ElevateMeD Awards 2023 Trailblazer Award to Dr. Fatu Forna

ElevateMeD Nonprofit Returns to Atlanta for Ignite Atlanta Scholarship Event on May 12th

Dr. Fatu Forna, ElevateMeD Trailblazer Award

Dr. Fatu Forna, ElevateMeD Trailblazer Award

ATLANTAApril 25, 2023PRLog — Scottsdale-based nonprofit organization ElevateMeD is proud to announce its first Trailblazer Award recipient, Dr. Fatu Forna. The ElevateMeD Trailblazer Award is awarded to individuals who are making extraordinary contributions within the world of healthcare. The organization will present the award at its scholarship fundraising event Ignite Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, May 12, 2023.

Established in 2019, the organization determined it wanted to give recognition to community advocates who are also working tirelessly towards improving healthcare for all. The organization has presented two of its Breaking Barriers award to Dr. Dale Okorodudu and Dr. Wayne Franklin.

“Dr. Fatu Forna is well deserving of our trailblazer of the year award for her tireless efforts to shed light on the abysmal disparity that is black maternal mortality. She inspires us at ElevateMeD as she refuses to allow her work to be limited by continental borders, instead blazing a trail of global impact for young physicians to follow,” shares Dr. Jeshenna Watkins, ElevateMeD Board Member and Ignite Atlanta Event Chair

Fatu Forna M.D., M.P.H. has served as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and international maternal and child health expert for more than 20 years, impacting the lives of women, children and families across the globe. Dr. Forna has led and managed multiple clinical and technical teams and developed innovative programs to improve reproductive health, reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, and improve the quality of care provided to women. She has helped develop and served on numerous Maternal Mortality Review Committees in the United States and Sierra Leone and currently serves as an advisor to the World Health Organization on maternal and reproductive health issues. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker and author of reproductive books for children and adolescents.

In 2008, Dr. Forna became Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Mama-Pikin Foundation (https://www.mamapikinfoundation.org/), a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health of women and children in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dr. Forna graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, then went on to complete her residency training at Emory School of Medicine. Additionally, she obtained her undergraduate degree at Florida A&M University, holds a Masters from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and completed an Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

This year’s Ignite Atlanta celebration will herald a memorable night featuring a live DJ, live and silent auction, an exclusive ‘Battle for Bey’ raffle,  pre-event networking hour with open bar, and dinner program featuring ElevateMeD Scholar Arrix Ryce, Emory School of Medicine ’23 as the keynote speaker. Selected 2023-2024 Emory School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine Scholars Program recipients will also be presented with their tuition-based scholarship award. Tickets and tables are available for purchase at ignite.elevatemed.org.

Hong Kong – EMSD wins 23 awards at International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (with photos)

EMSD wins 23 awards at International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (with photos)


     The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) achieved outstanding and encouraging results at the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, winning one special award, three gold medals, seven silver medals and 12 bronze medals.
     A spokesman for the EMSD today (April 29) said, “We are pleased that our achievements have won recognition from the expert international jury panel again and received 23 awards this year. The EMSD will continue serving the community with heart and innovation together with our partners and stakeholders.”

     The EMSD has all along been proactive in applying new technologies to enhance service quality, and ensuring that electrical, mechanical and energy technologies are harnessed in a safe, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly manner for the betterment of people’s quality of life. As the innovation facilitator of the Government, the EMSD strengthens the matching of technological needs from the Government with innovation and technology solutions from start-ups and research and development institutes through the E&M InnoPortal, with a view to supporting and facilitating the application of innovative technologies by the Government to improve services, support smart city development and achieve carbon neutrality. Some of the award-winning innovative technologies from the Exhibition have been matched with bureaux and departments through the InnoPortal.

