Genius 100 Foundation US and New York Festivals 2021 Advertising Awards Launch the Genius 100 Inspiration Award

G100 Judges: Jose M Sokoloff, James Caan, Obiageli Ezekwesili

James Caan, Jose Miguel Sokoloff, and Obiageli Ezekwesili will select Genius 100 Inspiration Award Winners – proceeds will go to the Himalayan Cataract Project

Genius 100 is a global collective of brilliant minds dedicated to the expansion of knowledge through imagination. Together, we developed this special award to showcase exceptional, inspirational work.”

— Scott Rose, Executive Director, New York Festivals Advertising Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Genius 100 Foundation (G100) and New York Festivals International Advertising Awards® have partnered to launch a new award to honor outstanding purpose-driven creative work that inspires action to create impact. The newly unveiled Genius 100 Inspiration Award will be judged by a panel of Genius 100 Visionaries from an impressive cross-section of fields comprised of an extraordinary group of 100 globally recognized, accomplished, compassionate minds.

“New York Festivals is thrilled to partner with the Genius 100 Foundation. Working together with this visionary organization that cultivates a global collective of brilliant minds dedicated to the expansion of new knowledge and solutions is the perfect partner to collaborate with to honor exceptional creative work,” said Scott Rose, Executive Director, New York Festivals Advertising Awards. “This special award will shine the spotlight on campaigns that inspire action and support the greater good.”

The Genius 100 Inspiration Award Executive Jury includes the following esteemed G100 Ambassadors and Visionaries:

James Caan – New York born and raised, world-famous legendary actor, with over 50 years of award-winning and commercially successful roles. His first nomination came in 1965, The Glory Guys, he came to prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian's Song, Funny Lady (with G100 Visionary Barbra Streisand) and A Bridge Too Far. For his signature role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), Caan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe. Caan's subsequent notable performances include roles in Misery (1990), For the Boys (1991), and Elf (2003), as well as "Big Ed" Deline in the tv series Las Vegas (2003–08). For his contributions to the film industry, Caan was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978. Amongst his many charitable endeavors, he serves as Global Ambassador of the Genius 100 Foundation.

“Coming from Sunnyside Queens has shaped me, inspired me and informed my creativity. As a New Yorker through and through, and as Global Ambassador of Genius 100 Foundation, I am honored and pleased to support the G100 Inspiration Award and look forward to viewing the submissions from around the world.” – James Caan

Obiageli Ezekwesili – An economic policy expert and Chairperson of #FixPolitics, among her many accolades, she is recognized by Time Magazine as one of the time-100 most influential people and by New York Times as one of the 25 women of impact for 2015 and is the Co-Founder of Transparency International and Bring Back Our Girls.

“l wish the prestigious 2021 New York Festival the best and look forward to seeing how our Genius 100 Award will help further unleash the power of advertisement messages to help people everywhere connect-the-dots of our shared humanity.”–Obiageli Ezekwesili

Jose Miguel Sokoloff – Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Group UK and President, MullenLowe Group Creative Council, award-winning advertising executive and internationally renowned peace advocate.

“I have judged and competed in the New York Festivals many times. The quality of the entries has always been very high and winning is a huge honour. I am really looking forward to seeing and judging the entries for the new Genius 100 Awards.” –Jose Miguel Sokoloff

The Genius 100 Foundation brings together visionaries, philanthropic impact investors and its extended global community, collectively and in collaboration to re-imagine the future – implement creative initiatives to improve our world – raise the bar on what is achievable and make the impossible – possible.

“We are honored to partner with New York Festivals Advertising Awards and establish the G100 Inspiration Award. This very special award celebrates truly inspired work which has created outstanding, undeniable and significant impact,” states Hilarie Viener, CEO, Genius 100 Foundation US. “Now more than ever, we must recognize how much we can gain from embracing creativity to influence positive change.”

The Genius 100 (G100) Visionaries are comprised of an extraordinary group of globally recognized, accomplished, compassionate minds. This group of leaders, activists, innovators and influencers, in addition to 16 Nobel Laureates, includes Astronauts, an EGOT, Olympic Gold Medalists, Knight(s) of the British Empire, a former NASA Administrator, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada – and recipients of National Medals of Science, Humanities and Arts; Pulitzer Prize; Peabody Award; Albert Einstein Medal, and many more accolades and honors.

