State and Local Organizations #StandWithSeniors and Urge Gubernatorial Candidates to Participate in Statewide Televised Debate

Posted: Sep 6, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

(SACRAMENTO) – As a fiscal and humanitarian crisis among California’s senior population looms, prominent stakeholders have called on the state’s gubernatorial candidates—businessman John H. Cox and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom—to participate in a debate focused on the issues that impact all Californians. The statewide, televised debate slated for the fall is co-hosted by We Stand With Seniors… Will You? and KGTV ABC10 (San Diego), in partnership with the California Broadcasters Association and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

More than 20 stakeholders and organizations have sent letters urging participation of one or both of the candidates, including the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara, Alzheimer’s Association, California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, California Commission on Aging, California Health Advocates, California Senior Legislature, Choice in Aging, Congress of California Seniors, Justice in Aging, Kern County LTSS Coalition, LeadingAge California, Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition, Orange County Aging Services Collaborative, Santa Barbara County Adult & Aging Network, Senior Coalition of Stanislaus County, Serving Seniors, The Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, with many others in the works.

“Despite California’s rapidly growing aging population—by 2030 nearly one-fifth of the state’s population will be over the age of 65—and the fact that older adults make up more than half of likely voters, seniors have historically, and surprisingly, taken a back seat in state policy discussions and platforms,” said Shelley Lyford, president and chief executive of West Health. “With the support of such prominent organizations, we are that much closer to a time where all Californians are able to age safely and with dignity.

The SCAN Foundation and West Health, senior-focused nonprofits, founded We Stand With Seniors in early 2018 to draw attention to and seek solutions for the current and future challenges facing California older adults, families and caregivers.

“This debate will bring California’s critical issues to the forefront, allowing voters the opportunity to hear the candidates’ ideas and proposed solutions,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. “The fact that organizations within the aging, healthcare and business industries have all come together to #StandWithSeniors proves this issue transcends party lines and demographics. It’s time for the candidates to pay attention.”

Recent statewide surveys show that likely voters of all ages and backgrounds see and understand the widespread implications of the state’s senior crisis—nearly 84 percent of California voters saying they are more likely to support a candidate for governor who has a vision and long-term master plan to address the state’s increasing need for senior services.

Republican candidate John Cox recently agreed to participate in the debate and organizers await Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s acceptance as well.


About We Stand With Seniors
West Health and The SCAN Foundation’s We Stand With Seniors… Will You? nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign focuses on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed. Keep up with #StandWithSeniors by visiting www.WeStandWithSeniors.org and following on Facebook @WeStandWithSeniors and Twitter @WeStandWSeniors.

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Joins Forces with Patient Advocate Group to Advance Care for People with EGFR-Positive Lung Cancer

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (August 29, 2018) — The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and the EGFR Resisters, a patient-driven community of people living with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) positive lung cancer and their loved ones, are working together to raise funds and increase awareness of projects that benefit the EGFR community.

“ALCF was founded to bring lung cancer patients into the conversation,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 14-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “We exist to support patient collaboration, and our partnership with the EGFR Resisters is a perfect example of that principle in action.”

EGFR gene mutations are commonly found in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, making up to 15 percent of patients in the United States and 35 percent of patients in Asia. While lung cancers with the EGFR mutation often respond well to specifically targeted therapies, patients commonly acquire resistance as additional genetic mutations develop that block the therapy’s benefits. The frequency of this cycle of therapy response followed by resistance is propelling researchers to look for new treatments that overcome therapy resistance.

“We’re excited about the possibilities this collaboration offers,” said Ivy Elkins, one of the EGFR Resisters founders and an advocate for lung cancer patients. “My hope is that patients around the globe will join forces with the EGFR Resisters to create a strong collective voice in support of research. Working with ALCF strengthens our voice and extends our reach into important corridors of medical research and funding.”

Combining the efforts of ALCF and its research arm, Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), with the patient advocacy of several hundred people around the globe who have come together to form the EGFR Resisters will enable greater outreach to obtain research funding. The initiative also raises awareness about the patients who have donated information and tissue samples. It provides researchers with a channel to recruit volunteers to participate in clinical trials for new therapies.

“Patients who are EGFR positive are a unique subset of lung cancer patients,” said Pasi A. Jänne, M.D., PhD., EGFR Resisters medical advisor, director of the Lower Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Many patients with EGFR enjoy a dramatic response to targeted therapy, followed by a profound letdown when the therapy stops working. Through this partnership, we can help to replace that disappointment with hope.”


