$450,000 Kessler Foundation Grant to Encourage People with Disabilities to Look for Employment

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Kessler Foundation has awarded a two-year, $450,000 Signature Employment Grant to JEVS Human Services in Philadelphia, PA to pilot Road to Employment, to test a new mechanism for motivating people with disabilities to pursue employment, connecting them to long-term support services, and reducing public benefits dependence. After the pilot proves the intervention’s effectiveness, JEVS Human Services will scale it throughout Pennsylvania’s managed care system to maximize its reach.

The grant is part of over $2.4 million in grants awarded by Kessler Foundation in 2019 to organizations across the U.S. to support initiatives that create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“JEVS Human Services will develop several interrelated tools to support the project,” said Stephanie Koch senior vice president, business development at JEVS Human Services. “This includes a roadmap guiding people with disabilities through the complex consideration of working and receiving public benefit assistance; an interactive app with benefits calculator illustrating the long-term financial impact of multiple employment scenarios based on earnings alongside public benefits; and a training curriculum.”

JEVS believes the Road to Employment program will increase the number of people with disabilities who are employed. As a result, participants will experience improved health outcomes and significant monetary gains due to lower health costs and more wages.

“Many people with disabilities do not pursue employment that could provide them with a higher quality of life–sustainable incomes, health benefits, and socialization opportunities–than public benefits affords them,” explained Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president for grants and communications at Kessler Foundation. “The support services and managed care being offered in this model has the potential to embolden people with disabilities to enter the job market.”

Short term, the hope is that individuals will learn to advocate for themselves more effectively and employers will experience a change in attitudes regarding people with disabilities. Longer term, JEVS will seek to measure the number of managed care organizations across the Philadelphia region and the nation that adopt this approach.

About JEVS Human Services

JEVS was founded in 1941 to meet the employment needs of the region’s Jewish community and has since evolved to meet the needs of people from all walks of life seeking to realize their vocational and personal potential. JEVS’ mission is to enhance the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs and create innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs.

JEVS serves nearly 30,000 vulnerable individuals each year, excelling at helping clients who are low-income, have a disability, are unemployed, and others facing multiple barriers navigate the best options to meet their needs and connect to sustainable education, training, and employment opportunities, all of which are carefully designed to help clients gain independence. For more information, visit jevshumanservices.org.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

Apply Now

Kessler Foundation is accepting applications now for its 2020 grant programs. To learn more and to apply, please visit our website. Signature Employment Grants applications are due February 14, 2020. Community Employment Grants applications are due by April 6, 2020. Inquires accepted for Special Initiative Grants on a rolling basis.

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Sedaru, Inc. is selected for Nevada Irrigation District Enterprise Asset Management

SAN DIMAS, Calif. (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Sedaru, Inc. announced today that Nevada Irrigation District-CA (NID or District) has selected Sedaru for a five-year contract to deliver its real-time, enterprise asset and operational management system for NID’s water distribution, treatment plant, hydropower, recreation, watershed, and fleet facilities.

The District was seeking to replace its current system, while extending an asset management framework to previously unsupported facilities. The Hydroelectric Department led a steering team consisting of Department Managers, IT, and consultants to identify and evaluate 10 different solutions prior to making a selection. Categories of criteria used in the evaluation included functional capability, industry fit, viability, and network presence, with goals including documentation and standardization of work processes, developing and centralizing an asset repository, and unifying work-related data within a common platform for its unique inventory of watershed, hydropower, fleet, raw water, and treated water infrastructure assets.

“I am confident that the new Sedaru asset management system will improve our efficiencies and allow us to work across departments and business lines using the same software,” stated Remleh Scherzinger, General Manager, Nevada Irrigation District.

Sedaru will support workshops to review and develop use cases, workflows, and data structures for both horizontal and vertical assets for each District department. Sedaru will integrate with the District’s Esri-based GIS Server to deliver real-time maps, as well as Tyler Munis Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for real-time inventory management and costing analytics. Sedaru will serve as the work order system of record, capturing inventory data from the District’s ERP, and delivering location data from its GIS, to support office and field staff with work plans, work tasks, work orders, service requests, and related, including labor, equipment, and materials.

“We appreciate the District’s extensive selection process and are thankful for the outcome and opportunity to support NID’s progressive asset management initiatives. We’re excited to partner with NID’s team of experts to deliver a unified system for day-to-day work, to facilitate efficient business operations and asset planning for District employees and the customers they serve," said Paul Hauffen, President & CEO, Sedaru, Inc.

NID will receive Sedaru’s Operations Management & Network Intelligence (OMNI™) application as the real-time platform to monitor, dispatch, track, trend, and report on data from across NID’s Hydroelectric, Water Distribution Operations and Maintenance, and Recreation Divisions. Sedaru Connect will integrate with NID’s Tyler Munis ERP, Esri-based GIS Server, as well as fleet-related data to support fleet maintenance. Sedaru Fieldforce will support field staff with preventative and corrective maintenance workflows for hydroelectric and treatment plant facilities, as well as maintenance, recreation, and watershed related assets such as pipelines, valves, hydrants, meters, canals, fleet, trees, brush, wastewater inspection, and quality sampling. Sedaru Outage will facilitate pipeline leak response and support planned shutdowns, while calculating water loss and automating leak reports. Sedaru Studio will support the District’s ongoing, internal updating and maintenance of Sedaru workflows.