Founded in Toronto in 2017, and based in Toronto and New York, with a global footprint, Genius 100 Foundation is an active and engaged community of exceptionally imaginative and impactful human beings.

Proceeds from entry fees for work submitted into the Genius 100 Inspiration Award category will go to the G100 Gift of Sight Campaign that supports the work of the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP). HCP was founded by G100 Visionaries, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin. HCP’s mission is to cure needless blindness with high quality, cost effective eye care in underserved areas of the world. They partner with local eye health providers in areas where the burden of treatable blindness is extremely high, working in over 20 countries throughout South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the past 25 years, HCP and their implementing partners, have performed over 1 million sight-restoring surgeries; screened and provided basic treatment for over 12 million people; and trained 18,000 eye care professionals from 43 countries.

Entries into the Genius 100 Inspiration Category will first be reviewed by the New York Festivals Grand Jury. The finalists will be judged by the Genius 100 Executive Jury panel. A single New York Festival Tower will be awarded the inaugural Genius 100 Inspiration Award. To review the entry brief and to enter the Genius 100 Inspiration Award visit

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Over 5,000 aspiring writers from 108 countries have turned to the Writers of the Future Online Writing Workshop

A welcoming to writers with images of Orson Scott Card, Dave Farland, and Tim Powers to the L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Online Workshop

Orson Scott Card, David Farland, and Tim Powers welcome you to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Online Workshop

Everyone has a story to tell. L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Online Workshop teaches you how to tell it.

Everyone has a story to tell. That’s not the problem. How to tell that story in such a fashion that others will enjoy it and tell others about it is what is needed.”

— David Farland, Writers of the Future Coordinating Judge

HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — “Everyone has a story to tell,” states David Farland, Writers of the Future Coordinating Judge. “That’s not the problem. How to tell that story in such a fashion that others will enjoy it and tell others about it is what is needed.” That is what the over 5,000 aspiring writers are learning with the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Online Workshop.

Writers of the Future provided the online writing workshop free just a few weeks after the stay-at-home orders were announced last year. It is hosted at and made available to anyone wanting to take it. To date it has garnered 5,065 participants from 108 countries.

The writing workshop comprises 13 videos by Orson Scott Card, David Farland, and Tim Powers. There are also essays written by the Founder of the Contest, L. Ron Hubbard, and practical assignments that take a writer from research and concepts to a completed short story. Complete transcripts enable anyone to translate into their language and receive the benefits of this free course.

With a 4.7 out of 5-star rating, the course is well-received from aspiring writers worldwide, as it is designed for the participant to go at their own pace. Welcome videos from each of the judges teaching the workshop can be seen at Free Online Workshop. Anyone can sign up for the free writing workshop at Workshop Registration/Login.

L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future Writing Contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future, was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for aspiring artists.

Throughout the Contests’ 36-year history, 786 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 428 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 33 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

The 358 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books, and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

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John M. Campbell took the Writers of the Future Online Workshop, wrote and submitted his story, and won his place in Writers of the Future Volume 37.

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, March 1st, 2021 – In recognition of Women’s History Month,, the Internet’s first and longest running data-driven website on the historical and cultural contributions of people of color, has introduced a Video Series celebrating the Historical Contributions of WOMEN OF COLOR.

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CannabizTeam Opens New Offices in Newark

Leading cannabis staffing agency will service New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania markets from new location

We expect to see tens of thousands of cannabis jobs created by New Jersey and its neighbors in the tristate area, and predict this market will push for adult-use legalization across the East Coast.”

— Liesl Bernard, CannabizTeam

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, March 2, 2021 / — CannabizTeam, the world’s largest cannabis-focused executive search and staffing firm, today announced the opening of its new offices in Newark, New Jersey. Newark is CannabizTeam’s tenth office location in the U.S., joining recently opened offices in Denver, previously established branches in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Orlando and Santa Rosa, and the company headquarters in San Diego.

“CannabizTeam is growing to accommodate the explosive growth of the cannabis industry and leverage talent in top cannabis markets across the country,” said Liesl Bernard, Founder and CEO of CannabizTeam. “We expect to see tens of thousands of cannabis jobs created by New Jersey and its neighbors in the tristate area, and predict this developing market will further the case to legalize adult-use cannabis across the East Coast. We look forward to helping new and expanding cannabis companies alike connect with qualified talent that will up their competitive advantage and position them for success as the industry continues to evolve.”

