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					                     CONNECTIONS
    THE OFFICIAL EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER AT THE AIDS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN NEW YORK, INC.
                                                                                                     March/April 2007


WAAZZUP                                                                 On Our Committees’
By Chris Voltz                                                          Agendas
Director of Marketing & Special Projects
                                                                        Safety Committee
ACS Staff, in the newspapers, on TV, in a documentary,                  Gary Williams, Chair
and on stage!                                                           We continue area inspections, safety updates for
As most of us know, WNED TV produced a powerful                         staff (next up – slips, trips & falls) and keeping
documentary, “Dangerous Silence”, focusing on HIV/AIDS in               the Critical Incident Response plan current. Next
WNY and Southern Ontario. ACS staff worked closely on the               meeting: Tuesday, April 17th at 2:30 PM in the 5th
project for months and the end product which debuted on TV on           Floor Board Room at the Roanoke.
Thursday, February 8th featured a number of ACS staff, clients
and volunteers including Ron Silverio, Averl Anderson, Dr.              Staff Awards Committee
Neal Rzepkowski, Kathleen Pratt, Pastor Germaine Hurst and              Gelea Wilson, Chair
Jim McCarthy Jr. The night the documentary aired numerous               We are continuing to work on a new Employee of
ACS staff volunteered for the event during which 1,300 copies           the Month program and hope to have details out
of the film and a Facilitators Discussion Guide (created by ACS’        soon. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 4th
own Education Team) were distributed in what may be the                 at 1:00 PM in the HR meeting room.
biggest public education effort around HIV/AIDS in WNY ever.
                                                                        Wellness Committee
                         (See photos on page 5)                         Robin Gabl, Chair
ACS staff were featured on Time Warner’s Crossroads                     March is National Nutrition Month! We are
program, radio interviews on WNED AM and WBLK, on WKBW
                                                                        working on articles and activities to increase
TV’s PM Buffalo (Maisha Drayton’s television debut – watch              health awareness. Next meeting is Wednesday,
for that star on a Hollywood sidewalk), and in the Buffalo News         April 18th at 1:00 PM in the 1st floor North meeting
to promote this event.
                                                                        area.
                                                  Continued on page 5




INSIDE THIS ISSUE                                                                      QA Team Meetings

2     QA – Results Are In                                               Program Team – April 7th @ 1:00 PM
                                                                        Support Team – April 7th @ 2:30 PM
3     Rich Fleurant - Promoted
                                                                        Leadership Team – April 17th @ 1:30 PM
3     Wellness – National Nutrition Month                                               Quality Measurement

4     Promotions                                                            Teamwork with participation from all levels

5     Photos
                                                                           Excellence in achieving the agency mission




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Quality Assurance – Results Are In                                         Calendar of Events
By Kim Lombard, Director of Quality Assurance
Take a look at the quality bulletin boards in your area.
You will find the results of our most recent surveys and audits. These
audits and surveys are not meant to criticize any person or program.
They are a way that we can make sure we’re always improving!
Here’s a summary:
Volunteer Survey                   4.1/5

We only received 14 surveys, so we will work on ways to increase
participation.
Facility Audit                     62%
        Roanoke                    57%                                           Upcoming Birthdays
                                                                               March 26th – Johanna Aponte
        Victorian                  63%                                          March 29th – Jennifer Woods
                                                                                  April 4th – Dale Kingston
        Urban Services             67%                                            April 7th – Laurie Matson
                                                                                April 17th – Maria LoTempio
Facility issues that are working on being improved include: access to    April 19th – Elise Robinson, Gail Pattison
emergency information, emergency drills completed and documented,                 April 27th – Joyce Wilson
repairs made promptly, cleaning inspections done routinely.                      April 30th – Kathy Alvarez

Staff Survey                       3.7/5
                                                                                    Anniversaries March
Issues the teams are looking at:                                                       Two Years
                                                                                       Ann Schlifke
Training - particularly on current HIV trends.                                          Six Years
                                                                                      Angela Palmer
Pay scale – scored a 2.6/5.
Recognition – Staff Awards Committee and Quality Teams are                       Anniversaries April
looking for ways to acknowledge staff and to work with supervisors in                    One Year
doing so.                                                                             Earl Schneck
                                                                                        Two Years
Input is valued/concerns are addressed. Staff Quality teams will be                 Terrance Johnson
accepting suggestions on improving our services and will respond to                    Three Years
them.                                                                                 Yaritza Draine
                                                                                       Four Years
Work Atmosphere – feedback is that this question might have been                Matthew John Pasquarella
confusing. Some people answered in response to how the physical                       Seven Years
                                                                          Kevin Bidtah, Kathy Oczek, Chris Voltz
office felt. Others thought it meant mood of the place. This question
will have to be reworded for next time.            Continued on page 3   Congratulations, one and all!! Your
                                                                         continued dedication and hard work are
                                                                         noticed and appreciated.
    Connections Contributors                                                               The Management Team

    Editors – Elaine Elliott, Karen Nowak                                            Upcoming Events

    Content Assistant – Gelea Wilson                                     Monday, April 9th – Spring Holiday – office
                                                                         is closed.
    Contributors – Gary Williams, Michelle Coleman, Kim
    Lombard, Karen Nowak, Chris Voltz, Gelea Wilson,                     Tuesday, April 24th – Dining Out For Life –
    Robin Gabl                                                           It’s never too soon to volunteer to be an
                                                                         ambassador or to locate your favorite
                                                                         spot to eat out that evening.

