In this Update:
Class of 2021, with graduation day fast approaching and in light of the challenges this past year has presented, I would like to feature graduates throughout the 35th Senatorial District on my (Facebook) page in May and June. It’s a chance to recognize those who have persevered through unprecedented times and remained focused on their future goals and celebrate their accomplishments.
Do you know of someone graduating from high school, trade school or college from Bedford, Cambria or Clearfield counties that has made an impact on their community, accomplished a goal, been accepted to a college or technical school, joined the armed forces, or any other amazing accomplishments? If so, please visit https://www.senatorlangerholc.com/senior-spotlight/.
Bedford & Cambria County Residents
The Pennsylvania Treasurer’s office is required to advertise property to claim valued in excess of $250. Last week Bedford County residents were listed in the Bedford Gazette and Cambria County residents in The Tribune Democrat.
I would like to encourage everyone in the 35th Senatorial District to search PA Treasury’s Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/<http://www.patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/>. The search function is capable of searching businesses, churches, schools and hospitals in addition to individuals. If you need any assistance searching or processing a request, please contact my office at https://www.senatorlangerholc.com/.
Community Care HUB
The Greater Johnstown School District (GJSD), 1889 Foundation and the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health held a press conference to announce a pilot program connects Community Health Workers (CHWs) with students in grades K-4 who have higher health, behavioral and social service needs. The CHW works with the student and their family in their homes to address the student’s needs and improve the overall health of the entire family unit.
“Only about 20 percent of a person’s overall health is determined by clinical care,” explained Susan Mann of 1889 Foundation. “The other 80 percent is socioeconomic factors known as ‘the social determinants of health.’ By addressing these factors at home, we can improve a student’s health and performance in school.”
“The Community Care HUB makes a tremendous and meaningful impact on our residents. Collaboration across the public and private sectors has benefited our region, and continued expansion of this program will reach even more students and families. In turn, these families will receive the resources they need to maximize their full potential and success,” said Langerholc.
The Community Care HUB program expansion is currently being piloted at the Johnstown Elementary School, with the hopes to expand to additional grade levels and school districts in the future.
“The results we have seen since the referrals began on April 1st have been so much more than we anticipated. Since that time we have been able to refer 22 families from our elementary school who have received assistance from the community health worker to address student attendance, their child’s mental health, transportation, housing and food insecurities. The HUB model provides the necessary collaboration necessary to remove barriers that our families face, which have been magnified during the pandemic,” said Amy Arcurio, superintendent of GJSD.
The Community Care HUB, an initiative of the 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health, follows the nationally-recognized and evidence-based Pathways Community HUB model developed by the Pathways Community HUB Institute. HUB Care Coordination Agency partners – Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy; Beginnings, Inc.; and Community Action Partnership of Cambria County – employ the CHWs who work to reach out to those at greatest risk, identify their risk factors and assure that they connect to medical, social, and behavioral health services.
Senatorial District 35 News
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Pennsylvanians Can Vote for a Better Emergency Declaration Process
This primary election, voters have the opportunity to decide two proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would improve the way the state responds to future emergencies.
A YES at the ballot box means voters favor:
The Wolf Administration has been widely criticized for wording the emergency response questions in a way that is deeply confusing and prejudicial. It’s important that voters understand what the proposed amendments would accomplish.
National Nurses Week May 6-12
Even before the pandemic hit, nurses played a vital role in the delivery of health care. Over the last year, their contributions reached heroic proportions.
Nurses exposed themselves to a deadly virus on a daily basis, putting their health at risk to save the lives of others and keep our healthcare facilities running.
National Nurses Week goes through May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing. I hope you join me in recognizing the lifesaving, comforting roles nurses play in our healthcare system.
New Deadline to Obtain REAL ID is May 3, 2023
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pushed back the deadline to obtain a REAL ID from October 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to pandemic-related delays.
Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID.
REAL IDs are now available to Pennsylvanians who want them. You can find applications and more here.
Senate Gives Final Approval of Living Donor Protection Act
Legislation to establish protections for living organ donors recently received final approval by the Senate and was enacted into law.
Living donors include those who donate kidneys, livers and other organs to save the lives of family members and others facing life-threatening illnesses.
Act 11 of 2021, the Living Donor Protection Act, prohibits insurers from declining or limiting coverage based solely on a person’s status as a living donor. It also requires the state Department of Health to provide public information on the benefits and impacts of live organ and tissue donation and protections granted to living donors.
Monday Deadline: Funding Available to Strengthen PA Poultry and Livestock Farming
State funding is available for research projects that will strengthen Pennsylvania poultry, swine, lamb, sheep and goat farming.
Proposals must be received by 11 a.m. on Monday, May 10. Details and applications can be accessed here.
The Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, created by the General Assembly in 2019, supports projects to enhance biosecurity, diagnostic testing, veterinary telemedicine and other strategies to prevent, detect and manage animal diseases and protect the food supply.
Give Your Opinion of Automated Vehicles in PA
Pennsylvanians can take a survey seeking their understanding and opinions of Highly Automated Vehicles and their comfort sharing the road with them.
The survey comes from the Highly Automated Vehicles Advisory Committee. The panel was established by the General Assembly in 2018 to advise and consult PennDOT on developing technical guidance, evaluating best practices, and reviewing laws, regulations and policies related to these vehicles.
The survey doesn’t ask your name and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
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