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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Homelessness Is Solvable


On a cold Winter’s night in January 2014, nearly 578,424 were experiencing a state of homelessness in the United States. Of those homeless 216,197 were families, the rest individuals including veterans.  It was concluded around 15% of the US population did not have a home.

What does “getting by” mean to someone who is homeless? A single homeless person in the United States can find shelter at a local rescue ministry or Salvation Army, however, the process is complicated and can usually be drawn out for days.  There is a specific hierarchy of importance by which most shelters abide by where women with children and veterans are prioritized and usually have first access to whatever is available. Others must call back on a daily basis and use valuable minutes on these calls that could be otherwise used for possible employers. Most resort to staying outdoors, sleeping underneath covered sidewalks on city streets, on park benches, cars, or campsites; a dilemma that poses several issues. 

          The experience in its entirety is terrifying, exhausting, and dehumanizing. There is no guarantee that the next day will be easy.  One who is homeless becomes invisible to society, susceptible to hate crime violence, assault, and theft on a daily basis.  They risk becoming undernourished with no guarantee when the next meal will be. Those homeless struggle with the human service systems attempting to keep appointments with no transportation. Most find it difficult to merely find a place to rest. People BECOME homeless when they lack the basic accommodations to help them weather a common- crisis.

Homelessness is solvable. With rescues reaching capacity there has been a need for a more accessible solution. AGI has designed containerized units to fulfill an incredibly simple need: Shelter. 

These metal boxes helped reshape global trade as we now know it today by weathering through the worst conditions and protecting what contents it held. Containers are cost efficient, durable, and sustainable.  With our partners, we strive to push homelessness into an issue of the distant past and restore wholeness to our communities.  


    



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Adding Profit Incentives to Nonprofit Work

In a new twist on ‘impact investing,’ investors are paid a return if social programs hit their target.


Impact Investing-using private funds to achieve social benefits along with financial returns-has been growing over the past five years, and one recent technique in particular shows promise. It's called Pay for Success, and it allows investors to fund experimental health and social programs by betting on their effectiveness-with no downside for tax payers.

Here's how it works: A government agency contracts with an intermediary-such as the nonprofit Social Finance US-which in turn contracts with the non-profit groups that will deliver the planned services.  Many of these services includes mobile health programs provided by special vehicles. The intermediary also recruits investors, who fund the program. If the program achieves its specified outcomes, the government agency pays back the investors, plus an agreed-upon return. If the program fails, the investors swallow the loss.  An independent evaluator verifies the outcomes.

Pay for Success has attracted financial heavy-weights such as Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and philanthropies such as the Rockefeller Foundation. It is being applied to programs as diverse as the management of asthma patients, child welfare and education. In the fickle world of government and philanthropy, a program's success is no guarantee that its funding will be renewed-yet ineffective programs may keep drawing dollars for years. Pay for Success financing aligns the incentives of private investors, government and non-profits to fund innovative programs, to ensure they are rigorously evaluated, and to cut off the ones that don't work.

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That's the promise. Here are some perils:

Perverse incentives. 
Suppose a Pay for Success program provides services to keep families together after incidents of child abuse, with the goal of reducing the number of children entering foster care. With that goal in mind, service providers might leave children in dangerous situations. So service providers generally should be held accountable only for implementing the program, and not receive any outcome based payments.

Evaluation bias. 
The organizations that evaluate Pay for Success programs must remain completely independent of investors and non-profit service providers. The outcomes of programs also should be as objectively measurable as possible. Recidivism is a good example. There is no wiggle room on whether someone has been rearrested after release from Jail or prison.

The Utah High Quality Preschool Program Is a Pay for Success project that provided intensive services to preschool children in 2013-14 to reduce their need to participate in special education. Testing identified 110 of the children as likely to need special education, but thanks to the program, only one child actually did. The public-school system saved about $2,600 for each of the 109 students that did not need special education. Of these savings, 95% was returned to Investors. After the original investment is repaid with 5% interest, investors will keep 40% of any additional savings in later years.
Not all Pay for Success programs will work.

A New York City partnership with Goldman Sachs GS-0. 77°/c that began in 2012 and concluded this year missed its target for reducing youth recidivism. Investors lost their money, but the city declared the effort a success. It was: New York got to run a valuable experiment without shouldering the cost.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Aleph Group Inc.: American Cancer Society say...

Aleph Group Inc.: American Cancer Society say...: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SAYS WOMEN SHOULD START MAMMOGRAM AT 45. Six years ago, the American Cancer Society lashed out against a federal ...

American Cancer Society say...

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SAYS WOMEN SHOULD START MAMMOGRAM AT 45.

Six years ago, the American Cancer Society lashed out against a federal task force that suggested most women could wait to get mammograms until age 50, instead of age 40, the age that other groups recommend beginning breast cancer screening.

Delaying mammograms, the cancer society said, would lead more women to die.

   

Now, in a move that reflects changing attitudes about cancer screening, the American Cancer Society is itself recommending fewer mammograms.

In guidelines recently released, the society said that women at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammograms at age 45 - five years later than it had previously recommended.  The society said it reached this conclusion after carefully weighing both the benefits and harms of mammograms for younger  women, whose risk of breast cancer is much lower than that of older women.

