VBCF Partners with The Innerwork Center for a Mindful Webinar Just in Time for the Holidays

VBCF Hosts Free Webinar: Introduction to Mindfulness

RICHMOND, VA - The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation continues to host a series of free webinars aimed at topics of interest for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. Cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic and cancer education and screenings shouldn’t stop either. VBCF is continuing its mission to educate, advocate, and eradicate breast cancer through these discussions for our community. The holiday season can bring a heaping helping of stress along with joy, and this year that stress is likely to double and we might need some help to find the joy. Join the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and Ann Chamberlain from The Innerwork Center as we get an introduction to mindfulness and, just maybe, some tools to help us regain some sense of control after this challenging year. 

Experts and women facing these issues are available for interviews leading up to the event. 

Please add this event to your community calendars: 

Webinar will be held live on Thursday, November 19 at 4 pm, with a recording of the session to follow. Learn more and register online at https://www.vbcf.org/webinars/.

To book virtual interviews with experts and/or patients and survivors familiar with this topic, contact Katy Sawyer at 800-345-8223 x. 201 or katy@vbcf.org

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) was founded in 1991 by five women – Phoebe Antrim, Judi Ellis, Patti Goodall, Mary Jo Kahn, and Sherry Kohlenberg – who met in an MCV support group. They were angered by the lack of progress in breast cancer treatment and inspired by a growing network of grassroots advocates across the country. VBCF, established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in October 1992, is headquartered in Richmond, VA. 

VBCF exists thanks to our many generous individual donors and volunteers. Our goals are to establish the end of breast cancer as a state and national priority, to advocate for the collective needs of people affected by breast cancer, and to educate all Virginians on the facts about breast cancer. 

Spiritual Development Amidst a Global Pandemic


For 165 years, spiritual development has been a fundamental cornerstone at Jackson-Feild (JFBHS). Today, COVID-19 restrictions have necessitated imagination and ingenuity on the part of our Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Robin Moore, to fulfill the spiritual needs of the children.

Chapel services had to be modified to meet safety procedures by having five different services—one per cottage. The pandemic has created new opportunities such as “The Gathering Place”, a specially designed haven resembling a cozy den. With two fish tanks to foster an environment of mindfulness, residents can relax and gather in small groups to share what is on their minds.

Life Guidance sessions are provided for residents to meet individually with the Chaplain for spiritual advice and comfort.

Residents find reassurance through the Chaplain’s prayer wall. Numerous residents have traced their hand print knowing that when she sees it, she will pray for them.

Guided meditation sessions are provided to assist residents with fears, anxieties, or to celebrate happiness. Yoga sessions, when requested, follow the teaching philosophy and practice in the Hatha yoga tradition. Hatha yoga can offer a full-body practice with a strong emphasis on the full integration of body, mind, and spirit.

The Chaplain also coordinates the care of the JFBHS’s three companion dogs with the help of residents. These dogs provide unconditional love for the children who enjoy and appreciated their love and attention.

VCU Health CMH Update

For our patients — your safety is our top concern.

Because of the increase in positive COVID tests throughout our service area, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is tightening visitation guidelines for the hospital, the C.A.R.E. Building, Clarksville Primary Care Center and Chase City Primary Care Center effective Friday, November 13, 2020.

“We are taking these necessary precautions to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus,” said Scott Burnette, CEO at VCU Health CMH.

He continued, “We are asking people to continue to practice physical distancing – as in do not interact with others closely unless absolutely necessary. It is recommended that people keep at least six feet of distance from others to provide additional safeguards against the Corona (COVID) virus. Washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds is also vital in combating the virus.”

Burnette said many precautions have been implemented to make sure VCU Health CMH is doing everything possible to confront the challenges the Corona virus presents. Following is a list of restrictions, all done to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • All visitors must be screened and provided an armband or badge.
  • All visitors must be masked at all times.
  • Visitors must comply with physical distancing guidelines in all common areas.
  • To avoid overcrowded lobby waiting areas, visitors are encouraged to remain in their vehicle except when they are visiting a patient.
  • All visitors are required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the facility and frequently during their stay.
  • If patient clinical needs dictate no visitors (i.e. chemotherapy), visitors are encouraged to remain in their vehicle. Visitors must maintain appropriate physical distancing in all waiting areas.

For Inpatients at CMH:

  • Visiting hours remain 8 AM until 8 PM
  • Non-COVID patients are allowed 1 visitor per day.
  • A visitor will be allowed to leave the premises and re-enter the same day provided they have a hospital visitor badge on with the current date. They will not have to be rescreened.
  • If a visitor re-enters the same day without a hospital visitor badge, they will have to be rescreened.
  • Front lobby personnel are required to ask visitors, who are leaving, if they plan to return. If they do not, the hospital visitor badge will be removed.
  • Surgery patients may be accompanied by 1 adult companion.
  • Pediatric Surgery patients should be accompanied by 1 Parent/POA/Guardian.
  • Pediatric patients - 1 adult visitor (18 yrs. or older) at a time, allowing one to spend the night. Parent/POA/Guardian made trade off. No more than two visitors per day.
  • Labor & Delivery – 2 adult visitors (18 yrs. or older) at a time, allowing one to spend the night. No more than two visitors per day.