With the addition of the Newark offices, CannabizTeam now holds 10 offices in eight states across the United States. Since its inception in 2016, CannabizTeam has matched thousands of top candidates from entry level to specialized C-suite leadership at the leading private and public cannabis companies in North America and Europe. Multi-state clients include TerrAscend, Justice Grown, Ascend Wellness Holdings, Jushi, LEEF Holdings, NewTropic and Benzinga.

“We engaged CannabizTeam Executive Search to help TerrAscend fill a CFO position and three other executive level roles in the U.S. and Canada over the last 12 months,” said Jason Ackerman, CEO of TerrAscend, a leading North American cannabis operator with vertically integrated operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California and operating as a licensed producer in Canada. “We have been highly satisfied with CannabizTeam’s search capabilities and customer service. They evaluated a large number of candidates from inside and related industries, and the quality and depth of the candidates presented was exceptional. We are very pleased with the candidates we chose to hire as they were not only technically qualified, but they are also a great fit for our company’s culture.”

Cannabis is officially America’s fastest-growing industry as the 2021 Leafly Jobs Report found that the U.S. cannabis industry now supports 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs, a 32% increase over the previous year. As cannabis legalization continues to spread and demand for qualified talent continues to increase, CannabizTeam plans to continue its expansion initiative to meet these needs.

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CannabizTeam is the world’s largest cannabis-focused executive search and staffing firm providing services for the top cannabis, CBD and hemp businesses in the United States, Canada and Europe. Founded in 2016 by internationally acclaimed executive recruiter Liesl Bernard, CannabizTeam identifies and delivers superior talent that possesses the drive, skills and cultural fit unique to each client and company role. CannabizTeam now has offices in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Diego, and Santa Rosa, with plans to continue expanding. Through extensive global reach and unparalleled business relationships, CannabizTeam and its four staffing divisions (CT Executive Search, CannabizTeam Direct Hire, CannabizTemp and CT Board Placement) place over 1,000 candidates a year for clients. Sign up for the CannabizTeam newsletter to receive weekly updates on the top candidates in cannabis:


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Aylesbury Press Publishes New Book on Medical Cannabis by John V. Thomas, MD

BEVERLY FARMS, MA, US, March 2, 2021 / — Aylesbury Press announces the publication of Cannabis as Medicine: Its History and Science by John V. Thomas, MD. The book will be published worldwide March 1, 2021 in the English language. (Paperback; 285 pages; $49.00; ISBN 978-1-883595-91-3; eBook ISBN 978-1-883595-92-0)

About the Book:
Cannabis as Medicine: It History and Science presents the historical uses of the plant as medicine and the modern, peer-reviewed scientific evidence that validates its medicinal properties. A detailed review of the scientific underpinnings documents the concept that cannabis is a safe and potentially useful medicine. More than 1000 references provide the peer-reviewed evidence that supports the medicinal potential of cannabis.

Cannabis as Medicine is an indispensable resource for physicians, nurses, scientists, and others who are involved with recommending medical cannabis to their patients. Clinical researchers will find it valuable in the quest for new treatments for disorders including cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, and MRSA infections among others.

“An outstanding book by Dr. Thomas… very well-written in a style that is easy to follow. The author makes the important point that clinical trials have lagged behind pre-clinical research. He sharply analyzes the reasons for this disparity — political and bureaucratic in many countries, particularly the U.S.” — Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D. Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“An impressive historical record of the use of cannabis as medicine and the latest science behind its modern medical use.” Keith Stroup, Esq., Legal Counsel, NORML

About the Author:
Dr. John V. Thomas, a Harvard Medical School clinical faculty member for thirty years, is the author or co-author of 43 original scientific papers, 22 book chapters, and co-editor of two textbooks – Glaucoma Surgery and Photocoagulation in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Disease.

Print and e-copies of the book are available to credentialed journalists for review upon request. Please enquire by contacting or calling 978-921-7300.

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Aylesbury Press is an imprint of OEM Health Information, Inc. Aylesbury Press was created to publish new titles on health-related topics in both print and eBook formats. Aylesbury Press is located at 8 West Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915. Visit our website at

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Brendan Corkery Offers Restaurant Entrepreneurs Expert Advice on Managing Well During COVID-19

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Brendan Corkery draws on his extensive restaurant management experience to offer expert advice on managing well during COVID-19.

