HOW PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS HERALD BUILDING DESIGNS WITH THE PANDEMIC IN MIND

HOW PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS HERALD BUILDING DESIGNS WITH THE PANDEMIC IN MIND

The P3 Group Inc is the nations largest African American owned pubic private partnership developer.”

— Dee Brown, President & CEO

MEMPHIS, TN, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Originally Published at Forbes.com
By: Dee Brown, President & CEO of The P3 Group

While 2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges, it was also a year that presented many new opportunities. This has been especially true among those of us developers and architects who are part of robust public-private partnership (P3) collaboratives.

The vast majority of P3s use an integrated project delivery (IPD) method. Delivering public facilities and infrastructure using an IPD method allows the integration of processes, practices and systems in a collaborative approach that captures the collective intelligence of all stakeholders. P3s that use an IPD method tend to result in the best value to the public sector by maximizing overall productivity through the reduction of delivery time and waste.

The current pandemic is forcing design teams to think outside the box to deliver projects in an accelerated time frame. Using an IPD method in conjunction with powerful online collaborative platforms enables design firms to execute unique concepts that must adhere to rigorous budgetary constraints and timelines. Design firms that are part of P3s are also finding it necessary to hire staff members who are determined and nimble, possess an acute technical vocabulary, have excellent listening skills and are highly collaborative.

The value of an IPD method in P3 projects is that it allows facilities to be designed and delivered in record time. A design-build-finance collaborative can have a project under construction in less than 90 days when the team can deliver a guaranteed maximum price, construction documents and financing virtually simultaneously. Rapid project delivery is paramount during a pandemic because access to essential services such as healthcare is critically important. The current pandemic has forced design and construction firms to operate outside of their comfort zones and trust their teams’ ability to create highly collaborative designs during these very challenging times.

Meanwhile, now more than ever before, agencies realize that new facilities must be responsive to the challenges and needs of the community during a pandemic. P3 collaboratives have the unique ability to assist public agencies in addressing weaknesses in public infrastructure that were made painfully obvious over the last year. Government agencies should look at developing community-based facilities, such as health and wellness centers, that can contribute to the public's long-term health and safety.

Health and wellness centers can be crafted specifically to help combat risk factors in the community and region. These facilities can provide a place for the community to engage in health and wellness activities and receive education on nutrition and other related programs. These facilities can be designed to be converted into medical space that can support temporary hospital beds and can also integrate drive-through infectious disease testing facilities with associated laboratories. The additional hospital bed capacity may be critical for the communities when more capacity is needed to save lives or to address routine healthcare needs during a pandemic.

For instance, my firm is involved with two Arkansas projects. A health unit was designed to respond to the current pandemic, featuring elements like a drive-through test site and laboratory, HVAC and mechanical systems meant to prevent airborne disease transmission, and a courtyard where staff could find fresh air and respite. The coroner’s office was designed to feature a decontamination unit that provides an area for the coroner and staff to decontaminate after encountering a deceased individual who may have had an infectious disease. The morgue also has washable walls and floors to allow for easy decontamination. These are all essential elements of designing these types of facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The current pandemic has forced P3 collaborative teams to be forward-thinking in their approach to designing public facilities. The integration of design, construction, financing, people, processes and systems is leading to designs that are more robust and can be delivered quickly and efficiently. The pandemic has also increased the efficiency of holding design charrettes, which are now hosted remotely via Zoom, Teams and other similar platforms. Having all stakeholders at the table from the beginning of the process creates outcomes that can only be achieved through collective intelligence.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2021/01/22/how-public-private-partnerships-herald-building-designs-with-the-pandemic-in-mind/

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Why are veterinarians always white

Dr. Tierra Price,  DVM, MPH

Dr. Tierra Price, DVM, MPH

The Critter Fixers

The Critter Fixers

It’s time to be more inclusive and support people of color

Out of more than one hundred thousand veterinarians in the United States, less than two percent are Hispanic and almost none are Black.”

— CARE Data

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) is proud to announce a bold new initiative and a series of events to help animal loving people of color pursue their dreams of helping cats, dogs and other living creatures.

CARE is partnering with the Black DVM Network, the National Association for Black Veterinarians and several other animal welfare organizations to raise money that will start a seed fund for scholarships for African American veterinary students. Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, announced today they will lead off the fundraising effort with a $50,000 grant to start the endowment. The effort also has the support of New York Giants Cornerback Logan Ryan, who himself is passionate about diversity in animal welfare and has his own foundation called RARF, or the Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation.

The scholarship initiative comes at a critical time, as out of more than one hundred thousand veterinarians in the United States, 90 percent are white, less than two percent are Hispanic and almost none are Black.

The scholarship will be named after the late Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell, a veterinary trailblazer who graduated in the second class of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University in 1950. He opened a thriving private practice in Southeast Oklahoma while working relentlessly to advance civil rights. He was also appointed to the Oklahoma Civil Rights Commission by the Governor. Dr. Blackwell continued his private practice for 18 years and joined the faculty at Tuskegee University, where he spent the last 25 years of his professional life.

