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BHERC Presents Its First Health Matters Film Screening and Panel Focused on Mental Health During The 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center is proud to welcome an incredible lineup of Films, Filmmakers and Healthcare Professionals to the stage of speakers for our 28th Annual Film Festival and First Annual Health Conference: "SUPLLEMENTALLY": Mastering Mental and Brain Health After the Pandemic Across the Globe: Recovery, Healing, Hope, Reimage, taking place August 27, 2022, Cinemark 18 & XD, 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles and virtually.

Just-announced special experts:

* Dr. Denese O. Shervington, is the author of Healing Is the Revolution, a guide to healing from

-- historical, intergenerational, interpersonal and community trauma. She also hosts the

-- podcast Healing is the Revolution in which her guests share and explore their healing journey through their traumas.

* Dr. Clyde Glenn, As the President and CEO of Rehoboth in Ridgeland, Mississippi, his mission is to assist clients in leading balanced, wholesome, and productive lives through compassionate, patient-centered psychiatric care, utilizing approaches that integrate body, mind, and spirit.

* Tia Delaney, MSN-Ed, RN, CCM Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Alzheimer's Association, California Southland as the director of DEI and brain health for the Alzheimer's Association Ms. Delaney specializes in behavioral health, public health, and delivery-system reform.

* Dr. Stephanie A. Patterson, JD, DNP, MBA, MPA, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, PHNDNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is a passionate mental health care provider who provides compassionate mental health care nationally.

* Dr. Peter Morante DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, LNC, PMH-BC, GERO-BC, MS-BC provides mental health care and teaches mental health advanced practitioners. He is dedicated to increasing the number of mental health professionals across the globe.

During the Black Hollywood Education Resource Center's Annual film festival, we will bring together a distinguished group of mental health experts, affiliates, peers, providers, government officials, media, and key stakeholders to talk about what it means to recover mentally from the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to see the increasing number of people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis, loneliness, suicide, mass shootings and other mental health concerns these past two years, in addition to the largest number of opioid deaths in our history.

The historical landscape and experience of mental health among the African American Community has and remains to be characterized by current and unresolved trauma and violence. To address the impact of mental and brain health in diverse and marginalized communities across the globe, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center will also present its first Health Matters Film Block, featuring films focused on mental health. "This year's films will help us reimage therapeutic treatments and models of mental health care and to determine ways that we can adequately address the complex challenges of mental illness in marginalized communities, which accounts for approximately one-third of mental illness globally", stated Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, Dean and Professor, Alcorn State University, who will moderate the session.

During the festival and beyond, participants will discuss alternative ways to heal from trauma and explore the intersecting equity issues that exist. These events unequally affect many African Americans, communities of color and marginalized communities the most, placing them more at risk of a mental health crisis.

These circumstances call for radical change in the paradigm and practices of mental health care, including improving standards of clinician training, and revisioning current models of mental health care delivery. Upon completion of this conference, participants will enhance their knowledge of evidence-based practices to improve the behavioral and clinical skills of nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals who care for persons and families of all ages and cultural / socioeconomic status living with mental illness across the globe through the lens of film and the sound of music.


Event registration is available online at

In Person Registration

$50.00- General Admission (4 CEU Credits & Breakfast) | $20.00- Student / Senior(Breakfast)

Live Virtual Attendance

$30.00- General Admission (4 CEU Credits) | $25.00- General Admission | $20.00- Student/Senior

Virtual Attendance

$30.00- General Admission (4 CEU Credits) | $25.00- General Admission | $20.00- Student/Senior

About Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Founded in 1996, by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of African Americans in film and television. BHERC programs include film festivals, mentoring, book signings, script readings, film and animation contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC recognizes the contributions of African American men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.






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:: Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and President of All Health Care, Imani's in Oakland, California and Interim Dean Alcorn State University School of Nursing, in Natchez, Mississippi.