By age 55, women can transition to being screened every other year. That's because breast cancers tend to grow more slowly after menopause, making it safe for women to be checked less often, according to the guidelines, published online in JAMA, formerly the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In another major change, the society said doctors no longer need to perform breast exams during women's checkups, given the fact that these exams have never been shown to save lives.

These are bib changes for the American Cancer Society - the USA's largest cancer charity and perhaps the best-known advocate for screening.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

EBOLA - THE ROAD TO ZERO

SINCE LAST FALL, NEW ebola cases across west africa
have declined significantly

Since the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa, the U.S. Government has contributed some $1.4 billion in funding to stop the disease in its tracks. This decisive action led to the major international response we see today and helped lower the number of new Ebola cases.  
USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein made an important announcement about the United State’s ongoing commitment to getting to zero new Ebola cases, during the star-studded Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Speaking before hundreds of thousands of concertgoers, Feierstein announced the Agency will provide $126 million to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to re-establish and strengthen their health systems, which have been weakened by this protracted public health crisis. 
Thanks to the American people, that money will go to both restoring critical health services that shut down during the Ebola outbreak and rebuilding those health systems so a crisis of this magnitude never happens again. To this end, help must extend beyond simply getting treatment to people who have fallen ill with Ebola. Preventing the virus from spreading, and educating communities about the disease are now the primary focus.
Field hospitals and portable shelters are integral parts of programs created to deliver medical care and supplies during an emergency event.  
Containerized hospitals and clinics are frequently used as permanent solutions to the need of medical attention in remote areas.


Cost effective and durability are the main points that makes a containerized clinic an attractive and in some case, the only option.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


HEALTH IN A CONTAINER

Although only a simple metal box, shipping containers transformed global trade. In fact, new research suggests that containers have contributed more to globalization than all trade agreements in the past 50 years combined.  Containerization has evolved,  creating possibilities never before considered. From simple home designs to complex medical facilities; shipping containers are becoming the number one choice for many skilled designers and fabricators.   

The smart pods can be linked together to create larger treatment units or incorporate new facilities, such as waste treatment centers.When the rigor of the season strikes, and natural disaster is upon us; access to medical care and essential supplies become a matter of life and death. Containerized hospitals and health care units are designed for fast deployment and accessibility, thus improving the chances of life.   By air, road or water, our containerized hospitals will reach their destination.

AGI's (Aleph Group Inc.) containerized hospitals and clinics are designed for integration and expansion capabilities. These unique features enable other sections to be linked together or detached as conditions may require. It is a cost effective and ideal solution for projects demanding space maximization and rapid deployment. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015



A NEW BEGINNING

It is a known fact that we cannot produce an immediate change to current life conditions, as action and time are required to produce such results.  However, we can immediately change the direction we are heading to, by changing our decisions. Thus a New Beginning is conceived each time.  
Decisions are continuous. We do not always know when we are making them. But with a little practice with the ones we recognize, a set begins to form which sees us through the rest. It is not wise to let yourself to become preoccupied with every step you take. The proper set, adopted consciously each time you make, will put you ahead.  This will give you the "edge" to consciously think of what kind of day you would like to have, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that.  

Your day is not at random. It is set by what you choose to live it with. Choosing consciously becomes vital to a meaningful life. What does it means to become more conscious?  It is the progressive realization of conscious mastery over your mind. The challenge is that it takes consciousness to grow consciousness.  But you needn’t worry about this because you already have the seed.  Think of it like fire.  You have a flame, and you want to turn that flame into a huge blaze.  How do you do it?  You add fuel.  Here are some examples of how you can add fuel to your flame of consciousness. 

1. Truth - Truth raises your consciousness.  Falsehood lowers it.
First, accept the truth.  Whatever you’re afraid to know lowers your consciousness.  

2. Courage - Courage raises your consciousness.  Cowardice lowers it.
Courage is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth.

3. Compassion - Compassion raises your consciousness.  Cruelty lowers it.
A great way to become more conscious is to search for signs of unconscious cruelty and disconnection in your life. 

4. Desire - Desire raises your consciousness.  Apathy lowers it.
When you get clear about what you want, such as by setting a goal, you raise your consciousness.

5. Attention - Attention raises your consciousness.  Distraction lowers it.
Improving your ability to concentrate will make you more conscious.  Pick up a rock and give it your full and complete attention, and notice what happens.

6. Knowledge - Knowledge raises your consciousness.  Ignorance lowers it.
First and foremost, know thyself.  Think deeply about your life, and keep a journal to record your thoughts.  Ask questions to which you don’t know the answer, and then search for those answers.

7. Reason - Reason raises your consciousness.  Irrationality lowers it.
Logic is a powerful tool of consciousness when used correctly.  It lends structure and substance to thought.

8. Conscious people - Conscious people raise your consciousness.  Unconscious people lower it.
Seek out others you perceive to be at a higher level of consciousness than you are.  Talk to them, ask questions, and enjoy their presence. 

9. Energy - Energy raises your consciousness.  Disease lowers it.
Take care of your physical body, for it is your primary means of interacting with the world.  Energy gives you an ongoing flow of vital life experiences.  But without energy you starve your consciousness.

10. Intention - The intention to raise your consciousness raises it. The intention to lower your consciousness lowers it. Consciousness has the capacity to self-expand or self-contract, just as you have the capacity to grow or to commit suicide.  In any given moment, you have the freedom of choice.

By:  Jales A. De Mello
Founder President & CEO


"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and it is immortal." - Albert Pike.