensure that members’ physical and mental health issues are addressed together to improve care quality and efficiency. Under this new model of care, MetroPlusHealth now enlists and collaborates with its network of primary care physicians (PCPs) to identify behavioral health issues at the front lines. This will result in PCPs becoming more acutely aware of their patient’s behavioral health challenges and effectively starting recovery as soon as possible. Dr. Schwartz emphasized the advantages the new BH arrangement affords MetroPlusHealth’s participating providers. “We believe our new BH benefit management is less restrictive and more collaborative with our in-network providers. Less the stick approach with utilization management and more aligned with our providers through VBP contracting. This difference is not trivial, as credit for savings has to be split between physical health and BH, but our new BH model is more likely to be successful than when we outsourced behavioral health. Overall, the transition to in-house BH services is great for members, providers, and us. Definitely a win-win-win.” MetroPlusHealth’s decision to transition its behavioral health to in-house management “unlocks a new universe of quality and efficiency opportunities that would have been difficult to achieve with outside partners,” said Dr. Sanjiv Shah, Chief Medical Officer of MetroPlusHealth. “Having mental health services in-house puts mental and medical health on equal footing and importance. BH impacts physical health, and physical health impacts BH. We know that people with BH issues have significantly worse outcomes and shorter life spans. After cardiac events, patients frequently experience depression and anxiety and addressing those conditions may lead to better cardiac outcomes.” With in-house services, MetroPlusHealth’s BH experts can now screen for complications in real-time before conditions worsen, eliminating the issue of not having access to care because of insurance. They can also supplement medical treatment by addressing social determinants of health such as housing, food insecurity, and employment. “The new BH model,” said Dr. Shah, “will make it much easier for us to identify, monitor, and partner with our members in the successful treatment of their physical and mental health needs, and their social determinants, as well.” “Our team works closely with some of the Plan’s most at-risk members,” stated Anna Reyna, LCSW, CCM, Manager, ICM (Integrated Care Management) Task Force at MetroPlusHealth. “It’s so exciting to now have an in-house behavioral health department that can support our work with high risk, homeless members, who often have significant mental health and substance use disorders, alongside complex medical conditions. These members may need assistance with so many aspects of their care that it can be overwhelming and discouraging to people who are already struggling. An in-house behavioral health department that understands the challenges of our most vulnerable members, and can assist with their stabilization, is a tremendous advantage to our members.” MetroPlusHealth’s integrated BH program is designed to: Ensure access to a broad range of services like Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS), which support the acquisition of life skills, job training, employment support, social skills, and family therapy. Support Behavioral Health Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS), an array of therapy, rehabilitation, and psychosocial services for children and youth under age 21. Create tailored partnerships for extremely vulnerable (e.g., formerly incarcerated and homeless), ensuring strong alignment/coordination with City agencies, H+H, and CBOs. Provide individualized and comprehensive care plans designed for each member, considering BH, Medical and Social Determinants of Health. Person-Centered Service Plan (PCSP) will emphasize shared decision-making approaches that empower members, provide choice and minimize stigma. Actively communicate with the member’s other care coordinators and providers to ensure health and wellness goals are met. Care coordination activities will be the foundation for care plans and foster individual responsibility for health awareness. Work with the provider community to provide member-specific feedback. MetroPlusHealth’s BH program and patient outcomes will: Provide a whole-person approach to treatment, prevention and wellness, including a focus on addressing social determinants. Reduce avoidable inpatient and emergency department utilization by ensuring effective care management, utilization management and access to quality providers. Promote recovery from substance use disorder through effective connection to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and/or outpatient treatment. Develop operational agreements with the provider community to align on effective rendering of evidence-based treatments. Besides the robust network of BH providers now available to them through their health plan, MetroPlusHealth members can also utilize MetroPlus Virtual Visit. This no-cost 24/7 telehealth program connects them to board-certified therapists and psychiatrists by smartphone, tablet, or computer. With COVID-19, it is essential that members always have access to telehealth. Virtual Visits enable members to get help when they need it, free of stigma and free of charge. Much of the mechanics of the BH transition to an in-house model may be clinical, Dr. Talya Schwartz pointed out. “But, ultimately, this transition is about ensuring that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, our members, our neighbors, get seamless access to the mental health services that now, more than ever, they need.” ### About MetroPlusHealth Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to residents across New York City. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for over 625,000 New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the State’s 2020 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in New York City. The health plan’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive, and fluent in more than 40 languages, MetroPlusHealth’s staff is as diverse as the great city it serves. For more information about MetroPlusHealth plans, benefits, and services, visit www.metroplus.org and join the conversation at facebook.com/metroplushealth and Twitter @metroplushealth. MetroPlusHealth is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system. For a list of MetroPlusHealth locations and hours of operations, visit metroplus.org/metroplus-near-you. Research Methodology MetroPlusHealth’s 2021 Survey of Behavioral Health was conducted in September 2021 and consists of two distinct studies with the Geo-CARAVAN survey conducted by ENGINE INSIGHTS. The NYC survey was among New York City DMA residents, 18 years of age and older. The general population survey was among a sample of 1,011 adults 18 years of age and older. The online omnibus study is conducted three times a week among a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older. About ENGINE INSIGHTS ENGINE INSIGHTS is a collaborative and consultative research partner to hundreds of organizations around the globe. We possess a wide variety of resources, tools and technologies to collect and analyze information for our clients. As a member of the Insights Association and ESOMAR (the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research), ENGINE INSIGHTS adheres to industry ethics and best practices, including maintaining the anonymity of our respondents. Contact Details Divendra Jaffar 212-908-3380 +1 646-952-3243 jaffadi@metroplus.org

