COVID-19 complicates transition for foster youth aging out

first_imgchokkicx/iStockBy: AVERI HARPER, ABC News (SAN FRANCISCO) — When Rosie Portillo reached her 21st birthday in late April, it wasn’t all a celebration. It came with anxiety about how she would keep a roof over her head and food on her table during the coronavirus pandemic.Portillo has been in foster care for six years in California, where benefits typically end at age 21. She currently lives in a San Francisco Bay Area apartment subsidized by her foster care benefits and an organization focused on providing affordable housing for foster youth. She stopped working to care for her newborn daughter, Ailani.“I don’t have any other source of income, except from the system,” said Portillo, who lives with just her daughter. “So if that would have stopped, all my bills–they’re not turning off the lights but, like, it’s accumulating. You know the rent, stuff like that, it’s accumulating.”When California declared a state of emergency and shut down due to COVID-19, Portillo’s life was turned upside down.“Everything stopped, even school and all court sessions where you go in and you talk about your progress,” she told ABC News.The high school diploma program she was enrolled in shut down without the option of distance learning because there weren’t enough laptops and tablets to go around.“They were like, If we can’t provide for everyone, we can’t give it to you, either,” said Portillo.The circumstances have made it hard for Portillo to meet the minimum hours of work or school she needs to qualify for assistance to stay in her apartment.For older foster youth, eligibility for stipends and other benefits are dependent on the ability to work or attend school. During COVID-19-related shutdowns, meeting those basic requirements isn’t always possible, which could lead to a loss of funds and, in turn, housing security.“The biggest hurdles that we’re seeing right now are the people who literally are losing housing during the state of emergency,” said Sixto Cancel, a former foster youth and CEO of Think of Us, a non-profit focused on using technology to improve outcomes for foster children.Aging out of foster care under normal circumstances is tough. More than 23,000 young people age out of the U.S. foster care system each year and are at increased risk of homelessness. COVID-19 has only complicated things.In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a directive aimed to help foster youth like Portillo, ensuring that they would be able to receive benefits until the end of June.Other states — including Illinois, Michigan and Rhode Island, plus the District of Columbia — have also taken action to prevent foster youth from aging out during this crisis. But many others haven’t taken such action.“Your fate is tied to geography,” said Ruth White, executive director of National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.“Me being in foster care, especially as a young person that has been [in foster care] lifelong, my parent is the government,” said Cancel, 28, who aged out of the foster care after spending most of his life in the system. “And so all of my basic needs are basically met through the government, who is supposed to help me make sure I’m even eating.”Advocates like Cancel want to see a suspension of work and school requirements to receive benefits, a moratorium placed on discharging older youth from foster care during the pandemic, and six months afterward, expedited re-entry into foster care for youth who have lost their benefits.White believes the federal statutes that regulate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program that supports older foster youth includes a caveat for “medical conditions.”“It says if a medical condition prevents the young person from meeting these requirements, they’re exempt. But it doesn’t say that the child has to have a medical condition. It says a medical condition,” said White. “So our interpretation of that is a pandemic is a medical condition that prevents us from going to work or school, so we feel that the federal law already has a workaround.”While funding comes from the federal program called the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, the program is run by states and localities. Foster care alumni organizations have been calling on states and local administrators to ensure that foster youth aren’t falling through the cracks in the midst of the pandemic.In order to keep up with the work requirements to keep her apartment, Portillo told ABC News she plans to start working soon, though she worries about positions that could put her at risk of contracting COVID-19 because she’s an asthmatic.“Being a youth who does not have anywhere else to go, this is the only smart option I have,” said Portillo.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Medical Assistant