AKRON, OHIO, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Since the discovery of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the United States early in 2020, restaurateurs have struggled to stay profitable. Restaurant owners and managers across the nation have lost revenue due to local public health regulations and, as a result, have been forced to be innovative when it comes to business essentials such as employee retention and client engagement. "Restaurants in this climate are really struggling. Restaurant managers have a lot more than normal on our plates. Over the past year, we've had to make substantial changes to processes, work with employees to implement new procedures, make changes to ensure workers' safety in the face of COVID-19, and come up with ways to keep clients engaged, all while remaining profitable. We moved quickly and implemented several changes last spring, several of which have helped us stay above water," says Brendan Corkery, an expert restaurateur in Colorado.

Brendan Corkery identifies staying engaged with clients as a core element of his success. "Having a great relationship with your clients is essential now more than ever. It's critical to pay attention to your client's concerns and needs. Customers have different levels of comfort when it comes to eating out these days," says Brendan Corkery. "Our restaurants lost some revenue as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, but we came up with alternative ways of serving clients, some of which have been extremely popular. We began offering a wider range of services, and we really had to get creative here. As soon as the pandemic broke out, we immediately increased our emphasis on take-out meals, which was something that took a bit of brainstorming since most of our restaurants are local establishments that succeed based on personal relationships with clients," continues Brendan Corkery.

Flexibility has been key to Brendan Corkery's management success. "Soon after we began thinking about how to address the COIVD-19 pandemic, it became clear that we'd need to be adaptable. Things have moved incredibly quickly over the past year. We've had to scrap some ideas we thought would be fantastic. Others that we didn't think would work turned out to be spot on and extremely effective, says Brendan Corkery.

Ensuring open lines of communication with employees has also been critical to Brendan Corkery's success. "Our restaurants are neighborhood institutions, and the health and safety of our co-workers is something we take very seriously. Managing well in times of COVID-19 has meant paying attention to our employees' specific needs. One person might need extra time to care for an elderly parent, and another might need a bit more flexibility because of child-care issues. Quality service requires experience. We've managed to keep the vast majority of our employees by being willing to engage with each co-worker. We listen to their individual concerns and work together to come up with mutually-beneficial solutions. The results have simply been fantastic. We've had record profits, and that pretty much speaks for itself," says Brendan Corkery.

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Samir Allen Farhoumand Discusses Challenges for Car Mechanics in Covid-19 and Their Solutions

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RICHMOND, VA, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Samir Allen Farhoumand has seen many reports about the economic and health impact that Covid-19 has had on various fields in the last year. However, he hasn't seen many people talking about auto mechanics yet. This issue is a problem because he believes that mechanics are in a lot of danger if they don't take the time to protect themselves with detailed guidelines.

Samir Allen Farhoumand Has Many Fears for Mechanics
Although many people haven't talked heavily about the dangers of Covid-19 and its impact on mechanics, Samir Allen Farhoumand is worried for many in this field. These professionals work with many people every day, come in from shopping or other types of activities, and potentially spread this disease to mechanics or other people in the shop.

And this issue could impact the mechanic industry, Samir Allen Farhoumand says, because it is already being stretched to the limit due to a high-demand for repairs. Though people are driving less, they are getting their cars repaired at the same rate, meaning that Samir Allen Farhoumand and other mechanics have found themselves working long hours and experiencing many health issues as a result.

Unfortunately, Samir Allen Farhoumand believes that mechanics who aren't prepared for these potential dangers may end up getting Covid, spreading it to others, or suffering from other health problems that they should have been able to avoid. As a result, he compiled a list of essential steps that these mechanics can take – some of which are common sense and should be done in all businesses.

Solutions to These Dangers | Samir Allen Farhoumand
Mechanics worried about these fears can take a handful of steps to avoid issues, Samir Allen Farhoumand says. Start by limiting the number of people that come to your shop every day, creating "safety" zones within your shop and the waiting room. Define these zones with colored stickers or tape, Samir Allen Farhoumand says, to make them very obvious and hard to ignore when customers visit.

And train your receptionists and mechanics to enforce these limitations – yes, Samir Allen Farhoumand knows it will be hard to handle customers who get angry about these restrictions, but consistency is critical. In essence, Samir Allen Farhoumand believes it is essential to do what seems obvious or what the CDC suggests because their guidelines for virus control remain strong and consistent.

