Crozer doctor launches initiative to stop violence in teen relationships




UPLAND >> Crozer-Keystone Health System OB/GYN Rachael Polis, D.O., M.P.H. recently received a grant to launch a two-year initiative to “stop the violence before it begins” in adolescent relationships. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) gave Polis and her partners, the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County and the William Penn School District, a collective $15,000 to establish a “community of practice alliances” through schools, agencies and health systems in Delaware County.

The program is designed to decrease incidences of adolescent relationship abuse and increase adolescent health and safety. They will develop and implement training programs for Crozer-Keystone resident OB/GYNs, and will create presentations about adolescent relationship abuse for schools in the William Penn School District. They also plan to speak at school nurse association meetings, and engage a collaborative research group to share new information.

Last month, Polis was named one of Pennsylvania’s “Top Physicians Under 40,” as selected by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. The 38 physicians were nominated by colleagues and selected by a Society committee. She was recognized for her role in expanding Crozer-Keystone’s pediatric and adolescent gynecology service line. She has been published on topics such as yoga during pregnancy, and was recently interviewed for an article about opening dialog with kids about sex. Polis joined the Crozer-Keystone medical staff in August 2017.

Boy Scout collecting school supplies for CASA

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Brian Szipszky, a Boy Scout in Troop 430 in Media, is working toward his Eagle Scout rank. For his Eagle Scout project, he is running a school supply drive for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The organization supports abused and neglected children in the welfare system and has an office in Media. The scouts are setting up donation bins at stores, churches, and other public places in the area and needs the community’s help to fill the bins with supplies. So far, donation bins have been set up at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Media, Mariano Holistic Life Center in Malvern, Onde Spalon in Newtown Square. Iron Hill Restaurant in Media, Unitarian Universal Church in Upper Providence, Earth and State in Media, Ten Thousand Villages in Media and Staples in Wayne. Supplies being collected include backpacks, pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, crayons, folders, highlighters, glue sticks, scissors, rulers. The final pick-up date is August 23. For more information or to arrange a private pick-up of donations, e-mail szipszky@verizon.net/.

Newtown bird walk planned

Newtown Township residents and the general public are invited to participate in an instructional Bird Walk at the Newtown Meadow Preserve from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 15. The Newtown Meadow Preserve is Newtown Township’s largest and newest natural area, a 50-acre parcel of rolling hills, wetlands and woods located off Route 252 South, between Episcopal Academy and the Liseter housing development. Novices and advanced birders alike can enjoy an informative walk led by members of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, Edwin Shafer, Coordinator of Sustainability, Episcopal Academy, and Alan Crawford.

Depending on the fall migration this season, participants are likely to see a number of warblers, vireos and flycatchers. Participants should wear drab, earthy colors and a cap with a visor can be helpful. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and wear sunscreen, insect repellant and sturdy shoes since the walk will cover uneven, unpaved, hilly terrain.

To join the 8:30 a.m. Bird Walk event, park in the Episcopal Academy Lower School Parking Lot. Enter at the Episcopal Academy main entrance off Route 252, turn left and follow the signs to the parking area bordering Newtown Meadow Preserve. Follow the sign to the Preserve walking trail. The group will meet at the wooden kiosk at the Preserve entrance.

Crab Fest to benefit Radnor health care charity

“Help Hope Live” will hold its Second Annual Crab Fest fundraiser 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at St. Christopher’s Church, 226 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne. Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit the nonprofit and its mission to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Tickets will be available at the door for $60 and include all-you-can-eat steamed blue crabs, fried chicken, and savory and sweet sides, as well as non-alcoholic beverages like lemonade and iced tea. Adults can purchase wine or beers from Levante Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Co. for $5 each or purchase a $15 wristband for you all-you-can-drink wine and beer. The event will feature live music, raffles, and outdoor fun for all ages. Tickets are also available online at http://bit.ly/CrabFest2018. Tickets for children six to 12 are $15 and admission for children five and under is free. A family four pack of two adults and two children under 12 is available for the discounted price of $105. Everyone is welcome.

Hope for Children Fund awards $10,500 in grants to local non-profits

The Community’s Foundation (TCF)/Delaware County Community Foundation’s Hope for Children Fund, has recently awarded $10,500 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. These organizations support the children in Delaware County whom have been impacted by abuse or neglect. Six grants of $1,750 each were awarded to the following organizations:

CASA/Youth Advocates, Inc.’s mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The Hope for Children grant will be used to support CASA’s general operating needs. For more information, visit www.delcocasa.org.

Child Guidance Resource Centers provide high-quality, community-based, therapeutic, supportive and preventive-behavioral healthcare services. The Hope for Children grant will be used to provide foreign language and sign language translation services. For more information, visit www.cgrc.org.

Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County works to prevent domestic violence and empower victims to move toward self-sufficiency. The Hope for Children grant will be used to support the professional development of DAP’s Children’s Counselor Advocates. For more information, visit www.dapdc.org.

Family Support Line of Delaware County helps children, families, and professionals address the trauma of child sexual abuse. The Hope for Children grant will be used to support preventative education programs. For more information, visit www.familysupportline.org.

Support Center for Child Advocates – This organization advocates for victims of child abuse and neglect. The Hope for Children grant will be used to support its Excellence in Advocacy training series. For more information, visit www.sccalaw.org.

Valley Youth House’s mission is to be the catalyst for youth. The Hope for Children grant will be used to support the Valley Youth House Delaware County Supervised Independent Living Program. For more information, visit www.valleyyouthhouse.org.

TCF relies on the generosity of individuals in the community to support the Hope for Children Fund. To donate, send a check payable to “TCF- Hope for Children” to 900 W. Sproul Road, Suite 101, Springfield PA 19064.

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