Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Pacific Island Heritage Month activities

Pacific Island Heritage Month

Islands In A Common Sea 
2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


AUGUST 1

Pacific Island Heritage Month Kick Off:  Mayor Becker 
10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. 
Sorenson Unity Center 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City

Mo'olele Hawaii Storytelling Event
12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
Utah Lake State Park 4400 W. Center Street, Provo

In Football We Trust  Free Community Screening & Director Panel
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sorenson Unity Center 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

MZL Annual Carnival 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

AUGUST 6 - 8 
Friendly Island Festival
Jordan Park 1060 South 900 West, Salt Lake City

AUGUST 10
When The Man Went South Free Community Screening & Director Panel
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tower Theater 876 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105

AUGUST 15
Back 2 School Back 2 Work Career & Resource Fair
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Valley Fair Mall 3601 S 2700 W, West Valley City

In Football We Trust Free Community Screening & Director Panel
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 
UVU - Utah Valley University 800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058

AUGUST 21
Retro Community Dance & Potluck
Acknowledgment of the appointment of Jacob Fitisemanu Jr. to the AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) Whitehouse Commission
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m

AUGUST 22
Free Community Screening & Panel TBA 
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 
UVU - Utah Valley University 800 West University Parkway, Orem

Kuma Hina Free Community Screening & Director Panel
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DRAG SHOW Tower Theater 876 East 900 South, Salt Lake City

AUGUST 28-29
Polynesian Cultural Festival
Hatch Park 50 West Center Street, North Salt Lake, UT


AUGUST 29
Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah Art Exhibit 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Arts Hub 663 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104


For Information of the above events, by PIK2AR's (Pacific Island KnOWledge 2Action Resources). Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities may be available. Please emailinfo@pik2arinfo or 801-793-4639.

*This is a tentative schedule of events.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Are Women at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s – Or Do They Just Live Longer?

Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Since age is the greatest risk factor for the disease, this disparity has traditionally been explained by the fact that women live longer than men. While that is still a reason – and perhaps the predominant reason – researchers are increasingly questioning whether there may be more at play in explaining the difference in the number of women and men who develop the disease.

The results of two studies released at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) underscore the idea that women’s life expectancy may not the only factor at work, even if they don’t yet explain what those other factors may be. A study from Duke University Medical Center found that women with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) declined cognitively almost twice as fast as men with MCI. And, researchers from the University of California-San Francisco discovered the levels of amyloid plaque on the brains of women with Alzheimer’s disease were the same regardless of whether the women had the APoE ε4 gene that increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In contrast, brain scans of men with Alzheimer’s showed a marked difference in amyloid levels based on the men’s APoE ε4 status.

Despite the differences in prevalence of Alzheimer’s among women and men, evidence continues to mount that the incidence of dementia for both genders appears to be declining. Last year at AAIC, several studies reported such a decline in some populations (primarily Whites in Western countries). Data released at AAIC yesterday from the Einstein Aging Study in New York – which includes a significant percentage of African-American participants – adds to this body of evidence. The data show individuals who turned 65 after 1995 (those born after 1930) have a lower dementia risk than earlier cohorts.
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Across these studies, speculation on why there may be declining incidence centers on increased levels of educational attainment and better cardiovascular health. The latter point, in particular, underscores the possible benefits of public health officials integrating brain health messages into existing heart health campaigns. Such messages are even more important given that many researchers are warning any declines in incidence could be reversed in the future. Diabetes and mid-life obesity increase a person’s risk for cognitive decline and may also increase the risk for later-life dementia. Given the large rates of diabetes and obesity among middle-aged Americans today, it is easy to picture a scenario where dementia incidence increases as these Americans age.

AAIC is the world’s largest conference of its kind. Each year, thousands of researchers from around the world gather to report and discuss groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Each year, the Public Health sessions at AAIC offer the opportunity to hear the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease prevention, risk factors for cognitive decline, epidemiology, and early detection. For more information, visit alz.org/aaic.