About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest international philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer through research, early detection, education and treatment. The foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease. ALCF has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. The foundation has received four stars from Charity Navigator and has earned the platinum GuideStar nonprofit seal of transparency. For more information about ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute
The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI, voiced as “Alchemy”), founded in 2008 as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization by lung cancer survivor Bonnie J Addario, is a patient-centric, international research consortium driving research otherwise not possible. Working in tandem with its “partner” foundation, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), ALCMI powers collaborative initiatives in genetic (molecular) testing, therapeutic discoveries, targeted treatments and early detection. ALCMI overcomes barriers to collaboration via a world-class team of investigators from 26 member institutions in the USA, UK, and Europe. ALCMI combines scientific expertise found at leading academic institutions with patient access through its network of community cancer centers to accelerate research. Learn more at alcmi.net.

About EGFR Resisters
EGFR Resisters is a grassroots, patient-driven community dedicated exclusively to changing EGFR-positive lung cancer into a manageable chronic disease. Our community of survivors and caregivers is made up of hundreds of members from 24 countries who benefit from sharing knowledge and connecting with others who are experiencing similar journeys. The group’s aim is to use the power of collaboration to drive important research questions and fund novel research and clinical trials. Learn more at egfrcancer.org and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Free two-day medical clinic in 2019 hopes to serve 1,000 patients in need in Grass Valley

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

PCG client The California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and California CareForce began a partnership in 2011 to hold clinics throughout the state, and they’ve been building a growing group of volunteers ever since.

Organizers are again gearing up for a massive two-day free medical clinic in Grass Valley, this time set for Nov. 9 and 10 of 2019. Organized under the umbrella of the nonprofit California CareForce, the first Nevada County clinic took place in November of 2015.

Over a two-day period, more than 550 patients received medical, dental and vision services free of charge. Many traveled from as far as Sacramento, Truckee, Yuba City and Stockton for cost-free services. Organizers say they are expecting an even greater need in 2019, as the number of those lacking access to proper healthcare continues to rise.

Planning for clinics such as this one begins more than a year in advance, said Nevada County retired registered nurse Daly Merrill, who is coordinating the 2019 Grass Valley clinic.

The massive effort requires recruiting, hosting, coordinating and feeding volunteers, as well as arranging meals and accommodations for medical professionals coming from out of town. To date, several locations are being considered, including the Grass Valley Memorial Auditorium (where it was in 2015) and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

In addition to 185 general volunteers at the last event, each day included a sizable volunteer medical staff, which current organizers hope to replicate or expand. The last event included seven medical doctors, 30 nurses, 15 dental assistants, 15 dental hygienists, two dental X-ray technicians, 11 dentists, five oral and maxillofacial surgeons, three optometrists, two EMTs and many more medical technicians. In all, donated medical services amounted to more than $246,935.

Nevada County organizers and volunteers must raise $50,000 for the 2019 event, with CareForce kicking in an additional $10,000. The first of a host of fundraising events, “An Evening of Music with Steven Holland,” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Wild Eye Pub in Grass Valley.

There is a $20 suggested donation, with a pub dinner and drinks available for sale. For those unable to attend, a special account has been set up by United Way of Nevada County, which has become a funding partner for the 2019 clinic.

Merrill has high hopes that the upcoming clinic will be able to treat even more patients — possibly as many as 500 each day. But this will all depend on fundraising and the number of professionals willing to volunteer their time, she said.

“I’ve worked at past clinics and the hardest thing is turning people away,” said Merrill. “I remember cleaning up after one clinic and looking outside to see a long line of people waiting who weren’t going to get treated. It just seemed so sad.”

While many who come to these clinics are uninsured, a large number are “under-insured,” meaning they can’t afford to meet the large insurance deductibles that would get them the costly care they often desperately need, said Mindy Oberne, who was a key organizer in the 2015 clinic.

“With increasing healthcare costs passed on to the consumer, clinics like these are needed now more than ever,” she said. “There are also more jobs today that don’t offer insurance.”

Patients are not asked to provide any paperwork, just an emergency contact number and possibly an address if there is a need for follow-up care. No other questions will be asked.

California CareForce provides everything the volunteer medical professionals need to perform their jobs, including vision exam equipment, dental equipment, tools, medicines, exam tables and dental chairs. Free eyeglasses are made on site.

Based in Roseville, California CareForce and The California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons began a partnership in 2011 to hold clinics throughout the state, and they’ve been building a growing group of volunteers ever since.

All professionals are thoroughly vetted, and in the past, clinics have helped connect patients with local services. CareForce is a non-political, non-denominational organization with a mission to simply provide free health, dental and vision care services to inhabitants of California.