She earned a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, Bachelor of Science Nursing degree and a Master of Science Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, has more than 35 years of experience developing and implementing clinical, academic, and community-based health promotion and prevention programs; as well as working with vulnerable populations and speaking about diversity locally and abroad. She served as the Principal Investigator for the Aim 2 Care Multiple Chronic Conditions training grant, Bridges to the Doctorate and Song Brown Student Success grants.

She has won numerous prestigious awards for her accomplishments and contributions to improve clinical practices, inpatient and community health outcomes, and academia success and was awarded Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Community Service by the California State Senate and United States Congress. In 2014, she was given the prestigious honor of induction into the Inaugural Leadership Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Eta Chapter (UCSF).

:: Dr. Evers-Manly is an internationally recognized expert in oncology and health disparities throughout the life span. She has made significant contributions in advocating to eliminate health disparities and inequities throughout the world. She gives voice to those who feel they have no voice.

Dr. Evers-Manly's understanding of underserved populations brings a humanistic approach to strategic, safe, high quality and cost-effective healthcare-she has leadership assets and skills from which the health care arena will benefit.

For her significant contributions in the areas of service, scholarship, community, and leadership, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, which was established to serve the general public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Dr. Evers-Manly is on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, is a former Regional Chair for Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor society where 26 nursing honor society chapters reported to her. Currently she serves as member of the National Black Nurses Association and is the Chair of the Association's Ad hoc Committee on the Global Health.

:: Dr. Denese Shervington has an intersectional career in public health and academic psychiatry. She is the Chair of Psychiatry and Professor at Charles R. Drew University. Dr. Shervington has held Clinical Professorships in the Departments of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Tulane University. A graduate of New York University School of Medicine, she also received a Masters of Public Health in Population Studies and Family Planning from Tulane University School of Public Health. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association (APA) she is a recipient of the APA's Award for Excellence in Service and Advocacy; prior to which she received the Jeanne Spurlock Minority award. Dr. Shervington is also a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and serves on the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Commission. Dr. Shervington has testified before the United States Congress on Childhood Trauma and co-chaired the New Orleans City Council Taskforce on Childhood Trauma. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Centre for Society and Mental Health at Kings College, London. Dr. Shervington has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals addressing health disparities, the social determinants of health and resilience in underserved communities.

Dr. Shervington is the author of Healing Is the Revolution, a guide to healing from historical, intergenerational, interpersonal and community trauma. She also hosts the podcast Healing is the Revolution in which her guests share and explore their healing journey through their traumas. She is the proud parent of two amazing children - Iman and Kaleb, and three grandchildren - Ayelet, Haddassah, and Yoav.

:: Dr. Clyde E. Glenn is a native of Cleveland, MS. He graduated from Alcorn State University and completed his medical school education at The University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1990. He completed residency training in Psychiatry at The Ohio State University in 1994 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Glenn is the founder and proprietor of Rehoboth Psychiatric Services in Ridgeland, MS. He has over 30 years of experience of psychiatric practice in both outpatient and inpatient settings and treats children and adults across the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. He is president of the Essie B. and William Earl Glenn Family Foundation and the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness Foundation of Mississippi.

:: Dr. Stephanie A. Patterson, JD, DNP, MBA, MPA, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, PHN, is a Lifetime Member of the Council of Black Nurses-Los Angeles, a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Inc. She is a practicing healthcare provider in California and a nurse scholar with a passion for providing high-quality, appropriate, patient-centered psychiatric care to clients who are from traditionally underserved and/or historically marginalized communities.

As a nurse leader, Dr. Patterson serves on the NBNA Ad Hoc Collaborative Committee on Mentorship, a program aimed at helping NBNA nurses/student nurses at various levels of their development. She enjoys mentoring nursing students through the NBNA Collaborative Mentorship Program, for the purpose of increasing the number of BIPOC nurses in the workforce.

