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P&G delivers 5 billionth liter of clean drinking water

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has delivered its 5 billionth liter of clean drinking water through its charitable program.

P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program — which began providing clean drinking water in developing countries through its P&G Purifier of Water technology nearly a decade ago — has saved an estimated 26,000 lives, as well as prevented more than 200 million days of illness. The 5 billionth liter was delivered in Malawi through a partnership with the University of North Carolina. The milestone also marks progress toward P&G’s commitment to scale up efforts to share clean water and save one life every hour by 2020 by providing 2 billion liters of clean water every year.

"We have teamed up with the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program in a cross-campus collaboration that is saving thousands of lives in Malawi by providing clean drinking water," said Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC. "This far-reaching collaboration is providing service and research opportunities for our students and making a powerful impact on the lives they touch through their work."

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Jewel-Osco brings back ‘Give a Little, Feed a Lot’

BY Michael Johnsen

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco on Friday announced that the company is observing Hunger Action Month this September with an aggressive campaign to raise food and funds for food banks and food pantries in the retailer’s service area.

The annual program, called "Give a Little, Feed a Lot," is going on now at all Jewel-Osco stores and will continue throughout the month of September. With nearly 17 million American children living in households that are facing hunger, this year "Give a Little, Feed a Lot" will focus on helping children in need. The program will benefit five food banks — Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, River Bend Foodbank and Midwest Food Bank — as well as hundreds of food pantries and the children and families served by these organizations.

During the campaign, Jewel-Osco customers can make monetary contributions when they check out at store registers. Stores also are collecting food donations. In addition, the retailer is partnering with Chicago radio station 104.3 K-HITS, to help raise awareness about "Give a Little, Feed a Lot" through weekly radio appearances at select locations.

"As a grocery retailer, providing hunger relief is a top priority for us," Jewel-Osco president Brian Huff said. "So we are excited to bring back ‘Give a Little, Feed a Lot’ and do our part to help the food banks and food pantries fight hunger in the community, especially childhood hunger."

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VoicePort launches appointment scheduler services solution

BY DSN STAFF

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — VoicePort has launched its new appointment scheduler services application.

Part of the company’s platform of unified patient communications, the app is a self-serve interface for patients to schedule a host of health-and-wellness appointments through a pharmacy’s website.

"Our appointment scheduler services application can help pharmacies address medication synchronization initiatives by allowing patients on multiple prescriptions to align their meds for pick up on a regular interval versus various times of the month, leading to increased compliance and adherence," VoicePort SVP business development Alphonse Sasso said. "Our appointment scheduler services application can be run as an independent solution or can be integrated with our other outbound services to provide a full circle approach to medication synchronization, medical therapy reviews and other important pharmacy initiatives by way of building awareness and driving patients to participate in pharmacy programs in an automated fashion. Improving the patient experience and reducing the burden on your pharmacy staff by way of automation is what we are all about at VoicePort."

VoicePort president and CEO Christopher Mann said that the app allows clients to set campaigns at the headquarters level, forward such campaigns to each store/site and to set specific resources and times of operation. "Throughout the process of setting up health-and-wellness campaigns, key pharmacy personnel at headquarters and at the store level can see added patient appointments to help manage the process in an orderly and customer-friendly fashion, thus offering a complete solution in addressing patient, store and headquarter logistics," Mann said.

Mann also noted that the app can be embedded within a client’s website. "This is important for a host of reasons, such as brand consistency, seamless advertising and most importantly, providing an easy and intuitive way for your patients to find out about and subsequently schedule appointments within your pharmacies," he said.

VoicePort noted that its latest solution is ready for deployment to pharmacy and healthcare clients.


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