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Bank of America Shareholders Asked to Increase Accountability for ‘Woke’ Chairman/CEO Brian Moynihan

National Legal & Policy Center

Bank of America ’s annual meeting is scheduled for April 25, and shareholders will be asked to vote on a proposal that would increase accountability for the company’s longtime Chairman and CEO, Brian Moynihan. National Legal and Policy Center is sponsoring Proposal No. 6 on the company’s proxy statement, which requests the Board of Directors to require the two powerful roles now filled by Moynihan to be held by two separate individuals. NLPC argues that Moynihan has inappropriately engaged the company in a multitude of divisive political issues that are not in the fiduciary interest of Bank of America or its shareholders. As an investor in the company, NLPC has filed a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission that explains its rationale for identifying an equally authoritative counterpart to keep Moynihan’s left-leaning political excursions in check. “Brian Moynihan has been around too long and has aggregated too much power, to the point where he seems to think and care little about the controversial political decisions he makes that implicate the company,” said Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for NLPC. “For example, Bank of America has instituted lending and employee training programs that claim to promote racial advancement and healing, but instead are themselves racist.” In its report to the SEC, NLPC points out several examples of Moynihan’s leadership failures, including: a $421 million commitment to over 130 equity funds that provide capital exclusively to non-white and female entrepreneurs and small business owners; creating a discriminatory program that reduces interest rates for commercial borrowers that hit certain diversity quotas; zero-down payment, zero-closing cost mortgage advances for first-time home buyers only in black/African-American and Hispanic communities, without typically required home insurance or a credit score; a “Racial-Equity 21-day Challenge” training program for employees that teaches that the United States is a “racialized society” that “use[s] race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression,” which “give[s] privileges to white people resulting in disadvantages to people of color”; handing over the financial data of 211 clients to federal agents following the January 2021 U.S. Capitol disturbance, based on those customers being profiled simply because they visited an ATM in Washington at the time of the “riot”; building a held-to-maturity (“HTM”) portfolio that is high-risk and double the size of such assets in 2020, and increasing it by over 50 percent in 2021 – a purchasing spree with over 80 percent of the securities maturing in over 10 years, giving the Company significant exposure to interest rates. Moynihan has been more than willing to place Bank of America in a globalist posture, subjugating shareholders’ interests under those of the World Economic Forum agenda of transhumanism, abolition of private property, consumption of bugs, social credit systems, and other “Great Reset” priorities. As chairman of the WEF’s International Business Council, he worked with the big four accounting firms to create stakeholder standards for companies to follow. Moynihan said after this year’s Davos confab about companies who fall short of such globalist standards, that “we shouldn’t do business with you.” WEF’s agenda, he said, “at the end of the day, will align capitalism with what society wants from it and get us going faster.” “Brian Moynihan’s ego and elitism are so far gone, that he thinks he gets to redefine ‘capitalism,’” Chesser said. “And now he assumes that he and his fellow Davos elites can establish a new social credit system that decides who is and who isn’t allowed to play in their newly redesigned ‘capitalism’ playground.” “It’s way past time for Bank of America to appoint a separate chairman to counterbalance Brian Moynihan’s proclivities – as long as the board doesn’t choose Klaus Schwab.” Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 12, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Unlock the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work

