A Message from Larry Ceisler
In this four-minute audio blog, COO and Sr. VP Kate Wilhelm speaks to the power and beauty of the art of listening. Kate offers tips on how to hear beyond the words someone says and also speaks to how careful listening can create a more inclusive environment.
Larry Ceisler in the News
Larry Ceisler was quoted in this Philadelphia Inquirer article which focused on the slow pace of Philadelphia City Council’s budget negotiations with Mayor Kenney. Larry cited one reason for the stalled talks: Many Council members may have their own political ambitions toward the 2023 mayoral race. “That is a problem because a lot of good ideas are viewed through a mayoral election prism,” Larry said. “So Councilperson A could have a great idea, but Councilperson B could say, ‘It is a great idea, but that’s Councilperson A’s idea.’“
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) moved closer to finally securing formal title recognition in Pennsylvania after a PA House committee unanimously approved legislation (H.B. 931) to establish professional designation, sending the bill to the full House. Companion legislation is expected to pass through the state Senate, which has approved it before. CRNAs are the hands-on providers of anesthesia care, operating safely in every setting where anesthesia is administered. Because there is no definition for nurse anesthetists under the state’s Professional Nursing Law, CRNAs are currently recognized only as registered nurses, despite their advanced education and specialized training.
As part of the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, Comcast is investing $1 billion over the next 10 years to reach 50 million low-income Americans with the tools and resources to succeed in a digital world. The company is also celebrating local organizations that have been Internet Essentials partners during the program’s first decade.
Western Governors University invites the Philadelphia community, students, alumni and staff to join in a free interactive virtual scavenger hunt from July 1-5. This family-friendly event gives participants a chance to win Philly-centric prizes valued at more than $1,000, while exploring the city’s art district and Fairmount neighborhood. Visit www.wgu.edu/phillyhunt for details, to download the app and register and to see the full list of prizes.
One of the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars in Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages’ region, Amy Liu, was featured in her local newspaper for being among 150 awardees out of 99,000-plus applicants to receive a $20,000 scholarship. Liberty also surprised Liu and her classmates at Central Bucks High School South with a celebratory visit during the school’s Senior Day.
Philadelphia Councilmember Allan Domb co-sponsored successful legislation to enhance enforcement against illegal ATV riding throughout all neighborhoods. The legislation closes a loophole in the city’s code and groups all the illegal vehicles into one category if they need to be confiscated.
The Trust for Public Land released its Park Score 2021 report, taking a deeper look at equity and parks around the country. In Philadelphia, community members in three neighborhoods are working to achieve this type of climate justice through #HeatResponsePHL.
A new Philadelphia Housing Authority program provides dorm-style housing for homeless students at Community College of Philadelphia. Too often, a lack of housing prevents students from attending college. This program begins with 16 students. If results come as expected, and more homeless students are able to enroll and stay in college, the program could be expanded. Separately, PHA joined with partner Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia to celebrate the completion of 20 newly built homes as part of the multi-year Sharswood neighborhood rebuild.
Hear from PRWT Services Inc. CEO Malik Majeed on why he’s encouraged by a new program from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia aimed at increasing supplier diversity in the local business community, which will have far-reaching effects across our region.
To better protect its residents, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City unveiled a new technology to detect COVID-19 levels in the sewer water at its developments. When a high level is detected, the housing authority offers a COVID-19 testing clinic for all residents at that site. This early detection system could lead to wider use by other entities if another outbreak occurs.
Nationwide Healthcare Services ownership took the unprecedented step of making 20 percent of its planned West Philadelphia apartment building affordable to households earning no more than 40 percent of Area Median Income. The company’s CEO, Meir Gelley, included this provision without a government subsidy. This “affordable” component helped convince the zoning hearing board to approve the project despite opposition from the district council member. Advocates for working-class families hope the building at 48th and Chester Avenue establishes a model for other developers to follow.