As for working inside your shop, Samir Allen Farhoumand suggests limiting the number of mechanics on a vehicle to as few as possible to ensure that they don't spread viruses. If you see anybody just sitting around near a job or aren't strictly necessary, shift them elsewhere. Creating these types of controlled work zones will help limit Covid exposure, Samir Allen Farhoumand believes.

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Americans for Safe Access Launches 100 Days of Medical Cannabis Advocacy

Biden-Harris Can Do It!

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Campaign Urges Biden-Harris Administration to Take Action Now!

Now that medical cannabis is getting some recognition federally, we cannot sit back and relax, we must push harder than ever until there is safe and affordable access for everyone in the country.”

— Debbie Churgai, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Washington, DC — Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched its Biden-Harris Can Do It: No Patient Left Behind campaign to seize the first 100 days of the new Biden- Harris administration as an opportunity to influence medical cannabis policies and mobilize a movement to pass comprehensive federal legislation in the 117th Congress.

Although medical cannabis is available in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories, the current patchwork of state laws mean that each state has different legislative and regulatory conditions for access, leaving millions of patients who should be able to obtain and use cannabis for medical purposes still without access, including: veterans whose VA doctors are unable to recommend medical cannabis, patient’s living in subsidized housing, federal employees and government contractors that are subject to drug testing, other employees in jurisdictions that do not provide employment protections, patients in treatment or hospice centers, and people living in poverty are still struggling to access this medicine in most of our country. These gaps in access also disproportionately affect black, brown, queer, disabled, elderly and other marginalized communities.

“For nearly 2 decades, advocates have been pushing to make medical cannabis a priority and every Congress has let us down,” said ASA Executive Director Debbie Churgai. As the patchwork of cannabis laws in the United States continues to evolve inconsistently from state-to-state, only action at the federal level can ensure that no patient is left behind. Now is the time to tell Biden-Harris to uphold their campaign promises and provide medical cannabis patients across the country with the protections they deserve.

While advocates work on passing medical cannabis legislation in this Congress, there are several policies that the Biden-Harris administration can undertake now without Congressional action. The campaign is designed to drive ASA advocates and partners at various Biden-Harris Administration departments and agencies to request their leadership in improving federal policy outcomes for patients. Specifically advocates will ask:

1) The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis to veteran patients
2) The Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to stop evicting medical cannabis patients who live in federally subsidized housing
3) The Director of the Office of Personnel Management to remove cannabis from the list of prohibited substances that federal employees and contractors are screened for as a condition of employment
4) The Attorney General to update and reissue the Cole Memo to offer interim assurances to patients, and
5) The President and Vice President to organize a comprehensive approach to medical cannabis policy reform by establishing the Office of Medical Cannabis Control

ASA will be issuing calls to action for ASA members and coalition partners to engage in this critical effort to get the new Administration working on these important patient priorities.“Now that medical cannabis is finally getting some recognition federally, we cannot sit back and relax, we must push harder than ever until there is safe and affordable access for everyone in the country,” said Churgai.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), is the largest national nonprofit, member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research with over 150,000 supporters in all 50 states.

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NCIDC Leading Dermatologists Consider Consensus Guidelines for Dermatologic Conditions

North Carolina Independent Dermatology Collaboration

High-quality, evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines offer a way of bridging the gap between variation in practice patterns.

Guidelines are a convenient way of packaging evidence and presenting recommendations to healthcare decision-makers”

— Parker Eales

CARY, NC, US, March 2, 2021 / — There is pressure to move to value-based payment models by Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance carriers. For instance, commercial payers have created narrow networks to direct care to lower-cost providers with demonstrated quality results.

As a result of this rapidly changing environment, health care providers individually or in groups have found the need to merge, be acquired, or collaborate to achieve the scale and tools required to be successful under these new models.

One structure that has helped providers achieve these goals, yet still retain independence, is known as a clinically integrated network (CIN).

The North Carolina Independent Dermatology Collaboration is a clinically integrated network engaging a collaborative effort among independent dermatologic physicians to implement and actively manage clinical initiatives that adopt, use, and update agreed-upon clinical practice guidelines, control costs and improve quality through evidence-based practice, stronger coordination, better processes, and active monitoring and measurement, and report and demonstrate an improvement of health care value.

The expectation is that through collaboration, community-based providers will deliver value via higher-quality care, improve care coordination across the care continuum, and achieve better cost management.