Fast Company Press

Diversity is a hot topic in the business world, but it has been largely restricted to meaning a diversity of experiences based on a person’s heritage, upbringing, or gender. In A Hidden Force: Unlocking the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work (Fast Company Press), neuroinclusivity expert Ed Thompson examines another type of diversity that has been largely overlooked: neurodiversity—the differences in how our brains process information. World Autism Month focuses on improving the public understanding of autism and creating opportunities for those living with autism. A Hidden Force addresses this mission with insight, data, and compassion. “It's estimated that as many as one in five people may be neurodivergent in some way,” Thompson said, including people with autism, dyslexia, and ADHD. “Yet functional under­standing in workplaces is almost nonexistent. When organizations evolve to include talent that thinks in different ways, it benefits their productivity, increases their innovative capacity, and transforms them into a fairer and more humane place to work.” Through his research, personal experiences, and extensive interviews with neurodivergent people in the workforce, as well as other experts on neurodiversity, Thompson convincingly shows Why neurodiversity has been overlooked by society and in business until recently and why it’s so relevant, Why embracing neurodiversity will help us be part of and build more innovative and effective teams, and How we can integrate our new understanding of the topic and neuroinclusive principles into our everyday work and interactions “Since my earliest conversations with Ed, we shared a mutual vision of what neurodiversity and neuroinclusion at work would ultimately have to mean,” said Paulette Penzvalto, COO of the Google Disability Alliance. “It is our responsibility to put neuroinclusion at the forefront of team building, management training, and individual expression. It is import­ant, belated, and exciting, from a business perspective, given the potential to help optimize team and organizational collaboration. None of us can do this alone, so make an effort to make room for those who are most vulnerable, and you might be surprised by the brilliant music you are able to create together.” A Hidden Force makes a timely, apt, and critical contribution to today’s business world. Written for business leaders, talent management professionals, and neurodivergent employees, this book shows why and how creating a work environment that welcomes the full spectrum of talent benefits everyone. “I hope the book will help you, regardless of your own thinking style, feel ener­gized to be part of neuroinclusive teams and interactions every day,” Thompson said. “And I hope it will help you and your organization answer the same question that every organization continues to face today: How can we become a truly 21st century employer that is diverse, representative, innovative, and able to thrive in the years ahead?” Pick up your copy of A Hidden Force and stay up to date on neurodiversity training and resources by visiting uptimize.com. About the Author Ed Thompson is the founder and CEO of Uptimize, the leading neuroinclusion training company, whose mission is to help organizations embrace and leverage every type of thinker. Born and raised in London and educated at the University of Oxford, Ed founded Uptimize in 2016, recognizing the urgent need for greater understanding and appreciation of neurodiversity within the working world. His role with Uptimize has afforded him unique insights and connections with pioneers in the neurodiversity-at-work field across the world, and he is now a frequent speaker on the topic. He and Uptimize have been featured by outlets including LinkedIn, the BBC, People Management magazine, HR.com, and the Financial Times. More about Greenleaf Book Group Greenleaf Book Group is an independent publisher and distributor located in Austin, Texas, dedicated to empowering authors. Greenleaf’s hybrid publishing model is uniquely positioned to offer the benefits of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. To learn more about Greenleaf, visit www.greenleafbookgroup.com. Contact Details Greenleaf Book Group Sam Ofman +1 512-891-6100 media@greenleafbookgroup.com

April 11, 2023 10:05 AM Central Daylight Time

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DonorsTrust Givers Recommended $242 Million in Grants During 2022

