The Waynesboro City Council met on Nov. 13 and approved VPAS’ request to be exempted from Personal Property taxes.
This request was initially considered at a public hearing in October, with the final vote on Nov. 13. This will save VPAS $3100 for this tax year. Savings in future years will depend on the amount of personal property (mainly vehicles) that VPAS owns in the City of Waynesboro at that time.
The News Virginian newspaper included an article about this vote in their Nov. 15 newspaper, but it can’t be found on their website. In that article they have some incorrect figures on the amount of the federal funding cuts VPAS has experienced, but otherwise it’s accurate.
The News Virginian published the following story on VPAS’s request to be exempted from personal property taxes in Waynesboro.
Commissioner of the Revenue Don Coffey made Regional Director Janice Gentry aware of the opportunity to request the exemption, which she then pursued. If it receives approval next month, it will result in a savings of $3,100 this year. Savings in the future would be determined based on the value of personal property VPAS owns in Waynesboro at that time. Read more
Augusta Health announced the opportunity for organizations to apply for single-year grants to support projects that fall in line with Augusta Health’s focus areas based on the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment.
Center Directors Lynn Harris and Karen Hurt and Regional Director Janice Gentry decided to focus on the area of obesity. The program “I Think I Ate my Willpower… a program exploring the REAL issues around weight loss and fitness for older adults” is set around a series of seminars about topics such as Motivation, Addiction, Chemistry, and Faith, and will also introduce participants to different low cost fitness options available in our community. The application reflects a request for funding in the amount of $6,150.
The funding decisions are expected to be made by October 31. If funded, this program would begin in January 2014.
Stanford University currently requires that all Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Workshops have a minimum of 10 participants at the first session in order to comply with the fidelity requirements of this evidence based program. In response to considerable national discussion about the difficulty of finding 10 people in certain areas, Kate Lorig, Dr.P.H., Stanford Professor of Medicine, offered the opportunity for local programs to experiment with smaller workshops by submitting a proposal for a Rapid Change Cycle experiment.
Joyce Nussbaum, VPAS CDSME Coordinator, worked with April Holmes, Coordinator of Prevention Programs with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, to submit a Rapid Change Cycle Proposal to Kate Lorig. In order to increase the significance of the proposal, two other CDSME Coordinators were invited to participate. The proposal was accepted August 15 and the time frame for the experiment will be from September – December 2013.
The basis for the proposal is that CDSME Workshops offered in frontier and rural settings are often cancelled due to not having the required 10 participants to begin a workshop. Sometimes conducting a “session zero” informational meeting results in having a large enough group to proceed the following week but often the additional members are not fully interested and do not complete the workshop resulting in a lower completer rate and leaving the core group of original participants. When 10 participants are not available, the smaller group is denied access to the program and it is difficult to gain a commitment from them to attend a workshop in the future. Members of groups that have ended with 4 or 5 completers express a high level of satisfaction with the workshop experience and participants may be more likely to complete based on an increased sense of importance to the group process.
Joyce will send the results of the Rapid Change Cycle experiment to Kate Lorig and they be used to help determine if Stanford will allow smaller workshops in frontier and rural settings in the future.
A training covering the basics of Medicare is being offered at VPAS through the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) beginning August 20 for new staff and volunteers desiring to become Certified VICAP Counselors. New volunteers are welcomed for this training. The training will consist of 4 webinar sessions: “Understanding Medicare” (Aug. 20); “Prescription Drug Coverage, Plan Finder, and Extra Help” (Aug. 21); “Medigap and Medicare Advantage” (Aug. 22); “Preventive Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Misc. Topics” (Aug. 23). All sessions begin at 10:00am and run for 2 – 2.5 hours and will be led by VICAP Local Program Coordinator, Amy Adkins. The webinars can be attended “live” on the days scheduled or viewed as recorded versions at a later time.
After completing this training, interested individuals may take the VICAP Certification Exam. After passing the exam, newly certified Counselors can mentor with an experienced Counselor at VPAS and then begin assisting Medicare Beneficiaries with Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) choices. As new volunteers become comfortable, assistance can expand to helping beneficiaries new to Medicare with choices such as Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call Amy Adkins at 540-949-7141 or email email@example.com for more information.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Leader Training was held by Cathie Galvin and Chronic Disease Self Management Education (CDSME) Coordinator Joyce Nussbaum in Waynesboro May 22, 23, 29 and 30 and all 15 trainees successfully completed the training.
Leaders appreciated the program content and many felt that they had also given a gift to themselves and improved their own physical and mental health as they participated in the training.