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BAPAC 31st Annual Convention Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

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On October 2-4, 2009 political and religious dignitaries, business executives and community leaders will join together to explore economic development, political literacy and health care issues.

The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) will celebrate its 31st Anniversary hosting a series of workshops, a luncheon, and an awards banquet culminating with a Sunday prayer breakfast held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.

Invited Guest Speaker Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a BAPAC 2009 Legend, joins the ranks of Attorney General Jerry Brown, UC Regents Chair Richard Blum, Bishop T. Larry Kirkland and the Honorable Gwen Moore BAPAC.

Riverside Community Agencies Participate in Senior Sensitivity Training Provided by SCAN Health Plan

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In an effort to better serve Riverside-area seniors, the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force recently hosted an interactive senior sensitivity training workshop for various local community organizations. Among those taking part in the day’s workshop at the Hemet Workforce Development Center were staff members from the Riverside County Office on Aging, Department of Public Social Services and Moreno Valley Police Department.

The award-winning Trading Ages™ workshop, sponsored by SCAN Health Plan, provides participants the opportunity to literally “walk in the shoes of a senior” through a series of hands-on exercises and sensory perception education. “Through this program SCAN provides an invaluable opportunity to feel, see and hear the common physical and emotional challenges that are a part of the aging process,” said Valerie Wheat, program manager, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. “As society ages it is incumbent upon all of us to better understand what it’s like to grow older and raise our level of appreciation for seniors and what they confront.” “With our society rapidly aging, this type of education across all ages and industries is more important than ever,” said Sherry Stanislaw, senior vice president of the nonprofit SCAN Health Plan who created the Trading Ages™ program. “As a health plan focused exclusively on the needs of seniors, SCAN is in a unique position to help people understand more about the aging process. We are especially pleased to be providing this training to people who interact with and serve seniors on a daily basis.”

To mimic the difficulties experienced with arthritis, for example, program participants were asked to don heavy, clumsy gloves and then button their shirts or open medication bottles and handle small pills. Participants also put popcorn in their shoes and walked around to simulate the feeling of painful joints. Others strapped their arm to their side to see how limiting it can be to deal with the effects of a stroke. Depriving participants of the level of hearing and sight that most people enjoy their entire lives was also a critical part of the program. Ear plugs were used followed by a hearing test to demonstrate how isolating hearing loss can be. Perhaps most difficult for many participants was when they were asked to wear special glasses that severely limited their vision and approximated many of the seeing challenges and disorders that accompany aging.

SCAN has been offering aging sensitivity training to its employees for many years as a way to ensure that they better understand the needs and mindset of its approximately 110,000 health plan members. The program also continues to be offered to SCAN board members, physician groups and to elementary school children to enhance their sensitivity in dealing with older adults.

According to Stanislaw, “Participants are often surprised by how they react to certain physical limitations that are mimicked during the program, and many have commented on what an eye-opening experience it is.”

For more than 30 years, SCAN Health Plan has been focusing on the unique needs of people with Medicare and today is the fourth largest nonprofit Medicare Advantage Plan in the United States. The company currently serves approximately 110,000 members in seven Southern California counties as well as Maricopa County in Arizona.

Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com.

Robinson: Riverside County's 1st Black Chief Deputy

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By Linnie Frank Bailey –

Boris Robinson, Chief Deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, credits “great mentors” with getting him to where he is today. This includes a strong father who taught him the value of hard work, and a coach with the Police Athletic League in New York, who taught him an appreciation for the military and law enforcement.

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Boris Robinson

Growing up Chief Deputy Robinson learned lessons that today he passes on to his own children and youth he comes in contact with. “I tell kids to seek wise counsel,” says Robinson.

 

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Robinson recalls a strong family unit headed by his father. “I was raised old school,” he says. “My dad made it clear, my alternatives were school, military, or a job. I’ve worked since I was 14 years old!”

Robinson was a promising saxophone player in high school and played in several R&B bands; He also spent a lot of time playing basketball with the Police Athletic League in Queens. It was there that he met Officer Smith, or “Smitty’ as the kids called him. Robinson recalls, “Officer Smith was a Community Relations Cop and a great guy. He taught me the importance of finding something to be good at. It was around this time I started getting interested in law enforcement.”