Donors Trust

The DonorsTrust community of givers in 2022 recommended $242 million to more than 1,100 unique charities nationwide, supporting nonprofits during a year of economic uncertainty as inflation continued apace and the Federal Reserve tightened its monetary policy. “The fact our accountholders granted more dollars than ever before is a reflection of our givers’ deep-seated belief in our mission and in the power of philanthropy—not government—to change people’s lives in a meaningful way,” says DonorsTrust CEO and President Lawson Bader. The total grants to charities during 2022—$242 million—is a whopping 21% increase over the previous year, when DonorsTrust accountholders recommended granting $190 million to charity. The $190 million granted in 2021 was a 3% increase over 2020 when donors recommended $186 million. When compared to pre-pandemic grant levels, these numbers are even more significant. DonorsTrust accountholders in 2019 recommended a total of $163 million, a 33% increase compared to 2022. “Our donor-advisors’ record grant-making in 2022 is indicative of our ongoing growth as charitable givers continue to break ranks with the big banks and seek refuge with mission-driven giving-account providers that honor and share account-holders’ conservative and libertarian values.” DonorsTrust welcomed many new accounts last year and, of those accounts, 13% migrated from a big commercial bank to DonorsTrust in a bid to align their giving. This continued the trend of givers aligning their philanthropy with a giving-account provider that honors their values. Total Grant-Making in 2022 Nearly Eclipses Total Account Contributions Another remarkable thing about 2022 is that total grant-making nearly eclipsed total account contributions. DonorsTrust account-holders in 2022 contributed $299 million to their respective accounts. Compare that to the $242 million that went out the door. What’s more, all of that giving happened during a year in which the International Monetary Fund forecast half as much economic growth compared to the previous year and the annual inflation rate nearly doubled over the previous year, a hard reality that prompted one copywriter at The Economist to pen a headline that reads “ 2022 has been a year of brutal inflation.” These numbers sent an important message to DonorsTrust givers: Give even more—and that’s exactly what account-holders did, deploying much-needed dollars out of nimble giving accounts filled with charitable reserves intended for critical charities during times of crisis. DonorsTrust Givers Respond to Higher-Ed, ESG Crises During a year in which America’s top 50 donors gave a staggering amount of money to higher education, DonorsTrust givers likewise granted a considerable amount to universities, including Catholic University of America and George Mason University Foundation. DonorsTrust account-holders also directed a hefty amount of money to public-policy organizations like Consumers’ Research, an organization actively tracking anti-ESG legislation nationwide and putting corporations on notice for their liberal-leaning environmental agendas. After the Wall Street Journal reported last year that investment firm BlackRock was gobbling up real estate on behalf of public-pension funds and others (all the while pricing individuals and families out of the real-estate market), Consumers’ Research came out swinging. “It’s not so much that people are clamoring for Larry Fink and BlackRock to solve all the problems of the world; it’s that Larry would like to be in charge and he uses the immense amount of capital provided to him... to basically dictate terms to the rest of the American economy,” Will Hild, executive director of Consumers’ Research, says in an episode of Giving Ventures. Established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, DonorsTrust is a community of donors devoted to creating a better future. Its donors support charities they believe protect our nation’s constitutional liberties and strengthen civil society through private institutions rather than government programs. Its boutique size lets it offer our donors personal attention and advice that helps them achieve their philanthropic goals. It ensures donor intentions are protected and offers simple, effective, and tax-advantaged ways to give. Since its inception, DonorsTrust has granted more than $2.5 billion to thousands of charities that protect our constitutional liberties and strengthen civil society without government funding. ### To learn more about DAFs and DonorsTrust, please visit http://www.donorstrust.org and listen to the Giving Ventures Podcast here https://www.donorstrust.org/podcast/. To schedule an interview with a DonorsTrust spokesperson, contact Carolyn Bolton at 703-535-3563 or cbolton@donorstrust.org. Contact Details DonorsTrust Carolyn Bolton +1 703-535-3563 cbolton@donorstrust.org Company Website https://www.donorstrust.org/

April 11, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Shareholders of Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Asked to Oppose ‘Net Zero’ Proposals