Dr. Blackwell’s son Michael followed in his father’s footsteps and was one of four students to integrate Gray High School in Idabel, Okla. CARE recognizes the legacy of this family and the importance of access and awareness. Dr. Michael Blackwell is currently the only second- generation Tuskegee veterinary graduate. He is now the Director of Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee.

In celebration of Black History Month and to kick off the scholarship fund, CARE will be hosting weekly talks with a panel of African American professionals, including New York Giants player Logan Ryan, who will discuss the issues they face inside and outside the animal welfare industry.

CARE invites everyone to join these conversations, led by our Chief Executive Officer James Evans. In lieu of a registration fee, the public is asked to donate to the new CAREvetFund.

Registration links are on CARE’s Facebook events page. You must pre-register. Speakers are subject to change.

Week 1
Thursday, February 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Navigating Business While Black in a Time of Turbulence
Speaker:
Uva Coles, Inclusiva
Prerecorded. Live Q & A

Week 2
Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Diverse Workforce Creates Unique Solutions
Speakers:
Logan Ryan, RARF Founder and CEO and NFL Cornerback, New York Giants
Akisha Townsend Eaton, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Week 3
Wednesday, February 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
The Power of Animals: A look into Mental Health and the Animal Bond
Speakers:
Noah Haislah, @NoahandMilo and Personal Trainer
Candace Croney, PhD, Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science

Week 4
Tuesday, February 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Pathways to Veterinary School
Speakers:
Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson, Critter Fixers
Dr. Michael Blackwell, VM, MPH, FNAP, Director of Programs for Pet Health Equity at the Center for Behavioral Health Research at the University of Tennessee
Dr. Tierra Price, DVM, MPH (she/her/hers) Founder, BlackDVM Network, LLC

About CARE: Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity is a 501©3 nonprofit that addresses organizational and personal biases within animal welfare. The mission is to bring diverse voices to the industry while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption. CARE believes in using evidence-based tools, narratives and insights to inspire organizations to be more inclusive and less biased. It is all an effort to save more companion animal lives. For more information go to: https://careawo.org.

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $208.9 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education and pet adoptions and foster Companions and Animals for Reform Equity across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie, who made them laugh and gave them great joy.

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Sindhi Foundation sent a letter to President Joe Biden

Sindhi Foundation’s Letter to President Joe Biden

Sindhis raised issues of human rights abuses and climate crisis in Sindh, Pakistan in the letter.

Citizens of the United States care greatly about global human rights, and hope that before supporting the Pakistani government, the Biden administration will check the Pakistan's human rights record.”

— Munawar Laghari

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Friday, January 29th, the Sindhi Foundation sent a letter to President Joe Biden addressing the human rights abuses and environmental issues occurring within the Sindh Province of Pakistan.

In the letter, the Sindhi Foundation highlighted the current construction of a Chinese-backed dam on the Indus River in Pakistan. Pakistani Prime minister Imran Khan’s Government is in the midst of building Bhasha dam on the Indus River with China’s investment of $5.85 billion. The location of the dam is a notorious hotspot for earthquakes. With this in mind, many fear that the construction of the dam could result in an environmental disaster, leading to further changes in the entire ecosystem of Sindh, particularly within the delta region.

Executive Director of the Sindhi Foundation, Munawar Laghari, stated “ the Indus River is the lifeline of Sindh and the only source of water. Building dams on the Indus River will be disastrous for the Sindhi people." He added that the ecological deterioration of the Province could have a significant impact on the rest of the country, as well as on its neighboring states, seeing as the "Sindh has great historical, cultural, political, and geographical importance."

The Sindhi Foundation's letter also brought to light the recent violent attack on peaceful protesters of enforced disappearances in Sindh. Protestors, many of whom were women, were beaten, dragged by their hair, arrested, and put in chains by Pakistani authorities. “Citizens of the United States care greatly about global human rights, and hope that before supporting the Pakistani government, the Biden administration will check the Pakistan's human rights record. Human rights abuses in Pakistan have increased significantly in the last decades, particularly in Sindh.” Laghari said.

The letter ends with a request for support for the Sindhi Foundation's Long Walk for Freedom, Nature, and Love. The walk is scheduled to take place in April 2021, with the intent to raise awareness for climate change and human rights abuses. The walk includes a core group of participants that will begin in New York City and end in Washington, D. C.

The walk intends to gain support from students, activists, members of the media, academics, the UN Missions, and members of Congress. It aims to send a message of global unity and strength, and remind the Sindhi people in Pakistan that they are not alone in the fight against human rights violations, and environmental destruction.

The Sindhi Foundation has already received endorsements from many organizations and celebrities. They continue to encourage human rights organizations and public figures to support this important cause.

The Sindhi Foundation congratulates President Joe Biden for his win and hopes that he can meet with Sindhi Foundation members to further discuss these issues.

Sufi Laghari
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Allan Stevo, Author of Face Masks In One Lesson To Speak At North County Tea Party on February 1st

Stevo Will Show How To Throw Off Your Masks And Take Back Your Life

This past year we have seen freedom in America in retreat”

— Allan Stevo

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Noted political commentator and bestselling author of Face Masks In One Lesson, Allan Stevo will be speaking at the North County Tea Party on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6 PM PT at the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County Headquarters at 7357 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422. Stevo’s speech will be on ‘Throw Off Your Masks And Take Back Your Life’ a theme that he expounds upon in his book. Face Masks In One Lesson is timely and essential in the current climate where governments are seeking to impose mandatory mask mandates. In the book, the reader will discover that millions are actually exempt from the high-handed mask mandates. He will be selling copies of his book at the meeting. Stevo writes for The Hill, The Daily Caller, and numerous political publications.

“I am excited and honored to be speaking at the North County Tea Party,” said Allan Stevo. “This past year we have seen freedom in America in retreat with these mask mandates. Now we have the so-called experts like Dr. Fauci saying, Americans should be wearing two face masks and maybe we should have to wear face masks permanently.

“I say it is time to end this insanity, regain our freedom, and our lives from these unelected authoritarian technocrats and their progressive allies,” concluded Stevo. “In my speech I will show you how to do this legally so that you will never have to wear a face mask again.”

In combatting COVID – 19, governments have emphasized that face masks will stop the spread of the pandemic, yet Face Masks In One Lesson points out there is valid scientific evidence that contradicts and refutes that belief. The evidence presented in the book focuses on randomized control trials with laboratory confirmation, which is far more conclusive than what it is seen in media reports. In fact, the mass drive to force everyone to wear face masks is giving into panic and fearmongering, Stevo points out. The most important thing is not to give into fear. Beyond that, he writes millions are actually exempt from the mask mandates and don’t realize it. He offers three ways to stop wearing face masks and explains in the book how to do each:

1, Just stop and don’t acknowledge the existence of face masks. Live life normally.
2. Just stop and ask for permission all along the way.
3. Invoke an exemption.

Face Masks In One Lesson has been described as the future for those who wish to resist face mask mandates legally and peacefully. It is especially timely as with talk of a national face mandate being imposed which this book eloquently and factually refutes the need for.

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DSAA, GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta, and NDSC Condemn Statement Made by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

DSAA, GiGi's NDSC group logos

DSAA, GiGi’s NDSC group logos

Georgia Down Syndrome Organizations Express Concern Over Greene Appointment to Education Committee

[We] are concerned that Rep. Greene's verbiage will distract from the committee's work and that her words truly reflect outdated, damaging beliefs that will negatively impact students with I/DD.”

— Sheryl Arno

ROSWELL, GEORGIA, FULTON, January 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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DSAA: Sheryl Arno
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DSAA, GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta, and NDSC Condemn Statement Made by
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, Gigi's Playhouse Atlanta, and the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) strongly disagree with the decision of House Republicans to appoint Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to the House Education and Labor Committee due to her history of conspiracy theories around school shootings and use of the word "retard” as a pejorative term. "The Down syndrome and disabilities communities are concerned that Rep. Greene's verbiage will distract from the committee's work and that her words truly reflect outdated, damaging beliefs that will negatively impact students with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD) for years to come," states Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta Executive Director, Sheryl Arno.

Recently a video that Rep. Greene posted prior to taking office has resurfaced on social media platforms. In her video, Rep. Greene, when speaking of other elected officials, says, "Stupid simple – Retards; I'm sorry, I know that is an offensive word. I am not trying to talk down on people with Down syndrome, but that's what these people are. These people are so stupid and ignorant that they cannot put something common sense in place."

Rep. Greene's statements are particularly damaging to individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual or developmental disabilities as they are more likely to be victims of bullying. Her words promote a culture of casual cruelty toward people with disabilities. NDSC Executive Director David Tolleson said, "Men, women, and children with Down syndrome should never be used as a punch line to make points in a political debate." He continued, "They are people who deserve respect and dignity. Rep. Greene's comments send a message to students, parents, and educators that she believes people with disabilities are not capable of decision-making. Her words and beliefs are a slap in the face to people with disabilities and we do not support her appointment to the Education and Labor Committee."

About Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta
Founded by a small group of parents in 1979, The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta (DSAA) is a 501 (c)(3) Georgia non-profit organization dedicated to providing individuals with Down syndrome and their families life-long community connections. Today, DSAA serves 800 families in 18 counties in the greater Metro-Atlanta area with its programs, services, resources, and activities for all age groups. It is the largest volunteer organization for those touched by Down syndrome in Georgia. For more information about the DSAA, please visit our website at www.dsaatl.org

About Gigi's Playhouse Atlanta
GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free therapeutic programming, resources, and support to families of individuals with T21/ Trisomy 21/Down syndrome. Programs at GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta address the developmental needs of children with T21/Down syndrome, including the areas of gross motor, fine motor, intellectual, social, and communication development. For more information about Gigi's Playhouse Atlanta, please visit our website at www.gigisplayhouse.org/atlanta

About the National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country's oldest organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. A 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization, the NDSC provides support and information about issues related to Down syndrome throughout the lifespan, as well as on matters of public policy relating to disability rights. The National Down Syndrome Congress is committed to creating a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. For more information about the NDSC, please visit our website at www.ndsccenter.org.

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