HEALTH DIGEST || Dispute resolution grant awarded

Dispute resolution grant awarded


The Kennedy Family Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has awarded Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Services (MVDRS) a $2,000 grant to support operations for mediation services to low-income individuals and families in the Mahoning Valley.

Because of local, state and national economic factors, MVDRS’ landlord/tenant and foreclosure-related dispute case-load has been consistently increasing for three years.

During 2011, Homeless Prevention cases accounted for 68 percent of total mediations, an 11 percent increase over 2010, said Mark S. Luke, executive director.

Operating in Youngstown since 1992, MVDRS is a mediation agency offering alternative methods to problem solving, and dispute resolution through mediation. It also offers mediation and conflict resolution training to local businesses and organizations.

For more information, call 330-744-4244.

Seeking nominations


Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is accepting nominations from the public for its 2012 Family Physician of the Year award.

From the nominees, the OAFP Awards Selection Committee will select a family physician recipient who meets the following preliminary criteria: membership in OAFP; an active practice; at least 10 years of post-residency experience; high professional standards; provides high quality, family-centered care; and is involved in the community.

In addition to the preliminary criteria, nominees will be judged on their contributions to the community, demonstration of beyond-the-call-of-duty merit, encouragement of fellow OAFP members and/or students to pursue the principles of family medicine, and conveyance of the ideals of family medicine to the community.

The deadline for nominations is April 6. The public is invited to send letters of nomination to: OAFP Awards Selection Committee, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 4075 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214-3296, or fax to 614-267-9191.

Also, to verify if a family physician is a member of OAFP, nominators may send an email to or call 1-800-742-7327.

Scholarship available


The UPMC Horizon Greenville Auxiliary is accepting scholarship applications from traditional and nontraditional students in the health-care field March 1.

Application forms have been distributed to guidance offices in area schools and are also available at the Sunny Horizons Gift Shop at UPMC Horizon’s Greenville campus and on the UPMC Horizon website at Select “About Us,” then “Giving,” then “Auxiliaries.”

Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent with at least a 2.5 grade-point average, live within UPMC Horizon Greenville’s service area, and be accepted to a two- or four-year college or university with a major in an allied health program. For more information, call 724-588-3018.

Food and wine event


The Arthritis Foundation expects more than 700 at its 15th Annual Red & White On Thursday Night, a strolling wine and food event that raises essential funds to support local programs and services for people with arthritis. The event, presented by Akron General, is from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

More than 18 area restaurants and 70 global wineries will serve guests at Red & White On Thursday Night. The event includes live and silent auctions, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp, a Vegas roll-off dice game and “Key to a Cure” auction.

The goal of the event is to raise more than $80,000 to improve the lives of those with arthritis through research to help prevent, control and eventually cure the disease.

Tickets are $85 in advance or $95 at the door. V.I.P. tickets are $125 and include general admission. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 216-285-2829.

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