Her long history of academic achievements, community-based accomplishments, as well as a demonstrated history of excellence in the clinical setting while improving client outcomes, makes her stand out. A highlight of some of the awards Dr. Patterson has received in the recent past include the 2022 Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award (San Francisco Bay Area), 2017 Millennial Nurse of the Year Award, 2016 NBNA Under 40 Award, and the 2015 NBNA Student Nurse of the Year Award. She also served as a Student Board Representative while enrolled in nursing school.

:: Tia Delaney, MSN-Ed, RN, CCM Born in Boston, MA, Tia currently holds a master's degree in nursing with an emphasis in education and

is a certified clinical case manager. As a registered nurse, with over 28 years in the healthcare industry, and having previous roles within those organizations as Director of Patient Care Services, Chief Operating Officer, and Administrator, Tia has overseen the various facets required to deliver quality and competent clinical care to thousands of home health, palliative, hospice, and hospital-based clients. With a focus on the baby-boom and geriatric population, she understands the current healthcare plight America is facing and remains a passionate and dedicated advocate for the enhancement of healthcare services to the frail, vulnerable, and elderly members within the community.

Her direct observation of the healthcare inequities, social determinants of health, and lack of clinician diversity within the Los Angeles population that she served, has led her to collaborate with various organizations to design policies, procedures, regulations, and resources, to improve the health-related outcomes of the marginalized and underserved. Innovation, leadership, and initiative are just a few of the qualities that define her work-ethic.

As Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Alzheimer's Association, her goals are to cultivate relationships with diverse communities which includes sharing time, talent, resources, and exchanging ideas to ensure neutrally fair access to opportunities, resources, and fiscal support. Additionally, she oversees the organization's mission of creating and maintaining a culture of inclusivity to its diverse constituents and ensure interests and needs are welcomed and fully considered within its multiple communication platforms, mission activities, and business practices. As a commitment to paying it forward, Tia is a clinical instructor teaching both theory and clinical skills to our nation's future nurses. Additionally, she volunteers her time providing community-based health & wellness seminars which focus on providing education and resources to empower others in areas such as chronic disease management, preventative care, and holistic-health awareness.

:: Dr. Pedro E. Morante DNP, LNC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, NP-C, GERO-BC, MEDSURG-BC, PMH-BC, is a mental health advocate and a dual board certified as Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Brain Health USA and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. He holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with subspecialty of PMHNP from Brandman University. He graduated from Charles R. Drew University with his MSN focusing on Family Nurse Practitioner track. He is also a dual board certified through AANP and American Nurses Credentialing Center as a FNP as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through ANCC.

Dr. Morante has cared for adolescent and adult patients in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitals, community group homes, and out-patient practices. He has dedicated much of her nursing career to working with individuals with geriatric and psychiatry across lifespan.

Dr. Morante specializes in behavioral health and treating adults with i complex medical and behavioral conditions. In addition, he is the CEO of Morante and Associates Training Center. As both a clinical practitioner and professor, he has gained extensive experience delivering telehealth services to patients and educating nurse practitioners on using telehealth to improve access to care.


* Alcorn State University School of Nursing


* All Health Care Imani's

* National Black Nurses Association

* The Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles

* Morante Associates Training Center

* The Glenn Foundation

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Hit Psychology Book Gets Updated Edition

BOSTON, Mass. -- "Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety Free," the hit novel by psychologist Wendy Leeds (Calm Day Publishing, ISBN 978-0999901526), has an updated edition out with new updated studies and information. In honor of the new edition, there will be a limited time sale on the ebook version of the book across platforms.

Calm and sense uses a unique women-centric approach to anxiety. The book focuses on the needs of women. Combining up to date data from anxiety studies, personal stories, and practical tips, author Wendy Leeds offers something special in the space.

Leeds is a practicing psychotherapist with both a professional and a personal interest in finding ways to heal anxiety without medication. She has dealt with anxiety all her life and knows what it's like to live with the kind of worry and fear that make the smallest things in life difficult.