December 06, 2021 11:23 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Rockwell Automation Named Again to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and Wisconsin Green Masters Program

Rockwell Automation

MILWAUKEE, December 6, 2021, /3BL Media/ - Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) has been listed for the 11 th time on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Launched in 1999, the DJSI are a pioneering series of sustainability benchmarks comprised of global, regional, and country leaders assessed annually on long-term governance and economic, environmental, and social criteria. Additionally, Rockwell has also earned Green Masters Program certification from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the eighth consecutive year. Green Masters is a sustainability recognition, assessment, and certification program for Wisconsin businesses. In August, Rockwell announced it was named to the FTSE4Good Index Series for the 20 th time. The Index is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. Rockwell launched an updated sustainability strategy in 2020 including a new goal of net zero, carbon neutral (Scopes 1 and 2) by 2030. Earlier this year it expanded its corporate sustainability team and function with additional investment and resources including newly created positions in business units and functional areas to accelerate the launch of new and enhanced sustainability solutions for customers. Learn more about Rockwell’s sustainability strategy and performance. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Rockwell Automation on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 11:17 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Angel Investor and Ureeka Co-Founder Melissa Bradley Shares Advice for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

Comcast Corporation

Melissa Bradley’s career has centered on entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership. She is  founder and general partner of 1863 Ventures and co-founder of  Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs that is providing  Comcast RISE  recipients – small businesses owned by people of color – with the networks and expertise needed to grow their businesses. Together with partners like Ureeka, Comcast is committed to investing in diverse small businesses that play a critical role in driving our economy. In honor of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, we asked Melissa to share her top three tips for underrepresented entrepreneurs, what she looks for when considering companies to invest in, and her thoughts on the role entrepreneurs play in growing jobs and building wealth. Below are some highlights of the conversation. What are your top three tips for underrepresented entrepreneurs? Melissa Bradley:  “As we move into 2022, and I think we're still all adjusting to what this new normal is, my tips are grounded in where I know there are the greatest gaps, either because they have been intentionally excluded from traditional systems that foster entrepreneurship or because we know that too often these entrepreneurs lack access to capital.” Manage your finances well. Plan, plan, plan. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Learn more about Melissa’s advice for underrepresented entrepreneurs and why they are essential to our economy and collective success In addition to your role at Ureeka, you are also an angel investor. What do you consider when choosing companies to invest in? Melissa Bradley:  “I look for three things. One, I spend a lot of time with the entrepreneur. I know people say ‘team, team, team’, but I'm not looking for a pedigree. I'm not looking for years and years of accolades. I'm looking for passion. I'm looking for commitment. I'm looking for a willingness to learn because these are uncharted waters. And I'm looking for a desire to be the best that they possibly can. You know, we're all going to make mistakes and they're going to learn. I want to know that the entrepreneur is willing to learn with me and learn with others to be able to advance the investment.” “The second thing is, I do want to understand the market. There's a lot of things I don't know. I like to be able to rely on the entrepreneur and their community to really understand what is the market opportunity here.” “[Lastly] And what you probably hear a lot is making sure there's product market fit. But in that, making sure that the entrepreneur understands that things are going to have to change, there is going to be some pivots and they're comfortable with change.” Why are businesses run by underrepresented entrepreneurs so important to the overall economy? Melissa Bradley:  “They are the economic driver of this country. We know that if you were to total up all the women-based businesses here in the United States, they would have the fifth largest GDP in the world, which is ahead of France, the United Kingdom, and Italy.” “And if you were to use African-American entrepreneurs as a proxy for other entrepreneurs of color, we know that they contribute 10 percent of the GDP year-over-year and are starting businesses six times beyond the national average. We also know Latinx businesses are the fastest growing in this country.” Partnerships with organizations like Ureeka and programs like Comcast RISE are part of  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 11:16 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Securing the Supply Chain and Critical Infrastructure

Keysight Technologies

The modern concept of a supply chain now applies to software, too. Unfortunately, hackers have noticed the increased connectedness of factories and critical infrastructure, and the improved, digital, internet-connected devices these manufacturers use are now at risk. Gail Ow, senior industrial solutions manager at Keysight Technologies, explores how to secure the technology supply chain and why manufacturers, infrastructure, and consumers all have an active role in making our world safer. Read the full article on Industrial Automation Asia View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Keysight Technologies on 3blmedia.com

December 06, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Standard Time

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