Health
Thursday, June 20, 2002
Volunteers recognized for patriotic citizenship
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and General Francis D. Vavala of the Delaware National Guard participated in a day-long celebration May 7, honoring volunteers who serve their country by making a difference in their own communities. “Volunteers: The Heart of America” recognized 113 volunteers from three programs within the Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). Minner offered opening remarks at the event, which was held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Honorees at the recognition event included volunteers from the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Delaware Medicare Fraud Alert Program and Delaware Money Management Program. All three programs serve to improve or maintain the quality of life for the elderly or disabled Delawareans. Local volunteers among those honored for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program were Joanne Cannon of Bridgeville, and Mel Metzger and Frank Schive, both of Seaford. DSAAPD is seeking additional volunteers for its programs. Interested individuals should contact the agency at (800) 223-9074.

National HIV Testing Day:
Take the Test, Take Control In the United States, almost 900,000 people are infected with HIV. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, nearly one-third of those infected don’t even know it. In Delaware, it is estimated that one out of every 185 people is infected with HIV. National HIV testing day is Thursday, June 27, and SCAC, along with other HIV/AIDS throughout Sussex County will be offering easy access to the free test. In Rehoboth, free and anonymous HIV testing will be offered at the Sussex County AIDS Committee’s (SCAC) Resource Center, located at 107 South St., from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Free lunch is available for anyone tested on this day. Also at the beach, free HIV testing and information will be available at CAMP Rehoboth on Baltimore Avenue from 1 to 9 p.m. AIDS Delaware will provide testing and information at La Red Medical Center in Georgetown from 2 until 5:30 p.m. Spanish-speaking counselors/testers will be available.
Delaware gets $200,000 to relieve nurses’ shortage
Senator Joe Biden, Senator Tom Carper, and Congressman Mike Castle announce that Delaware will receive more than $200,000 in federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to address the urgent nursing shortage and its implications on patient care. Studies show that the demand for nursing services is growing faster than the number of trained nurses, placing an increasing strain on the nation’s health care system. The U.S. Department of Labor recently projected that, unless remedial steps are taken, the U.S. will face a shortage of 450,000 nurses just seven years from now. The federal government is emphasizing a variety of methods and incentives to attract more individuals into the nursing profession. For example, the Senate passed legislation a few months ago to establish a National Nurse Service Corps Scholarship Program, under which prospective nurses would receive financial assistance for their nursing education in exchange for service in areas with critical shortages. Three Delaware organizations received Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grants to help support registered nurses who are in graduate programs to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and public health nurses: Wesley College ($45,344), Wilmington College ($89,845), and University of Delaware ($40,650).