In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent several surgeries and six months of chemotherapy. It was at that low point, that she began a life-long journey to create a calm, centered joyful life, for herself and others. She began by reading everything she could get her hands on about anxiety. Then in 2006 she went back to school to earn two graduate degrees in psychology.

Ashley L Peterson of Mental Health at Home said, "['Calm & Sense'] doesn't feel like a therapist trying to educate you; rather, it has the feel of another regular person having a conversation with you, who just happens to have the knowledge and experience of a therapist. With the wide range of ideas offered in the book, I think any reader is likely to find things that work for them."

"For those who endure chronic anxiety, even seemingly innocuous daily tribulations can take on giant, scary, insurmountable portions," said Roberta Rosenthal Hawkins, MFA, PhD. "'Calm & Sense' is a loving, gentle, often witty, and infinitely helpful path through one's jungle of fears. As one might hope of any jungle guide, the author's compass is sure, her survival kit is well-stocked, and her cheerful, can-do spirit is reassuring and encouraging the whole way."

"Calm and Sense" is nationally distributed by Cardinal Publishing Group. It is published by Calm Day Publishing, and available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and, and where books are sold.

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Stride Autism Centers Expands Its Presence in Illinois with New Orland Park Location

ORLAND PARK, Ill. -- Committed to assisting preschool aged children with autism and their families, Stride Autism Centers ("Stride") is proud to announce the opening of a brand new location in Orland Park, Illinois. Enrollment is now open for children ages 2 to 6 at this new center, which is conveniently located at 18080 Wolf Rd. This represents Stride's tenth location in the Midwest and its third location in Illinois. The Stride team is looking forward to continuing its mission of providing effective, evidence-based therapeutic programs that help children with autism thrive in school and beyond.

Striving to serve clients no matter the specific funding source involved, Stride accepts most private insurance plans including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Cigna, Optum and United Healthcare.

Stride is recognized across the Midwest for providing personalized support to children as they progress through their most critical developmental periods. They exclusively serve children ages 2 to 6, and keep a 1:1 therapist-to-child ratio to enable each child to get the most attention and assistance possible. Stride's results-driven, center-based operating model allows children to participate in naturalistic group activities and expand their social skills as they connect with their peers in the program.

An important part of Stride's continued success is their exceptional team of empathetic and experienced clinicians. These clinicians use a therapeutic approach based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which has been thoroughly evaluated and is widely regarded as the gold standard of autism treatment. Each child that participates in Stride's full-day program gets a fully customized treatment plan meticulously crafted by one of the organization's Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Brad Zelinger, Stride's Founder and CEO, explained that "Stride's mission to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families is deeply personal to me. My sister has an autism-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. She is nonverbal, and requires substantial support in everyday activities. I founded Stride so individuals like her can get the effective therapy they need as early as possible to live more independent, joyous lives. As a Chicago native, I'm particularly motivated to bring Stride's services to underserved areas near where I was raised."

Speaking on the philosophy behind the program, Stride's Clinical Director and University Chair of ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP said that "Decades of research demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism underlie our decision to specialize in the early treatment of young learners."

"Our mission-driven team is incredibly motivated by Stride's unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes. We're grateful that our singular focus on the highest quality care has allowed us to attract outstanding clinical leaders and therapists alike," Dr. Whittington-Barnish added.

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About Stride Autism Centers:

Stride Autism Centers is a mission-driven organization that provides evidence-based ABA therapy to children with autism ages 2 to 6. Stride has numerous locations throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. Stride's full-day program combines structured one-on-one therapy with naturalistic group activities. It is designed to assist with communication, emotional regulation, school readiness, social skills, self-care, play and leisure, and transitioning skills. Families interested in learning more can contact Stride Autism Centers at 312-554-5578 (Illinois) or 515-207-5251 (Iowa and Nebraska), or visit the Stride website at

If you're interested in a rewarding career assisting children with autism, please visit to view our available positions.