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                                                              Wellness Committee
                                      Continued from page 2
                                                              Submitted by Michelle Coleman, R.D.
QA – Results…                                                 Registered Dietitian, EHS


We’ve also completed audits of the housing and                                 National Nutrition Month
nutrition programs. Upcoming reviews include client           The American Dietetic Association Knowledge Center, 2007.
surveys, case management audit, administration                National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information
audit and the education/testing audit.                        campaign sponsored annually during the month of March by the
If you’re interested, we would love your help. Just           American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to
let me know at:                                               focus attention on the importance of making informed food
klombard@aidscommunityservices.com or notify                  choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
any member of a quality team.♦                                This year’s focus is fad diets. Too often people adopt the latest
                                                              food fad looking for that quick fix to drop a few pounds rather than
                                                              focusing on an eating plan for overall health.
                                                              Here are the summaries of a couple popular diets.
                                                              The Zone Diet

                                                              The Zone: Revolutionary Life Plan to Put Your Body in Total
                                                              Balance for Permanent Weight Loss by Barry Sears MD, 1995.
                                                              Promoting a “balanced nutritional approach,” the Zone Diet is a
                                                              complex eating plan that divides each meal into proportions of
                                                              40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, 30% fat. The “Zone” refers to
                                                              the state in which the body is at its physical peak, presumably
                                                              from following this diet. While the Zone Diet is closer to what
                                                              most dietetics professional would recommend compared to other
                                                              fad diets, there are still better nutrition and exercise programs that
                                                              are less complicated.
                                                              The “New” Atkins Diet
                                                              Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution: Revised and Improved by
                                                              Robert C. Atkins, 2001
                                                              Arguably one of the most famous fad diets to date, the Atkins Diet
                                                              program restricts carbohydrates and focuses on eating mostly
                                                              protein with the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
                                                              According to the program, this will alter a body’s metabolism so it
                                                              will burn stored fat while building muscle mass. The “new” Atkins
                                                              Diet is slightly more liberal than the original. It still demonizes
                                                              carbs with major dietary restrictions on fruits, vegetables, whole
            Pierre Richard Fleurant                           grains, beans and low-fat dairy products which contradicts
      Community Education Specialist – So. Tier               everything we know about health promotion and disease
                                                              prevention.
Connections overlooked announcing a promotion for
Rich last October when he was named Community                 Sugar Busters
Education Specialist for the Southern Tier. We
apologize!                                                    The New Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat by H. Leighton
Rich joined ACS in May 2002 as a Case Manager. He             Stewart; Morrison C Bethea MD; Sam S. Andrews MD; Luis A.
made the change to Education in August of 2004. In
                                                              Balart MD, 1998.
addition to his usual responsibilities, Rich has taken                                                          Continued on Page 4
the lead on a number of QA initiatives and has
facilitated the QA audits involving the Southern Tier
office.

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                                           Continued from page 3

Fad Diets…
The basic concept of Sugar Busters is that all sugars,              Promotions
including the sugar derived from complex carbohydrates
and starches, are “toxic” because they produce excess              Rosalind Townsend
insulin, which causes our bodies to store sugar as fat. The        ACM, Central Office
carbohydrate/insulin response theory as a cause of weight          Effective 2/19/07
gain has become popular in many fad diets, but it being the
cause of obesity is more likely a result of a decline in
                                                                   Rosalind joined the ACS staff in December of 2005 as a
physical activity and an increase in total caloric intake not      Community Follow-up Worker at the Central Office so
because sugar or carbohydrates are included in your diet.          already is familiar with many of the clients she will serve in
                                                                   her new position.
Successful weight loss means making small changes
toward a healthy lifestyle. Make sure your weight loss plan
is right for you. Your weight loss plan should include these
criteria:                                                                                              Elisa Luciano
                                                                                                       CFW/Intake Specialist
    o   Foods from all five food groups                                                                Effective 2/19/07
    o   The right number of servings from each food group
    o   Foods you can buy at your local grocery store
    o   Foods that fit your budget and lifestyle                   Elisa has been with ACS since June 2000. She worked the
                                                                   front desk in Evergreen Health Services until November of
    o   Includes a physical activity component                     2002 when she moved up to the CFW office.
If you are looking for some guidance to help you design a
healthy eating plan, here are some recommended readings
to get you started.
American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition
Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS
2002.

