Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From the Orange County NewsroomAt a recent COVID-19 Town Hall meeting hosted by AdventHealth, Mayor Demings told the story of the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and praised the descendants whose male relatives were mistreated as part of that study. In an effort to dispel vaccination myths and encourage people to get inoculated, the Mayor noted how descendants of these men, who he had recently met with, have been vaccinated against COVID-19.“In spite of what happened, what they told me was they’ve gotten the vaccine, every one of them,” said Mayor Demings. “They’re advocates for all Americans getting vaccinated.”The Tuskegee experiments Mayor Demings referred to started in 1932 as an effort to study untreated syphilis in males. Men were recruited for the federally-sponsored study at Tuskegee Institute, a historically Black university in Alabama. The men did not give consent to be part of the study and were told only that they had “bad blood.”Originally expected to span six months, the study went on for 40 years but was kept secret from the men it examined. The truth finally came out in an Associated Press report in 1972. Years later, the infamous study still keeps some in the Black community from trusting public health campaigns, such as the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why the descendants’ advocating for getting inoculated is so important.Both of Leo Ware’s grandfathers were tricked into enrolling in the experiment, but Ware, 83, has been COVID-vaccinated. Though he admitted he thought about the study both before and after his shot, he said he did his own research to feel confident in the federal government’s current public health campaign.“I know I did the right thing,” said Ware, who owned a gas station in Orlando for decades. “I tell others they should, too.”Mayor Demings and U.S. Representative Val Demings met with the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation.Mayor Demings, along with U.S. Representative Val Demings, recently met with Ware, along with other descendants and the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring the 623 Black men victimized and unethically treated in the study.“They told us that despite the victimization that occurred during Tuskegee, the current COVID-19 public health campaign, and the need to get vaccinated, is both legitimate and critical to ending the current pandemic,” said Demings. “Their confidence speaks volumes on our perception of vaccine hesitancy.”To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination myths, how to get vaccinated and how to become a vaccine advocate, visit Orange County’s I Got My Shot webpage.Learn more about the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation by visiting voicesforfathers.org. Additionally, the Mayor endorsed his support for the group’s initiatives, which include creating a memorial garden and providing scholarships for descendants. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Leo Ware, whose grandfather was part of the nefarious Tuskegee experiment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAdvocateBlack CommunityCOVID-19DescendantshealthhistoryLeo WareMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentTuskegee ExperimentsU.S. Representative Val DemingsVaccinationVoices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation Previous articleOrange County moves puppy mill discussion to public arena for feedbackNext articleFlorida, Seminoles agree to cut casino-style online offerings from gaming pact Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pilot tests of an ambitious project using video games for treatment of dementia, conducted at Front Porch’s Villa Gardens Retirement Community in Pasadena, have shown promising results especially in curtailing adverse patient behavior.The project, “Healing Spaces,” was reported last month at the Los Angeles E3 (electronic entertainment expo) 2018, by recent college graduate Gabriela Gomes, based on her thesis at the University of Southern California.A report in Variety said Gomes’ Healing Spaces wasn’t like anything else at the industry’s largest trade show.Healing Spaces is described as “a smart platform that allows caregivers to transform spaces through light, color, sounds, and visuals, turning any environment into a place where older adults living with dementia can focus, engage and relax,” according to Gomes’ website, www.aboutgabi.com.As she filled out her application for IndieCade’s booth at E3, Gomes was well aware her project was a far cry from things usually found in the show floor.“I just thought that it was not something normally seen on the show floor or maybe not a good fit,” Gomes told Variety. “So I was very surprised when we were invited to showcase, and really just grateful for the opportunity to celebrate this kind of work in such a setting.”Healing Spaces creates a vivid and natural forest or seaside scene on any surface through a smartphone app and a few clever physical items. Scented oils create the olfactory illusion of the scene on screen, while sensory boxes containing items normally found in that scenario produce the tactile sensation.The app adds visual and auditory involvement through the selected scene, and any room is instantly transformed into this new space, the Variety article said.In a seaside scene, the app displays a sunny beach and clear blue seawater on the screen, and a scented oil concoction in a vial smells of sunscreen, while crashing waves can be heard through iPad speakers. The seaside sensory box contains shells and a kinetic sand that feels like sand but doesn’t leave anything on the user’s hands.Gomes’ idea for Healing Spaces came from her personal connection with dementia. Her grandmother battled with Alzheimer’s in her later years.“I thought ‘it’d be nice to make something I wish I had at that time,” she tells Variety. “Back then I had no knowledge of her condition, and no idea how to interact with her.”She researched on the interactivity of video games and how it could merge with dementia care, and multi-sensory environments, or MSEs, attracted her interest. She took the concept before her advisors at USC’s School of Gerontology, who in turn connected her to the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Well-Being in Pasadena.Before long, she was doing pilot tests of eight patients at Front Porch.Currently, the demo has only the Seaside and Forest scenes, but Gomes says she plans to add even more landscapes. She also plans to put out an online tutorial where caregivers can learn to create their own sensory boxes and landscapes.“Seeing our current ‘Healing Spaces’ demo in action at Villa Gardens has been incredibly insightful,” she says in the Variety story. “I feel there’s still a lot more to explore when it comes to different interaction and play patterns before we think about expanding content-wise.”The report said Tanya Mazzolini, manager of the “Summer House memory care unit at Front Porch, and Megan Hee Soo Park, Field Project Coordinator and Trainer, have been helping in the project since its planning stages.“We do work with students all the time so we are familiar and are very appreciative of passion and passion projects that are school-based,” Park tells Variety. “It was extremely rewarding getting to work with Gabi and help her hone in on what she really wanted to do – whilst of course still managing the expectations of the community and staff. The foundation for which this idea stemmed was genuine and because we had access to Gabi and her brain (and heart), it felt much more personal than if we were working with a company.”Gomes is currently pursuing her MFA in Interactive Media and Games Design at USC. She obtained her BFA in Visual Communication-Digital Media, Magna Cum Laude, from the American University in Dubai.For more information about Healing Spaces, visit www.aboutgabi.com/healing-spaces. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – January 28, 2021 0 332 Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp TAGSCommunity Foundation of Elkhart CountydentaldentistfacilityGoshenIndianaMaple City Health Careofficeopened Google+ IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Previous articleLocal students eligible for Indiana Sheriff’s scholarshipNext articleBenton Harbor accepting applications for recreational marijuana permits Brooklyne Beatty New, affordable dental facility opens in Goshen A new dental facility has opened its doors in Goshen.Maple City Health Care opened its first standalone facility this week near Maple City’s health care center on the north side of Goshen.At full capacity, the facility hopes to serve 2,300 people each year and specifically hopes to provide care for families with tight budgets, according to WSBT.To help with costs, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County provided a $156,000 grant to buy dental chairs and equipment.Maple City Health care has also hired a complete staff to run the facility, including a full-time dentist, two hygienists and two dental assistances, along with front office workers.