Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University ofMaryland at BaltimoreA postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Dr. Man-KyoChung lab at the University of Maryland at Baltimore to study theneuroimmune and neuroskeletal regulation of bone remodeling. Incollaboration with Dr. Vivek Math-Thumbigere, we study mechanismsof neural regulation of bone remodeling in orofacial diseases.. Weare seeking an enthusiastic individual with strong motivation todevelop a new direction of study in combination of bone biology andneuroscience. A record of productivity with excellent verbal andwritten communication skills are essential. Starting salaries arealigned to the NIH NRSA pay scale, with competitive benefits.Interested candidates should submit a statement of researchexperience and interests with a CV including contact informationfor three references to Dr. Man-Kyo Chung([email protected]edu).Qualifications :Applicants must have a PhD in life sciences and biology. Idealcandidates will have experience with molecular, radiographic,histological and biochemical approaches to the study of bonebiology. An expertise in flow cytometry or experience of workingwith mouse models or craniofacial skeletal tissues ispreferred.
Nurse Practitioner Manages the rotations andobservations of all undergraduates and medical students andresidents that rotate through theclinicManages all appointmentsfor patients in Ataxia Clinic, including appointments withphysicians, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy,genetic counseling,research.Assists the director in themanagement and growth of the Ataxia Center research includingkeeping track of all ataxia patients seen and theirdiagnosesEnsures appropriate followup regarding patient-care related issues inbetweenSends out all new patientpackets.Manages templates for allphysicians andtherapists.Manages shadowing schedulesfor clinic day.Maintains room schedules,both over Zoom and, eventually, in-person in JHOC when wereturnCoordinates meetings andagenda topics.Coordinates with physiciansand nurses regarding patient disability and work-relatedforms.Manages operations onclinic day to ensure that patients make all theirappointment.Liaisons with insurancecompanies regardingtesting.Sends patient records ofwho they were seen by on clinic day including physician, genetics,PT, OT, SLP.Assists with numerousoutreach eventsDay to Day functions: Some of theseactivities require weekly or bi-weekly visits to the GreenspringStation office. MinimumQualifications(Required)High SchoolDiploma/GED.Three (3) years related experience.Requires an understanding of changing reimbursement policies andthird party reimbursement.Additional education may besubstituted for years of relatedexperience.* JHU EquivalencyFormula:30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, upto two years of non-related college course work may be appliedtowards the total minimum education/experience required for therespective job. * JH at GreenspringStation Johns Hopkins University Save Nurse Practitioner You need to sign in or create an account to save Generous in assisting and supportingothers.Participates in coveringtelephones and assisting other faculty and staff whenneeded.Works cooperatively withother staff.Responds to requests fromcoworkers or other departments in a mutually agreed upon timeframe.Maintains professionaldemeanor with allcoworkers.Values cultural diversityand other individual differences in the workforce, ensuring thatthe practice builds on thesedifferences.Ensures employees aretreated in a fair and equitablemanner.Problem SolvingSkills: Exercises administrative judgment and assumesresponsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having animpact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within thefunctional area.Possesses excellentorganizational skills; excellent oral, written, and interpersonalcommunication skills; ability tomultitask.Is highly proactive anddemonstrates the ability to work independently, maintainorganization and efficiency of workflow through interactions withfacilities staff on administrative activities, and demonstrateprofessional and administrative conduct as a model for other officeteam members to ensure advance toward department/unitobjectives.Ability to work for longperiods of time without directions, and to prioritize own work andwork of staff asneeded.Ability to prioritize ownwork and work of staff asneeded.Seeks to satisfydissatisfiedcustomers.Is able to effectivelyinteract with all levels of University and Hospital employees aswell as outsidecontacts.Ensure divisionalcompliance with Hopkins’ policies related to Service Excellence,Safety Attitude Questionnaire, Employee Satisfaction, and the JointCommission.Seeks out additional tasksto support clinical and managementgoals. You need to sign in or create an account to save Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesRequires an understanding ofchanging reimbursement policies and third partyreimbursement.Classified Title: ClinicCoordinatorWorking Title: Clinic Coordinator Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OEStarting Hourly Pay Rate Range:$17.52 – $23.95/Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm /40hrs per weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:24-MD:JH at Greenspring StationDepartment name: 10003519-SOM Neuro Movement DisordersPersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. 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Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Save Sr. Programmer Analyst Similar jobs Facebook Courteous and pleasant in person and on thetelephone with patients.Utilizes proper telephoneetiquette.Warmly greets patients andvisitors.Verbally expressesappreciation when ending a conversation with acaller.Interactions with other staffmembers: Utilize knowledge of physicians practice andrequirements of third party payers to provide appropriatedocumentation to assure authorization /certification for medicalservices as required by patient’s health care insurers or managedcare providers for medical equipment, therapy, prescriptions, andprocedures.Maintains familiarity withvarious types of medicalinsurance.Inform patients of costs ofcare being provided and guide them to appropriate resources forfurther information, guidance, orassistance.Medical Office Coordinator ClinicalResponsibilities:Goal—Ensure that patient’s receivethe best possible care for their illnesses. 