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Focus On The Delaware Valley introduces you to the people and organizations making a difference in our community, from health and safety issues to education, employment, and even entertainment opportunities. Focus On The Delaware Valley looks for solutions and positive action to make our region a better place to call home.

March 31, The Mental Health Association in Delaware

Jennifer Seo, Deputy Director, and Elizabeth Davis, Associate Community Educator, from the Mental Health Association in Delaware discussed their work, raising awareness of promoting mental heath and bringing awareness to the prevention of suicide.   We discussed how to maintain 'good' mental health with coping strategies, the warning signs of a developing disorder, including sleeping too…
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March 24, 2019 The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware

President and CEO Pam Cornforth discussed the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, offering a safe, affordable “home-away-from-home” to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals.  Families staying at the RMH come from across the region, the country and abroad for a private room, meals and snacks, playrooms…
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February 10, American Cancer Society

Shawn Gines, Senior Manager, and Sean Kelly, Community Development Manager, at the American Cancer Society, discussed their community based mission to eliminate cancer through research, education and advocacy.  Shawn spoke on the organization's services, available to anyone who has heard the words, 'You have cancer.'   In Delaware there will be about 5,870 new cases this…

February 3, Alzheimers Association

From the Alzheimer's Association Fredericka Waugh, Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, and Val Nunnenkamp Co-Chair of the Party in Purple, discussed Alzheimer's, the leading dementia diagnosed.   We discussed the unknown about the disease, how it caused and why, and what is known, that genetics plays a part in the likelihood of a diagnosis and…
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January 27, Community Legal Aid Society on Immigration

From Community Legal Aid Society, Laura Graham, Deputy Director and Managing Attorney, and John Whitelaw, Advocacy Director, in a discussion on immigrants in the Delaware Valley.   They described the work of CLASI, providing legal aid to low income and under served communities on housing, elder law, benefits, domestic abuse and victims of crime and their…
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January 20, The American Heart Association Delaware

David Morris, Executive Director for the American Heart and American Stroke Associations Delaware, gave us marching orders for the new year to have a healthier cardiovascular system!  We discussed the importance of heart health, for immediate well being and to prevent disease and disability later, and the relationship of cardiovascular health with other ailments, including…
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January 13, The Social Security Administration

Edward Lafferty, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration discussed the agency and its continued operations during the government shutdown and things to consider in the new year, including a review of personal finances.  We first discussed important upcoming dates for registering for Medicare, the enrollment window ends in March for those eligible, without…
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Todd Harris, Ph.D., Executive Director of Autism Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Todd Harris, PhD, Executive Director of Autism Services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, discussed aging with ASD.  After a brief look at the possible biologic causes of ASD and its diagnosis, we discussed how many families worry about the early years following a diagnosis and efforts to obtain a traditional education, while forgetting the future…
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December 23, Food Bank of Delaware

Kim Turner, Communications Director of Food Bank of Delaware, a perennial Charity Navigator Top 10 pick, discussed the agency which collects and distributes food to the 536 partner pantries and food banks of Delaware.  She described how the charity collects food from drives, retailers and farmers, area restaurants, and the federal government and then distributes…
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