Please join RISE, Beaumont Public Health, and other community partners for the upcoming World Diabetes Day Health Fair, where there will be many health services provided and a great deal of useful information to manage diabetes and care for your health.
Did you know, per the American Diabetes Association :
The rates of diagnosed diabetes in adults by race/ethnic background are:
The breakdown among Asian Americans:
The breakdown among Hispanic adults:
Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 based on the 79,535 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. In 2015, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 252,806 certificates.
Diabetes may be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only about 35% to 40% of people with diabetes who died had diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate and about 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.
Updated March 6, 2013
After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
This is why RISE Center is partnering with Beaumont Public Health to promote awareness in the anticipation of World Diabetes Day. Please check out the flyer and plan to come out to the event for great services and information!
The nonprofit, Joni & Friends, delivered wheelchairs to RISE Center for individuals who lost or received damage to wheelchairs because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Joni & Friends “Wheels for the World” program provides wheelchairs worldwide to those with mobility related disabilities. Wheelchairs are provided on a first come first serve basis by calling RISE Center at (409) 832-2599.
In the wake of hurricane Harvey, RISE has found a way to combat the devastation brought on by the widespread destruction that the hurricane left behind. Please visit our donation page and contribute for the many victims in our community that are left with out homes and vital necessities:
Our community needs your help! Any amount you can give will help individuals with disabilities and seniors in our community recover from flooding and damage they received from this unprecedented storm. Because of the extent of the storm’s devastation, no amount is too small!
Donations accepted for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Due to the flooding effects of #hurricaneharvey, RISE will be closed until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. RISE will re-evaluate flooding situations and determine further closures on Wednesday. If you need emergent assistance during that time, you can call 211 for informative purposes and 911 for emergencies. It is our sincere hope that you are safe and well. We look forward to serving you soon.
Impact of President Trump’s proposed budget: On March 13, 2017, President Donald J. Trump released his preliminary federal budget for fiscal year 2018. Among the agencies slated for complete elimination is the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is an independent federal agency that supports museums and libraries of all types. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, of which Talking Book Program is a division, receives nearly $11 million in federal funds from IMLS. Most of these funds are distributed to libraries around the state through grants. Approximately $480,000, however, is part of the Talking Book Program budget. This represents about 20% of the TBP budget, so if IMLS is eliminated, the impact on TBP will be significant. Here’s what federal funds pay for in the TBP budget:
At this writing, there is no information about cuts for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) or the Library of Congress.
You may wish to inform your senators and representatives in Congress about the importance of federal funding for library programs, including for TBP. If you need assistance in determining who your representatives are, please call 1-800-252-9605 and ask a reader consultant to look up contact information for congressional representatives based on your home address. You may also send an email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance from TBP staff.
Upcoming Sunset Commission review: TBP’s parent agency, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), will be undergoing sunset review during the next two years. All state agencies go through a sunset review every twelve years. The purpose of the review is to determine if the agency is carrying out its functions and whether or not those functions are still needed. The review is overseen by the Sunset Advisory Committee, which reports to the Legislature. During the next legislative session in 2019, legislation will need to be passed to continue TSLAC as an operational agency. If you are interested in reading about the sunset process, please visit the advisory committee’s web site at www.sunset.state.tx.us.
If you wish to participate in the sunset process, here are two ways that you may do so. TSLAC has posted to its web site an online survey to gather information for the self study that the agency is required to file with the Sunset Advisory Committee. There is a special section for TBP. If you would like to fill out the survey, you may find it at this link:http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3455268/tslacsunsetsurvey. We will also be having some call-in sessions with TBP staff so that you may ask questions about the sunset process and give us your opinions. These calls will require reservations because of limited slots on the call. If you are interested in participating in one of the phone calls, please call 1-800-252-9605 to reserve your spot.
Until next time,
Ava Smith, Director, Talking Book Program