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Dementia Map Plans for Future Growth Through New Affiliate Program

PORTLAND, Ore. -- JADCOM Media LLC announced today that its Dementia Map Global Resource Directory, which includes an Events Calendar, Glossary, and more, now offers an Affiliate Program. The Dementia Map Affiliate Program will enable both professionals and individuals supporting the dementia community to capitalize on their respective audiences when recommending Dementia Map as a marketing and brand visibility tool.

Dementia Map designed the Affiliate Program to be easy to use and beneficial to all parties. Approved affiliates are assigned a unique Discount Code. When companies, professionals, and individuals use that Discount Code, they receive a discount off one of Dementia Map's paid plans, the affiliate earns a commission, Dementia Map expands its resource base, and visitors enjoy a richer collection of dementia-related resources.

Positive Approach to Care (PAC) is First Dementia Map Affiliate:

As the first affiliate under the Dementia Map Affiliate Program, Teepa Snow's Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) will bring value to the PAC community and beyond, and greatly expand Dementia Map's visibility.

"The affiliation and collaboration between Dementia Map and Positive Approach to Care is an important step forward in how we change the world for people seeking help when the brain changes of dementia happen," says Teepa Snow of Positive Approach to Care. "It is vital to unite efforts to provide a centralized location for individuals and professionals who are seeking information and options, with those who are offering support and opportunities to learn and change."

About Positive Approach to Care:

Positive Approach to Care (PAC) - - was founded by Teepa Snow in 2006, and now collaborates to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, and the general public, with the mission of creating a more inclusive culture for people living with brain change.

PAC offerings include educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, and a free monthly newsletter.

Follow Positive Approach to Care on Facebook (@teepasnows.pac), YouTube (@teepasnow), TikTok (@teepasnow), Twitter (@teepasnow), Pinterest (@positiveapproach), and LinkedIn (@positive-approach-llc).

About Dementia Map:

Dementia Map Global Resource Directory - - is free for visitors to search for dementia-related and other caregiving resources. In addition to its Resource Directory, it offers an Events Calendar with both virtual and in-person events published by Dementia Map members. The Dementia Map Glossary explains many common (and not so common) terms in simple, straightforward, three-sentence descriptions. A blog shares unique and valuable perspectives from the Dementia Map member community.

Resources can join Dementia Map through a no cost plan and two paid tiers. Paid plan members receive substantially more visibility and active promotion through on-site ads and social media posts.

Visit to learn more about the Dementia Map Affiliate program.

Follow Dementia Map on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Find them at @demmapgrd.

Dementia Map is a joint effort between Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks, and Dave Wiederrich of Memory Cafe Directory. Dementia Map is wholly owned by JADCOM Media LLC, an online media publishing company based in Portland, Oregon.

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New Book ‘The Velocity of Information’ Discovers Humans’ Breaking Point During Chaos

MADISON, Wis. -- "The Velocity of Information - Human Thinking During Chaotic Times" (ISBN: 978-1475865455), authored by David P. Perrodin, Ph.D., and published by Rowman & Littlefield, rigorously clarifies and deepens how we think about societal human behavior and mental health during days, weeks, months, or even years of chaos. This is an invigorating scholarly work for all audiences.

As chaos erupts, alerts screech on our cell phones and torrents of conflicting-yet-urgent messages gush from media outlets. What is the magnitude of the crisis? What is its cause? And what should people do to protect themselves?

The speed and direction of these details is known as the velocity of information. It overwhelms and distresses people who have not built a network of trustworthy sources to traverse disorder.

"'The Velocity of Information' offers understanding to manage chaos and our complex reactions to crisis situations influenced by bias and propaganda," explains Dr. Perrodin. "Recognizing indicators to judge the severity of an incident, understanding human predispositions, and joining a member check network to gauge real-time observations from people in your network provide direction to respond to the reality of a situation with impartiality, thus improving outcomes."

