Issue 14.23 | June 13, 2014
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SNELLVILLE, Ga., June 13, 2014 -- Since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and open enrollment for Obamacare insurance, Gwinnett Community Clinic has realized a decrease in enrollment and request for services.
Patients who are permanent residents of Gwinnett, whose household income is less than or equal to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level,, and who have no insurance are encouraged to call the clinic for details of enrollment. This clinic model asks all patients for a $20 donation per visit.
For 20 years, Gwinnett Community Clinic, a charitable organization, has provided basic healthcare and is a medical home to the working, uninsured poor of Gwinnett County. The Clinic is located at 2160 Fountain Drive in Snellville, on the Eastside Medical Center South Campus. Volunteer doctors, nurses and a support team provide care during Clinic on the first through the fourth Tuesday and Thursday evenings-usually from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Visits are by appointment only.
Many of the Clinic's former patients have enrolled in various Obamacare insurance plans and now have access to coverage outside the Clinic. As a result, the Clinic is especially looking for patients whose low income would have qualified them for enrollment in Medicaid, if the Medicaid program had been expanded in Georgia. A variety of documents are required for proof of residency and proof of income. The Clinic can be contacted for a telephone interview to determine qualification for enrollment and to schedule a qualifying appointment.
The Clinic offers primary care and chronic disease management services, such as treating and managing diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease and elevated cholesterol. The Clinic doesn't treat back or neck pain and does not prescribe narcotics. The Clinic does not manage behavior health nor provide psychiatric care. The Clinic does not offer dental care. The scheduling number is 770-985-3640, extension 6. Scheduling staff are available Monday- Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Because of partners such as Eastside Medical Center, Apothecare Pharmacy and countless volunteer physicians, nurses and support staff Gwinnett Community Clinic is able to provide almost $6 million in primary care and chronic disease management annually. Approximately 600 unique patients will have 3,000 visits this year. The Clinic is a private organization supported by major grants from the United Way Metro Atlanta, the Kaiser Foundation, and other individual donations, sponsorships and grants.
Gwinnett Community Clinic is 501(c)3 organization located in Snellville.
JUNE 13, 2014 -- "Clean your plate!"
It was for me when growing up. Perhaps originally my folks wanted me, as a youth, to eat enough food to be healthy. Later on, when I started spooning my own portions, out came again the admonition when I slacked off: "Clean your plate!"
Some of this may have reflected my parents experiencing the Great Depression. Food was not always easy to come by. Living on a farm during that time, there was food, but perhaps not the bountiful food that they wanted. So they may have viewed what was on my plate as more valuable than a growing boy did. Not only that, but they knew what it cost, in money and labor, to put food on the table, and didn't want to see their hard-earned labor or money go to waste.
No matter how it happened, being told to "Clean my plate" sticks still in my mind.
This has led to one of my pet peeves. When I see someone today eating in a restaurant and not cleaning their plate, it bugs me. This is especially true if that person has gone through a buffet line, with them deciding what and how much food to put on their plate. When afterward, they fail to clean their plate, well, it rankles me.
When someone fails to eat all the food that they have taken out, it appears to me like it did to my parents: it seems wasteful. You wonder if they are that wasteful at their home.
And that brings up another subject that some of you may recall.
Ever hear your parents admonish you: "You didn't turn out the light when you left your room!" Again, it may have been an economical issue to my parents, not wanting to "waste" electricity, just as they didn't want to see me waste my food.
So deeply imbedded in me is this tendency to switch off lights, or the television set, or computers, or other electrical gadgets, when I am leaving a room. Leaving these lights or machines on when you are not using them seems as if we are not conserving our natural resources, and that seems against nature.
Even today, it seems I go around behind people switching off lights.
Luckily, children of the future may not have to even think about switching off the lights when they leave a room. After all, today rooms can be designed so that the lights come on automatically when you enter them, and turn off when you leave. Kids may not have to hear from their parents "Switch off the lights," as many of us have heard in the past.
(This switching off lights is so engrained in me that today's automobiles, which have headlights that come on automatically even in daytime, make me want to switch them off when driving in the daytime. Yet safety engineers tell us having your car's headlights on is a safety feature, even in daylight, which might help you and another driver avoid an accident. Perhaps I should not worry about leaving my auto's headlights on in the daytime. But I still have that urge to switch them off.)
back: last time you went through a buffet line, did you clean your plate?
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Monetary incentives can be misused in the public sector
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Direct monetary incentives for performance at the Atlanta schools led to widespread cheating as pressure mounted on school personnel to achieve acceptable test scores.