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Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore More searches like this Maryland, United States GeneralSummary/PurposeAssesses the Ataxia Center workflow and discusseschanges and improvements with the Ataxia CenterdirectorManages all aspects of theAtaxia Clinic Day, including ensuring that patients make it totheir appointment, scheduling last-minute add on appointments withtherapists or geneticists, coordinating patients and providersregarding location and timing ofappointmentsCreates Zoom clinic roomand assigns breakout rooms for patients andproviders Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Sr. Programmer Analyst Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University LinkedIn Answers and triages patient calls, faxes, mail andissues.Answers patient questionswhere appropriate and determines if physician/nurse response isrequired.Identifies possibleemergency calls from internal or external physicians and notifiesphysician or handles emergency/urgent requests asappropriate.Assures all patientcorrespondence is transmitted to correct areas in a timely mannerto streamline patientprocessing.Assists physician(s) andnurse practitioner(s) in monitoring signing of operative notes,discharge summaries and clinicnotes.Distributes clinic andprocedure notes to referringphysicians.Assures all patientcorrespondence is transmitted to correct areas in a timely mannerto streamline patientprocessing.Assists patients, patients’families, referring physicians and third party insurance companiesto resolve patient-relatedissues.Liaison with insurancecompanies: You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Save Informationist III/Librarian III Schedules clinical appointments for patients withphysicians and resolves scheduleconflicts.Creates new patient packetsand charts forpatients.Uses automated recordssystems to access, enter and edit patientinformation.Proactively seeks toschedule/reschedule patients to efficiently utilizeresources.Confirms all patient clinicand procedure appointments by telephone and fills vacancies due tocancellations.Day to Day functions and liaisonwith insurance companies same as above.Customer Service and teamworkresponsibilitiesGoal—Personable, team player, workswell with others, approachableInteractions withpatients: Informationist III/Librarian III
Classical Honour Moderations, the tests which second-year classicists face in Hilary of second year, are widely known as some of the most gruelling examinations in Oxford. Yet this year, for the first time, Mods will take place over ten days, rather than the usual eight. The change in the exam format may spell the end of Mods’ reputation as the hardest set of exams in the world. Candidates will sit between 10 and 11 papers in the period spanning Monday of 7th week to Friday of 8th, with a break over the weekend, rather than between Wednesday of 7th and Wednesday of 8th with a Saturday exam, as in previous years. Last year’s Examiners’ Report explains the rationale for the change: “A number of candidates were identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties; markers were instructed to note this (explicitly, in their notes) in reaching their judgements. The Examination Schools has requested that the examination timetable should in future be extended, to avoid SLD candidates having two papers on one day; the Faculty has therefore agreed that from 2013 Honour Moderations should begin on Monday rather than Wednesday of 7th week. Apart from the entrance exams to the Chinese civil service, Mods were traditionally held to be the the most intense exams in the world. The New Statesman claimed in 1999, “There is some debate over which is the hardest exam in the world. Honour Moderations in Classics, again at Oxford, were the holders of the title for years, with their 12 three-hour exams over six days. They were usurped this century by the Chinese civil service entrance examination, a ten-day, all-day ritual.” The new extended time frame for the exams further weakens their claim to be amongst the hardest in the world. Charlie Greig, a second year at Exeter about to sit the newly altered Mods, expressed his disappointment, saying, “It would have been nice to have done ‘the hardest exams in the world’, simply for bragging rights.” He also pointed out that having more time is not necessarily better, as “It will make a shit time even longer.” Camilla Simpson, another second-year, expressed her relief at the changes: “The format change is such a relief for everyone doing Classics. As impressive as the claim to being the toughest exams in the world is, I shouldn’t think there’s a single second-year Classicist who would rather maintain this title and not have the extended exam period.” Simpson’s greatest concern with the format is that the exams end on a Thursday rather than a Wednesday. “We’re being deprived of the last Park End of term, something which I’m sure will be more upsetting to most of us than the loss of the title,” she explained. Classicists who have already sat the exams were split in their opinions. Ronan Magee, a third-year classicist, said he had “No particularly strong opinions except that I’m very very glad not to be doing them again!” Tom Painter, in the fourth year of his Classics degree, commented, “I don’t think the extension of the period makes a huge difference; Mods are still very, very hard! One thing is sure, that objectively speaking 10 or 11 papers is still more than any other subject.”One third-year classicist commented, “This is a sad development and will sap Honour Moderations of much of their rigour and prestige. Then again, I suppose tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.” Tutors have also pointed out that the exams remain extremely difficult. Professor Stephen Harrison, a tutor at Corpus Christi, concurred: “The extension of the timetable of Classics Moderations this year does not mean they are any less challenging for our students. There is still no longer or denser undergraduate examination known to me. I wish all the candidates (especially my own students!) the best in what Image: Ieva Maniustye remains a highly demanding test.”
Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited Oxford last Tuesday as part of the celebrations commemorating the 700th anniversary of Exeter College.Queen Sofia is an honorary fellow of Exeter College and the patron of the Queen Sofía Junior Fellowship, established to fund scholarship into contemporary Spanish literature and culture at the college. Exeter is also home to the King Alfonso XIII Professorship of Spanish Literature, established in 1927.The Queen attended a colloquium on Spanish literature and its study in the University of Oxford, which was first cemented with the establishment of the School of Modern Languages in Oxford in 1905. At the colloquium, which was held at the Taylorian Institution, speeches were delivered by the current holder of the King Alfonso XIII Professorship, Professor Edwin Williamson, holder of the current Queen Sofia Junior Fellowship, Dr Daniela Olmor, and three students; Artem Serebrennikov, a DPhil student, as well as undergraduates Matt Stokes and Daisy Thompson. Each spoke about their personal experiences in the study of Spanish as well as their individual research interests in the field.In a speech given during a formal lunch afterward at Exeter’s hall, Queen Sofia gave a brief speech in which he said, “I am truly happy to join you for the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Exeter College, an august institution which throughout its history has contributed to the development of society through its remarkable educational vocation and its excellent academic achievement.“Spain shares in the joy of this commemoration, not only because the Chair of Spanish Studies which, since 1927, has borne the name of King Alfonso XIII, but also because your university is one of the leading centres for teaching and studying Spanish, one of the world’s great languages, together with English.”Her Majesty was then taken on a tour of the college gardens by college rector Frances Cairncross, during which Queen Sofia was introduced to Spanish students from the college.Queen Sofia, who was born into the Greek Royal family in 1938, married the current King of Spain, Juan Carlos in 1962. She studied at Athens University before spending time at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge.
A series of complaints have been directed at Cafe Coco on Cowley Road by students this week, concerning a poster which they hold to be racist displayed inside the café which is clearly visible from the street.Yussef Robinson, BME officer-elect at St. Hilda’s College, the closest college to Cafe Coco, told Cherwell, “The poster is a clear example of old racist advertising. Comparing black people to monkeys and caricaturing our features. It is the familiar trope of black people being portrayed as happy apes. If you look at the poster yourself, the racism is clear.”Complaints about the poster had been made “in a lengthy email, sent about a month ago to Cafe Coco, [and] which gave a full explanation of issues with the poster’’. Robinson added, “On top of this another student at St. Hilda’s complained over a term ago about the poster in a suggestion slip; this was also ignored.”On Thursday, a further student, Rowan Davis of Wadham College, who had gone into Cafe Coco to raise concerns, told Cherwell, “I made a complaint to the manager, emphasising the racist nature of the picture and instead of taking constructive criticism about his establishment he ignored the concerns and burst out laughing as I walked away, showing complete disregard for the very real issues that people of colour have brought up to me.”Zuleyka Shahin of Balliol College, who went into the café to complain yesterday, said, “They basically heard me out and refuted what I stated. It was a long, but calm discussion of sorts. They do not see an issue.’’A spokesperson for Cafe Coco commented, “No complaints have been laughed off by the management. We take all complaints very seriously.’’ He added, “The complaints are being addressed, and looked into.’’Yussef Robinson, however, has yet to receive a response from the establishment, saying, “Coco’s management have repeatedly ignored concerns and belittled complaints surrounding this deeply racist poster. Perhaps they think the ‘vintage’ decor theme should be accompanied with 1930s racism too.”Update 09/09/15: Cafe Coco has told Cherwell that it will be painting over the poster.
