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BridgesTN and BridgesWEST are proud to present a COVID-19 Conversation specifically for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities.

Please join us for the latest information about COVID-19 and the new vaccines. Both #ASL interpreting and #CART will be provided.

You can also submit questions in advance!  Submit questions to info@bridgesfordeafandhh.org by February 1, 2021

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and the New Vaccines: a Conversation for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Communities

Register Here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210247388688165 

About Dr. Talbot:

Dr. Keipp Talbot is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Talbot is a member of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC' s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and a member of that committee's COVID-19 Work Group. Talbot also performs COVID-19 and influenza surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ASL Interpreting & CART provided by Bridges

Meharry Medical College has announced a free three-part virtual Health Summit series to reimagine and advance health equity, particularly related to oral health. The first session will be held January 27, 2021, 10 a.m.-noon, with keynote conversations by Meharry President James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D. and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, M.D. among other national leaders.

Through open dialogue, the Summit will encourage stakeholders and health experts to develop a community-centered approach that will prioritize prevention of disease, elevate racial justice and equity and eliminate COVID-19 health care disparities among minority groups across the country. Featured speakers will discuss health integration and barriers to achieving whole-person and community-informed care that will integrate oral and systemic health.

In addition to a keynote address by Drs. Hildreth and Fauci, the Summit will include a panel, moderated by journalist Monique Pressley. Panelists include:

• Linda Keene Solomon: CEO, STEMbiotic Communities Inc. Solomon is a senior executive with 30 years of leadership, managerial, and board director experience serving the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors.

• Jeanne Craig Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., D.Sc., FACD, FICD: Senior Scholar-in-Residence Emerita American Dental Education Association and Dean Emerita, Howard University. Dr. Sinkford is a nationally and internationally renowned dental educator, administrator, researcher and clinician.

• Charles E. Moore, MD, FAACE: Founder/President, HEALing Community Center and Chief of Service, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Grady Health System. Dr. Moore has a longstanding and profound commitment to the training and development of learners from all backgrounds. His research focus has been in the investigation of factors involved in healthcare disparity with a particular focus on head and neck cancer incidence in medically underserved communities.

Among those joining this Call to Action to accelerate Health Integration, Innovation, and Racial Justice will be Henry Schein Inc., Chairman and CEO, Mr. Stanley Bergman, joined by Meharry Dental School Dean Cherae Farmer-Dixon, and revered Oral and Public Health Leader, Dr. Caswell Evans.

“These conversations have never been more important,” said Dr. Hildreth, an infectious disease expert. “COVID-19 has only illuminated the gulf of health disparities that exist between majority and minority communities across our country, particularly in rural communities. Over the last year, we have further focused our collective efforts on addressing these disparities, and this Summit will provide our community with the opportunity to engage around how best to make long lasting changes that will impact the lives of all people.”

The events of the last year, including the global pandemic and increased awareness of racial justice and health disparities, have encouraged a greater focus on systemic, structural and cultural challenges to achieving overall health equity. The Summit will build on this momentum and prior work to integrate oral and overall health to chart a path towards accessible and affordable health care.

“Effective health care includes oral health—the two cannot be disconnected,” said Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon, Dean of Meharry’s School of Dentistry and the Summit’s lead organizer. “At Meharry, we understand the connection between these essential aspects of health and well-being, and we are delighted to convene a national conversation examining the intersection of health outcomes, health disparities and systemic racism. We look forward to the creative solutions that are sure to come from this collaborative event.“

The Summit’s second session, “Motivating Action,” is set to take place in March 2021. This virtual event will be focused on the importance of oral health on the pathway to overall health and wellbeing. The third session, “Shaping Action for a Different Future,” is scheduled for June 2021 and will focus on a wide range of medical, dental and public health topics.

The Summit has been organized by a national committee of leaders from industry, academia, government, primary care, oral health and professional associations.

For more information about the health summit and to register, CLICK HERE. Continuing education credits are available.

