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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 9B ! On Monday, Jan. 12, Plumas District Hospital and Plumas Rural Services teamed up for a collaborative training, "Domestic Violence -- What Every Healthcare Provider Needs to Know," for health care providers on the impacts domestic violence can make on thehealth of their patients. This training event built on momentum sparked during PRS' Celebration of Courage community outreach event in October 2014. The work the agencies are conducting now reflects PDH's commitment to further its efforts in domestic violence outreach and education. Staff attending last week's training got a chance to explore issues around screening patients, providing support to patients, identifying possible links between domestic violence and chronic health issues, mandating reporting and what happens following reports. Throughout the day, there was some surprise at how much domestic violence does impact health generally, beyond the immediate injuries incurred from physical abuse. In fact, according to Bradbury-Jones et al., in their 2011 article "Improving the healthcare of women living with domestic abuse," "Domestic Violence is a greater health burden than any other risk factor -- more Plumas District Hospital and Plumas Rural Services personnel gather for a recent training. From left: Delicia Martinetti (PRS Domestic Violence Services coordinator), Elizabeth Page (PRS shelter specialist), Adriana Uken (PDH licensed marriage and family therapist), Shawn Rader (PDH nurse assistant), Erika Trueblood (PDH licensed vocational nurse), Dana Masih (Executopia facilitator), Dr. Ross Morgan (PDH), Dr. Jeff Kepple (PDH CEO). Photo courtesy Plumas Rural Services than smoking or obesity." Among many other conditions, victims of domestic violence are at greater risk for depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, committing suicide (three times more likely), irritable bowel syndrome, poor sleep, asthma, decreased immunity and more. Health care providers were asked how often they treated patients with these conditions, and then how often they linked these conditions with possible abusive experiences. Training health care providers to detect potential indicators of abuse is critical, said organizers; 50 percent of women murdered by their intimate partners were treated in emergency rooms as a result of previous domestic violence, most within the two years prior to their murder. On average, those victims had each had three emergency room visits prior to their murder. Because health care providers are frequently in contact with their patients, they are uniquely positioned to supportively and confidentially screen patients for domestic violence. PRS encourages other businesses and organizations around Plumas County to provide on-site training for their employees, volunteers and/or members around the issue of domestic violence and its impact on both individuals and the community at large. Trainings offered include community education, domestic violence in the workplace, and health care and domestic violence. These trainings cover topics such as recognizing signs of abuse, identifying community strategies, exploring how domestic violence issues might appear in the workplace, knowing employers' legal obligations related to domestic violence, understanding the threat to a victim's co-workers, clarifying requirements for responding to domestic violence from the Affordable Care Act, recognizing the link between chronic health issues and domestic violence, and knowing how and where to refer victims of domestic violence without endangering them. PRS can provide training materials and staff to facilitate these trainings in the community. More information on PRS and its Domestic Violence Services program can be found on the PRS website (plumasruralservices.org) or by calling 283-5675. Friends of Plumas County Animals celebrates rehomingof adult cats. The new year has started off very happily for Friends of Plumas County Animals. Two of our long-term adult cats have finally gotten new wonderful homes. The gorgeous Lion Boy actually got a home with his kitten buddy, Jack, and according to the adoptive family both cats are doing really well adapting to their new environment. The sweet Maine Coon, Allie, was adopted by a couple in Reno and the first report is that she is doing well also. Adopting out the adult cats is really satisfying to the volunteers who have handled, cared, brushed and loved them -- sometimes for ANIMAL 'TALES FRIENDS OF PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMALS months. Everyone loves kittens, butthe adults can get overlooked. :At our rescue each animal has a roomy enclosure with a cat hammock for lounging and we make sure every animal gets a chance to be in the playrooms or run wild in the main room for exercise and socialization. All this playtime and interaction recommend which animals who supported Friends by rehome 65 cats and five dogs keeps the adults from are good with other cats, with buying tickets. Another in 2014. We thank e4eryone becoming depressed and dogs or with children; who thank-you to our dedicated for a successful 2014 and we keeps them mentally and loves to be cuddled; who volunteers, Carolyn Vickers look forward to serving the physically healthy, but it is might welcome an and Dale Russell, who spent animals of Plumas County in still not a real home. indoor/outdoor life; who is many hours in front of 2015. If you have been thinking of active or quiet, etc. We really Safeway and at Pet Country Friends of Plumas County adopting an adult cat please don't have a "lemon" in the offering baked goods and Animals is a 501(c)(3) feel free to come by our rescue bunch -- they are all different drawing tickets to the public, nonprofit corporation and all site and visit Gaia; Shelby, and all wonderful at the same We are now working on ourdonations are tax-deductible. Lilly, One-Eye, Bailey or time! Please come by any time next fundraisers, which No one in Friends gets a Babe. Look them up on our we are open 11 a.m, - 3 p.m. include a yard sale in March. salary and no money is spent Fgcebo0k page or the Tuesday through Sunday. . If you are cleaning out that on administrative fees. Adopt-A-Pet website and see if The winners of the lastgarage, replacing furniture or Friends is not a county entity: one of these lovely animals Friends giveaway were Linda have treasures you don't need Donations can be sent to doesn't tug at your heart. Kanski for the beautiful anymore please plan to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, They all need and deserve Carolyn Kenney quilts anddonate them to Friends for CA 95971 or brought to the loving, permanent caretakers. Maryn McFarland for the $75 rehoming. All donations are site at 2163 E. Main St. in The volunteers know the restaurant gift certificate, tax-deductible. Quincy. personalities of the cats they Congratulations, ladies, and a Your support enabled Thank you for your care for and we can big thank-you to everyoneFriends to care for and continued support. Puzzle #3415-D Difficult 3 Sudoku Solution #3414-D 38241 57 647539'1821 7639251 84 458173296 2119648375 1 2=6 8 5 417 3 9 =9 3 4 7 6 215 1 8 875391 642 II! ! f! 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