National Legal & Policy Center

Ahead of the annual meetings for four major banks during the last week of this month, National Legal and Policy Center is asking its fellow shareholders to oppose 10 proposals on proxy statements brought forth by activist groups who seek to destroy the fossil fuel industry. The proposals, in similar form and wording, demand that Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo align their “climate transition” and “fossil fuel lending” policies with their futile and economy-killing “net-zero” emissions goals. NLPC filed exempt solicitation reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, which oppose the radical shareholder proposals at each of the banks. The reports can be found at the following links: Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo. In their attempt to make their cases to defund the oil and gas sectors, the activist proponents have unleashed a torrent of unrealistic forecasts infected by insufficient data and deeply flawed science, all issued by a cabal of dubious “authorities.” As NLPC explains in its report on Bank of America: The proponents rely on corporate media-driven narratives which portend extreme climate catastrophe, that is inconsistent with sound scientific principles and are unlikely. Therefore, above and beyond the Company’s flawed rationale for opposing the three proposals, the urgent climate mitigation strategies demanded by the proponents are unjustified. Instead, we ask shareholders to consider the dubious “risks” of climate change versus the actual global economic and health risks of energy shortages caused by the activists’ war against fossil fuels, and versus the unviable, unrealistic near-term transition to renewable energy. In each of its reports on the four banks, NLPC points out the flaws in the activists’ proposals regarding: “Research” that isn’t really research, but is instead the product of the politicized United Nations, so-called “Net Zero” alliances, and the ineffective and non-binding Paris Climate Agreement; “Research” that is distorted by, for example, the discredited “hockey stick” chart that was removed from UN IPCC reports for years until it magically reappeared in its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6); Exaggerated emphasis on unrealistic, worst-case scenario outcomes that are embraced by sensationalist corporate media organizations; Absurd expectations placed upon nonviable renewable power sources that cannot be expected to replace fossil fuels to meet ever-increasing energy demand; Ignored environmental and humanitarian impacts due to the emphasis on renewables, such as their need for massive metals extractions, land use and destruction, and dependence on slave labor. Among the demands by the climate activist shareholders are for the banks to implement a “time-bound phase-out of…lending and underwriting to projects and companies engaging in new fossil fuel exploration and development.” Regrettably, rather than stand up to the climate activist bullies, the banks’ responses to their proposals state that they are addressing Net Zero and emissions goals, and thus the proposals are unnecessary. “These and other big banks have cowered in fear for decades before the propagandists who have brought climate alarm to every shareholder meeting the last couple of decades,” said Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for NLPC. “It’s time for these boards of directors and C-suite occupants to grow a spine, gain an understanding of the actual science as informed by real, observed data, and perhaps take a remedial course in Energy Physics 101.” Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 11, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Alana and Ramon Alvarez Grow Minuteman Press Franchise in Colorado Springs

Minuteman Press International Inc

Alana and Ramon Alvarez have owned their Minuteman Press franchise in Colorado Springs since August of 2019. Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs has been operating for 15 years since 2008 and is located at 6870 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80918. After taking over the business nearly 4 years ago, Alana and Ramon have consistently grown their business and increased sales “by nearly 400% since we started,” according to Ramon. Journey to Minuteman Press Alana and Ramon “met at work 31 years ago” and the rest is history, according to Ramon. He shares, “Alana is my forever partner. After leaving the company, we lived throughout the West Coast and South America throughout our time together. I continued to work in the corporate world and Alana managed our household and led the raising of our children.” In 2019, it was time for a change. Ramon says, “Fast forward to August 5, 2019. That is when we began our small business journey, owning our Minuteman Press center in Colorado Springs. Minuteman Press International RVP Jack Panzer was instrumental in helping us acquire this existing location, which has been doing business in Colorado Springs since 2008. Jack helped us throughout the purchasing and on-boarding process, just as he does now in supporting us to grow along with excellent field support talent like Todd Golberg at the time (who is now RVP in New England), and now Sky Hittle.” Operating the Business & Ongoing Support Nearly 4 years after purchasing the business, Ramon remains excited about working with Alana, sharing: “Today, Alana and I continue commuting to our business together, excited to spend quality time with each other while creating outstanding experiences for our clients, just as we did 31 years ago when we first met. We are fortunate to be serving many clients in the Pikes Peak Region, having grown our sales by nearly 400% since we started.” Specifically, Ramon says, “Our small business has evolved into a one-stop shop for our clients, providing design, print, promotional items, direct mail, and more! We are now providing vehicle and window graphics, along with building sign replacements. We won’t stop there, ensuring we continue to listen to our clients, and treating each of them like a VIP. In spite of the digital transformation that marketing has experienced, print is everywhere, and continues to be leveraged by businesses launching or striving for growth. Print simply looks different today, with a critical role in creating an omnichannel experience for clients, like adding QR codes to drive the client’s audience to a website, scheduling form, or otherwise.” As he reflects on what it’s been like to transition from the corporate world to small business owner, Ramon says, “Having led large teams with large budgets in the Americas, I felt that being a small business owner would be relatively easy. It’s actually the hardest role I’ve ever had, yet it’s the most rewarding by far.” Ramon explains how the support he’s received as a Minuteman Press franchise owner has helped him along the way: “Minuteman Press has been supporting us in many ways, setting us up for success. In my career, I was previously an operations executive and so I wanted a proven brand, a proven system, and a proven structure to allow us to succeed as small business owners. Minuteman Press International has given us all of that.” He continues, “The Minuteman Press FLEX software, which allows us to connect with our clients for quoting, invoicing, work orders, marketing, and more, has been invaluable. The support team is also outstanding in urgently reacting to our needs, as they have extensive experience and an aptitude to serve.” Marketing & Being Active in the Community When it comes to marketing the business, Ramon shares, “No silver bullet exists in marketing our small business, and Minuteman Press has supported owners successfully who may not be experts in the industry. We focus on providing outstanding experiences for our clients through our high-performing team, delivering quality, speed, and reliability. Every customer is a VIP. We leverage direct mail, use digital marketing, networking, and other marketing opportunities, just like businesses in all industries do, focusing heavily on our target audiences and key clients.” Being active in the community is also key to Alana and Ramon’s local outreach efforts. Ramon says, “We also engage with our community, advocating for local business growth through various volunteer efforts. I serve as the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, on the Board of Directors for the Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau, on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Consult for the Pikes Peak Region Small Business Development Center, and help drive economic development in our region for our local businesses any way I can.” Ramon concludes, “By helping our community of businesses prosper, opportunities for prosperity are available for all.” Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs is located at 6870 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80918. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/colorado-springs20/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