For outpatients being seen in the hospital, C.A.R.E. Building, Chase City Primary Care Center and Clarksville Primary Care Center

  • Only patients may enter the hospital, C.A.R.E. Building, Chase City Primary Care and Clarksville Primary Care, except for patients needing assistance, who may be accompanied by 1 adult companion.
  • Patients 18 and under may be accompanied by 1 adult. All patients and companions must wear a mask.

For the Emergency Department at VCU Health CMH:

  • Only patients may enter the Emergency Department, except for patients needing assistance, who may be accompanied by 1 adult companion.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed 1 adult companion. Parent/POA/Guardian made trade off.
  • Exceptions to the visitation rules for specific incidents will be in accordance with ED policy or permission from the Administrative Representative.

The Hundley Center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken action to aggressively respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In order to comply with CMS mandates, nursing homes nationwide implemented restrictions and The Hundley Center at VCU Health CMH complied by suspending all visitation. That visitor restriction remains in place.  Residents have access to a private phone in their rooms.  To reach a resident, please dial (434) 584, followed by the number 4 and the three digits of the resident’s room number.  Our goal of protecting the health of each resident is of the utmost importance during this unprecedented situation.

NRCS Accepting Applications for 2021 Program Offerings

Sign up Now for EQIP, ACEP and CSP

Lawrenceville, VA, Nov. 16, 2020– Conservation is one of the few things in life that actually gets better with time. Changes on the land occur over a period of years and the programs that provide critical financial assistance evolve with each new Farm Bill. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting FY2021 applications for three updated offerings incorporating numerous changes that can benefit Virginia farmers.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).This highly popular program now includes increased payment rates for adopting cover crop rotations and incentive payments to better support locally led conservation. Fund pools are available forlivestock, cropland and forestry with these special initiatives:

  • American Black Duck Initiative, Eastern Hellbender and Golden-winged Warbler–Focused conservation practices to restore habitat in breeding areas/native range;
  • Conservation Activity Plans–Development of site-specific plans to recommend conservation practices that will address an identified natural resource need;
  • High Tunnel System–Steel-framed, polyethylene-covered structures to extend the growing season in an environmentally safe manner;
  • Longleaf Pine–Stand establishment and management in the Southeastern Virginia historical range; 
  • National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)–Targeted practices to clean up impaired streams and improve aquatic habitats in the War Branch, Mountain Run and Gap Creek watersheds;
  • Northern Bobwhite in Pine Savannasand Northern Bobwhite in Working Grasslands – Management strategies to convert plantings to highly valuable pine savanna habitats and native grass restoration to address habitat loss while maintaining or improving cattle production on the land;
  • On-Farm Energy–Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) or farm energy audits to assess energy use and recommend ways to reduce it;
  • Organic–Specific support for organic production and those transitioning to organic operations and an increased payment cap of $140,000 for Fiscal Year 2019 through 2023 contracts;
  • StrikeForce–Priority ranking for cropland and livestock practices to support program participation among underserved producers in rural communities.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): This program allows agricultural producers and forest landowners to earn payments for actively managing and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, enhanced nutrient management and pollinator habitat while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. New incentives likesupplemental funding for advanced grazing management and a one-time payment for developing a comprehensive conservation plan offer added benefits. Existing CSP participants may also have an opportunity to renew their contracts in the first half of the fifth year of their five-year contract.

Virginia Signups

CSP is aligned with EQIP through common applications, contracting operations, conservation planning, conservation practices and related administrative procedures. Conservation activities include soil health planning, building soil organic matter through crop rotations and practices that help producers adapt to or mitigate impacts of changing weather conditions. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): While the final rule hasn’t yet been released, interim guidance outlines new easement program policies that will appeal to landowners and organizations such as land trusts and purchase of development rights (PDR) programs. The Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component no longer requires a minimum cash match, allowing landowner donations, acquisition expenses and stewardship costs to satisfy the requirement. The new program agreement structure will also increase administrative efficiency.

Landowners looking to restore or maintain wetlands can visit their local NRCS office to explore opportunities available through the improved Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) component. Properties eligible for WRE include farmed wetlands that can be successfully and economically restored; former or degraded wetlands with a history of agricultural use; wetlands farmed under natural conditions; and “prior-converted” cropland converted on or before Dec. 23, 1985. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land established with trees may also be eligible for enrollment through a waiver process. NRCS pays 100 percent of the easement value for the purchase and 100 percent of the restoration costs for permanent easements. Landowners can also select a 30-year option and receive 50 to 75 percent of those costs.

“NRCS Virginia has a great track record of service to the state’s farm and forest landowners,” said Virginia State Conservationist Edwin Martinez Martinez. “We’re currently managing 2,316 active EQIP and CSP contracts on 492,023 acresand have protected 16,555acres of farmland and wetlands through existing
recorded easements. Contact your local office to learn more about howwe can help you reach your land management goals.” 

EQIP applications will be accepted until Dec. 18, 2020. ACEP and CSP guidance is still pending, so we are unable to provide an application deadline at this time. All applicants must have farm records established with USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA). Advance payment options are available for historically underserved* producers.

Applications are available at your local USDA Service Centerand online at www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted. Learn more about Virginia Farm Bill programs at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov/

*Historically underservedproducers include beginning, socially disadvantaged, veteran and limited resource farmers or ranchers. (Click on the link to access full definitions for each category above.)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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