After joining the Air Force in 1979, Robinson traveled the world. While stationed at March Air Force Base he met his future wife Felicia and decided to settle in the Inland area. After leaving the Air Force he joined the Riverside County Health Department, but his wife kept reminding him of his desire to enter law enforcement. Finally, in 1987 he joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Deputy Robinson held a variety of assignments within the Sheriff’s Department as he rose through the ranks. He worked throughout the county, including Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Jurupa, Perris, Banning, and Moreno Valley.

He was given promotions and increasing responsibilities in areas such as: community relations, gang prevention, and drug enforcement. His duties have also included training teachers and parents on gang prevention. As a Captain he led the Internal Affairs and Administrative Unit.

In 2003, Robinson was selected to attend the F.B.I Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He credits his training and education with broadening his perspective.

One of his most treasured accomplishments was completing his Master’s Degree in 2007. “I won’t lie, it was hard.” he relates. “My kids would find me awake in the middle of the night at the kitchen table studying.

However…I can’t tell you how good it felt to walk across the stage and receive that diploma!”

Robinson was appointed Chief Deputy in July of this year and currently runs a division that oversees Court services in the County. He is happy with the support he has received from within the Department over the years.

“I’ve had great mentors here also,” he says. “I encourage people to be part of the solution if they want to see change. Law enforcement is a good career choice. It gives you an opportunity to serve.”

When not working Robinson is busy with his family, which includes his wife of 26 years, Felicia, and their children—three teenagers and a 21-year-olddaughter who is in the Navy.

“All of my kids are involved in sports and/or music, just like I was!” he says proudly.

“They keep me pretty busy.”

Robinson is also on the board of the Alternative for Domestic Violence organization, saying, “Within the Department we are encouraged to give back to the community and this is an organization important to me because I have seen the results of domestic violence.”

He also has a message for youth and parents: “Our kids need to know that a single incident, a single unwise choice, can cast a negative shadow over their lives for years to come. I tell them to work hard because nothing is given to you in life.”

These are all life-long lessons that Boris Robinson has put to good use over the years in his service to the residents of Riverside County.

Kaiser Fontana Annual Employee Service Awards

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Belinda Davis Assistant Hospital Administrator and Jimmy Warrington, Pharmacist.

Last week I was my oldest daughter’s date to attend her 20th years of service at Kaiser Permanente, Fontana. Needless to say I saw a lot of friends that I worked with during my 30 years at Kaiser. Memories rushed back as they came forth to say hello. Some reminded me of how I helped them during my tenure while others were just happy to see me out because of my illness. My good friends Kathy Christmas and Belinda Davis have come to see me at my celebration and send greetings all the time through my daughter Lynn Brown-Lee.

 

The other thing about Kathy, Belinda and Nori Moti is they were standing beside me and the family during our sons illness in 1995. They were and still are a part of that great nursing department that I worked closely with It was also exciting to see Bill Meyer since we worked together longer than any others.

He has put in 40 years with Kaiser with the majority of them at Fontana and the other few at West Los Angeles.

 

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Bill Meyer Medical Group Administrator.

I remember when Bob Brewster and Jimmy Warrington came to Kaiser as a matter of fact Jimmy can be seen in the Kaiser “Thrive” commercial on television. I hired Bob’s mother as a driver for Kaiser back in 1970 or 71. Kim and I worked together in Human Resources as recruiters.

 

 

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Kathy Christmas Nurse Executive

I don’t go that much anymore but I am glad my daughter asked her dad for a date, one I will never forget.

 

Congratulations Lynn on your 20 years of faithful service and the other 600 employees who received 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 35 and 40 years of service caring for others.

Shorett Endorsed by Congressman Lewis

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Congressman Jerry Lewis recently announced his full endorsement of San Bernardino City Council Member Fred Shorett. Lewis, who represents the 41st Congressional District, said, “I strongly endorse Fred Shorett for re-election as 4th Ward City Council Member.

Fred is a positive voice for public safety in the City of San Bernardino.”

Lewis, who, like Shorett, grew-up in San Bernardino, went on to say that he,“urged” Fourth Ward voters to turn-out on election day and cast their vote for Fred.

“It is a great honor to have the endorsement from someone of the stature of Congressman Lewis. I have known the Congressman for many years and consider him a home-town hero.”, Shorett said in response to the endorsement.

Shorett, who was elected in March of 2009 with 72.77% of the vote, said he will be releasing a full list of personal endorsements next week.

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