Energizer awarded the IAFC President’s Award for fire safety efforts
ST. LOUIS — In recognition of Energizer’s 25-year commitment to the national fire safety campaign, "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery," the International Association of Fire Chiefs honored Energizer with its distinguished President’s Award of Recognition at this year’s Fire-Rescue International conference in Chicago.
For 25 years, the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program has been dedicated to sharing the life-saving reminder to change the batteries in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for daylight saving time. Collectively, Energizer has donated more than 5 million batteries through the campaign, distributed as part of the neighborhood canvasses organized by Energizer and the IAFC with local fire departments across the country each year to help deliver the message of fire safety to families’ doorsteps.
“One of my first actions as president was to kick-off the 25th anniversary campaign of Change Your Clock Change Your Battery in my hometown of Chicago,” said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The excitement Energizer brought to the event radiated though the IAFC, the fire department, the school children who joined us and the community. It is why this program continues to be a success.”
The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign is one example of the Energizer philosophy — "that’s positivenergy" — brought to life. The philosophy is rooted in the company’s commitment to performance combined with responsibility.
“Twenty-five years ago, we realized the crucial role that a working battery in a smoke alarm plays in helping to give families the critical extra time to escape a home fire. We felt a responsibility to do our part in helping to keep families safe,” said Alan Hoskins, president and CEO with Energizer. “Today, it’s inspiring to look back on the millions of batteries donated and the lives that Energizer has helped to save as a result of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program — as we like to say, that’s positivenergy!”
This fall, leading up to the daylight saving time change Nov. 3, 2013, Energizer, the IAFC and firefighters across the country will once again hit the streets to spread the life-saving message of Change Your Clock Change Your Battery and distribute 250,000 Energizer batteries to help keep families safe.
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APhA publishes new book on motivational interviewing for health professionals
WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association has announced the release of “Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach,” a book that presents a new way of teaching the theory and practice of motivational interviewing to healthcare professionals.
Motivational interviewing has been shown to improve treatment adherence and outcomes, promote behavior change, improve patient satisfaction with care and increase retention rates in complex case management, according to authors Bruce A. Berger, PhD, and William A. Villaume, PhD.
The book aims to provide a practical, step-by-step approach for using motivational interviewing skills and tools in all practice settings. To illustrate the use and application of motivational interviewing, the book presents case studies and multiple dialogues between healthcare professionals and patients.
Berger and Villaume are professors emeritus, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and co-developers of comMIt (Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training).
HHS awards $67M to Health Insurance Marketplace ‘navigators’
WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 navigator grant applicants in federally facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.
These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. In addition, HHS recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the healthcare coverage available in the Marketplace.
“Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” Sebelius stated. “A network of volunteers on the ground in every state — healthcare providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates and local elected officials — can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”
Navigators are trained to provide information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.