The same type of incentives for Veterans Administration personnel led to fudging of the of the admittance records for veterans. Both systems were overwhelmed by the tasks given to it, with limited resources and a bureaucratic culture that needed reform.
A better and more efficient way would be for the school system to pay for every student who needs to have remedial instruction in college for something that should have been accomplished by the student in high school. College students are required to take remedial courses in English and math, paid for by the parents or student loans before they get on the college track.
With the costs coming out of the local school budget the comparative line item would show which system was not effective in preparing students for college. On the other hand, the VA would have to pay for a private physician if they could not see and treat a veteran on a timely basis and that would come out of their budget as a separate line item.
These two examples show that what works in private business cannot be transferred to government institutions. The incentive process itself encourages some form of cheating, However, as the above examples show, incentives can be injected into the institution in an indirect way.
The 2014 John Jarrard Summer Songwriters Series returns to Brenau University's Downtown Center, located at 301 Main St. in Gainesville. Concert dates are June 14, July 19, and Aug. 9, each show beginning at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $50 per person to attend all three shows. Table sponsorships are available by calling 770-710-9191.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.johnjarrardfoundation.com/.
Bruce Burch, the executive in residence for Brenau's mass communications department Brenau, is excited to have these legendary songwriters join to perform their incredible music. He says: "You'll get a chance to hear the songs as they were 'birthed' by these talented tunesmiths."
This year's series of shows brings together six renowned musical artists:
Rutherford, a Memphis, Tenn. native, had a big break in 1989 when four American icons Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson recorded his song, "American Remains," as The Highwaymen. He has also released a solo CD called Just Another Coaster.
Pat Alger had his first hit "First Time Love" with folk-pop artist Livingston Taylor in 1980, then decided to move from LaGrange, to Nashville. Pat's songwriting collaborations with Garth Brooks yielded four Number One records, as well as the Trisha Yearwood hit "Like We Never Had A Broken Heart." In 1991, Pat was named NSAI Songwriter of the Year. In 1992, he was ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year.
Jim McBride, born in Huntsville, Ala., is a CMA Award-winning, Grammy-nominated songwriter and former president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. His writing career spans over 30 years and includes over 100 album cuts, 18 top 40 singles, 10 top ten singles and 6 number ones.
Gary Nicholson, from Garland, Tex., is a number-one hit songwriter, a two time Grammy winning producer, recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist. In 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
One of Greenville, S.C. native Chuck Cannon's first notable compositions was "I Love the Way You Love Me", a No. 1 hit for John Michael Montgomery in 1993. Cannon worked on several songs with Toby Keith, and in 1992 he opened his own publishing company, Wacissa River Music, Inc. He was elected President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (2001-2003).
Lari White of Dunedin, Fla., is an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter and producer, and indie record label owner. Her music has earned three Grammys and RIAA Gold.
The John Jarrard Foundation has grown from an annual concert to a regionally-recognized organization supporting songwriters and a number of great causes. It was established in 2000 in the memory of John Jarrard, who grew up in Gainesville and moved to Nashville to become a songwriter. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Over the past ten years, the John Jarrard Foundation has raised more than $1 million, with the proceeds going to a permanent endowment fund in Jarrard's name established at the North Georgia Community Foundation.
Sugar Hill students working to make community better
Students from White Oak Elementary School in Sugar Hill are working to make a difference in their community. A group of fourth graders came up with the idea of picking up trash in the city. They will partner with Target, Kona Ice, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and other schools to implement Student Clean-up Day. They plan to volunteer June 18 from 2-5 p.m. at Gary Pirkle Park.
Teachers Matt Smith and Nick Boyers are leading the efforts of the fourth graders. Boyers states: "We believe giving students ownership and choice over their learning goes a long way toward motivating, engaging, and allowing students to take their learning to a deeper level. When teachers give students the opportunity to look at content through a lens that is relevant to them the result is a learning experience that lasts a lifetime."
scammed! The Gwinnett County Police Department has seen a rise in a particular
type of scam where suspects contact victims by phone and claim they have
an outstanding debt of some variety, threatening there will be consequences
if the debt is not paid.
Lilburn native plays with U.S. Navy's Brass Band Quintet
Musician First Class Matthew Anderson, a Lilburn, Ga. native, performs with the U.S. Navy Band Mid-South's Brass Quintet for patients at the Fort Worth (Tex.) Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. This performance is one of many community outreach events planned during the Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week. Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week is one of six signature Navy Weeks planned across America in 2014, and designed to increase Americans understanding of their Navy's mission, capabilities, and relevance to national security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Amanda Owens.)