     The EMSD’s winning projects are:
Special Award

  • Tramway Derailment and Collision Prevention System

Gold medals

  • Smart Antifouling Seawater Screen
  • Integrated Self-sustained renewable-Energy Explorer (iSEE)
  • Tramway Derailment and Collision Prevention System

Silver medals

  • HKeToll – Free-flow Tolling System in HK
  • Integrated Intelligent Communication System in Correctional Institutions/Facilities
  • Intelligent Lift Door Inspector
  • Smart Overhead Rail Servicing Robot
  • Smart Toilet Management System
  • LPG Tank Inspection & Data Analysis with Intelligent Tanker Robot
  • Train-borne Railway Infrastructure Inspection System

Bronze medals

  • Smart Drainage System for Flood Monitoring using LPWAN IoT sensors and LoRaCam
  • City-level Robotic Inspection & Diagnostic System for Building Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence Video Analytics System for Escalator Monitoring in Wet Markets of Hong Kong
  • Speech-to-text Hub for Real-time Monitoring and Analysis in Customer Service Calls
  • LoRa Mesh Technology for Extending the IoT Network Coverage to the Rural Areas
  • Robotics-Enabled Fogger on Mosquito Control
  • Electrical Doctor – Real-time Health Diagnosis for Electricity Supply System
  • Solar Harvest Map (SHM)
  • Digital Log-books for Lifts and Escalators
  • Gas Pipe Health AI Prediction Model
  • Rail Track Collision Object Detection System
  • Passenger Misbehaviour Detection System

     The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva is one of the most significant global annual events on inventions. The event is held in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 26 to 30. About 1 000 inventions from 40 countries and regions were evaluated by the international jury of specialists. For details about the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, please visit inventions-geneva.ch/en/home.
     For information about the E&M InnoPortal, please visit inno.emsd.gov.hk/en/home.

DHS Awards $348,859 to The Foster Lane

 The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded The Foster Lane $348,859 to bring 23 parenting workshops to parents and people who support families in the Children’s Long Term Support (CLTS) Waiver program. This funding is part of a total of $17.3 million awarded to 69 organizations statewide. These grants are intended to improve Medicaid home and community-based services that help older adults or those who have disabilities.

The Foster Lane’s awarded project is specifically focused on bringing evidence inspired programing to families across the state via in person and virtual workshops. These workshops will be facilitated by The Foster Lane staff in any community that identifies needing/wanting to increase trauma informed parenting practices. There is a special focus of bringing LGBTQIA+ and trans-racial parenting focused workshops to rural and traditionally underserved populations across the state. The project will also target county and community workers who impact the lives of families who participate in the CLTS waiver program. This includes county agency workers, doctors, daycares, schools, etc.

“As a parent who wishes there were workshops like these available as I was parenting children with long term needs, I see just how important this information is to, not only parents and caregivers, but also the professionals who support the family. We are building these programs so families don’t have to struggle like ours did for so many years.” – Sarah Salisott, owner of The Foster Lane

Grant funding is made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). To learn more about the statewide grant opportunity and all funded projects, visit the DHS website. Questions about ARPA funding and DHS can be sent to the DHS media team at DHSMedia@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

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Japan – Compact CO2 Capture System Receives “Awards for Excellence” at the 2022 Nikkei Excellent Products and Services Awards

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) received the “Awards for Excellence” at the 2022 Nikkei Excellent Products and Services Awards sponsored by Nikkei Inc., for its compact CO2 capture system developed for wide range of industries. The awards ceremony was held today at The Okura Tokyo hotel in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
The Awards for Excellence, now in its 41st year, are presented annually for products and services that are in principle announced between January and December, and featured in Nikkei Inc. media. During 2022, a total of 20 new products or services (8 industrial products, 7 consumer products, and 5 services) were selected for Awards for Excellence from among 197 candidates. MHI’s compact CO2 capture system was highly evaluated for its compact and highly versatile module configuration that significantly shortens the time required for transport and installation.

The first compact CO2 capture system for commercial use has been operating since June 2022 at the Seifu-shinto biomass power plant operated by Taihei Dengyo Kaisha, Ltd.(Note1). The captured CO2 is used for growing vegetables in the company’s on-site greenhouses, contributing to measures to prevent global warming. One of the merits of the compact CO2 capture system is that its small size allows it to be applied for CO2 capture technologies in a wide range of industries globally, including “hard-to-abate” sectors(2). Going forward, MHI will expand its lineup of compact CO2 capture systems, and by providing new services beyond just installation, such as automatic operation and remote monitoring, establish an integrated customer support package from planning to after-sales service.

