On Zoom: Elizabeth Beasley (left), Putnam Ivey de Cortez and Bob Beard (moderator)
Elizabeth Beasley and Putnam Ivey de Cortez spoke at the February 2022 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.
Elizabeth Beasley is from the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion where she is director of community partnerships. In addition she is a member of the President’s Council on University-Community Partnerships and co-chair of its Public Health Work Group. She began her presentation answering the question, “What is the difference between “equal” and “equity.” Equal implies that there is a one size fits all resolution to an issue. Equity is an intentional way of equalizing responses according to the needs of the recipients. The goal of the President’s Council is to build partnerships with the community such as using local vendors, improving public health and public housing. Practicing good neighbor ethics, pursuing actions with mutual benefits and building authentic partnerships are ways of achieving equity between The University of Virginia and the local community.
Putnam Ivey de Cortez from Albemarle County’s Office of Equity and Inclusion coordinates programs for the county government. The mission statement of this program is to improve the well being and quality of life for all community members. In order to accomplish this goal, understanding the issue more thoroughly is essential so, the speaker presented several demographic studies. For example, factors affecting health were found to be 20% clinical care, 30% health behaviors, 40% socioeconomic factors and 10% physical environment. These statistics provide the foundation for determining the work the staff is trained to do. Currently the county is revising their comprehensive plan and soliciting a broad selection of its citizens to give their input.
The two spoke at the Wednesday February 9, 2022 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Board Member Bob Beard.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with William Antholis, Director and CEO of UVA’s Miller Center for Public Affairs about how US Presidents faired during their first year in office. Topics include: Why Presidential leadership matters and why unity is more challenging than assumed.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville Mayor Lloyd Snook about the current state of the City of Charlottesville. Topics include: A discussion of the recent turn over of City employees; and land use within the City.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Professor Christopher Ali from the University of Virginia Department of Media Studies about his recent book, Farm Fresh Broadband on the deployment of broadband Internet in rural and urban areas. Topics include: The importance of fiber as a long term solution for broadband and how the FCC measures broadband deployment.
Ngiste Abebe (left) and Peyton Williams (moderator)
Ngiste Abebe, vice president of Columbia Care, a leading cannabis company, spoke at the January 2022 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.
Ms. Abebe focused her presentation on the legalized/decriminalized use of marijuana in Virginia. Currently marijuana’s primary use is for pain, anxiety and insomnia when prescribed by a certified practitioner. Registration at the Board of Pharmacy is necessary for individuals or medical personnel to prescribe the drug. The nearest available resource to Charlottesville is Salem, Virginia. Legal adult recreational use is now up to one ounce and four individual cannabis per adult in Virginia.
Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.
Ms. Abebe spoke at the Wednesday January 12, 2022 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Vice President Peyton Williams.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with attorney Doris Gelbman of Gelbman Law PLLC and Katie Caverly, Managing Director at IKOR of Charlottesville about guardianship of adults. Topics include: Defining Legal Guardianship vs. Conservatorship and how a person can become a ‘ward of the court’ without knowing it.
This week on the Sunday Morning Wake-up Call, producer Dan Gould takes a look back at three stories we ran in 2021. First from March, Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talked with University of Virginia Magazine Journalist Ed Miller, and Speaker and Author, Ron Culberson, about The Story and Tales of the UVA Pep Band.
And finally will take another listen to our June interview with University of Virginia Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, Shilpa Davi, about Learning from the Muppets and the role that The Muppets have played in modern culture.
The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Virginia Institute of Autism President and CEO, Ethan Long, and VIA Admissions and Family Support Services Coordinator, Hilary Nagel, about the work their organization is doing to help people on the autism spectrum. Topics include: The three levels of autism, and services offered by the VIA.
Peter presented an overview of CAA whose mission is to lead the advancement of an age friendly community which is good for everyone. CAA has been accepted as a partner in the WHO/AARP age-friendly network, which gives the group access to a global network of advisors and groups working toward similar goals. There are eight standards for successful communities including outdoor space, transportation, housing, social inclusion and health services.
George Worthington spoke on age and dementia friendly perspective working together and including a dementia friendly aspect to its plans such as dementia friends’ initiative to keep individuals involved in the community. He also presented information of the CAA’s social participation action plan to increase participation and education to foster the understanding of aging and dementia and CAA’s housing efforts.
Kim Volker provided information on CAA’s new alliance: citizen advocates to increase the engagement of citizens in legislative priorities identified by CAA. The final topic was the CAA goals for transportation such as bus stop improvements.
The three spoke at the Wednesday December 8, 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was introduced by SSV President Jeff Gould and moderated by Vice President Sue Friedman.
Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Renee Branson and Bass Wolf of SARA – The Sexual Assault Resource Agency about their organization’s work helping survivors of sexual assault. Topics include: What to expect when calling the SARA 24/7 crisis hotline and a review of the organization’s many services.