“We’re very privileged — we’re the only smaller town that has been able to host a CareForce clinic,” said Oberne. “There’s a huge overhead. If we can continue to make it easy on them — if our town can come together financially — we could do this every other year. I believe we can make this happen.”

Information on volunteering can be found at http://www.CaliforniaCareForce.org.

Candidate for California Governor John Cox Commits to We Stand With Seniors/KGTV ABC10 Debate

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

(Sacramento) – Today, Republican candidate John Cox confirmed his participation in the We Stand With Seniors/KGTV ABC10 gubernatorial debate in San Diego this fall. The debate will be broadcast statewide and is co-hosted by We Stand With Seniors… Will You? and KGTV ABC10, in partnership with the California Broadcasters Association (CBA).

“We commend John Cox for being a part of this debate and letting voters know where he stands in addressing the critical issues facing our older population and their families,” said Shelley Lyford, president and chief executive of West Health. “For far too long issues like affordable housing, access to healthcare and caregiver support have been ignored in this state. This is an opportunity for candidates to share their plans, so voters can make the right decision in November.”

The Golden State faces a looming crisis. By 2030, nearly one-fifth of the state’s population will be over the age of 65, yet the state is woefully unprepared to care for this rapidly growing demographic. Fortunately, statewide surveys show that voters see and understand the widespread implications of this crisis and want California’s next governor to tackle it head-on by creating a master plan for aging.

“We are thrilled John Cox has committed to #StandWithSeniors by agreeing to participate in the We Stand With Seniors/KGTV ABC10 debate. Despite older adults making up more than half of likely voters, it seems candidates and policymakers have historically ignored their needs. This debate will finally allow candidates to publicly address the challenges faced by California’s older adults, families, and caregivers and share their ideas for solutions,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation.

The We Stand With Seniors/KGTV ABC10 debate provides an unparalleled opportunity for voters to see where the candidates stand on a number of issues that directly impact their lives. The campaign is partnering with CBA to make the debate available statewide to its member stations. We Stand With Seniors looks forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign to confirm his participation as well.


About We Stand With Seniors
West Health and The SCAN Foundation’s We Stand With Seniors… Will You? nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign focuses on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed. Keep up with #StandWithSeniors by visiting www.WeStandWithSeniors.org and following on Facebook @WeStandWithSeniors and Twitter @WeStandWSeniors

Is California Failing Seniors? Voters Say Yes.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Voters Say Next Governor Needs Master Plan for Aging; More than Half Say They Would Even Pay Higher Taxes if It Meant Better Healthcare and Support Services for Seniors

(Sacramento, CA) – An overwhelming majority (84 percent) of California voters would be more likely to support a candidate for governor who has a vision and long-term master plan to address the state’s increasing need for senior services – and more than half (57 percent) would be willing to support a tax increase to fund it. These are among the key findings of a statewide voter survey conducted June 8-11 and released today by We Stand With Seniors…Will You?

“Voters across the political spectrum and demographics clearly understand the state is not doing enough to ensure we can care for our growing senior population and they want something done now, before it’s too late,” said Shelley Lyford, president and CEO of West Health. “Scaling best practices, expanding senior-specific programs and models of care that are working, and better utilization of existing resources can go a long way to address these critical needs.”

West Health, along with The SCAN Foundation, launched the nonpartisan, nonprofit We Stand With Seniors campaign earlier this year to educate policymakers about the needs of California seniors.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), the state’s 65-and-older population is projected to grow nearly 90 percent. That is four million people by 2030, totaling 8.6 million seniors.

“Unless we address the growing needs of our seniors now by developing a master plan for aging, the state will be left with the same broken, fragmented system that is expensive and ineffective for families and taxpayers alike. Often, older adults and their caregivers find themselves slowly robbed of their dignity, choice and independence but with leadership here in California, it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation.

Two out of three voters think the state is not doing enough for seniors now (64 percent) nor is it prepared to address their future needs (59 percent). The survey results come as voters prepare to select their next governor in November. And in a state where addressing homelessness and public safety are top priorities among voters (72 percent and 79 percent, respectively), a full 68 percent of voters believe that caring for our older adults, including supporting them with the tools to live, in accordance with their needs, values and preferences, is also a top priority.

“The human impacts and financial costs to the state of experimenting with imperfect fixes to address older adults’ broad care needs would be significant. Developing a master plan for aging will help California support older adults, caregivers and families,” Chernof said.

