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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 the health 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." conditions with possible providers are frequently in Among many other abusive experiences, contact with their patients, conditions, victims of Training health care they are uniquely positioned domestic violence are at providers to detect potential to supportively and greater risk for depression, indicators of abuse is critical, confidentially screen patients diabetes, heart disease, said organizers; 50 percent of for domestic violence. hypertension, committing women murdered by their PRS encourages other suicide (three times more intimate partners were businesses and organizations likely), irritable bowel treated in emergency rooms around Plumas County to syndrome, poor sleep, as a result of previous provide on-site training for asthma, decreased immunity domestic violence, most their employees, volunteers and more: within the two years prior to and/or members around the Health care providers were their murder. On average,issue of domestic violence asked how often they treated those victims had each had and its impact on both patients with these three emergency room visits individuals and the conditions, and then how prior to their murder, community at large. often they linked these Because health care 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 employersl 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 rehoming of 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, Ailie, 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, but the 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 keeps the adults from becoming depressed and keeps them mentally and physically healthy, but it is still not a real home. If you have been thinking of adopting an adult cat please feel free to come by our rescue site and visit Gala, Shelby, Lilly, One-Eye, Bailey or Babe. Look them up on our 0r the ................ ' Adopt-A-Pet website and see if one of these lovely animals doesn't tug at your heart. They all need and deserve loving, permanent caretakers. The volunteers know the personalities of the cats they care for and we can recommend which animals who supported Friends by rehome 65 cats and five dogs are good with other cats, with buying tickets. Another in 2014. We thank everyone dogs or with children; who thank-you to our dedicated for a successful 2014 and we loves to be cuddled; who volunteers, Carolyn Vickers look forward to serving the might welcome an and Dale Russell, who spent animals of Plumas County in indoor/outdoor life; who is many hours in front of 2015. active or quiet, etc: We really Safeway and at Pet Country Friends of Plumas County don't have a "lemon" in the offering baked goods and Animals is a 501(c)(3) bunch -- they are all different drawing tickets to the public, nonprofit corporation and all and all wonderful at the same We are now working on ourdonations are tax-deductible. time! Please come by any time next fundraisers, which No one in Friends gets a we are open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. include a yard sale in March. salary and no money is spent Tuesday through Sunday. If you are cleaning out that on administrative fees. The winners of the last garage, replacing furniture or Friends is not a county entity. Friends giveaway were Linda have treasures you don't need Donations can be sent to Kanski for the beautiful anymore please plan to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, Carolyn Kenney quilts and donate them to Friends for CA 95971 or brought to the Maryn McFarland for the $75 rehoming. All donations are site at 2163 E. Main St. in restaurant gift certificate, tax-deductible. Quincy. Congratulations, ladies, and a Your support enabled Thank you for your big thank-you to everyone Friends to care for and continued support. 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