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TIME: 7pm - 8pm (CST); 8pm - 9pm (EST)

Event by University of Michigan Family Medicine
Online with Facebook Live
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr
Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join Sarah Hein, MSN, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner with Michigan Deaf Health; Michael McKee, MD, MPH, family physician at Michigan Medicine; and interpreter Nigel Howard, ASL medical interpreter, for a presentation and open discussion with questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.facebook.com/events/860139638152571/?ti=ls

This event is geared towards deaf and hard of hearing viewers, and will be presented in American Sign Language with some English translation and closed captions.

Please ask questions in advance, in the comments of this event invite!

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Hear to Learn offers a free monthly webinar series. The webinars cover a variety of topics related to the listening and spoken language development of children with hearing loss. Parents and professionals are welcome to attend!

Register here:  https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BqeBca8EaZBw0d

Webinar start times: (by time zone)
· 10:30am-11:00am PT
· 11:30am-12:00pm MT
· 12:30pm-1:00pm CT
· 1:30pm-2:00pm ET

Most may be surprised by how many opportunities for listening and language leaning are sprinkled throughout an ordinary day. We’ll start our discussion with ideas to maximize language during:
· Meal time (e.g., grocery lists, recipes, table settings).
· Play time (e.g., arts/crafts, blocks, cars, active outdoor games).
· Chore time (e.g., cleaning up toys, sorting laundry, yardwork).
· Music time (e.g., enjoying music together or making your own).
· Story time (e.g., sharing your favorite books or creating new stories).

We would love to hear your additional ideas and ways you’ve found to weave language learning into daily life.

Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing who are pursuing the listening and spoken language approach and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

This webinar will be recorded. Please see the website for access to this and other webinar recordings: http://www.heartolearn.org/communities/learning-together-archive.html

CEUs are not offered for this webinar presentation.
 

Presenter: Jeanette Smoot, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Jeanette Smoot loves her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Sound Beginnings at Utah State University and is nationally certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. Coaching families and mentoring graduate students are a key part of her role at Sound Beginnings. Jeanette enjoys finding creative ways to weave the children’s language and speech goals into any setting or activity.

Where: Adobe Connect- to register here

Download the adobeconnect app.:

-  For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

-  For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

Note: If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.

· Live captioning will also be provided

· Questions about this webinar: contact Nicole Jacobson

· Technical assistance during the webinar: contact Daniel Ladner

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Please contact Lisa Rimmell to RSVP and receive a Zoom link to the meeting.

Council meetings will be held the first Friday of February, May, August, and November each year. The 2021 dates are:

February 5, 2021
May 7, 2021
August 6, 2021
November 5, 2021

*All meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice.*

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Please contact Lisa Rimmell to RSVP and receive a Zoom link to the meeting.

Council meetings will be held the first Friday of February, May, August, and November each year. The 2021 dates are:

February 5, 2021
May 7, 2021
August 6, 2021
November 5, 2021

*All meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice.*

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Please contact Lisa Rimmell to RSVP and receive a Zoom link to the meeting.

Council meetings will be held the first Friday of February, May, August, and November each year. The 2021 dates are:

February 5, 2021
May 7, 2021
August 6, 2021
November 5, 2021

*All meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice.*

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Please contact Lisa Rimmell to RSVP and receive a Zoom link to the meeting.

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
ASL Interpreters Provided/Spoken Spanish Interpreters Provided

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Key elements of a positive school climate are the development of social-emotional competencies and at the core is fostering empathy, teaching perspective-taking, building social skills and establishing positive social norms. These skills are accomplished with clear communication in languages that everyone understands, structuring the environment, and teaching teachers and students how to establish relationships..

PRESENTERS:  Rodger and Suzanne Dinwiddie

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B4rW4SPHSni8mN2JHH35Vg

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
ASL Interpreters Provided/Spoken Spanish Interpreters Provided

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

It is said that central auditory processing disorder(CAPD) is to hearing what CVI is to vision—the ears may be functioning but sound is not reaching the brain in a way that is meaningful. Many of the risk factors for CVI and CAPD are the same, therefore some children with multiple disabilities who are diagnosed with CVI may also have CAPD. Unfortunately, CAPD cannot be diagnosed in young children and CAPD assessments in older children require language acquisition. This training will provide strategies that support students with CAPD but have also been proven effective for all students.

PRESENTER:  Maurice Belote - Central auditory Processing Disorder

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_efPsSgz-QfuzU2YDfpv33g