April 10, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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AmpliTech to Host Quarterly Investor Call to Review Record 2022 Earnings on Monday April 10th at 4:00 PM ET; Dial-in # 1-833-630-0019 or 1-412-317-1807

Amplitech Group, Inc.

McapMediaWire - AmpliTech Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPG ) a designer, developer, and manufacturer of state-of-the-art signal-processing components for satellite, 5G, and other communications networks and a worldwide distributor of packages and lids for integrated circuit assembly, and designer of complete 5G/6G systems, today announced that it will host its quarterly earnings call for Q4 2022 on Monday April 10th at 4:00 p.m. ET to review the progress of its growth initiatives and answer investor questions. Investor Call Details Date/Time: Monday, April 10th at 4:00 pm ET Dial-in Number: 1-833-630-0019 (domestic) or 1-412-317-1807 (international) Online Replay/Transcript: Audio file and call transcript will be posted to AmpliTech’s news page when available. Investor Questions: May be submitted to investors @amplitechgroup.com prior to or during the call In a year marked by impressive growth and success, AmpliTech's 2022 earnings showcase a nearly three-fold increase in year-over-year revenue, rising from $5.3 million to $19.4 million. Additionally, the Company's gross margins were almost double from 24.5% to a company high 46.0%, highlighting the efficiency and effectiveness of its operational strategies. The earnings call will be led by AmpliTech's CEO and key executives, who will provide an in-depth review of the company's financial results, recent achievements, and future outlook. Investors, analysts, and media are invited to join the call to gain insights into AmpliTech's continued success and its plans for sustained growth and expansion. Notable achievements contributing to AmpliTech's high growth in 2022 include strategic acquisitions, innovative product launches, and key partnerships with industry-leading organizations. These accomplishments have allowed the company to solidify its position as a leader in its market and expand its global presence. To participate in the April 10th earnings call, please refer to the above dial-in information. About AmpliTech Group AmpliTech Group, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) microwave components for global satellite communications, telecom (5G & IoT), space, defense, and quantum computing markets as well as systems and component design consulting services. In December 2021, AmpliTech completed the purchase of the assets and operations of Spectrum Semiconductor Materials Inc. a global specialty distributor of semiconductor components based in San Jose, CA. AmpliTech has a 13+ year track record of developing high performance, custom solutions to meet the unique needs of some of the largest companies in the global industries we serve. We are proud of our focused team's unique skills, experience and dedication, which enables us to deliver superior solutions, faster time to market, competitive pricing, excellent customer satisfaction and repeat business. For more information, visit: www.amplitechgroup.com Safe Harbor Statement This release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements. These statements appear in several places in this release and include all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company, its directors or its officers with respect to, among other things: (i) the Company's ability to execute its business plan as anticipated; (ii) trends affecting the Company's financial condition or results of operations; (iii) the Company's growth strategy and operating strategy. The words "may" "would" "will" "expect" "estimate" "anticipate" "believe" "intend" and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's ability to control, and that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements because of various factors. Other risks are identified and described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s filings with the SEC, which are available on our website. We undertake no obligation to update, and we do not have a policy of updating or revising these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law. Corporate Social Media Twitter: @AmpliTechAMPG Instagram: @AmpliTechAMPG Facebook: AmpliTechInc Investor Social Media Twitter: @AMPG_IR StockTwits: @AMPG_IR Company Contact: Shan Sawant, Director of Communications AmpliTech Group, Inc. Investors@amplitechgroup.com Investor Relations Contact: Kirin Smith, President PCG Advisory, Inc. ksmith@pcgadvisory.com www.pcgadvisory.com Contact Details AmpliTech Group, Inc. Investors@amplitechgroup.com Company Website http://www.amplitechgroup.com/