Broad Support for Increased Access to Quality, Affordable Senior Services Spans Political Spectrum, Age and Ethnic Lines

At a time of deep political polarization, California voters from all backgrounds agree the state needs to invest in high-quality senior services and the next governor should have a master plan to address the needs of our growing senior population:

  • Supporting a candidate for governor with a vision and plan to address senior needs meets or exceeds 70 percent along the political spectrum, including Republican, Democrat and Decline to State voters.
  • All age groups are more likely to support a gubernatorial candidate with a vision and plan for our growing senior population.
  • Super majorities of voters across racial and ethnic backgrounds (70 percent and higher) are more likely to support a candidate for governor who has a plan to address aging needs.

Super Majorities Support Services to Allow Aging in Place

Recent surveys show that 87 percent of individuals wish to stay in their homes as they age. California lags behind other states in addressing its aging population’s needs across many sectors including workforce, social services, affordable housing and caregiver supports; all of which are critical to enable people to successfully age in their homes and communities. Without addressing issues on a system-wide basis, older adults and families will continue to face challenges to find the services they need to avoid institutionalization and remain in their homes and community.

  • Nearly nine out of 10 voters (88 percent) feel it is important for California to have a master plan to invest in services that allow seniors to age in place.
  • More than three out of four voters (76.4 percent) are more likely to vote for a candidate who understands and plans to address the need to educate and train the future workforce to innovate new products and services to meet the daily living needs of older adults who want to live at home.
  • More than three out of four voters (78 percent) would be more likely to vote for a candidate who has a vision and long-term master plan for aging if it included support for senior caregivers, such as a tax break, stipend for support or other type of support for caregivers. And 86.4 percent support California investing more in caregiver programs that assist those who care for aging family members.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of California voters are concerned about their ability to pay for long-term care in the future.
  • Understanding that the high costs of housing negatively impacts seniors, 78.5 percent of voters are more likely to elect a candidate who has a plan to address senior housing needs.
  • Almost two out of three voters (63.4 percent) feel that California’s state government is not doing enough to provide services to help older Californians live independently at home.

In the coming months, We Stand With Seniors will continue to educate candidates and policymakers about the need for a master plan for aging in California, and will work with stakeholders to share best practices and develop plans to support the goal of ensuring California seniors can age safely and with dignity.


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About We Stand With Seniors
West Health and The SCAN Foundation’s We Stand With Seniors …Will You? nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign focuses on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed. Keep up with #StandWithSeniors on Facebook @WeStandWithSeniors and Twitter @WeStandWSeniors.

Survey Methodology
From Friday, June 8 through Monday, June 11, 2018, J. Wallin Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey of voters throughout the State of California, interviewing 1,000 respondents using live, professional interviewers, speaking Spanish and English languages and calling both mobile and landlines (59.9 percent of this survey was completed on mobile phones). A survey of this size yields a margin of error of +/-3.1percent (95 percent confidence interval). The sample is stratified, meaning that the demographic composition of our results matches the demographic composition of the state’s voting population.

 

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Van Auken Private Foundation Announce the 2018 Young Innovators Team Award for Lung Cancer Research

Posted: May 31, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Award funds teams of young lung cancer researchers within five years of their first faculty appointment

SAN CARLOS, CA (May 31, 2018) — The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), in collaboration with the Van Auken Private Foundation, today announced the 2018 Young Innovators Team Award (YITA) to fund and support teams of young investigators conducting innovative research with a potential of delivering meaningful and measurable results in the field of lung cancer.

“Our goal is make lung cancer a chronically managed disease and we are looking to fund brilliant, out-of-the-box research that will save lives,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 14-year Stage 3-B lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF.

The 2018 Young Innovators Team Award will provide up to a total of $250,000 to teams of two or more young investigators over two to three years. The awardees must be within five years of their first faculty appointment (www.lungcancerfoundation.org/yita-2018).

The YITA Scientific Review Committee will evaluate all submissions on the following four main criteria:

  • Out-of-the-box:High-risk, high-impact research that will typically not be selected for federal funding, is creative and has potential for near-term benefit to lung cancer patients
  • Collaborative: Research that fosters collaboration among young researchers who have not worked together in the past, preferably across-institutions
  • Translational:Research with outcomes that can be quickly moved from the lab to the clinic, or from the bench to bedside
  • Multi-Disciplinary: Projects that involve multiple academic disciplines/specializations in their approach to solve a problem in the field of lung cancer

“Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, yet research funding is nearly nonexistent due to the stigma that it is a smokers’ disease. Nearly two-thirds of those recently diagnosed never smoked or quit decades ago,” said Tony Addario, CEO of the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), the ALCF’s sister organization and an international research consortium. “We want to encourage young innovators to work together and collaborate in a transdisciplinary fashion that helps lung cancer patients live longer, and ultimately turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease.”

