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Hurricane Matthew Heads Toward the Southeast

Like many of you, we’ve been fixed on the growing intensity and direction of Hurricane Matthew.  This forceful storm’s strong winds, heavy rainfall and high surge have affected Haiti and the Bahamas especially hard, and it looks to be intensifying as it tracks toward eastern Florida, southeast Georgia and the coastal Carolinas tonight and through the weekend.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues, fellow Therap users, those they care for and families affected by this hurricane.  Please be safe and follow evacuation orders where applicable.  Disrupting daily operations is obviously very stressful for teams and the individuals they serve, even with the best plans in place.

We’ll be here to help in any way we can, please do reach out if we can be of assistance.

 

– The Therap Team

By |2016-10-06T15:07:19+00:00October 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Therap attends the Family Cafe

We’re in Florida all this weekend meeting with attendees at the Family Café and Summit on Disabilities in Orlando through June 12th.  The event draws Floridians from all corners of the state, including self-advocates, family members, APD representatives and state agency partners along with non-profits.  We’re excited to be here amidst the buzz, meeting with so many people.  Be sure to stop by our booth in the exhibitors and vendors area and meet Maureen, who’ll be available through Sunday!

Also if you have interest in working with Therap to promote self-advocacy, and are a current Therap user, be sure to exchange contact information with Maureen – she can get you in contact with our Self Advocacy team and related program.  Our team of self-advocate liaisons meet with agencies and network with individuals interested in promoting access and management of individual health records and affiliated individual data.

Looking forward to the next couple days at the conference!

 

By |2016-11-03T10:01:43+00:00June 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

HealthMeet in North Carolina

Just wanted to spread the word about the great work the Arc of North Carolina is doing as part of the Arc of the United States’ national HealthMeet initiative.  We’ve had the opportunity to work with members of their local team in Raleigh as they coordinate and complete health assessments for individuals with intellectual disabilities across the state, with chapters in Buncombe, Gaston, Lenoir, Wake, Wilmington, Moore, Union and Cabarrus counties participating.

Therap HealthMeet pic

This article was posted to the Arc of North Carolina’s news website, (they say it much better than I could!) – the video was especially illustrative of the scope and need for the HealthMeet program!

Learn How HealthMeet® is Promoting Healthy Lives!

In 2012, The Arc launched the HealthMeet® project because we believe people with intellectual disabilities (ID) should have access to high quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care. HealthMeet® offers free community-based health assessments to people with ID at 5 selected state chapter networks, including The Arc of North Carolina. Over 1,500 people have been assessed through the HealthMeet initiative.

HealthMeet® has been a positive experience for participants and chapters of The Arc involved in the project. The health assessments provide an opportunity for participants to be assessed in the areas of vital signs and body composition, respiratory health, vision, hearing, oral health, and foot and mobility issues. Participants feel empowered to take charge of their health by engaging in dialogue with health assessors about the status of their health and recommendations for follow-up care. As Erika Hagensen of The Arc of North Carolina has noted “health is not a taboo topic, it’s an empowering topic.”

The chapters of The Arc involved in HealthMeet® have leveraged community resources and developed partnerships with local entities such as public health departments, nursing schools, and medical schools. HealthMeet® has also been a learning experience for many of the healthcare professionals that conduct the health assessments because they now feel more equipped to serve people with ID. Through HealthMeet®, healthcare providers have developed better communication skills that will ultimately help them serve the participant’s healthcare needs.

To learn more about how The Arc is increasing health opportunities for people with ID, view this video (with lots of footage from The Arc in Wilmington, NC!)

We’re very happy to be working with these folks as they get data from these screenings into Therap to review and analyze – the public health impact in our community of a program like this is definitely something we’re happy to be cheerleading!

– Stephen

By |2016-11-03T10:01:44+00:00May 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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