April 10, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nextech3D.AI announces arrangement agreement as it moves forward with spin-out of Toggle3D

Nextech3D.AI

Nextech3D.AI (CSE:NTAR, OTCQX:NEXCF) CEO Evan Gappelberg joined Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with news that the company has entered into an arrangement agreement with its wholly-owned subsidiary Toggle3D and a special purpose financing company, 1400330 B.C. Ltd (FinanceCo) for the spin-out of Toggle3D to a SpinCo. Gappelberg told Proactive that the spin-off of Toggle3D will give Nextech shareholders ownership in yet another exciting public company. Toggle3D already has over 1,300 users on its AI-Powered 3D design studio, which leaves it well positioned for growth in the rapidly emerging 3D everything and everywhere world, the company said. Contact Details Proactive Investors Canada +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 10, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Onfolio Holdings very happy with decision to fully decentralise

Onfolio Holdings

Onfolio Holdings (NASDAQ:ONFO) CEO Dominic Wells speaks to Proactive about the company's decision to adopt a fully decentralised model for running its portfolio businesses. Wells gives an update on how the transition to the new model has been going and what it means in practical terms - adding that there is no substitute for experience in making a decision of this type. Read more about the decision at https://onfolio.com/operational-update-the-move-to-decentralize/ Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 347-449-0879 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 10, 2023 06:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mental Health Provider Shortage Needs Integrated Approach

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

One of two people who need mental health services don’t get it and more than one in three Americans live in a region where there are not enough mental health providers to serve the population.* The average wait time for a medical doctor’s appointment is up to 26 days, up 24 percent since 2004 and there is a projected shortage of 48,000 primary care physicians in the U.S. by 2034.+ “ At a time when the U.S. faces a severe shortage of mental health providers, many people are also finding it increasingly difficult to get the medical care they need,” said Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “There is a way for society to address both these problems and that is to integrate the health care system so that primary care and mental health professionals work as a team to treat the whole person more efficiently and effectively,” she said. “We need to take a community-focused, patient-centered, and holistic view approach to mental and physical healthcare,” said Dr. Nealon explained. “Many physical ailments put us at risk for psychological disorders and vice versa, so it makes sense for mental health professionals to work closely with medical doctors to treat the patient when they initially present with symptoms, rather than waiting for a referral later.” “For example, if you have trouble sleeping or your child is experiencing frequent stomach aches, you might turn to your doctor for help. The problem may be physical, yet too often, there are psychological factors such as stress, anxiety or depression that are at play,” Dr. Nealon said. “At The Chicago School, we are always thinking about how to view humans as part of a larger system—how individuals relate to their family, culture and community,” she explained. “That’s why we are dedicated to educating culturally competent psychologists and counselors who get hands-on training in their communities.” The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s seven campuses nationwide educates 6,000 students, 70 percent of whom identify as people of color. *Mental Health America https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america +American Academy of Family Physicians https://www.aafp.org/pubs/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/wait-times.html About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Contact Details Vivien Hao +1 323-893-4743 vhao@thechicagoschool.edu

April 07, 2023 11:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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