posted Nov. 20, 2013
Local program for hospitalized children is recognized by First Lady and will receive $10,000
An El Paso visual arts program for pediatric oncology patients was recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House at noon (MST) on Friday, Nov. 22. The arts program received the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts or humanities. The program, called Creative Kids Project AIM (Arts in Motion), is one of only 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award, which is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The award also comes with a $10,000 grant.
Project AIM was chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists. The awards are administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Andrea Gates-Ingle, executive director and co-founder of Creative Kids, as well as program participants Danashiya Pritchard, 12, and Miranda Luna, 14 were present to accept the award from the First Lady.
Creative Kids, a 14-year-old program, has received support from the city’s Museums & Cultural Affairs Department for the past seven years through the competitive Organizational Support Program Grant. It also has been the recipient of the City of El Paso Community Development Block Grant. Creative Kids’ Project AIM provides pediatric oncology patients at Providence Children’s Hospital, and now at El Paso Children's Hospital, a psychological escape from trauma associated with medical treatment.
Photo credit: Ralph Alswang
The 2013 awardees are:
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Inc.
Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
CEPA’s Community-Based Youth Education Program
Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Inc.
Fabulous Females/Temporary LockDown
Ifetayo Youth Ensemble
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Investigating Where We Live
National Building Museum
OrchKids: Planting Seeds for a Bright Future
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Pearl Bailey Youth Program
Newport News Public Library System
NEWPORT NEWS, VA
EL PASO, TX
Dallas Theatre Center
Sadie Nash Leadership Project
LOS ANGELES, CA
First-ever EMS Conference attracts more than 50 EMTs and first responders
More than 50 emergency medical technicians (EMT) and first responders from across the region attended El Paso’s first-ever conference EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Conference on Saturday, Oct. 12. Attendees received up to six free hours’ worth of continuing education credits.
Meeting sessions at the conference covered material on the latest treatments in the pre-hospital setting, such as I.V. therapy after CPR, which has shown to benefit cardiac patients neurologically.
Courses also covered rescue operations involving helicopters, or air ambulances, as well as the Border RAC ambus, or ambulance bus (pictured below).
The Border RAC ambus is designed to respond to a mass casualty event. It is the only one in the region, and among seven ambuses in Texas.
It can accommodate 10 stretcher patients and 20 wheelchair patients, and carries everything a regular ambulance would.
Keynote speaker for the conference was SPHN CEO Eric Evans.
“The role of emergency medical services has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years,” said Margaret Castañeda, EMS liaison with SPHN. “Advances in medicine and technology have increased the role of our local area first responders. Patient care by the EMT will affect the outcome of the patient in the hospital setting, which is why the EMS Conference was needed in the area. We are all a link in the medical chain of survival.”
A special feature of the conference was the fact that the continuing medical education credits provided by the conference were free to attendees.
“…the education and information outweighed the cost,” said Castañeda. “CE's in the EMS community are hard to come by, and for some, are also costly. For volunteers or EMTs that don't make enough, free CEs are appreciated.”
Organizers plan to make this conference an annual affair.
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