Denver program to swap cops for health workers “saves lives,” police say

A program that replaces police officers with health care workers on mental health and substance abuse calls in Denver, Colorado, is showing signs of success, according to a six-month progress report. Despite responding to hundreds of calls, the workers made no arrests, the report said — and the city’s police chief told CBS News on Friday that he believes the program “saves lives.” 



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Under the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program, health care workers are dispatched in lieu of police when responding to incidents involving issues with mental health, poverty, homelessness or substance abuse. STAR providers only respond to incidents in which there is no evidence of criminal activity, disturbance, weapons, threats, violence, injuries or “serious” medical needs. 

During the first six months of the program, from June 1 to November 30, health professionals responded to 748 calls, including trespassing, welfare checks, narcotic

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Winter Break Grab and Go Food Bags program provides students food over winter break – News

Redbirds frequently face issues with food insecurity, especially over long break periods when dining centers close.

With the help of the Food Insecurity Committee, the ISU Police Department, and the School Street Food Pantry, the Winter Break Grab and Go Food Bags program was born to help bring food to students that need it.

This past December, more than 2,000 food items were donated over three days, with Illinois State faculty and staff donating a large portion of the items. “The idea moved to action quickly, thanks to partnership with ISUPD and School Street Food Pantry,” said Associate Dean of Students Jill Benson, co-chair of the Food Insecurity Committee at Illinois State University.

“A scheduled University break is not a positive or relaxing time for all students.”

Gina Hunter, member of the Food Insecurity Committee

In coordination with the School Street Food Pantry and volunteers, the donations were received, bagged,

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Tasty Land Excursions Enhance Silversea Cruises’ New S.A.L.T. Culinary Program

We enjoy Thai restaurants all over the western world. The Philippines produces magnificent cuisine as well. Yet, given the enormous Filipino diaspora worldwide, why do we seldom find Filipino restaurants? Why hasn’t that cuisine taken off?

Perhaps you’ve never noticed that. But through the new Silversea Cruises S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program, Nicole Ponseca will set you straight on a cuisine that has for centuries been deeply enriched by Chinese, Malay, Arab, Spanish and even United States influences. The Filipina-American, California-native chef is co-founder of Jeepney restaurant in New York City and co-author of the colorful and highly-regarded cookbook “I am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook.”

Chef Ponseca is among a number of culinary figures who have started to collaborate with Silversea’s S.A.L.T. program. Set for its maiden voyage

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Nutrition program offering migrants culturally sensitive food choices thrives during pandemic

Growing up, Leila Cassandra Bocanegra, 26, was used to eating the traditional Mexican food her parents, immigrants from Monterrey, would make. She acknowledges that some of the food, consisting of lots of tortillas and breads and meats, were heavy. 



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Iluminada Vilca (highlighted) offers nutrition education courses via Zoom for migrants who would otherwise not have access to the program.

But with the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) run by Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension in Monroe County running several clinics in the Finger Lakes, Bocanegra and her family have learned that it’s possible to eat healthy while also eating foods with cultural significance. 

“You can still have the food you love, but you need to read nutritional labels, and have balance,” said Bocanegra. 

The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is a federal initiative started in 2014 which looks to make fruit

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