Four staff at the University’s Department of Engineering Science were treated by firefighters and paramedics on Friday morning, following exposure to sulphuric acid fumes.46 batteries in the basement of the department had overheated and swelled to cause the leak, and Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue services were called to the scene within minutes.Those who had been exposed to the fumes were treated on the scene, with one man taken to hospital for further precautionary checks.The fire crews consulted with on-site management and the battery manufacturer to create a plan to deal with the incident, and firefighters were sent into the basement wearing breathing apparatus with a gas monitor and thermal image camera.It was apparent that water could not be used to cool the batteries down, as despite the fact they were unconnected form their power supply, they were still holding electric charge.Therefore, a cooling fan had to be used, extending the time before the building could be safely handed back to the University.The crews left the scene at around 5:15pm, almost five hours after they had been summoned.Incident Commander, Station Manager Paul Webster said: “This was an unusual incident as most people expect that if you apply water to something hot it will cool it down – this is not always the case, especially when electricity or chemicals are involved.“I would like to thank the staff and students for their co-operation during this lengthy incident”.
The wall is designed to improve air quality, improve insulation and protect the building from the elements. This news comes in the wake of St Edmund Hall’s new, “living wall”, which is 39 square metres, and is made up of over a dozen plant varieties. Among these are promises to create funds dedicated to removing financial barriers to applying or continuing further study at the college, formulating a college statement on diversity and ensuring that all the college’s estates are fully accessible. The college intends to be “as close as possible to zero net energy use, e.g. implementing energy production through open loop geothermal energy, solar panels, biodigesters and other means.” The college’s estates strategy presents its vision as becoming “the greenest and most environmentally sustainable college in Oxford”, as well as meeting the needs of the college community. The college has also pledged to “examine all our activities in college that have an environmental impact and transition to more sustainable alternatives, e.g. reducing the use of single-use plastics, installing more green walls and improving levels of recycling”. The strategy includes a number of notable environmental pledges. The college aims to reduce energy usage by 5% every 5 years, by undertaking an “environmental audit of the entire estate” and taking steps such as “improving insulation, reducing draughts and using heating management schemes”. Along with these environmental commitments, the college has also made a number of pledges to improve diversity and access within St Edmund’s Hall. St Edmund’s Hall Principal Katherine Willis has announced St Edmund’s 10-year strategy, which focuses on making the college greener, more diverse and more accessible.
Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, has delivered a petition to Parliament in an attempt to prohibit the construction of a quarry on land owned by St John’s College. “We would urge Mr Western to speak to Warwickshire County Council, as Mineral Planning Authority for Warwickshire, which has a statutory duty to produce the county’s Minerals Plan which will set out the spatial strategy, allocated sites, vision, objects and policies guiding minerals development up to 2032. It will be the County Council that will decide, after taking professional advice, whether the supply of minerals is sufficient or not and which sites are preferred for mineral extraction based on a wide- ranging investigation of the environmental impact, safety and capacity of any particular site. We reiterate that as a registered charity and landowner, we have an obligation and responsibility to both the local community and county to respond to a request for sites, via our appointed agents, to be considered to provide sand and gravel for the district councils to build homes for those people needing homes in the future. The quarry is due to be located near Barford, a village which is home to around 1,500 residents in Warwickshire. If the quarry receives planning permission, it will occupy an area of around 80 hectares. The site is also near a local school. Matt Western has also raised concerns about the quarry as part of a speech made in the House of Commons in late 2019, during which he criticised the conduct of St John’s College directly over their conduct in relation to the quarrying site. A spokesperson for St John’s College said: “The College stated in a letter to Mr Western in June 2019 that St John’s College will retain full ownership of the land at Wasperton. Should the County Council allocate the site in its Minerals Plan, then the College would appoint a sand and gravel contractor which would be responsible for submitting a planning application. From the College’s perspective, the contractor will have to pass stringent processes to ensure that it complies with the highest environmental, health and safety and corporate social responsibility standards. Equally, of importance, at the end of the agreement, the contractor will be required to return the land in good order. Mr Western said: “there is also the role of the landowner, St John’s College, Oxford. I wrote to the president in the late spring and I was not particularly pleased by the response I received. The college is the wealthiest in Oxford—it does not need the money. Why has it put forward this site for development, when it will be so harmful to the lives of all the residents—the children—of Barford and Wasperton? There was a disingenuous claim that it was making the land available for housing development; it was not. This land will be opened up and dug up. Despite being high-grade agricultural land, it will become an