Wednesday, March 31, 2021

UPMC and Covid-19

At UPMC, we are committed to protecting our communities from COVID-19 in every way possible.

To date, we have provided more than 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and community members who are 65 and older or at high risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. We are eager to continue expanding our vaccine effort as more supplies become available.

Another promising breakthrough in COVID-19 care is monoclonal antibody treatment. The treatment, given soon after testing positive for COVID-19, has dramatically reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 in our patients. To date, UPMC has provided the therapy to more than 1,000 patients across our communities. For more information on this promising treatment for COVID-19, visit

In a press conference last week, UPMC doctors provided an update on our COVID-19 vaccination and monoclonal antibody efforts. To watch a replay of the press conference, visit

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines on preventing COVID-19 spread in schools.

The new recommendations apply specifically to K-12 schools. They include updated guidelines on physical distancing between students, as well as the importance of ventilation. For more on how students, teachers, and staff can stay safe in school, visit our HealthBeat blog.

Pregnant women are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Pennsylvania's Phase 1a.

In the coming weeks, we will be offering vaccination clinics for pregnant women at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. These clinics are for pregnant women only. If you are pregnant and wish to sign up to receive a vaccine at UPMC Magee, call 833-653-0519.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant and lactating women who are eligible should be free to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they choose.

Women who are pregnant are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than women who aren’t pregnant. Pregnant women also are at greater risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth.

The authorized COVID-19 vaccines were not tested on pregnant women during clinical trials. However, all available data since vaccination distribution began suggests the vaccines are safe for both pregnant women and their unborn babies. The risk of COVID-19 is greater than the risk of vaccination.

If you are pregnant and wish to learn more about receiving the vaccine, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. For more about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, visit our HealthBeat blog.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Fwd: Gary Kanter posted on the Celebrating the Life of Anne Feeney discussion board

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From: Action Network

Gary just posted a note on the Celebrating the Life of Anne Feeney discussion board:

As a newly-oradined host, Anne was one of my very first interviews on "We Do The Work", our weekly half-hour labor radio program originating from the Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington state. I had met her a couple times during her various tours through the region...and even performed at a Tacoma-based fundraiser to assist with her medical fees. More recently, I shared a stage with her as we both performed to raise money for mutual friends who were enduring severe medical and financial days. I, of course, opened...well aware the audience was primed for Anne. I felt like Tiny Tim warming up the audience for Neil Young.

Anne was a great interview. All I really had to do was start a sentence with "tell me about _______" and sit back as she regaled me with stories of her family history in labor activism and her own path as a musician, songwriter, labor lawyer, and AFM local president. We discussed the brain condition that was supposed to have killed her years earlier...but like many of her other foes, didn't have the guts to confront her.

Of all the issues we discussed, the most compelling was the debate as to which of our fathers had been the oldest draftee in WWII. After all the math, her dad won the dubious title by a matter of months. It was only recently that I learned my dad had actually been born two years earlier. I never had the heart to publish the correction.

Theopening and closing theme of "We Do The Work", throughout its entire run, was Anne's version of John Fromer's great song of the same name. So, as we expanded our market to about eight states, more and more listeners were introduced to us by Anne's singing. She was heard more than any of the various hosts and commentators. The show, in a way, was an Anne Sandwich.

Due to Covid closing our studio and other issues, we decided to discontinue the show. We unanimously decided our final broadcast would be a rebroadcast of her interview. As it is wont to do do, fate added a major piece of irony to the event. Anne Feeney died within a day of that broadcast. Rest in Power, sister Anne!

Here is the link to the final broadcast of "We Do The Work" featuring the great Anne Feeney:

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fwd: Employment Opportunities

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Employment Opportunities

First Tee - Pittsburgh eagerly awaits the completion of the new Arnold Palmer Learning Center, and the chapter anticipates increased demand for the services we offer.  We're actively seeking individuals to fill the following employment opportunities:

Golf Course Maintenance - We need one Full-Time or two Part-Time employees to assist us with maintaining the Bob O'Connor and Pleasant Ridge facilities.  This position(s) would primarily be responsible for mowing grass and performing landscaping work.  The Golf Course Maintenance staff usually starts work in the early morning, and are typically done by 2:00 PM each day.  Applicants for this position MUST have reliable personal transportation. 

Golf Shop Associate - When the APLC opens, we anticipate high demand levels for both playing the golf course and using the new Trackman simulators.  Based on simulator demand, we foresee potentially being open until 10:00 PM each evening.  Golf Shop Associates must have outstanding interpersonal skills and be able to effectively utilize the Point of Sale system and the simulators.  They typically work Part-Time up to three or four shifts per week, with flexible hours. 

Golf & Life Skills Coach - First Tee - Pittsburgh celebrates the chapter's twentieth anniversary in 2021, and we are actively preparing for increased programming demand in response to the APLC opening.  We seek a variety of adults interested in becoming a PLAYer level Coach.  Coaches are responsible for guiding youth to becoming responsible citizens and committed, active golfers.  Both coach training and programming classes would be held at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park.

All employees of First Tee - Pittsburgh must successfully complete SafeSport training and a background check.   The initial compensation rate for new FTP employees is $10 per hour, and current chapter staff may play the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at a discounted fee. 

Questions and applications should be forwarded via email to Eric Kulinna, PGA Director of Golf & Player Development at  

Bob O'Connor Golf Course
5370 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 622-6959