The Alzheimer’s Public Health E-News is supported by Cooperative Agreement #5U58DP002945-05 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Alzheimer’s Association and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

About the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Feds Say 7.5M Paid An Average Penalty Of $200 For Not Having Health Insurance

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, 76 percent of taxpayers checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year. Counting another 7 million dependents who were not required to report their coverage but also filed returns, the proportion rises to 81 percent, the IRS said.

The government had estimated in January that from 3 million to 6 million households would have to pay a penalty: 1 percent of their annual income or $95 per adult in 2014, whichever is greater.

Image result for irsFinal figures for the tax year aren’t available. The IRS has so far processed about 135 million of the estimated 150 million returns expected. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency was reporting preliminary figures because it has received “numerous requests” from members of Congress.

In addition to penalty totals, the IRS reported Tuesday on tax subsidies the health law provided for people who were buying coverage through the state or federal online exchanges and who qualified based on income. People had a choice of filing for credits in advance — money the government paid to their insurers — or when filing tax returns.

About 2.7 million taxpayers claimed approximately $9 billion in subsidies, reporting an average subsidy of $3,400. About 40 percent claimed less than $2,000, 40 percent claimed $2,000 to $5,000, and 20 percent claimed $5,000 or more.

Among taxpayers who claimed a subsidy, about 1.6 million, or half of taxpayers who claimed or received a subsidy, had to pay money back to the government because their actual income was higher than projected when they applied for the subsidy. The average amount repaid was about $800.

When looking at the individual mandate, the report said the vast majority of people automatically satisfied the individual mandate because they were insured last year. Another 12 million had exemptions, including people whose incomes were too low and Native Americans.

In all, the IRS said it has collected $1.5 billion from the individual mandate penalty included in the health law.  About 40 percent of taxpayers who paid a penalty paid less than $100.

About 300,000 taxpayers who made an individual mandate penalty payment should have claimed an exemption but did not, the government said. The agency is sending letters to these taxpayers telling them they generally have three years to file an amended tax return.

More than 5 million taxpayers did not check the box on their tax form saying they had coverage, claim a health care coverage exemption, or pay a penalty. “We are analyzing these cases to determine their status,” the government said.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Get Ready for Generation Alzheimer’s

Get Ready for Generation Alzheimer’s
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This weekend, researchers from around the world began gathering in Washington, DC, for the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC). And this morning’s wake-up call was loud and clear: what has long been known as the Baby Boom Generation is on the verge of becoming “Generation Alzheimer’s.”

A new study presented at AAIC this morning estimates that more than 28 million Baby Boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease between 2015 and 2050, significantly higher than previous projections made nearly a decade ago. Of all Baby Boomers, 37 percent will develop the disease before they die. And, in 2050, among those Boomers alive (they will be ages 86 to 104), over half will be living with Alzheimer’s. The large prevalence combined with the high costs of caring for those with the disease will place an enormous burden on the health and long-term care systems. For example, the new study estimates that in 2040, nearly one-quarter of the Medicare budget will be spent just on Baby Boomers with Alzheimer’s disease.

For public health, it is time to ask: will we as a nation be ready? Will we have enough capacity in the long-term care system? Are we developing enough home- and community-based support services? Is enough being done to educate Americans about reducing the risk of cognitive decline? The oldest Baby Boomers turn 70 next year. It is not too early to begin preparing for the very-near day when the Baby Boom Generation becomes Generation Alzheimer’s.

Here at AAIC, not only have we learned new information on the prevalence of Alzheimer’s among Baby Boomers, we also heard the results of the first epidemiological study of dementia incidence among American Indians. Over a 14-year period, cumulative incidence of diagnosed dementia among American Indians was 26.9 percent – 15 percent higher than whites in the study group. Those with certain co-morbid conditions that are suspected risk factors for dementia had higher incidence rates. For example, those with depression were 58 percent more likely to develop dementia; those who had a stroke were 48 percent more likely; and those with diabetes were 24 percent more likely. These associations are consistent with findings from other studies and point to an avenue of opportunity for public health to address cognitive issues as part of existing and ongoing efforts related to multiple chronic conditions.

