first_imgGov. Pence Endorses Eric Holcomb for Indiana GovernorBy Matt Peak,  Evansville IndianaGovernor Mike Pence endorses Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb for Indiana Governor.The Republican Vice Presidential Nominee says he believes Holcomb could best do the job.Pence tapped Holcomb to be the Hoosier State’s Lieutenant Governor earlier this year.Representative Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita, and Senator Jim Tomes have also submitted their name for consideration.The Republicans must caucus and pick their candidate in the next few weeks before squaring off against Democrat John Gregg in November. U.S. Senate Candidate Evan Bayh Visits Evansvilleby Matt Evansville IndianaFormer U.S. Senator Evan Bayh recently began in his “Freedom, Security, and Prosperity for Indiana” Tour.  He stopped in Evansville Friday.Bayh believes he is the man who can help Republicans and Democrats work together.He pointed to his long track record of being governor and U.S. Senator as why people prefer him to Baron Hill, who dropped out of the race last week.Bayh said if he wins, he will work to create jobs, cut taxes, grow small businesses, and make college more affordable.  He also stopped in South Bend, Gary, and Terre Haute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sobering Statistics About Giving Birth in the United States

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 30, 2015October 13, 2016By: Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for MothersClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF.It’s hard to believe that the United States (U.S.) ranks 46th in the world when it comes to the rate of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Our country’s maternal mortality statistics are the worst of all industrialized countries, and we also lag behind Kazakhstan, Libya and Qatar.It’s not news that we fall behind other countries in health. But what is surprising, and what I’m particularly upset about as an OB/GYN and a maternal health advocate, is the disturbing trend. Maternal mortality is on the rise in the U.S., even as it has declined nearly everywhere else in the world.How can this be when the U.S. spends more than any other country on maternity care?Clearly, it’s time we include the U.S. in the global conversation about ending preventable maternal deaths.That’s why Merck for Mothers is supporting the Maternal Health Task Force to ignite this global dialogue and facilitate resource and information sharing. We want to foster a community inclusive of maternal health experts in the U.S. that will lead an invigorated movement to improve maternal health, including shared learning across all settings.I thought a good way to kick off this blog series and the larger discussion was to share some sobering statistics about maternal mortality in the U.S. and paint a picture of some of the challenges the country is grappling with:Our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the country, behind states including Mississippi, New York and Texas.Every 10 minutes, one woman nearly dies during pregnancy or childbirth. This means that more than 50,000 women every year experience a “near miss,” a life-threatening complication around the time of childbirth.Black, non-Hispanic women are 3-4 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than White, non-Hispanic women. Even accounting for variations in income and education, Black women face a far greater likelihood of dying than anyone else, and we don’t know why. And in New York City, this disparity is even wider—with Black women 12 times more likely to die than their White counterparts.More than a third of maternal deaths in the U.S. are preventable. An estimated 40% of maternal deaths could be avoided if women had access to quality care.More than half of states don’t examine why a maternal death happened.* The majority of states do not have a formal process to review cases of maternal deaths. If we don’t learn from what went wrong—and share what we find—we can’t make changes to prevent these deaths in the future.More women are entering pregnancy with chronic conditions, heightening their risk of life-threatening complications.* Chronic conditions like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are on the rise in the U.S. – all of which increase the chance that a woman will experience a complication. In fact, the leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. is cardiovascular disease.Unlike with heart attacks, there are no standardized national protocols for managing childbirth emergencies.* When someone suffers a heart attack, every hospital has procedures in place to treat the patient. That’s often not the case with childbirth complications. Many hospitals lack consistent approaches for recognizing and handling emergencies, and a woman’s care can vary dramatically depending on where she gives birth.The majority of maternal deaths occur after birth.* An estimated 60% of women who die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth do so in the days and weeks following childbirth – an all-too-neglected period when most of the attention is focused on the baby.It’s clear that that the U.S. needs to do better by its moms. Fortunately, we’re seeing some positive trends.At the federal level, new policies are being proposed to require all states to review cases of maternal death and “near misses,” which will significantly improve our understanding of why women are dying. At the health provider level, hundreds of hospitals have started using consistent, evidence-based approaches for managing childbirth complications – ensuring that all women receive the same, high-quality care during an emergency. And at the community level, grassroots organizations are helping pregnant women with chronic conditions get the comprehensive care they need to be healthy during and after pregnancy.While this progress is encouraging, there is so much more we could accomplish if the U.S. were more fully part of the global effort to end preventable maternal mortality.I’m optimistic that this new global exchange of ideas will help forge exciting and unexpected collaborations. Together, I have no doubt that we can change the trajectory of maternal health in the U.S. and help make pregnancy and childbirth safer for the four million women who give birth here each year.*Please visit to see how we are supporting efforts in these areas.Photo: “Mom and Daughter” © 2006, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Share this:last_img read more

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is under new manageme

first_imgThe Cloud Foundry Foundation is under new management today, as the non-profit’s board of directors promoted Abby Kearns, former head of strategy, to the executive director position. Kearns replaces Sam Ramji, who is leaving the Foundation to take a senior executive position at Google under Diane Greene.Ramji is no stranger to the cloud and its ever-changing landscape. Before heading the Cloud Foundry Foundation, he was a senior executive in charge of strategy at Apigee, a company whose acquisition by Google was completed earlier this week. Ramji will now be working under Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google’s cloud business.Kearns herself has extensive experience with cloud and the business of enterprise software in general. She was director of IT services for Verizon, and eventually rose to head of product management for that company’s integration services. After a stint managing Cloud Foundry at Pivotal, she joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation in April as head of strategy.(Related: Software-defined networking carves out its niche) Now, as executive director, Kearns has chimed in on the future of the Foundation and the platform-as-a-service project in a blog post. “As Cloud Foundry moves into its next phase, it will continue to drive innovation deeper into the enterprise. We will continue to empower developers to build applications quickly, while helping CIOs transform their businesses. In 2017, our work at the Foundation will focus on expanding the Cloud Foundry ecosystem and addressing the cloud developer gap,” she wrote.We spoke to Ramji about the future of Cloud Foundry at the Cloud Foundry Summit in May, where he discussed the rising popularity of the open-source platform for cloud applications.“There are so many segments who want it for different reasons,” he said. “If you’re line of business, you could care less about multi-cloud; you care about velocity. ‘Can I go from an app a quarter to an app a week? Can you get me deployments on an app-per-day basis?’ If you’re a CIO, or if you’re in IT management and in a cost control stance, multi-cloud matters.“If you’re a developer, you don’t care about those benefits; you care about being able to spend more time writing code, and less time writing servers. The businessperson is saying, ‘How do I get more features?’ The developer is saying ‘How can I do cool things with cool languages?’ ”last_img read more