The funding mechanism is designed so that young investigators work together in cross-disciplinary teams. The teams drive the projects with guidance from mentors at their own institution. The 2018 YITA Scientific Review Committee also guides and steers their progress, and makes final decisions on continued funding.

“The idea is to encourage new thinking and foster leadership skills among young innovators, instilling confidence in them to drive breakthrough, transdisciplinary science under a collaborative, cross-institutional paradigm,” said David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, and one of the ALCF Scientific Review Committee members.

“While we have made tremendous progress in the fight against lung cancer over the past decade with the development of targeted therapies and immunotherapy, the fact remains that lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This funding mechanism is to support the research of brilliant young scientists pursuing new cutting-edge approaches in the treatment of this disease,” said Dr. Amy Moore, ALCF director of science and research.

ALCF prefers lung cancer patient-oriented research in the following topic areas (however, the 2018 YITA Scientific Review Committee will evaluate all submissions):

  • Early detection and screening using novel, validated biomarkers
  • Targeting the tumor microenvironment-combination strategies
  • Biomarkers for response to immunotherapies
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer: identifying and targeting specific underlying genomic abnormalities
  • Causative factors in non-smokers

Key Dates

  • May 31, 2018 – RFA announcement
  • May 31, 2018 – Online application submission portal opens
  • July 1, 2018 – Optional pre-application counseling deadline
  • July 15, 2018 – Application submission deadline
  • August 15, 2018 – Peer review round 1
  • October 15, 2018 – Peer review round 2: Top 3-5 applicants present to the Scientific Review Committee/in-person review
  • October 31, 2018 – Award announcements
  • November 1, 2018 – Award start date
  • November 1, 2020 or November 1, 2021 – Award end date (depending on the proposal)

For more information, visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org/yita-2018. The website also has information on the award, guidelines for submission, FAQs and the online submission portal. ALCF will accept online applications during May 31 – July 15, 2018. ALCF and the Van Auken Private Foundation provide funding for this award.

Contact:
Amy Moore, Ph.D.
Director, Science and Research

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
1100 Industrial Road, #1
San Carlos, CA 94070
grants@lungcancerfoundation.org


About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest international philanthropies devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer through research, early detection, education and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors and their families to identify solutions, make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. The Foundation has received four stars from Charity Navigator and has earned the platinum GuideStar nonprofit seal of transparency. For more information about the ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter. 

About the Van Auken Private Foundation
The Van Auken Private Foundation was established on April 17, 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to make contributions, grants and provide assistance to other tax-exempt charitable organizations, in arts, science, medicine, education and worthy social causes.

Perry Communications Group Raises the Bar by Adding Two Attorneys

Posted: May 24, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Angela & Allison(SACRAMENTO)– Perry Communications Group (PCG), a leading California-based strategic communications firm specializing in integrated public affairs campaigns and media relations, has hired two attorneys, Angela Elpers Barnes as an Account Manager and Allison Grayson as an Account Executive, to expand the firm’s public policy expertise.

As an Account Manager, Barnes contributes to the development and implementation of sophisticated public affairs strategies, leveraging her legal expertise to conceive regulatory and legislative solutions to client challenges. Balancing a large portfolio of health care, corporate, non-profit and energy clients, Barnes uses her more than 20 years of experience as a respected civil defense litigator and business advisor to implement public affairs, public policy and stakeholder engagement programs throughout California.

“We are thrilled to add an Account Manager of Angela’s caliber to the team,” said PCG’s President and CEO Kassy Perry. “With her expertise as a litigator and business counselor in San Diego, and her network of political consultants in Sacramento, Angela is a public affairs powerhouse who adds an entirely new dimension to our team.”

AngelaPrior to joining PCG, Angela worked as an attorney licensed in both California and Washington. She comes with a strong record of success advocating on behalf of licensed professionals and businesses, defending their interests in a wide variety of legal matters. During her career, Angela resolved hundreds of high-value cases using a thoughtful, yet assertive approach, and skillfully counseled clients on effective risk management strategies.

A Midwest native, Angela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German from the University of Southern Indiana, and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. In addition to her dedication to her work, Angela is an avid traveler who is passionate about food and wine, and enjoys cooking for friends with her husband Ken. They reside in Sacramento’s Boulevard Park with their rescue-dog, Tito.

3Allison Grayson brings her distinctive experience as a licensed attorney and journalist to tackle the complex intersection between policy and communication as an Account Executive at PCG. Allison expertly analyzes current policy efforts, implements communications strategies and manages multiple clients’ social media presence to increase visibility of important policy issues and positions.

