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    The United Methodist Church at 40: What Can We Hope For?

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    The necessity we face for the future of Methodism is the re-invention of traditions. To re-invent traditions is to re-visit the past with all of its richness; to discern what in our tradition is most central to Christian faith; to analyze those parts of our past that continue to give life; to discern and build upon what is of value in the newly emerging tradition; and to reflect on those aspects of the neglected and rejected past that challenge our present perspectives and practices. To re-invent traditions is to develop new perspectives and practices from the building blocks of the past and from the fresh movements of the Spirit in the present. To do so is to recognize that Christianity in general, and Methodism in particular, is marked by traditions that have continually been passed on, critiqued, eliminated, created, and re-invented for the sake of a living Christian witness. What we can hope for is that God is there in the future already, pulling us toward God’s own New Creation


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    Commencement sermon delivered at the Spring 2009 Commencement for the Boston University School of Theology

    Oral Health and Barriers to Care in Burlington Housing Authority Residents

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    Background Oral health affects everyone and serves as a model for the long term benefits of establishing preventative health practices early in life. However, children with significant socioeconomic stress or cultural and language barriers to access may have difficulty obtaining oral hygiene information, or developing and maintaining oral health regimens. The Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) provides housing subsidization to low-income families and services many resettled refugee families in Burlington, VT. We recognize some intervention initiatives are already and place, and will evaluate program efficacy and utilization. Ultimately, we seek to understand barriers to the existing programs and recommend strategies to increase utilization, compliance, and education in our target population.https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/comphp_gallery/1273/thumbnail.jp

    The effect of a peer-led problem-support mentor intervention on self-harm and violence in prison : an interrupted time series analysis using routinely collected prison data

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    Background: Levels of mental disorder, self-harm and violent behaviour are higher in prisons than in the community. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a brief peer-led problem-support mentor intervention could reduce the incidence of self-harm and violence in an English prison. Methods: An existing intervention was adapted using a theory of change model and eligible prisoners were trained to become problem-support mentors. Delivery of the intervention took two forms: (i) promotion of the intervention to fellow prisoners, offering support and raising awareness of the intervention but not delivering the skills and (ii) delivery of the problem-solving therapy skills to selected individual prisoners. Training and intervention adherence was measured using mentor log books. We used an Interrupted Time Series (ITS) design utilizing prison data over a 31 month period. Three ITS models and sensitivity analyses were used to address the impact across the whole prison and in the two groups by intervention delivery. Outcomes included self-harm and violent behaviour. Routine data were collected at monthly intervals 16 months pre-, 10 months during and six months post-intervention. Qualitative data measured the acceptability, feasibility, impact and sustainability of the intervention. A matched case-control study followed people after release to assess the feasibility of formal evaluation of the impact on re-offending up to 16 months. Findings: Our causal map identified that mental health and wellbeing in the prison were associated with environmental and social factors. We found a significant reduction in the incidence of self-harm for those receiving the full problem-solving therapy skills. No significant reduction was found for incidence of violent behaviour. Interpretation: Universal prison-wide strategies should consider a series of multi-level interventions to address mental health and well-being in prisons

    Alumnae Association Bulletin of the School of Nursing, 1972

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    Alumnae Calendar The President\u27s Message Officers and Chairmen of Committees Financial Report Address by President Herbut School of Nursing Report School of Practical Nursing Report Report by Dr. Mary Louise Soentgen, M.D., F.A.A.P. Report of Patient Services Department Report of Staff Nurses\u27 Association Progress Report of Hospital Activities Scholarship Committee Report - Clerk-Typist Annual Luncheon - Head Table Social Events for 1971-1972 Missing Alumnae Members Jefferson Today Ways and Means Committee Report Constitution and By-Laws Report Sick and Welfare Committee Women\u27s Board Report Baccalaureate Degree Program Luncheon Pictures Resume of Minutes of Alumnae Association Meeting Class News Poem by Rosa Diseroad - 1923 Marriages Births - Hello World In Memoriam Notice

    A study of physical activity comparing people with Charcot Marie Tooth disease to normal control subjects

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    PURPOSE: Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT) describes a group of hereditary neuropathies that present with distal weakness, wasting and sensory loss. Small studies indicate that people with CMT have reduced daily activity levels. This raises concerns as physical inactivity increases the risk of a range of co- morbidities, an important consideration in the long-term management of this disease. This study aimed to compare physical activity, patterns of sedentary behavior and overall energy expenditure of people with CMT and healthy matched controls. METHODS: We compared 20 people with CMT and 20 matched controls in a comparison of physical activity measurement over seven days, using an activity monitor. Patterns of sedentary behavior were explored through a power law analysis. RESULTS: Results showed a decrease in daily steps taken in the CMT group, but somewhat paradoxically, they demonstrate shorter bouts of sedentary activity and more frequent transitions from sedentary to active behaviors. No differences were seen in energy expenditure or time spent in sedentary, moderate or vigorous activity. CONCLUSION: The discrepancy between energy expenditure and number of steps could be due to higher energy requirements for walking, but also may be due to an over-estimation of energy expenditure by the activity monitor in the presence of muscle wasting. Alternatively, this finding may indicate that people with CMT engage more in activities or movement not related to walking. Implications for Rehabilitation Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: • People with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease did not show a difference in energy expenditure over seven days compared to healthy controls, but this may be due to higher energy costs of walking, and/or an over estimation of energy expenditure by the activity monitor in a population where there is muscle wasting. This needs to be considered when interpreting activity monitor data in people with neuromuscular diseases. • Compared to healthy controls, people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease had a lower step count over seven days, but exhibited more frequent transitions from sedentary to active behaviors • High Body Mass Index and increased time spent sedentary were related factors that have implications for general health status. • Understanding the profile of physical activity and behavior can allow targeting of rehabilitation interventions to address mobility and fitness

    Journey to a Heart Safe Community

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    Riding the Wave of Wellness Conference a UNC-Wilmington from the Building Healthy Academic Communities organizatio
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