Could you one day spit and find out if you are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? Maybe, according to a new study from Canada, which found that an excess of certain proteins in saliva may be a strong predictor of Alzheimer’s. Protein analysis technology was used to identify which substances in saliva were predominant in those with Alzheimer’s disease, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and those with neither condition. Researchers reported strong associations between certain substances and a person’s cognitive abilities. Currently, many diagnosis techniques can be costly or invasive. But, saliva is easy to obtain, making it particularly useful for performing repeated assessments that span days, weeks, months, or longer. As lead investigator Shraddha Sapkota said, “Saliva is easily obtained, safe and affordable, and has promising potential for predicting and tracking cognitive decline.” Sapkota noted, however, that this work is in the very early stages and much more research is needed.

AAIC continues through Thursday.

About the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 
AAIC is the world’s largest conference of its kind. Each year, thousands of researchers from around the world gather to report and discuss groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Each year, the Public Health sessions at AAIC offer the opportunity to hear the latest research on Alzheimer’s disease prevention, risk factors for cognitive decline, epidemiology, and early detection. For more information, visit alz.org/aaic.

The Alzheimer’s Public Health E-News is supported by Cooperative Agreement #5U58DP002945-05 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Alzheimer’s Association and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

August marks Utah's 3rd Annual Pacific Island Heritage Month


PRESS ADVISORY
Contact: Cencira Te’o, PIK2AR - Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources
Phone: 801-793-4639

ONLY STATE RECOGNIZED PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES, UTAH’S 3rd ANNUAL

Salt Lake City – Utah is home to the largest Tongan and 4th largest Samoan communities in the United States. 1 in every 4 US Tongans live in Utah.  Pacific Island Heritage Month is August, began in 2013 and declared by Utah’s Governor Herbert on behalf of the 35000 Pacific Islanders that live in the state of Utah.
The 2015 events have doubled from 2014 and offers free family events from North Salt Lake to St George.   Festivals, Free Film Screenings including Tongan Filmmaker, Tony Vaenuku’s Sundance Award Winning Film, “In Football We Trust” as well as a Career & Job Fair, Art Exhibit and a Community Dance & Potluck celebrating Jacob Fitisemanu’s appointment to President Obama’s Asian American Pacific Islander White house Commission.  So much to celebrate this year!
Utah’s Pacific Island Heritage Month is a platform for Pacific Island community organizations to showcase their heritage and culture educating across communities of the similarities and differences between Pacific Island cultures, instilling positive pride and self-identity for each, importantly for our youth, and to debunk the stereo types of Pacific Islanders to the broader Utah Community.
Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou, Co-Founder at PIK2AR, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources and a founding organization of Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month explained that “One of our goals of Pacific Island Heritage Month is to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to inclusiveness through cross culture education via music, the arts, and activities that build relationships of friendship and tolerance in our neighborhoods, schools, and employment across the board”.

About PIK2AR, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources
PIK2AR’s key initiatives are to Reduce Domestic Violence, Improve Economic Development, Cultivate Local Leadership with Cross cultural SolutionsBridging mainstream service providers to culturally relevant tools, & resources that empower and support Family values, Self-Reliance, Good Health, Charity and Community Involvement locally and in the South Pacific.

For more information, sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities contact PIK2AR Co-Founder, Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou atsusi@pik2ar.info or 801-793-4639
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PCN (Primary Care Network) will soon be open for enrollment


PCN will open enrollment for parents/caretaker relatives

July 27, 2015

PCN will stay open until further notice.
To be eligible you must be uninsured, age 19-64, and have a dependent child under age 19 living at home. 
Click here for additional eligibility requirements..

Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP) may be able to help you pay for your monthly health insurance premium if you are:
  • Uninsured, but have access to health insurance through your employer
  • COBRA eligible or already have COBRA coverage

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

County-Level Data Release

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the number of Qualified Health Plan selections by county for 37 states that are participating in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace or have State Partnership Marketplaces or supported State-based Marketplaces for the initial open enrollment period from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, including additional special enrollment period activity reported through February 22, 2015. 

The data can be found here.

Questions or Concerns? Contact HHSIEA@hhs.gov.