This book also provides a novel framework, incorporating photos and custom figures, for discerning chaos based on duration, location, and complexity. Understanding how human cognitive limitations affect individual and group human behavior during different stages of chaos allows readers to use the tools in this book to avoid hysteria and optimize responses to emergency events.

Utilizing several in-depth personal interviews and explorations of historical and contemporary events, "The Velocity of Information" provides a functional and realistic roadmap with specific, actionable guidance on how to navigate chaos.

James David Dickson, reporter, The Detroit News, says, "David P. Perrodin's 'Velocity of Information' will empower its readers. Drawing on current events, history, interviews, and scholarship, Velocity of Information is an education in the way people react and adapt to change in this fast-spinning world. Never has it been more important to sift facts and stories for truth and meaning. The path forward is lit by Dr. Perrodin's assemblage of homesteaders and Special Forces fighters, of crab boaters, jewel thieves and Nail Men. There are teachable moments on every page."

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About the Author:

David P. Perrodin, Ph.D., is an author, researcher, professor, and host of "The Safety Doc" podcast. Dr. Perrodin is a speech-language pathologist specializing in psycholinguistics. He has presented on PBS and written and directed a film about school safety with Pulitzer Prize winner David Obst. Dr. Perrodin is the author of the book School of Errors: Rethinking School Safety in America. He can be found at


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New Centers for Children with Autism Open in Omaha and Lincoln, with Additional Centers Planned for 2022

OMAHA, Neb. -- Stride Autism Centers ("Stride"), a provider of evidence-based therapy for preschool-age children with autism, is thrilled to announce two new convenient locations in Nebraska. Enrollment for children ages 2-6 has begun for the Lincoln clinic, located at 4545 S 86th St, Suite 101, and for the Omaha clinic, located at 310 Regency Pkwy #115. Stride is planning more center openings in Omaha and throughout Nebraska to serve more families in need.

In keeping with their mission to help as many children and families as possible, Stride accepts Nebraska Medicaid as well as a majority of private insurance plans. They are committed to serving clients regardless of their funding source.

Stride's empathetic and highly skilled clinical team relies on a thoughtful approach based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA therapy is widely considered to be the most well-supported and optimal treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

One of the biggest advantages of Stride's program is that it offers personalized support and guidance during a child's most critical time of development (ages 2-6). As a means of giving each child the care and attention they deserve, Stride keeps a 1:1 therapist-to-child ratio. Their refined center-based model enables children with autism to develop and improve communication and social skills while engaging with peers and participating in fun and educational group activities.

To be effective and deliver the best results possible, Stride has its Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) put together treatment plans meticulously customized for each child that enrolls in the program.

Brad Zelinger, Stride's Founder and CEO, explained that "Stride's mission to provide the best possible support to children with autism and their families is deeply personal to me. My sister has an autism-related disorder called Rett Syndrome. She is nonverbal, and requires substantial support in everyday activities. I founded Stride so individuals like her can get the effective therapy they need as early as possible to live more independent, joyous lives. As a Midwesterner myself, I'm particularly motivated to bring Stride's services to underserved communities throughout the Midwest."

Discussing their program, Stride's Clinical Director and University Chair of ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP commented that "Decades of research demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention for children with autism underlie our decision to specialize in the early treatment of young learners."

"Our mission-driven team is incredibly motivated by Stride's unwavering commitment to meaningful outcomes. We're grateful that our singular focus on the highest quality care has allowed us to attract outstanding clinical leaders and therapists alike," Dr. Whittington-Barnish also stated.

About Stride Autism Centers

Stride Autism Centers is a mission-focused organization that provides evidence-based ABA therapy to preschool-age children with autism. Stride has locations throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Stride's well-rounded program includes structured one-on-one therapy as well as naturalistic group activities. It is designed to assist with self-care, school readiness, social skills, emotional regulation, communication, transitioning, and play and leisure.

