Friday, October 23, 2020

National Pharmacy Week (October 18-24, 2020)

Pago Pago - October 23, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted National Pharmacy Week, which recognizes the contributions of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

“Thank you to our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for all you do!” said Aumua Amata. “The pandemic, along with all the changes it brought to our economy and activities, has had a way of showing us how truly valuable many jobs are that might have been too easily taken for granted. When anyone is ill, after seeing a doctor, pharmacists are often the last health professional we see as we go fill our prescriptions, and they have a key role in medical care.”

Pharmacy Week is celebrated in October, the third full week of the month, to acknowledge the contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to the entire health care effort, including patient care in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and any other healthcare settings.

“We rely on pharmacies for correct medicines,” Amata concluded. “Pharmacies are often resources for such health services as blood pressure checks, flu shots, and important reminders of important details in how and when to take medications.”

Monday, October 5, 2020

Five Keys to Stop Bad Arguments

Northbrook, IL - October 5, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Americans are witnessing one of the deepest political and cultural divides in our nation's history. Compounded by the worst health crisis in a century and a reckoning on racial justice, our collective future depends on Americans' ability to come together. That doesn't mean we should stop arguing, though, according to leaders at The Better Arguments Project.

It means we should argue better.

"The word 'argument' shouldn't be a bad word," says Eric Liu, director of the Aspen Institute and former White House speechwriter and deputy domestic policy adviser. "We believe arguments can bring people together. Our goal isn't to get everyone to agree, it's to help people learn more about our differences, and to challenge each other to think about positions other than our own." Liu's position is built into the framework of the Better Arguments Project – a civic initiative founded by The Aspen Institute, The Allstate Corporation and Facing History and Ourselves. During this time of rigid polarization, the group is making free tools and resources available for anyone looking to bring people together in almost any situation, from the virtual office to schools, dinner tables, and even social media.

"People are afraid they'll be driven further apart from their neighbors, coworkers and even their loved ones because of their beliefs or values," says Stacy Sharpe, senior vice president of Allstate Corporate Brand. "We should never be afraid to stand up and argue for what we believe in, but we need to do it in a better way. The only thing we should fear is the status quo, where unhealthy arguments will continue destroying civility, decency and the chance to thrive."

The Better Arguments Project resources are based on five principles to achieve civil conversations:

  • Take winning off the table
  • Prioritize relationships and listen passionately
  • Pay attention to context
  • Embrace vulnerability
  • Make room to transform

    The Better Arguments framework will be featured as a key theme at the Aspen Ideas Mini Fest Oct. 20-21. The virtual event will bring together top minds to discuss some of the most important issues of our time.