United Against Meth
Nearly 200 people packed a meeting room at St. Mary Medical Center [Long Beach CA] for a forum on the dangers of crystal meth, its ties to HIV and the actions that need to be taken to address what doctors, health experts and researchers have called an epidemic.
As the program drew to a close, Elizabeth Eastlund, substance abuse and mental health coordinator at CARE and one of the forum's main organizers, said she could already see patterns in comments from the audience.
Funding is critical, she said, adding that people were talking about social marketing and different models of treatment.
People also talked about deglamorizing the drug and making it "less cool."
Eastlund pointed to the importance of alternatives for those who are resistant to 12-step programs. "There's got to be more compassion," she said. "And we've got to take the judgment out of the people we're treating.
'My Name is Mohammad’
The booming economy of the Oilsands City and the recent international media attention on oil development in the area are attracting more and more immigrants to Fort McMurray. And as the city’s ethnic diversity increases, instances of racial discrimination can potentially grow with it.
The Multicultural Association of Fort McMurray [
Newfoundland, Alberta, Canada]
recently received a one-time grant of $18,000 from the province to hold a social marketing campaign to fight racism in the City and to raise awareness of the association’s services.
Pakistan: USAID to Continue Support in Reconstruction of Quake Affected Areas
The USAID Monday said it would continue to support the reconstruction effort in the earthquake affected areas, with a particular focus on education, health, governance and economic growth.
Ms Chiles said the USAID’s health program was providing accessible and quality health programs in improved maternal, newborn and child health services, primary health care, and prevention of major infectious diseases.
In this respect, she said the midwifery curriculum was jointly revamped and updated, social marketing program was developed and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Population and Welfare to assist 1.8 million couples.
Alaska House Earmarks $3.7 Million for ANWR Lobbying
The Alaska House on Monday approved spending $3.7 million to lobby Congress for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling…Of the appropriation, which also must be approved by the Senate, $3 million would go to Pac/West Communications, a public-relations firm from Wilsonville, Ore.
Paul Phillips, president and chief executive of the public-relations firm, said the company would first identify both Republican and Democratic congressmen's districts to target. Then, a campaign would be based around the idea that ANWR would ease the nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy and also help relieve national security concerns around energy.
"This is social marketing with a distinctly political side because it's a vote in Congress," he said.