“Allison’s background as a licensed attorney and journalist is the perfect combination for the important health care policy issues PCG works on every day,” said Perry. “Allison is uniquely positioned to examine complicated policy issues and frame communications efforts to reach key decision-makers, and the fact that she’s a gifted writer as well is just icing on the cake.”

Prior to joining PCG, Allison received her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she specialized in business and agricultural-related topics. While there, Allison served as the Online Edition Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and on the Editorial Board for the Texas Bank Lawyer. She also developed strong experience in state government and administrative law as a law clerk for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and has worked for law firms specializing in intellectual property, FDA regulation, and civil litigation.

A communicator by training, Allison earned her B.S. in Journalism—concentrating in Public Relations—with minors in Agricultural Communications and Equine Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During her time at Cal Poly, Allison interned with the American Quarter Horse Association, where her work was published in the American Quarter Horse Journal and America’s Horse magazine.

Outside of work, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family, visiting California’s many wineries, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

“As the founder of the largest woman-owned, all woman public affairs firm in the region I am so proud of the team of women who have come together at PCG. There are plenty of common threads – we love our rescue dogs and horses; we enjoy the great outdoors, the San Francisco Giants and agriculture; we are foodies at heart; we’re compelled to heal our health care system; we are warriors on behalf of our clients; we believe that corporations can be good partners and government can be efficient; we love our families, and strive for a healthy work-life balance,’ said Perry.

“Actually, we’re all just obsessive-compulsive overachievers,” said Perry with a laugh. “We’re our own support group.”

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About Perry Communications Group

Perry Communications Group is an independent, full-service strategic communications firm specializing in public relations and public affairs. We work at the center of issues that matter and give new perspective to the issues and events making headlines today, as well as those that will in the future. We shape ideas, opinions, decisions and social change. The bottom line for us is always the same – we’re invested in the cause and our clients’ work. For more information, visit PCG at www.perrycom.com, follow us Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or call (916) 658-0144.

UC DAVIS ADDS WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL AND EQUESTRIAN

Posted: Apr 18, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

New programs increase number of women’s intercollegiate athletics teams to 16, reinforce UC Davis’ history of leadership in women’s athletics

DAVIS, Calif. – A comprehensive selection process, which began in November, concluded on Friday when UC Davis Athletics announced the addition of women’s beach volleyball and women’s equestrian as its new varsity sports. By adding these two programs, UC Davis will now sponsor 16 women’s intercollegiate athletics teams.

This is the latest example of the University’s history of leadership in women’s athletics and its commitment to Title IX compliance.

“UC Davis has been a leader in the growth of women’s sports throughout our history, especially under the guidance of pioneers like Marya Welch and Pam Gill-Fisher. With the support of Chancellor May, we are honored to uphold that tradition today by adding beach volleyball and equestrian to our intercollegiate athletics program,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Blue.

UC Davis complies with Title IX by providing varsity athletics participation opportunities for female and male student-athletes that are substantially proportional to the percentage of female and male students that comprise the undergraduate student body – otherwise known as “Prong One” compliance.

In 2011-2012, the year prior to launching the 2020 Initiative, the undergraduate population at UC Davis was 55.1% women and 44.9% men. By 2016-2017, undergraduate proportionality changed to 59.4% women and 40.6% men. The number of varsity athletics opportunities for female student-athletes had not changed as swiftly, which is why UC Davis is increasing opportunities by adding two women’s teams.

For more than five months, a campus working group thoroughly gathered and analyzed information about candidate teams before making a recommendation to Chancellor Gary S. May, which he subsequently approved. The process included a survey that generated nearly 600 responses and a public meeting.

A summary of the process followed by the working group, including an assessment of how beach volleyball and equestrian met the previously published selection criteria — number of participation opportunities, philanthropic support, competitive opportunity, and conference affiliation —is available at this link. 

A notable highlight of the group’s analysis is the finding that adding both beach volleyball and equestrian was an effective way to ensure that UC Davis is able to meet Title IX proportionality requirements far into the future.

These teams will begin operations during the 2018-19 academic year.

Gifts to support each new program are being solicited from new donors, which ensures that these sports are launched in a manner that ensures long-term competitive and financial stability.

Beach Volleyball

With more than 50 Division I institutions across the country adding beach volleyball over the last 10 years, UC Davis is now the seventh school to compete in this Big West Conference-sponsored sport.

“Given our geographic footprint, the Big West Conference has been a leader in the growth of collegiate beach volleyball. The addition of a beach volleyball team at UC Davis is a natural fit,” said Big West Conference commissioner Dennis Farrell.