This compact CO2 capture system was recently named “CO2MPACT” (trademark registration pending). Looking ahead, MHI aims to enhance recognition globally, and promote stakeholders pursuing carbon neutrality. The name incorporates the aspects of “easiness,” “lightness,” “moving fast,” and “simple,” as the system will contribute to the advancement of the decarbonization sector and expand business opportunities.

MHI Group is currently strengthening its position in the Energy Transition, and the development of a CO2 solutions ecosystem is a core component of those initiatives. MHI Group will continue to help achieve wide-scale greenhouse gas emission reduction by introducing its high-performance CO2 capture technology globally. It will also press ahead in developing new solutions to contribute to global environment protection.

(1) For details on the first commercial compact CO2 capture system, see the following press release: www.mhi.com/news/22063001.html
(2) Hard-to-abate sectors are industries such as steel, chemicals, cement, and paper/pulp where the use of fossil fuels in the manufacturing process makes electrification challenging, making it difficult to achieve zero carbon emissions with existing technologies and materials alone.

About MHI Group’s CO2 capture technologies

MHI Group has been developing the KM CDR Process (Kansai Mitsubishi Carbon Dioxide Recovery Process) and the Advanced KM CDR Process in collaboration with Kansai Electric Power since 1990. As of February 2023, the company has delivered 14 plants adopting the KM CDR Process, and two more are currently under construction. The Advanced KM CDR Process uses KS-21, which incorporates technological improvements over the KS-1 solvent adopted at all 14 of the commercial CO2 capture plants the company has delivered to date. The advanced version offers superior regeneration efficiency and lower deterioration than KS-1, and it has been verified to provide excellent energy saving performance, reduce operation costs, and result in low amine emissions.

For further information on MHI Group’s CO2 capture plants:

About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

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Shyne Awards Foundation Seeks Nominations to Honor Achievements of Young Leaders

 The Shyne Awards Foundation, a non-profit organization that recognizes the positive achievements of teens and young adults, is seeking nominations for individuals to be honored at the 14th Annual Shyne Awards premiere ceremony. Nominees age 13 through 24 can be entered for distinction in arts, academics, community service, entrepreneurship, service in ministry, science, overcoming obstacles, or youth group participation.

“The Shyne Awards Foundation has been working to change the narrative of young people by showcasing their achievements,” Orlana Darkins Drewery, Co-Founder of The Shyne Awards Foundation, said. “We continue to strive towards empowering the young people in our communities and making a positive difference in their lives.”

Since its founding in 2007, The Shyne Awards has received hundreds of nominations from individuals across the country recognizing the positive actions of emerging young leaders. Nominations can be submitted by parents, coaches, educators, mentors, clergy, or peers. Over the years, The Shyne Award’s team and community partners have worked diligently to meet its mission of uplifting young adults, with remarkable results for hundreds of teens and their families.

“Our foundation continues to support positive change among our young people as we expand our efforts to make a brighter future for our communities,” Darnell Drewery, Co-Founder of The Shyne Awards Foundation, said.

Learn more about The Shyne Awards Foundation or donate to help the future of young people at theshyneawards.org. To nominate a teen or young adult for The Shyne Awards premiere ceremony, please visit: theshyneawards.org/nominate/. All nominations must be received by February 14th, 2023.

About The Shyne Awards Foundation
Founded in 2007, The Shyne Awards Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates public platforms to celebrate the achievements of youth between the ages of 13-24. The student empowerment organization recognizes young adults who excel in academics, visual and performing arts, science, community service, young adult groups, service in ministry, entrepreneurship, and overcoming adversity. The foundation is dedicated to uplifting young adults and providing a positive, empowering platform to help young adults build confidence. For information on how you can support The Shyne Awards Foundation, visit https://theshyneawards.org/.

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