eyesore, open for the extraction of sand and gravel. Even the student body at St John’s College passed a motion to stand against the project. There is widespread concern and dismay that a college with the wealth of St John’s should be allowing this to happen. It does not need to be conceding to sell the land to allow this mining. The national planning policy framework states that MPAs should make provision for a sand and gravel landbank of at least seven years of permitted reserves, but, as I have already said, there is sufficient landbank. It currently stands at eight years, but the numbers in the calculation of how many houses are required do not suggest that it is needed at all.” Mr Western delivered the petition, titled “Protect the health of people who live near quarries,” on February 5th this year. “The College had previously offered the land to meet the stated needs of Warwickshire County Council for housing through a planning application with partner Gladman. However, at the end of 2017 Gladman was informed by the County Council that this proposal was refused because of the site’s potential to provide minerals to meet local building needs.” “It will be the responsibility of the County Council and potential new sand and gravel operator to address and answer any concerns that have been raised through future planning processes and public consultations. A spokesperson from Warwickshire County Council said: “The Warwickshire Minerals Plan has been submitted to the Secretary of State and will be the subject of hearings on the 3rd and 4th June at a Public Examination in front of a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The sites and policies in the submitted plan, include the site at Barford amongst several others. After considering all the evidence it will be for the Planning Inspector to decide if the Plan is sound and legally compliant.” “Therefore, we continue with Warwickshire County Council’s Minerals development framework timetable. Should our site be selected, we will be seeking full assurances through the planning application and public consultation process that all those concerns raised by Mr Western and those of the residents are fully addressed.” The petition highlights the increased health risks associated with living near a quarry. It points to the inhalation of silica dust, which can cause scarring in lungs and the development of silicosis, as the central health risk. The petition demands a nationwide buffer of 1 km around any region where people work, live, or study, inside of which quarrying would be prohibited.
The researchers are currently recruiting 4,800 volunteers for the third phase of the trial. While the second phase included 450 participants aged between 5-17 months who live in the Nanoro agea of Burkina Faso, Phase III will include volunteers aged 4-36 months across four African countries. The vaccine is the most effective one to be developed against malaria so far. The Mosquirix vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline was found to be only 39% effective at preventing malaria infections, and 29% of severe malaria cases. The vaccine was developed by Oxford University in partnership with the Serum Institute of India and Novavax was the first to achieve the efficacy target of at least 75% which was set out by the World Health Organisation. INLINE A map showing the historic and present prevalence of malaria in 2009. Image: World Development Report / CC BY SA via Wikimedia Commons Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Library / Public Domain “With the commitment by our commercial partner, the Serum Institute of India, to manufacture at least 200 million doses annually in the coming years, the vaccine has the potential to have a major public health impact if licensure is achieved”. A vaccine against malaria developed by the University of Oxford has been found to be 77% effective in a Phase IIb trial conducted in Burkina Faso. Malaria is the sixth largest cause of death in developing countries, killing an estimated 400,000 people a year. Most of these deaths occur in young children. The disease’s symptoms include a high fever, muscle pains, and diarrhea. These can lead to fatal complications such as dehydration, anaemia, and organ failure. Director of Advocacy at Malaria No More UK, Gareth Jenkins, said: “An effective and safe malaria vaccine would be a hugely significant extra weapon in the armoury needed to defeat malaria, which still kills over 270,000 children every year. For decades, British scientists have been at the forefront of developing new ways to detect, diagnose, test and treat malaria, and we must continue to back them. Common preventative measures against the disease include prophylactic medications and sleeping under mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide. Professor Hill emphasised that such measures should continue, but added that the Jenner Institute might apply for emergency approval for the vaccine. The disease is caused by single-cell parasites from the genus Plasmodium. Plasmodium infects its host via the bite of an Anopheles mosquito, and reproduces inside the host’s red blood cells. Professor Charlemagne Ouédraogo, Minister of Health in Burkina Faso said: “Malaria is one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in Africa. We have been supporting trials of a range of new vaccine candidates in Burkina Faso and these new data show that licensure of a very useful new malaria vaccine could well happen in the coming years. That would be an extremely important new tool for controlling malaria and saving many lives”. “A world without malaria is a world safer both for the children who would otherwise be killed by this disease, and for us here at home. Countries freed from the malaria burden will be much better equipped to fight off new disease threats when they inevitably emerge in the future.” Director of the Jenner Institute, Professor Adrian Hill, said: “These new results support our high expectations for the potential of this vaccine, which we believe is the first to reach the WHO’s goal of a vaccine for malaria with at least 75% efficacy.
