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October 2020

Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Service Coordination


FLU FACTS How to Prevent the Flu? – Want to avoid spending the winter curled up with a pile of tissues and painkillers? The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each fall before the season begins in November. While getting your annual flu shot can’t offer total protection, it will greatly reduce your chances of contracting this potentially deadly virus – or passing it on to someone else. Who should get the shot? - The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive

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a flu shot. The vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from the flu: pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, people who live with or care for infants, adults age 65 and older, and children ages 5 and younger. Some people should NOT receive a flu shot without first speaking with their health care provider, including those who: Have had a bad reaction to the flu shot in the past, are allergic to chicken eggs, or if you have a fever on the day they are scheduled for a flu shot.

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If you believe you may be at increased risk for developing flu complications, talk with your doctor!

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Many of the symptoms of breast cancer are invisible and not noticeable without a professional screening like a mammogram or ultrasound. But some symptoms can be caught early just by looking out for certain Samanth Caldwell Team UPMC Southwest

changes in your breasts and being proactive about your breast health. In honor of National Breast Cancer Month, we’d like to share the National Breast Cancer Foundation LLC’s Know the Symptoms guide. It provides a checklist of symptoms that will help you know what to look for in your breasts during a self-exam and take note of the important information to provide your doctor to guide them in their professional evaluation of your health. Know what to look for when checking your breasts by getting this free guide: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/know-the-symptoms/

AUCP continues to hire in multiple counties across Pennsylvania. If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a Service Coordinator, please visit www.scalucp.org/careers for a job description and to apply.


CREAMY BROCCOLI SOUP Ingredients: • 1 tablespoon canola oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning • 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth • 6 cups frozen broccoli, chopped • 6 tablespoons plain, fat-free Greek yogurt

Step 1: Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium to high heat. Step 2: Add onion and cook for about 4 minutes, until soft and translucent. Step 3: Add garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, and lemon pepper and cook for an additional minute. Step 4: Add vegetable broth and broccoli. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 8 to 9 minutes, until broccoli is tender. Step 5: Remove soup from the heat. Puree in batches in a blender until smooth. Step 6: Top each serving with a tablespoon of yogurt.

STAFF HIGHLIGHT - LINDSAY VOGT We would like to introduce you to Lindsay Vogt, a Lead Service Coordinator on our Amerihealth team. She’s been a Service Coordinator for almost 5 years, first with UCP Central and then with us after the merger. Lindsay is from Lewistown, PA, and serves Mifflin and Juniata counties. She has a Human Development and Family Studies degree from Penn State. Lindsay and her husband have been together for 15 years and married for 10 years. Together they have 2 children. Their daughter, Quinn (6) does gymnastics, ballet, tap dance, and recently started kindergarten. Their son, Quay (4) loves wrestling, WWE, hanging out with his daddy, and goes to preschool. As a family, they enjoy watching and hosting football parties, especially Notre Dame. Lindsay says that her biggest goals in life have always been to have a job she loves that pays well and to be a good mom to her kids. If she didn’t work at AUCP, she’s not sure what she would do. When she graduated college she worked in a nursing home for 3 years, but it became more about money and less about quality. Lindsay says that she likes the flexibility and trust she receives from her Supervisors at AUCP. The most challenging part of her job is when she has relay hard news to participants and dealing with difficult people. Lindsay is dedicated and passionate in ensuring her participants get what they need. Her supervisor says that she has a huge heart and shares her compassion with her participants and staff. Always diligent to get her work done in a timely manner and is quick to assist other staff with work, offer training, and support.

AUCP’s RE-USE IT PROGRAM accepts donations and redistributes medical equipment and assistive technology to the public for free.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS The UCP ELSIE S. BELLOWS FUND is a national program providing funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology.

AUCP’s SCHOLARSHIP FUND grants scholarhsips to two high school seniors pursuing a degree in the human services field each Spring.


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