Dieting for Dummies, second edition by Jane Kirby, RD
2004.
                                                                   Yaritza Draine                      Kristina Cich
The Way to Eat by David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM and                Case Manager                        Case Manager
Maura H. Gonzalez, MS, RD 2002.                                    Effective 2/19/07                   Effective 3/5/07
365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic              Yaritza was hired as a CFW in April 2004 and has been an
Association by Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS 2004.              ACM since November 2004. Kristina has been an ACM
                                                                   since October 2006.
American Dietetic Association Guide to Healthy Eating for
Kids: How Your Children Can Eat Smart from 5 to 12 by
Jodie Shield MEd, RD and Mary Catherine Mullen, MS, RD
2002.                                                                                                  Margie Soto
                                                                                                       Administrative Coordinator
American Dietetic Association Guide to Eating Right When                                               Alianza Latina
You Have Diabetes by Maggie Powers MS, RD, CDE                                                         Effective 2/19/07
2003.
American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion by
Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD 2003.
                                                                   Margie joined Alianza Latina in August 2004 and was
                                                                   promoted to Program Assistant in August 2006. She plays a key
                                                                   role in day-to-day office management for Alianza Latina.

                                           Continued from page 1

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                                           Continued from page 1

WAAZZUP…
Speaking of “In the News”…ACS’ Niagara
Community Services sponsored a symposium on
February 7th for National Black HIV Testing Day, and
Averl Anderson was on WKBW TV that evening and
the next day in coverage of the event.

On Saturday February 24th, ACS’ Education Team
sponsored “National Black History – Past, Present &
Future” a series of artistic performances at The
Langston Hughes Institute. Mistress of Ceremonies,
Maisha Drayton, gave Ellen DeGeneres a run for
her money in the Emcee category and Staff Event
Coordinator, Alvin Gibbs, performed a spoken word
piece to thunderous applause. The event was
another great ACS success story.

Finally, just so you see all ACS’ offices are In The
News – Big Time - our Southern Tier Services office
held a press conference February 7th at the Emanuel
Baptist Church in Jamestown. Rich Fleurant
represented the agency at this event along with
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teressi who proclaimed
2/7/07 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. At
this press conference it was announced that a health
and wellness fair would be held at the church
February 24th from 12-3 PM.♦


                                                                     Dance Performance at Langston          Rich at Emanuel Baptist
                                                                     Hughes                                         Church




  ACS Staff on the phones at the WNED TV studios: photo on the left – left to right are Saletha Manago, Tom Needham,
  Katherine Boger, Cathy Alvarez, Averl Anderson; photo on the right is Chris Lopez. They report they were very busy throughout
  the evening answering a variety of questions.



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Feeling Pinched at the Pumps?
We know what you’re feeling! We see $2.699 per gallon for
regular right across the street.
Is $.39 per mile enough to even put gas in the car? Some
days it just doesn’t seem like it is.
Is it time for a new car? It might be worth a look when you
figure out how much of your mileage reimbursement is going
through the tank.
Keep in mind that mileage is supposed to cover gas,
insurance, general maintenance and wear & tear.


Let’s see what the math looks like…                                 What does yours look like…?
My car gets 20 miles to the gallon in the city (where I do most     1. Average miles per gallon
of my travel for work) and I drive about 200 miles a week on
                                                                    2. Usual miles per week driven for work
ACS business. That means that 10 gallons a week are used
while I work. At $2.70 a gallon, that means that I am               3. Divide #2 by #1                 gallons for work
spending $27.00 just on gas.                                        4. Cost per gallon at the pump $
I can submit for reimbursement at $.39 for each of the 200          5. Multiply #4 by #3 $             cost of gas for
work miles so I can get back $78.00. Wait a minute…that’s           the week for work.
more than I spent. Is that right?
                                                                    6. Multiply #2 by $.39 $           reimbursement
Sure it is. The reimbursement amount is also supposed to
help pay for higher insurance (better protection!) because we       7. Subtract #5 from #6 $        for the “extra”
drive for work, for maintenance (oil changes and such) and          each week to cover other car expenses.
wear & tear on our cars & tires. Even with high gas prices          8. Multiply #7 times four for a monthly figure and
and my gas hog, I have about $51 a week to put towards              then by 12 for an annual amount.
these things. And that looks like a little more than $200 a
month or $2400 a year AFTER buying gas for work.
                                                                                     $




                                                                  What can we do to make it better?
                                                                  I might be looking for a car that gets better gas
                                                                  mileage. The newer hybrids get up to 60 MPG, I
                                                                  hear.
                                                                  My friend’s mechanic says if we would just get oil
                                                                  and filter changes more often and watch tire
                                                                  pressure, we would get better performance.
                                                                  I am going to be looking for the best gas prices,
                                                                  too. It will be worth it.
                                                                  What are you going to do?



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