By Brynna SentelTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Gov. Eric Holcomb is focusing on reducing distracted driving by barring all drivers from using hand-held devices and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in the 2020 legislative session.Holcomb unveiled his top legislative priorities at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Terre Haute Tuesday. Initiatives in transportation, education and public health are on his list of new laws he is asking legislators to consider.Holcomb wants to decrease incidents of distracted driving by enacting a hands-free device driving law banning drivers from using cell phones unless they are hands free. Under the current law, texting while driving is banned but the law is unenforceable because there is no way to prove a text was being sent. Several states have already enacted similar laws.The proposed new law is not about issuing tickets and collecting fines but about making Indiana’s roads safer and saving lives, the governor told the packed room.“So be prepared for an extra presence on not just 70 or 41 but throughout the state of Indiana,” he said.Under public health, Holcomb has prioritized the Tobacco 21 law, which would raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21 for smoking and vaping products. Several states have enacted similar legislation.Holcomb cited data showing that 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students admit to vaping.“I thought I was pretty cool when I was in middle school sneaking gum and now we got kids in the sixth grade vaping and many times we don’t even know what it is,” Holcomb said. “So we have got to attack this with greater force than it’s attacking us.”“We are especially pleased that the Governor has continued to make the health of Hoosiers a priority,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said in a press release. “With the Governor championing this policy, in addition to all the other groups, it strengthens the effort and should move us across the finish line.”House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, opposed a similar bill in the 2019 session but has said that he now supports raising the age to 21.The governor’s proposal would also increase penalties for retailers who sell to underage consumers. But neither the governor nor lawmakers are proposing a ban of flavored vaping products.In education, Holcomb is asking the legislature to remove the controversial mandate for teachers to complete 15 of their 90 professional growth points in an outside work activity so they better understand career opportunities for students.He is also asking the General Assembly to not penalize schools for recent low ILEARN proficiency test scores, which would mean that the scores would not have an adverse effect on teacher evaluations or 2018-19 school letter grades.Thousands of teachers rallied at the Statehouse in mid-November to urge lawmakers to drop the outside work requirement, not punish schools and educators for low test scores and raise educator pay.The test score and work provision have wide support from lawmakers in both parties, but teachers will likely have to wait for action on the pay issue. Holcomb has said he will wait another year for recommendations from the teacher pay commission before acting.Democrats in the House and Senate said agree with the “hold harmless” proposal, but say the governor should do more.“Yes, we should pursue ‘hold harmless’ legislation, but we also must explore the obsession with testing pursued by this Governor and the Republicans that has led us into this mess,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, in a press release.Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, called the agenda “nothing short of disappointing.”“We must hold schools harmless as well as decouple teacher evaluations from standardized test scores and ultimately restructure our accountability system for a long-term solution to this continuing issue that monopolizes our students’ time at the expense of learning,” Lanane said in a press release.As part of his healthcare agenda, Holcomb proposes establishing an all-payer claims database to produce a more transparent healthcare system that would allow consumers access to hospital pricing and insurance reimbursement.He also wants Hoosiers to be protected from surprise medical bills by requiring providers to give an estimate of care costs, including the patient share, two to five days prior to the service if requested by the patient.Holcomb also prioritized establishing a relationship between school corporations and a community health provider by 2022. This is not required but will allow schools to be eligible for Secured School Safety Grants.“Currently, about 60% of our schools are already doing that but we want to make sure that is in place so that there is a phone number and there is a connection should something tragic happen,” Holcomb said.Reimbursing emergency medical service providers, even when transportation is not needed is another priority for Holcomb in the 2020 session. Currently, if a patient does not need to be taken to an emergency room and simply needs in home care, such as care for diabetic shock, EMS personnel will not be reimbursed for their time or efforts.Holcomb hopes changing the law will acknowledge that the EMS community does more than transport patients. This could also help cut down on unnecessary emergency room bills should EMS personnel have an incentive to provide in home care whenever possible.The governor wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would provide workplace accommodations to pregnant workers or new mothers, such as frequent breaks and temporary job restructuring as long as it does not place undue hardship on the business. This is something 27 states have already required.Under a category he calls good government, Holcomb said he is hoping to save Hoosier taxpayers more than $125 million by reallocating funds and integrating Indiana 2-1-1 into the Family and Social Services Administration call center to connect all health and human services.Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail