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We regret to inform you that Meg Shope Koppel, a dedicated member of the board of Philadelphia FIGHT has died

We regret to inform you that Meg Shope Koppel, a dedicated member of the board of Philadelphia FIGHT has died.  Meg did much more than just attend our board meetings, although she was a faithful participant who could be counted upon to show up and offer up her assistance at all times.  As an expert in job development, Meg undertook to work directly with our programs including Critical Path and its literacy, computer literacy,  job readiness and job training programs, and the Institute for Community Justice which focuses its workforce development on serving citizens returning from incarceration.  She met frequently with the staffs of these groups, helped us develop program ideas and seek funding.  Meg brought FIGHT to the table when Citywide projects were developed to increase the resources available to us all.    Meg served as the Chief Research Officer of PhillyWorks, the City’s job development coordinating agency, a position from which she dedicated herself to helping people with limited education and limited access to jobs gain the experience and tools they needed in order enter the Labor Force. She considered her commitment to her clients to be lifelong, and she helped numerous people overcome adversity and become employed and productive members of our community.  

After her death, her husband Dr. Ross Koppel commented in part:

Meg was the most dedicated person I’ve ever known to those in need: the homeless, those with HIV, those who suffered discrimination, and these last decades, to those who needed help getting jobs via training, apprenticeships, education, guidance. She worked with the areas’ educational institutions, with the business community, and with the city and state governments. She was so deeply committed to the people with whom she worked, and of course, to the people it served. She spent a lot of her own money to buy food and gifts for her fellow workers. She said she made more money than many of them. She would bring our home office supplies to her office.    


She was also unbelievably generous with our money to charities, to the many groups seeking to help others. She also gave of her time generously to the several agencies where she served on the boards. She was especially committed to Philadelphia Fight, an agency here in Philadelphia that helps people with AIDS. I’m getting calls from throughout the region about her remarkable good works. But how can anyone do anything but admire her for that. If these are Christian ideals, she was the most Christian atheist semi-non-Jewess in the world.  My cousin Elliot called her a real mensch.  She certainly was. 


The head of Phillyworks told me they were receiving statements of condolences from throughout the nation from people in the similar agencies with whom she worked or who were touched by her research and policy work

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FIGHT the Flu!

 Flu season is upon us!

It is important now more than ever to make sure everyone is safe and protected. Philadelphia FIGHT will be giving flu shots to all patients during flu season. If you are interested, please call your provider prior to coming in the office.

Walgreens flu vaccine scheduling guide (PDF)
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COVID-19 Community Testing Sites Schedule

Visit the FIGHT COVID-19 Community Testing Page for further information and a full calendar or call 267-436-3126.

This Week


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WHO Guidelines for Reopening

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Get to Know Your Words: Asymptomatic, Presymptomatic, Mildly Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Refers to people who carry the active COVID-19 virus, but do not develop symptoms

Presymptomatic

Refers to people who have been infected and are incubating the virus but aren’t showing symptoms yet.

Mildly Symptomatic

Those who feel slightly unwell due to COVID-19 infection, such as a cold or mild fever symptoms.

While fever, cough, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19, some carriers of the illness show little or no symptoms. It isn’t clear how many people are asymptomatic carriers, or how much asymptomatic individuals spread the disease,  but this caveat makes it all the more important to practice social distancing, stay home, and wear a mask while in public. 

Word Wednesday - Asymptomatic
Word Wednesday - presymptomatic
Word Wednesday - mildly symptomatic
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Mental Health and Quarantine

Adjusting to the quarantine efforts and stay-at-home order has been difficult. There has been a lot of change in a very short amount of time. Taking care of physical health is important in the face of COVID-19, and now taking care of mental health must be a focus in the face of social isolation due to quarantine efforts.

The American Psychological Association and SAMHSA have some guides about how to look after your mental health, and some of their suggestions are presented here.

Routine: With no firm idea of when things will change, a “new normal” means creating a new routine can help create a sense of normalcy and purpose.

Virtual Contact: utilize phones and web conferencing to make medical and social calls to maintain mental and physical health.

Keep Informed: updates about health recommendations and government mandates is important, but limit news intake each day to prevent extra anxiety.

Variety: Find different areas of your house to work or play in, and set time aside for a new activity to stimulate your brains need for variety.

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Get to know your words: Statewide Mitigation

Statewide Mitigation

activities across the state to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 impact. Visitor restrictions and stay-at-home orders are some examples in PA

A detailed list of activities and what it means for you is available here: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StatewideMitigation

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Advocacy Opportunities around COVID-19

Advocacy and health are closely related, and that is especially true during this period of active legislation about COVID-19. Here are some opportunities around Philadelphia and PA to contact your representatives, connect with other workers, and advocate for those in the food and health industries

Attend a Town Hall to support Philadelphia Workers: https://bit.ly/3aiVHZt
#SHUTDOWNBERKS@shutdownberkscoalition

Food Chain Workers Alliance: https://bit.ly/3dvD0Ec

Support for Mental Health Workers: https://bit.ly/2J9VkVi

With the current COVID-19 crisis, the health of all is inextricably tied to the rights of groups including health workers, food industry workers, and refugees. Local, state, and federal organizations are asking for individuals to contact their representatives, participate in town halls, and write letters or emails supporting those most vulnerable during this time. Here are some opportunities to support advocacy efforts in a safe, distanced way. 

#workersrights
#covid_19
#shutdownberks
#philadelphia
#townhall

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Get to know your words: Some Coronavirus Terminology

some coronavirus terminology
COVID-19: an infectious disease in the coronavirus family. It is called "new" or "novel" because it is recently discovered.COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.There are clinical trials currently evaluating the effectiveness of possible treatments
COVID-19: an infectious disease in the coronavirus family. It is called “new” or “novel” because it is recently discovered.COVID-19 causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.There are clinical trials currently evaluating the effectiveness of possible treatments
 Asymptomatic: Someone who is not showing the symptoms of COVID-19. It is currently thought that people who are asymptomatic and do not know, but are infected can still spread COVID-19 to others.
Asymptomatic: Someone who is not showing the symptoms of COVID-19. It is currently thought that people who are asymptomatic and do not know, but are infected can still spread COVID-19 to others.
Isolation: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Isolation involves separating people who are sick from those who are not
Isolation: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Isolation involves separating people who are sick from those who are not
Quarantine: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Quarantine involves isolating those who are ASYMPTOMATIC, but possibly exposed to the disease
Quarantine: A public health tactic to prevent a disease from spreading. Quarantine involves isolating those who are ASYMPTOMATIC, but possibly exposed to the disease
Community Spread: The spread of a disease when the source of infection is unknown. For example, someone who has not traveled recently or knowingly been near someone who is sick, but still becomes ill has obtained the virus from community spread
Community Spread: The spread of a disease when the source of infection is unknown. For example, someone who has not traveled recently or knowingly been near someone who is sick, but still becomes ill has obtained the virus from community spread
Flattening the curve: A phrase to describe slowing the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals can only treat so many patients at a single time. If we slow the spread of COVID-19, or flatten the curve, hospitals will not exceed their capacity
Flattening the curve: A phrase to describe slowing the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals can only treat so many patients at a single time. If we slow the spread of COVID-19, or flatten the curve, hospitals will not exceed their capacity
Stay at home order: An order by Philadelphia Mayor Kenney for people to stay in their homes except for essential activities (detailed in the link below) that include obtaining food or health care, working if your job is considered essential (as decided by the Mayor's Office), or exercising while 6 feet away from others (social distancing). This order started enforcement Monday, March 23 at 8 am
Stay at home order: An order by Philadelphia Mayor Kenney for people to stay in their homes except for essential activities (detailed in the link below) that include obtaining food or health care, working if your job is considered essential (as decided by the Mayor’s Office), or exercising while 6 feet away from others (social distancing). This order started enforcement Monday, March 23 at 8 am
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COVID-19: What to Do If You Are Sick?

 So you think you have covid-19. Don’t panic!

For many people, this will simply mean feeling ill for a little while. Fever and cough can be treated with medicine (NSAIDs like ibuprofen are cautioned against, but acetaminophen seems to be effective and safe), but make sure to call your doctor as soon as you start noticing symptoms.
The good news is that social isolation, the more confined version of social distancing, is recommended by the CDC to prevent the spreading of disease to others in your household or neighborhood. Some basics of isolation are presented here, and more information can be found on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/…/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

  1. Contact your doctor: CALL FIRST! Your doctor or a local clinic can give you instructions on next steps based on your symptoms.
  2. Stay away from others: Stay in your own home, and isolate yourself from those you live with.
  3. Wear a mask and cover coughs and sneezes: If you need to be around others in your home, cover your mouth with a mask. Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  4. Wash your hands: Wash your hands often, especially if you are interacting with things in your home that others are touching
  5. Clean common surfaces: Disinfect surfaces that you or others touch daily, both in your “sick room” and the house.
  6. Monitor Symptoms: Keep track of your symptoms, and if you have severe symptoms including inability to breathe or prolonged pain, seek medical treatment
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Get to know your words: Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Keeping a distance of 3 feet between yourself and other people, especially anyone coughing or sneezing. The World Health Organization advises social distancing as a prevention tactic for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in addition to frequent hand washing and coughing or sneezing into one’s elbow

Come back Friday for more detailed information about social distancing

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Get to know your words: Acute

Acute

Symptoms happening suddenly and severely, usually for a shorter amount of time.

Acute
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Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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