Planning will begin immediately for a new training and competition facility to be constructed on campus, thanks to a generous gift from an alum and donor who prefers to remain anonymous.

Dan Connors will oversee both the indoor and beach volleyball teams as the director of volleyball. A national search will be initiated immediately to hire a beach volleyball head coach.

Equestrian

Considered an emerging sport by the NCAA, the UC Davis equestrian team will compete nationally under the governance of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) against other large public schools like Fresno State, Georgia, and Texas A&M.

A unique aspect of the equestrian team will be its partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – both regarded as world-leaders in teaching and research in their respective fields.

“We are very excited about the addition of a varsity equestrian team. This program will add another interesting dimension to the equine education and research activities that take place in our world-renown animal science program,” said Dr. Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, added the following: “We look forward to ensuring that the equine athletes receive superb medical care from our world-leading clinicians and students, and anticipate collaborating with the varsity equestrian team in multiple ways that strengthen the leadership of UC Davis in equine health.”

UC Davis is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art equine performance center.

The equestrian team will also work closely with Campus Recreation, the university organization that manages the UC Davis Equestrian Center. “The equestrian center has been part of UC Davis since 1962, and the addition of a varsity equestrian team will further enhance what the program and facility are able to offer to our students,” said Deb Johnson, the director of Campus Recreation.

Donors have already extended support to the program and the University is actively seeking additional gifts. During competition, equestrian teams use horses that are provided by the host institution. Horses that are part of collegiate equestrian programs are often gifted to universities.

A national search for a head coach will begin immediately.

In addition to beach volleyball and equestrian, other women’s teams include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, volleyball and water polo.

STATEWIDE POLL: Vast Majority of California Voters Favor Candidates for Governor with Plan to Serve State’s Fast-Growing Senior Population

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

West Health and The SCAN Foundation Launch “We Stand With Seniors…Will You?” Awareness and Education Campaign

(San Diego, CA) – More than two-thirds of California voters feel the state is not prepared to address the health and social service needs of its fast-growing senior population, and that sentiment could sway votes in the race for governor, according to a new poll commissioned by two California-based senior-focused nonprofit organizations. California is heading for a crisis in caring for its older population if the state and next governor do not act now to create effective and cost-efficient policies.

In proportions rarely seen in statewide opinion research, more than 80 percent of California voters say that when it comes time to vote, they are more likely to support a gubernatorial candidate who has a plan for aging Baby Boomers and seniors that effectively addresses their growing demand for healthcare, dental and social services.

“Now is the time for California to stand with our rapidly growing senior population,” said Shelley Lyford, CEO and president of West Health. “It’s time for candidates running for governor and other statewide offices to develop a concrete plan to provide for the healthcare needs of vulnerable seniors. And it’s time for voters to hold politicians accountable at the ballot box in November.”

According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), the state’s 65-and-older population is projected to grow nearly 90 percent, or by four million more people, by 2030, which spans the next three gubernatorial terms.

“In a time when we see so much political polarization, it’s encouraging to see that California Democrats, Republicans and independent voters of all ages can all agree on one thing: We need to provide better care for our older adults,” said Bruce Chernof, MD, CEO and president of The SCAN Foundation. “Now we must work together to enact policies and create an environment that reflects our shared commitment to the well-being of older Californians.”

This poll comes as West Health and The SCAN Foundation launch “We Stand With Seniors…Will You?” a public awareness and education campaign on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed.

In the months leading up to the election, the campaign will convene seniors, advocates and policy makers for educational forums throughout the state and conduct periodic surveys on how well the gubernatorial candidates are addressing the issues.

Summary of Poll Findings

  • 67 percent of voters feel that California is NOT prepared to care for its aging population.
  • 87 percent of voters agree that providing dental care for seniors is as important as access to healthcare.
  • 83 percent of voters would be more likely to support a gubernatorial candidate who has a vision and a long-term investment plan to address the increasing demand for senior services for California’s aging population.
  • 82 percent of voters are more likely to support a gubernatorial candidate committed to making high-quality healthcare for seniors more accessible and affordable.
  • 80 percent of voters support the state investing in caregiver programs that assist those who care for senior family members.
  • 79 percent of voters support the state making in-home healthcare service investments that allow seniors to age successfully in place, including medication delivery, telehealth and house calls.

The poll also showed voters want state legislators to support seniors. Eighty-two percent are more likely to support legislative action that improves seniors’ access to dental care, a benefit Medicare does not provide. Voters also want to see improvements in independent living services, mental and behavioral health and other senior services.