The American Academy of Dermatology is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dermatology research and the application of these findings to improving patient care. This includes the development of rigorous, evidence-based guidelines of care for dermatologic conditions. The NCIDC has reviewed and considered these guidelines for the NCIDC including guidelines for Acne, Atopic dermatitis, Basal cell carcinoma, Melanoma, Office-based surgery, and Psoriasis.

Potential benefits to NCIDC include propagation of high-value care, enhanced access to evidence-based protocols and priority measures, preparation for value-based reimbursement structures, and collaboration with primary care physicians to co-manage patients for better care.

Many of North Carolina’s independent dermatology physician groups have formed a regional collaborative designed to allow them to provide the benefits of a clinically integrated collaboration which include higher efficiency of care, improved quality, more effective delivery, lower costs, and increased savings.

The organization, dubbed the North Carolina Independent Dermatology Collaborative, brings together a very large number of providers of dermatology care spanning the Triangle area of North Carolina. The physicians have built an organization for physicians by physicians that will allow the participating physicians to achieve the advantages of being part of a larger clinically integrated system. Member physician practices will facilitate lowering costs, all while providing high-quality care with the same hometown doctor patients have come to know and trust — all without sacrificing their independence.

The founding members of the Collaborative in addition to its large general dermatology care base, offer a broad range of dermatology specialties, from Dermatopathology to Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery including Mohs surgery to Cosmetic Dermatology and much more.

“Health care is complex and difficult, but with a clinically integrated network, we are better able to approach the future challenges together. Patients and the community will be better off for these collaboration efforts,” said Parker Eales.

The North Carolina Independent Dermatology Collaborative comprises 25 independent dermatology providers who serve estimated 250,000-plus patients in the area. Formed amid increasing healthcare consolidation and value-based care models, the collaborative is intended to provide higher efficiencies at lower costs.

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Comedian Lori Hamilton introduces her production company, Earl & Grace Productions

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Earl & Grace Kent, adoptive parents to 13-year-old son, inspired production company’s logo

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Lori Hamilton, announces new logo for production company, Earl & Grace Productions.

Offering guidance and services from concept to development

Earl and Grace spent their lives growing things and helping others, not expecting any great praise for the effort. My production company honors all the everyday heroes who do the same…”

— Lori Hamilton

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 2, 2021 / — Lori Hamilton is a comedian, an entrepreneur, and an artist who loves to help other artists. Earl & Grace Productions offers entertainment and educational services, providing advice and information for music, video, and film concept and script development. Her company will also offer production services for television programs, live theater, and performance events. Scriptwriting and the creation of visual effects will also be available. Earl & Grace Productions will build upon Lori’s extensive experience in both business and creation. She will share her knowledge of production and development, writing, and multimedia entertainment to help others make their creative dreams a reality.

Lori recently released her new logo for the company which was inspired by the kindness and generosity of the couple who adopted her father and raised him.

Earl and Grace Kent were farmers in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Earl was a war veteran who served in the military along with his brother. Earl was wounded after helping the allies win the Battle of the Bulge. While still recovering from his injuries, Earl and his wife adopted Hamilton’s father, Dr. Kenneth Ender, as a 13-year-old from foster care. Ken went on to put himself through pharmacy school and then medical school. After medical school, he opened a medical practice and hospital in an underserved community that had never had one.

In the early 1800s, attorneys for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) took on a case and more accountability of foster parents began. In the early 1900s, social agencies began to pay and supervise foster parents. Many children during WWII were left to foster care and adoption, as was Hamilton’s father, whose own father died before he was born.

Hamilton says, “Earl and Grace spent their lives growing things and helping others, not expecting any great praise for the effort. My production company honors all the everyday heroes who do the same and brings their stories to light.” Hamilton is proud to carry on Earl & Grace Kent’s legacy through the creativity of her production company for her own works and the works of others.

About Lori…
Lori grew up just outside of Northern California and attended UCLA, where she studied Linguistics and Modern British Drama. She studied Opera at The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Mannes College of Music. After singing with the Boston Symphony and the Atlanta Opera, she went on to do comedy, writing and performing. Lori has written and produced over 150 short films and created and performed four one-woman shows, including a much-lauded tour with the National New Play Festival in the United States. Her talents have earned her 43 awards for creative and writing excellence, including 5 Best of Shows. Her cats did not help at all, although they take credit for providing with her constant, much-needed supervision. To see more of her work visit

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