Artist, art writer and critic, presidential portraitist, educator, and wife of painter Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning was at the heart of the so-called New York school, or abstract expressionism, in the late 1940s and 1950s. An essential aspect of the New York school was its effort to assimilate into visual terms, often using abstraction, relatively new knowledge and understanding about human nature gained from psychology and anthropology. Years later De Kooning served as the first Lamar Dodd Visiting Professor of Art at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens.
Born Elaine Marie Catherine Fried in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 12, 1918, she studied at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School and the American Artists School in New York City. She met Willem de Kooning in 1938, and they were married at City Hall, New York, in December 1943. Although married for more than 45 years, De Kooning and her husband spent most of their marriage separated; nonetheless, she championed and promoted his work throughout the 1940s.
De Kooning began working as an editorial associate for the magazine Art News in 1948 and wrote articles about some of the major figures in the art world, including the painters Josef Albers, Arshile Gorky, Hans Hofman, Franz Kline, and Mark Rothko. Working at the center of New York City's cultural life, she became friends with the composer John Cage and the dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. She was an active member of the Eighth Street Club, a site where artists met, drank, and socialized. The club's regulars included the painters Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Lee Krasner, Milton Resnick, Larry Rivers, Kline, and Rothko.
Although De Kooning used the abstract expressionist form, with its energetic strokes of intense color, she also executed numerous portraits. Her most famous series of portraits, painted on commission from the White House, is of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. She traveled to West Palm Beach, Fla., to make painted sketches of Kennedy and spent much of 1963 working on a presidential portrait of him for the Truman Library. Following Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, she stopped painting for a year and devoted her time to teaching and sculpture.
The first of her immense canvases in the Bacchus series, based on a 19th-century sculpture she saw in the Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris, France, were painted in her studio on the UGA campus during her tenure as Dodd Visiting Professor, from 1976 to 1978.
In 1977 De Kooning spent the summer in Cortona, Italy, with the UGA Study Abroad program. Over the course of her career, she taught at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; the University of California, Davis; Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Yale University Graduate School in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Parsons School of Design in New York City, among others.
Her paintings are in the collections of major museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Elaine de Kooning died of lung cancer in 1989.
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Mark Flag Day in Snellville, Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Snellville City Hall. This will be the third year that the City of Snellville has celebrated Flag Day. The City Hall is located at 2342 Oak Road.
Exhibit opening and concert at The Rectory of the Norcross Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, 17 College Street, Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Enjoy refreshments in the Cultural Arts Center Ballroom, next door, and the performance of "Confederates at the Keyboard," Southern Piano Music During the Civil War Era, by David Thompson beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain open throughout the month of June. Admission is free.
Georgia Manufacturing EXPO will be June 13-14 at the Gwinnett Civic Center, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Friday's activities will be tailored to the business community, while Saturday's focus will be on the general consumers. Take home free product samples, or win door prizes. More info.
Sing the Blues in Norcross on Saturday, June 14, from 5 until 11 p.m. Activities begin at Thrasher Park with the Breeze Kings. At 7:30 p.m. the action moves to South Peachtree Street for Mary Raindrop. More jazz follows at 10 p.m. with The Cazanovas. More info.
Fourth Annual Peachtree Corners Festival is June 14-15, at The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive, one block west of Peachtree Parkway. The Festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and closes at 6 p.m., while Sunday it is from noon to 5 p.m. More info.
Family Fun Day, at Duluth Town Green, Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Hi-Hope Service Center, the goal is to build awareness for families with members who have developmental challenges. Activities include a wheel parade, inflatables, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
(NEW) Opening Celebration of Gwinnett Medical Center's first class of family medical resident physicians, Monday, June 23, at 3:15 p.m. at 665 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville (opposite the main GMC campus.) Come meet the first five residents of the program at the Strickland Family Medical Center, which will offer a range of services from treating newborns to seniors.
To Feel the Clouds is the current exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Nationally-known Georgia photographer John Slemp will exhibit 25 photos of aircraft and the medium they fly in-clouds, The exhibit remains up through June 28. More of his work can be seen at www.aerographs.com.
Free Brown Bag Concerts on the lawn at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. Bring a lunch and enjoy music and other activities. Dates for the 11 a.m. Brown Bag concerts are on July 11 and August 1, all sponsored by the Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Commission.
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