Families interested in learning more about the full-day program can contact Stride Autism Centers at 515-207-5251 (Iowa and Nebraska) or 312-554-5578 (Illinois) or visit the Stride website at

Are you interested in a career helping children? Visit to browse our open roles.

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Great Speech Inc. Strengthens Its Presence Nationwide with Medicare Enrollment

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Great Speech Inc., a national virtual speech therapy company committed to improving health equity for America's underserved seniors, today announced its affiliated clinical group Great Therapy Group LLC, has significantly increased the breadth and depth of its provider network nationwide by receiving its own Medicare number.

"With over 10,000 people turning 65 each day, this expansion will align Great Speech's therapists to support the senior population from the convenience of their home and on their schedule. No need to weather the storm, ask for favors or try to figure out how to get a ride to your nearby clinic," says Avivit Ben-Aharon, Founder and Clinical Director of Great Speech.

Our goal is to assist with social determinants of health since numerous studies indicate that communication skills of older adults are strong predictors of their mental health. Poor communication skills can not only evoke anxiety, depression, and stress in older adults but also predispose them to social isolation and loneliness (*citation).

Individuals eligible for Medicare Part B in 41 states can request a free screening today to determine eligibility and start services immediately.

Great Speech commonly treats: Alzheimer's & Dementia, Articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum disorder, Cognitive Communication Disorder, Head & Neck Cancer, Hearing loss, Language disorder, Parkinson's disorder, post-Covid complications, Stuttering, Stroke & Aphasia rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, Voice Disorder & More

About Great Speech, Inc.

Since 2014, Great Speech, Inc. has been the pioneer in virtual speech therapy, delivering convenient and specialized services virtually. Its innovative approach leverages technology to match highly qualified therapists with clients who are serious about their communication goals. Great Speech believes that everyone deserves the chance to communicate with ease and confidence. Great Speech is a proud recipient of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification.

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Doctor with an Autism Podcast Believes We Are All on The Autism Spectrum and It Is About Living with Autism, Not Trying to Fix It

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Otherness Podcast is a narrative exploring and engaging autism through experienced stories from those who have lived with it. Dr. Todd Peter Levine, a psychiatrist with a brother with autism, presents conversations, concepts and guests covering an array of interactions and experiences from those with or close to autism. It is the establishment of a voice to curate the stories that he feels have deep meaning for those people who are living with autism in their daily lives.

The Otherness Podcast started when Todd was with close friends on a boat and he asked for their advice on what a creative endeavor on a life spent in autism could look like. The idea of a podcast took shape and became a narration of family stories of autism. Todd remembers how the support of his friends started his path towards opening up the conversations he was having in his office treating children and adults with autism, "It was really the establishment of a voice, a narration to curate the stories that I knew would have deep meaning for those people that have lived with autism, whether they have autism themselves or whether they are family members of someone on the spectrum."

Dr. Todd Peter Levine now has one season under his belt and as the second season has started, he is sharing more stories of what it means to feel the vast spectrum of feelings that include terror, rage, sadness, and pain that can create a venue to move into the humanity of autism and away from the diagnosis itself.

Todd believes "We define our children by who they are as humans. Then looking with the lens through which autism is viewed, while different, has a unique perspective that can actually open our minds up to humanity in a greater way.

"I feel everyone is on the autism spectrum to some degree and the official diagnosis comes from the realization that some of us have more struggles with how our minds and bodies respond differently to the social and non-social environment."

The Otherness Podcast is also amplifying how the stories of living with autism have been much more important than any textbook, any medical journal or any lecture he's ever been to. Todd also states "Most of these stories do not have happy endings, mostly because they are still being told."