“California can lead the country on aging and senior issues, just as it has on so many other issues,” said Tim Lash, chief strategy officer of West Health. “There is tremendous support for it across the state. Now we need a governor who will tap into that support and prioritize the needs of California’s aging population now and into the future.”


Survey Methodology

From Friday, January 12, 2018 through Sunday, January 15, 2018, J. Wallin Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey of voters throughout California. One thousand voters were interviewed using live, professional interviewers, speaking both English and Spanish languages and calling both mobile and landlines. The sample is stratified (the demographic composition of our results matches the demographic composition of the state’s voting population) and has a margin of error of +/-3.1 percent (95 percent confidence interval).

About We Stand With Seniors

West Health and The SCAN Foundation’s “We Stand With Seniors …Will You?” public awareness and education campaign focuses on the specific challenges seniors and their families face in accessing high-quality, affordable healthcare, dental care and supportive services and the cost to the state if these challenges are not addressed. Visit www.WeStandWithSeniors.org for more information. Keep up with #StandWithSeniors on social media via Facebook @WeStandWithSeniors and Twitter @WeStandWSeniors.

About West Health

Solely funded by philanthropists Gary and Mary West, West Health includes the nonprofit and nonpartisan Gary and Mary West Health Institute and Gary and Mary West Foundation in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. These organizations are working together toward a shared mission dedicated to enabling seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. For more information, visit westhealth.org and follow @westhealth.

About The SCAN Foundation

The SCAN Foundation is an independent public charity dedicated to creating a society where older adults can access health and supportive services of their choosing to meet their needs. Our mission is to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence. For more information, visit www.TheSCANFoundation.org and follow @TheSCANFndtn.

 

Statement by the California Chronic Care Coalition:

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 | Posted by Kassy Perry

Bipartisan Coalition of Assemblymembers Announce Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

(Sacramento, CA) – The California Chronic Care Coalition, comprised of more than 30 member organizations representing 16 million Californians with one or more chronic diseases, applauds the initiative of the Legislature to reasonably regulate opioid medications to curtail abuse and the ensuing life-altering complications, including overdose and death.

However, the Legislature and stakeholders must be mindful of the millions of Californians in legitimate need of pain relief in order to cope with debilitating, agonizing conditions. Pain relief isn’t just a relief from suffering which must otherwise be endured. Untreated chronic pain causes tangible damage. Unrelieved pain results in physiological stress which manifests in harmful multisystem effects.

Recently it has been discovered that unrelieved chronic pain can lead to brain damage.

Adequate and appropriate pain relief allows people to function in their lives. Withholding of adequate relief can be devastating for people who live with chronic pain, as well as their families. People that were otherwise able to function at a level of independence including holding a job become incapacitated without appropriate relief, such as the case of Petra McDaniel.

“I was in a wheel chair and unable to walk until my pain was managed,” states Ms. McDaniel, who suffers from Dysautonomia. “Had my physician not been able to prescribe medications to treat my pain, I could still be totally disabled and unable to walk.”

Stigmatizing opioid use further harms the patient by interfering with their ability to obtain medical care. Physicians are intimidated by increased scrutiny and become reluctant to prescribe appropriately. Once they are pigeonholed as “drug seekers,” patients find physicians ignore their symptoms and complaints, instead, attributing any complaints to drug seeking.

At worst, labeling of patients may cause physicians to dismiss real complaints, failing to further work to diagnose the cause of the pain. They may fail to work with the patient to find supplementary or alternative pain relief. This attitude ignores the fact that the majority of abuse involves illicitly obtained drugs from other countries.

We fear some desperate patients, if unable to obtain prescription relief, will turn to illicit, unsafe drugs.

We urge the Legislature to keep a balance in their efforts, and to recognize that millions of Californians lives could be devastated by overzealous limitations on access to appropriate pain medication.

Liz Helms is the President and CEO of the California Chronic Care Coalition. She can be reached at (916) 444-1985 or lizhelms@chroniccareca.org

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3073133/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14533321

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6643e1.htm?s_cid=mm6643e1_w

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-drug-purity-20171117-story.html

http://www.painphysicians.com/blog/how-pain-can-seriously-affect-your-brain


About The California Chronic Care Coalition

The California Chronic Care Coalition (CCCC) is a unique alliance of more than 30 leading consumer health organizations and provider groups that engage policy makers, industry leaders, providers and consumers to improve the health of Californians with chronic conditions. We envision a system of care that is accessible, affordable and of a high quality that emphasizes prevention, coordinated care and the patient’s wellness and longevity. http://www.chroniccareca.org