Science and research to be at core of UKHSA

first_imgScience and research to be at core of UKHSA Public Health England’s (PHE) Public Health Research and Science Conference 2021 starts online today and runs for 4 days.New CEO of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Jenny Harries, will be setting out the importance of science and research for the institution alongside some of her early thoughts and ambitions for the new organisation.Dr Harries’ keynote speech will set out the importance of science and research for the UKHSA in order to become a global scientific leader.The 4-day online event will focus on protecting and improving health, including responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Throughout the conference, in-depth panel discussions and keynote speeches will take place. These will be on topics across the full spectrum of issues that concern public health practitioners and policymakers globally, including the impact of COVID-19 and horizon scanning for future threats.Focusing on scientific methods to protect and improve public health, speakers from a variety of organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and NHS England and NHS Improvement will speak to around 2,000 delegates virtually.Dr Jenny Harries, keynote speaker and CEO of the new UK Health Security Agency, said:Today I will be setting out my thoughts and ambitions for the UK Health Security Agency, which in these difficult times, must rightly include leading our ongoing fight against COVID-19 and reflecting on the lessons that this pandemic has taught us in order to prevent future threats.I am committed to ensuring that science and research are at UKHSA’s core and that the institution is recognised as a global scientific leader.Other keynote speakers include:Professor Sandi Deans, Genomic Scientific and Laboratory Deputy Director, Genomics Unit, NHS England and NHS ImprovementDr Richard Hatchett, Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness InnovationsDr Maria Neira, Director of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHODr John Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and PreventionDr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, conference, coronavirus, director, epidemic, Government, health, pandemic, prevention, Professor, public health, research, security, UK, UK Government, WHO, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Assemblymember Bloom proposes a tax credit to incentivize hiring homeless individuals

first_imgHomeFeaturedAssemblymember Bloom proposes a tax credit to incentivize hiring homeless individuals Mar. 22, 2021 at 6:05 amFeaturedHomelessnessNewsAssemblymember Bloom proposes a tax credit to incentivize hiring homeless individualsClara Harter3 months agohomelesnessHomeless Hiring Tax CreditNews As the pandemic exacerbates Los Angeles’ already dire homelessness crisis, Assemblymember Richard Bloom believes providing businesses with a tax credit for hiring homeless individuals could be a key tool for economic and social recovery.Bloom, who served 13 years on City Council and is a current State Assemblymember, recently introduced AB 675 to create the ‘California Homeless Hiring Tax Credit’. This legislation would provide businesses with a tax credit between $2,500 and $10,000 for each unhoused individual they hire.This measure is supported by accompanying bill SB 424, which was co-authored by Bloom and introduced in the state senate by Senator Elena Durazo. If adopted, it has the potential to break down employment barriers to unhoused individuals across California, while providing much needed government support to small businesses.“We have a large group of individuals in LA County and across the state who are ready to work but unable to find jobs due to the stigma that is too often associated with homelessness,” said Bloom. “AB 675 And SB 424 take an important step forward to getting these Californians back to work.”The bills would provide tax credits to support up to 3,000 eligible unhoused individuals and apply to jobs that offer job training and career advancement opportunities as well as a ‘family sustaining wage’ at or above the jurisdiction’s prevailing wage.The program places emphasis on small and medium sized businesses and qualifying companies must employ less than 500 individuals. It strives to provide unhoused individuals with a sustainable income that allows them to permanently transition off the street while also aiding businesses impacted by Covid-19.“There are many small businesses in LA County that need additional staff right now to assist with reopening, but they’re struggling to afford the costs in it, and a tax credit of up to $10,000 could make all the difference to those businesses,” said Bloom. “Over 93 percent of LA County businesses employ fewer than 20 employees, making small business a key part of our economic recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic.”Eligible individuals include those experiencing homelessness at or up to 60 days prior to the date of hire or anyone receiving supportive services from a homeless service provider. While the initial program would be for $30 million in credits, Bloom said that if proven successful, the initiative could be vastly scaled up in the future.“I’ve gone through a bout of homelessness and I know what it’s like to want to get a job and want to better yourself, but there weren’t a lot of resources out there,” said Lavena Lewis. “When you are homeless finding employment is key. “It’s really one of the main factors that will allow you to be housed and to hold on to your housing.”Lewis was temporarily unhoused and lived in a shelter in Downtown LA where she received assistance from LA Rise and the Downtown Women’s Center, which allowed her to start a business selling handbags. She said that her experiences led her to fully support this program and that she would love to be able to hire a homeless individual in the future.“It’s important for us as a business community as well as people who are experiencing homelessness to get together and through this bill we can work and help one another,” said Lewis. “The idea of saving money with tax credits as well as helping unhoused Angelenos is really important.”[email protected] :homelesnessHomeless Hiring Tax CreditNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTesla project down but not outAnother Boardwalk encampment fire stokes concerns about Venice’s trash crisisYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more