For season 2 and beyond, Todd wants to have people come on and share their stories, and ask questions that can get us to those places of vulnerability and resilience that many can relate to. He is particularly interested in those who have family members affected by autism and are affected by autism themselves.

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Fairport Wealth Announces 2022 Community Beacon Recipient

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fairport Wealth is pleased to announce Beech Brook, a local behavioral health agency that empowers children and their families, as its 2022 Community Beacon. It is especially important to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents this year, and we are proud to assist Beech Brook's mission.

Beech Brook: Helping Families Thrive Since 1852

Beech Brook was founded 170 years ago after a cholera epidemic left many children homeless-and the non-profit continues to help children and their families thrive. Beech Brook's President and CEO, Thomas Royer says, "We're committed to delivering on our founders' mission for today's most vulnerable children and families, and for generations to come." Fairport's Managing Partner, Ken Coleman adds, "Our mission, like Beech Brook's, is to inspire families, and we are happy to be a part of their anniversary celebration." Throughout the year, Beech Brook will empower Fairport and Luma Wealth families by providing educational resources about mental health.

Fairport and Luma Wealth: Joining the Mission

CMO, Kristen Lucas says, "Fairport and Luma Wealth team members are eager to support Beech Brook's events throughout the year, including its spring fundraiser, 5k and Family Fun Run, and other volunteer opportunities. And our clients, who share our commitment to support the community, will be invited to join us!" Tom Seifert, an Advisor at Fairport and Luma Wealth, is an avid Beech Brook supporter and has provided leadership on the Board of Directors for over a decade.

About Fairport Wealth

Fairport Wealth provides comprehensive wealth management solutions for high-net-worth individuals and guides them through life's transitions. Clients value our depth of talent and experience, along with our collaborative and approachable style. For more information, visit

About Luma Wealth

Luma Wealth Advisors is a division of Fairport Wealth that provides women and their families personalized wealth planning, experienced investment management, and a supportive, enriching community where they can learn, connect, and celebrate with other women. For more information, visit

Securities offered through Hightower Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC, Hightower Advisors, LLC is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

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A New Mental Health App Has Arrived! The Mavin App

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Today, a Wisconsin startup, 3oi LLC announces the launch of the Mavin App, a mental health app to help the world conquer mental health in addition to supporting and educating the masses. Furthermore, the 3oi team is also proud to publicize that we are onboarding participants to the Conscious Venture Lab Cohort 8 Accelerator program.

Mental health is not to be taken lightly, it is something that cannot be fixed or cured but only maintained and sustained. So, we thank Conscious Venture Lab for believing in our mission in becoming a constant structure in people's lives in providing mental health education and assistance and also by connecting individuals with mental health providers on their terms.

"We at Mavin want to put your mental health, in your hands," said Kvon Smith, Chairman at 3oi LLC.

Our Mental health is constantly changing daily and sliding across a continuum of positive to negative. Because we as people are constantly affected by positive and negative experiences that affect how we feel mentally. Moreover, we are all one moment away from experiencing a mental health crisis. Whether it is childhood trauma coming to the surface, an accident-causing anxiety, or a veteran suffering from PTSD. Mental health is an aspect of life we must take more seriously.

We believe that you are not your mental health condition and that you have the power to conquer it. We believe that treating mental health is not a one size fits all treatment. The Mavin App which is out exclusively for Android at the moment is one of a kind personalized mental health app that includes assessments that intends to direct you to professionals who fit your needs.

We also believe that community is vital when living with mental illness or battling mental health. We want to let everyone know that they are not in this fight alone, so we created a safe space for members to connect with other members to encourage, uplift, and share life experiences in our Mavin's Haven.

During sign-in add a trusted loved one to your profile for free to avoid future interrogating questions altogether with your family. And in times of crisis, we have an emergency button inside the app that connects you to crisis intervention instead of the police.

So do us a favor and go to the Google Play store and join us on "Mavin App" your mental safe haven app where we are intentional in changing and saving lives.



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