Gov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgGov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic March 30, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement on his commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians receive fair and equitable access to lifesaving health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. His full statement is here:“Pennsylvania’s standards of care – in times of crisis and not – are based on an ethical allocation framework, meaning care is provided equitably across all populations without regard to patient age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status. We follow the provisions set forth in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and advise any Pennsylvanian who feels they or a loved one have been discriminated against in any way to contact the PHRC.“I will not tolerate discrimination in allocation of lifesaving resources based on any factor including, but not limited to age, disability and socioeconomic status to Pennsylvanians seeking medical care in our commonwealth. This belief is something I hold and expect at all times, but especially during this public health crisis. William Penn founded our state on tolerance and acceptance and that is a tenet we espouse today and every day. It is especially important in these unprecedented times when we all must work together to support each other.“I am committed to protecting all Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19, and we will not discriminate in this fight.”Disability rights groups and the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee under the Department of Human Services have advocated for a clear policy prohibiting discrimination in the allocation of resources should the pandemic cause healthcare needs to exceed capacity. Governor Wolf and his administration have committed to establishing policy that strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability or socioeconomic status in this fight against COVID-19.View this information in Spanish here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Professor wins award for nuclear insight

first_imgUSC Dornsife Associate Professor of International Relations Jacques Hymans was awarded the University of Louisville’s 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.Only four Grawemeyer awards are given annually, recognizing work in education, world order, music composition and psychology. Each winner also receives $100,000. Hymans is being recognized for his progressive book, Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation. The book has also received the American Political Science Association’s 2013 Don K. Price Award and the National Academy for Public Administration’s Louis Brownlow Award.“I’m very grateful and pleased that the book seems to be striking a chord,” Hymans told USC News. “For years, the conventional wisdom in Washington has been that the world is on the verge of a generalized nuclear free-for-all … overreactions to a phantom threat can be extremely costly.”Hymans’ book discusses the challenges that developing nations face in building successful nuclear programs and emphasizes their high rate of failure. According to the book, the leaders of these developing nations have unrealistically high expectations for the development of successful nuclear weapons and for how much time this process will take. Hymans argues these factors have implications for how the United States should negotiate with these countries, such as Iran, because the conversations are perhaps not as immediately threatening as the developing nations’ leaders make them appear. Hymans’s book brings to light an exaggeration of the nuclear power developing nations hold and helps disillusion the “nightmare scenario.”“Negotiate with care, but also with confidence,” Hymans told USC News. “Even if the current talks break down, an Iranian nuclear weapons breakout is not imminent. At the same time, if there is a reasonable deal on the table, take it.”Hymans is already a recognized author for his 2006 book, The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation: Identity, Emotions and Foreign Policy, which received the International Society of Political Psychology’s Alexander L. George Book Award and the Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award. He plans to continue his research on the effects of nuclear efforts. Currently, he is researching how the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear disaster in Japan has affected the country politically, a project funded by a Mellon Fellowship. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more