About NID: NID is a diversified water resource district that supplies both treated drinking water and irrigation water to nearly 27,000 homes, farms and businesses in Nevada and Placer Counties in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

About Sedaru: Sedaru operates the world’s leading utility management software as the singular, exclusive interface for utilities to access information, automation, and control of the business and assets they run. We do this by creating, automating, and consolidating the digital utility, one workflow, one sensor, one system at a time to bring together the organization’s data, systems, and the people they serve with Sedaru software and services. Request a demo to see how Sedaru can work for your utility: https://sedaru.com/demo/

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Ziegler Publishes Third Virtual Care Sector Mapping White Paper

CHICAGO (PRWEB) January 22, 2020

Ziegler, a privately held investment bank, is pleased to announce the publication of its new white paper, "Deconstructing the Telehealth Industry: Part III," authored by Grant Chamberlain, Ziegler's resident virtual care expert and managing director in Ziegler’s Healthcare Corporate Finance Practice, as well as Jenny Poth, an associate with Ziegler Proprietary Investments & Fund Management, and Clayton Wilson, a research assistant at Ziegler.

In 2016 and 2018, Ziegler published in-depth white papers deconstructing the virtual care industry to help healthcare providers, executives, investors, employers, legislators, payors and consumers understand the industry’s full potential. Now, Grant, along with Jenny Poth and Clayton Wilson, have developed an updated version which brings to light some of the latest trends and best use cases in the industry.

The white paper, among other items:

  • Outlines the driving forces behind virtual care developments
  • Explores how virtual care programs are gaining traction across a broad universe of stakeholders
  • Details the virtual care ecosystem
  • Discusses the potential of virtual care to positively impact both the behavioral healthcare and smart aging/post-acute markets
  • Describes how virtual care can help address numerous problems that are currently facing our Medicaid system
  • Reviews ideas for improving cancer care using virtual care systems
  • Shares Ziegler’s virtual care sector map that deconstructs the ecosystem into digestible sub-segments
  • Profiles notable health systems and other organizations who are innovatively using virtual care
  • Highlights recent notable developments in the virtual care marketplace

The paper has been welcomed as a valuable tool for explaining and exploring the virtual care industry. Joseph Kvedar, MD, who is vice president of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and the recently elected second-term president of the ATA said of the new 2020 white paper, “This is an amazing piece. The last one was valuable but this takes it to a new level. I know I will be using this as a reference for so many discussions and market comparisons.”

With over 20 years of investment banking experience, Grant Chamberlain has advised several of the most innovative virtual care companies, including AirStrip, MDLIVE, Voalte, IRIS, Forefront Telecare, and Regroup. Prior to Ziegler, Grant led the mHealth sector coverage at Raymond James – which included telehealth, remote monitoring and wireless healthcare solutions – after spending 15 years advising HCIT and tech-enabled outsource services companies on a broad variety of M&A, joint ventures/partnerships and private financings. He is an elected director of the American Telemedicine Association, the leading international advocate for the use of advanced remote medical technologies. Additionally, he is on the board of directors for the MAVEN Project, which uses virtual care and a network of volunteer physicians affiliated with the nation’s foremost medical school alumni associations to improve healthcare for underserved populations.

Jenny Poth joined Ziegler in 2016. Under Ziegler Proprietary Investments & Fund Management, Jenny works with the firm’s portfolio companies and strategic partners to maximize value for all stakeholders. Jenny was previously part of the Healthcare Corporate Finance team, advising healthcare services and healthcare information technology companies on various strategic and financial alternatives.

Prior to joining Ziegler in 2018, Clayton Wilson was a vice president in Raymond James’ healthcare investment banking group where he advised healthcare services and technology clients on a variety of transactions including sell-side and buy-side acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, as well as public and private financing transactions.

Ziegler’s Healthcare Corporate Finance team is focused on delivering best-in-class advisory and financing solutions for companies and organizations across the healthcare industry. In our core practice areas of healthcare services, information technology, hospitals and senior living, Ziegler is one of the most active M&A firms offering innovative sell-side, buy-side, recapitalization/restructuring, equity private placement and strategic partnering services.

To obtain a copy of the white paper, please visit: https://www.ziegler.com/telehealth-part-iii.

For more information about Ziegler, please visit us at http://www.ziegler.com.

About Ziegler:

Ziegler is a privately held, national boutique investment bank, capital markets and proprietary investments firm. It has a unique focus on healthcare, senior living and education sectors, as well as general municipal and structured finance. Headquartered in Chicago with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S., Ziegler provides its clients with capital raising, strategic advisory services, fixed income sales, underwriting and trading as well as Ziegler credit analytics.. To learn more, visit http://www.ziegler.com.

Certain comments in this news release represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This client’s experience may not be representative of the experience of other clients, nor is it indicative of future performance or success. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, in particular, the overall financial health of the securities industry, the strength of the healthcare sector of the U.S. economy and the municipal securities marketplace, the ability of the Company to underwrite and distribute securities, the outcome of pending litigation and the ability to attract and retain qualified employees.

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