first_img Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save CO Medical Assistant HomewoodCampus Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University More searches like this Save CO Medical Assistant Similar jobs Johns Hopkins University LinkedIn Facebook CO Medical Assistant You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Certified Medical Assistant The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Twitter Save Certified Medical Assistant You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Save CO Medical Assistant Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Share Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore JHU Student Health &Wellness Center seeks aCertified Medical Assistantto provide high quality and effective patient care. The MedicalAssistant shares responsibility for the provision of high qualityhealth care in compliance with state, federal, and ambulatoryaccreditation requirements.SpecificDuties:Take patient’s completevital signs, smoking history, and note allergies with initials andcredentials noted in the computer.Perform height & weightmeasurements, audiometer testing, visual acuity testing, etc. asnecessary with documentation in the computer.Obtain all specimensincluding venipuncture for lab tests ordered bycliniciansPerform in house laboratorytests (Monospot, urine dip, rapid strep, urine pregnancy, fingerstick glucose, Influenza A & B, COVID-19, and hemoglobin, etc.)as protocol indicates and ordered by clinicians.Prepare lab specimens andaccurately complete forms for transport.Chaperone the cliniciansduring the female gynecological exams, breast exams, and malegenital exams.Perform injections asordered by the clinician and utilize the computer system fordocumentation.Perform IV’s as ordered bycliniciansPerform EKGs as ordered bycliniciansPerform crutch fitting,dressing changes, nebulization treatments, ear irrigation, andorthostatic vitals as ordered by the clinicians.Call parking office orsecurity office for patient transportation whenneeded.Provide first aid asnecessary.Document any servicerendered to a patient in the computer.Inventory, order, stock andcontinue condom program at Student Health & Wellness Center(SHWC).Prepare Travel Packages forclinicians.Inspect, clean, and stocksupplies in clinician’s exam rooms, Observation Room and ProcedureRoom.Perform laboratory qualitycontrol procedures for opening the SHWC whennecessary.Stock the restrooms withsupplies.Prepare Tylenol/ibuprofenpackets.Keep inventory on soup kitsand prepare kits.Perform PAPRS checkmonthly.Open active supplyroom.Turn on pharmacy andobservation room computer.Take down and installcurtains for laundering July and December.Adhere to standardprecautions for infection control.Assist in biohazard wasteremoval from Lab and Observation room whennecessary.Prepare SHWC for closing ona daily basis.Attend monthly Staff MeetingAttend SHWC educational programs and show evidence of continuedself-development and professional involvement by participating inactivities and educational programs of your professionalorganization.Share the responsibility forongoing assessment of quality and efficiency of patient careservices.Continually monitor patientflow in the waiting areas.Perform other dutiesas assigned by the supervisor.MinimumQualifications:High School diploma or GEDrequired. Certification/Registration as a Medical Assistant (e.g.CMA, AAMA, RMA, AMT, NAHP) required. If not currentlycertified/registered, must become certified/registered within 90days of date of hire. Current CPR certification bythe American Heart Association or the American Red Cross required.Must maintain MA and CPR/AED certification/registration duringduration of employment in this position.In order to be eligible forcertification/registration, successful completion of an accreditedMedical Assistant training program or five or more years of primarymedical care medical assistant experience isrequired.PreferredQualifications:Minimum of one-yearexperience.Additional Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities:Ability to communicateeffectively both verbally and non-verbally in order to function asa team member.Representative onUniversity-wide committees: Attend any HSA Committeemeetings as assigned by the supervisor.PhysicalRequirements:Stooping and bending; reaching, lifting and graspingobjects; walking and/or standing for extended periods oftime.WorkingConditions:Hours are 8:30am-5:00pm withsome Saturday and some evening hours each fall and springsemester.Classified Title:Medical Assistant ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRO37.5/02/CBStarting Salary Range:$13.00 – $16.93/Hour;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. SomeSaturday and some evening hours each fall and spring semesterExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:Homewood CampusDepartment Name: Student Health & WellnessCenterPersonnel Area:Homewood StudentAffairsThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more: Health Services Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

I can never forget Nigeria’s World Cup debut against Bulgaria – Adepoju

first_img Loading… Mutiu Adepoju revealed that Nigeria’s World Cup debut against Bulgaria is one of his biggest moments as a footballer. Super Eagles squad of 1994 at the World cup in USA The Super Eagles shrugged off threats from Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria to qualify for the competition for the first time – and were zoned in Group D against Argentina, Greece and Bulgaria in the 1994 showpiece. Clemens Westerhof’s team made a winning start in the United States of America by defeating Bulgaria 3-0 in Dallas with Rasheed Yekini, Daniel Amokachi and Emmanuel Amuneke getting the goals at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. In that encounter, former Real Madrid midfielder Adepoju was introduced in the game as a 69th-minute substitute for Samson Siasia. Sunday marked the 26th anniversary of the country’s maiden appearance and their famous victory over the Europeans. And to celebrate the occasion, the LaLiga ambassador took to social media to express his delight being a part of history. “On this day 26 years ago, I made history with Nigeria to feature in the country’s maiden World Cup game,” Adepoju tweeted. “The icing on the cake was a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. This is no doubt one of the biggest highlights of my career as a footballer and I will never forget this day.” Nigeria bowed 2-1 to Argentina at the Foxboro Stadium in the second game – with Claudio Caniggia’s brace cancelling out Samson Siasia’s opener after eight minutes. Qualification for the next round was guaranteed following a 2-0 win against Greece which was made possible with Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi finding the net. read also:Super Eagles winger fails to resume training due to flight suspension The Africans’ fairytale run came to an end in the Round of 16 owing to a 2-1 defeat to eventual runners-up Italy. Amuneke handed Nigeria a 26th-minute lead before Roberto Baggio levelled the scores for the Europeans in the 89th minute. He completed his brace in the 101st minute via a resulting penalty kick from Augustine Eguavoen’s clumsy challenge on Antonio Benarrivo. Adepoju, who also starred for Racing Santander and Real Sociedad, also made the country’s squad for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups staged in France and South Korea & Japan, respectively, before drawing the curtain on his international career after 48 caps and six goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more