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Cedar Sinai Park Engages In National Advocacy

The LeadingAge website recently published an article titled, “White House Hosts Association of Jewish Aging Services Briefing on Senior Issues.” Our very own CEO David Fuks participated in the meeting:

David Fuks, CEO of Cedar Sinai Park, moderated a panel discussion on health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid in which Elliott Palevsky, CEO Emeritus of River Garden Senior Services participated.

The panel discussed managed care for Medicaid beneficiaries receiving long-term services and supports and ways in which long-term services and supports providers can help hospitals achieve the lower rehospitalization rates incentivized under the Affordable Care Act.

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Manor Resident Advocates for the Environment

Murray Kaufman in his office at Rose Schnitzer Manor

Rose Schnitzer Manor resident Murray Kaufman, 94, considers himself an environmental activist. The May 9 New York Times op-ed article “Game Over for the Climate,” by James Hansen, spurred Murray to advocate among residents and staff to prevent Canada from exploiting its tar sand reserves. The article outlines the potential short- and long-term consequences of the increase in carbon emissions that extracting oil from Canada’s vast tar deposits would wreak. Murray has written a letter to the President (and received a response from the White House) and his legislators in Congress.

“I want people to become activists,” Murray said. “and write to Washington politicians.”

A Lifetime of Environmental Advocacy

Murray fondly remembers his first foray into environmental advocacy. In the late 1950’s, he taught science at Roslyn High School, East Hills, New York. In 1957 he discovered that a nearby lake was being polluted by a factory two miles away and that the pertinent law had a loophole allowing the company “to get away with it.”

He spent an entire school year with kids in his class writing alternative regulations that, if passed, would close the loopholes. He showed the drafts to a local assemblyman, who was so impressed that he introduced a bill in state legislature.

“It took another three or four years to get the law passed,” Murray said. But sitting in the assembly hall gallery watching legislators discuss their work felt very empowering for the kids.

In subsequent years Murray developed courses on the environment. Once he even took seniors to Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers. He said, “Long after graduation kids would stop me on the street, telling me they went into environment-related careers because of my classes.”

All his life Murray has worked tirelessly to alert people to the dangers facing the environment. Today, he strives to energize Manor residents to stand against tar sand exploitation. To join Murray in his quest, email us and we’ll forward your message to him.

Local Jewish Community Leaders Meet With HUD Representatives

Gathering of Jewish community leaders and HUD representatives at the Rose Schnitzer Tower, 9/21/11

Gathering of Jewish community leaders and HUD representatives at the Rose Schnitzer Tower, 9/21/11

On Wednesday, September 21st, Jewish community leaders, including Cedar Sinai Park CEO David Fuks, hosted a gathering at the Rose Schnitzer Tower with Jonathan Harwitz, Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget and Policy at the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Harwitz discussed the President’s American Jobs Act, including HUD’s Project Rebuild and its impact on the Jewish American community (Project Rebuild leverages the success of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, proposing a $15 billion allocation to purchase, rehabilitate, or redevelop foreclosed, abandoned, demolished, or vacant properties). He also informed the group of the Act’s impact on services for elders and people with mental health or special needs. Mary McBride, HUD’s Regional Director for Region X serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, represented HUD as well.

Most importantly, Mr. Harwitz listened to thoughts and concerns from the group to take back to HUD and the Administration. For example, David Fuks introduced our Kehillah Housing project and advocated for the consideration of Medicaid as a crucial program supporting elders. In addition, David discussed Cedar Sinai Park’s interest in developing a housing-with-services pilot project at the Rose Schnitzer Tower and other properties in the downtown area. This pilot project will develop health and other support services for elders and disabled residents to assist them in living in the community and avoiding institutional care.

Assistant CEO and CFO Bill Stinnett joined David in representing Cedar Sinai Park. Jewish Federation of Greater Portland President and CEO Marc Blattner, Jewish Family and Child Service Executive Director Marian Fenimore, and a variety of other community representatives shared information about their projects and collaborations.

At the end of the meeting, the group took a brief tour of Rose Schnitzer Tower, including one of its one-bedroom apartments ready to house a senior or individual with disabilities. Mr. Harwitz indicated that the quality of the residency at the Tower reflected the kind of place where he would be happy to see  his own mother residing.

“We Must Speak Up for the Vulnerable on Medicaid”

That was the main message of Cedar Sinai Park CEO David Fuks’s op-ed in yesterday’s issue of The Oregonian (August 2nd, Metro, p. B7).

Those served by Medicaid are by definition the poorest and most fragile people in our society. They are children growing up in poverty, they are abused children receiving treatment, they are adults with disabilities, and they are elders who, while they had the good fortune to live for a long time, have become ill and spent down their resources in order to pay for health care. These individuals frequently are not in a position to speak up for themselves. Those of us who are advocates and those of us who serve these individuals must speak up for them … and so should everyone else.

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