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Command Climate Specialists Attend Equal Opportunity Training Summit Story Number: NNS150731-01Release Date: 7/31/2015 7:28:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Karolina A. Oseguera, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A military equal opportunity professional development training summit was held on Naval Air Station North Island July 28-30 for command climate specialists (CCS). 

The summit was a three-day event aimed to enhance a command's ability to assess the Command Managed Equal Opportunity program and provided advice in improving working environments and culture for commands and Sailors. 

The event kicked off with an address from Fleet Master Chief April Beldo sharing her experiences in the Navy as an African-American woman. She expressed excitement and enthusiasm when speaking about the diversity in the Navy and referred to it as a 'melting pot'.

"We all bring something great to the table and we are similar in that we each want to play a role in this mission," said Beldo. "It is everyone's responsibility to hold ourselves and each other accountable and for leadership to set the tone in treating others with dignity and respect."

Throughout the course of three days, the summit covered various topics such as command climate, equal opportunity, sexual harassment policies and complaint processing. Each day included exercises, group discussions and lectures from subject matter experts. 

"This training is a tremendous tool for commands," said George Bradshaw, director of Navy Sexual Harassment Prevention and Equal Opportunity. "We are providing command climate specialists with solutions based on results and we are introducing a climate of proactivity rather than reactivity."

Command climate specialists are experienced leaders who take the task of determining the climate of each command by conducting annual surveys. They also provide training on equal opportunity issues and ensure that all formal complaints and command issues are addressed.

"Growing up I did experience discrimination," said Chief Ship's Serviceman Carlos Baray. "When I decided to come into the Navy, being a minority, I knew this job would fit me because I saw all the diversity within. I chose to become a CCS so I can help and teach others about equal opportunity."

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Atlantis Health Care Group to Launch Cultural Exchange Program to Develop First Dialysis STEM Platform in Puerto Rico

Atlantis Health Care Group to launch cultural exchange program to develop first dialysis STEM platform in Puerto Rico. Undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students, dialysis patients, High School and Middle School students from the mainland US and Puerto Rico will participate in the first dialysis science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) educational program pilot. DORADO, Puerto Rico – June 16, 2016 -- Atlantis Health Care Group (AHG), University of Puerto Rico Mayague
[Atlantis Health Care Group to Launch Cultural Exchange Program to Develop First Dialysis STEM Platform in Puerto Rico]
San Juan, PR, June 17, 2016 --( Atlantis Health Care Group (AHG), University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM) STEM Program, The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation (SRL), Launch Team Consulting, and Linfield Christian School (LCS) have launched a partnership to develop the first dialysis science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) educational platform targeting high school and middle school students, and undergraduate pre-licensure nursing students in Puerto Rico. Objectives: The cultural exchange program will provide first time exposure and learning processes incorporating hands on and theoretical application of the biosciences, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, and engineering technology using an integrated end stage renal disease (ESRD) simulation lab. The program addresses: 1. Introduction to Epidemiology/Population Health: Incidence and prevalence of kidney failure (root cause analysis [RCA]) 2. Biochemistry: Basic introduction on biochemistry and general anatomy & physiology 3. Engineering: Technology and engineering application of water systems (introduction to basic water safety: reverse osmosis, infection control, electrolyte balance) 4. Technology: Basic introduction and navigation of the national healthcare database.

The program builds upon and will interface with a unique approach to patient/family education about dialysis by having patients and family members learn more of the details of dialysis by taking them through the process at the Atlantis ESRD simulation lab. This concept was generated by dialysis patients and staff, and is closely aligned with the Center of Medicare and Medicaid services push to increase patient centered care as well as community outreach. “Engaging students early-on in their academic pathway, using this program as a way to excite them about technology and science, is a very unique opportunity within the dialysis field,” said Atlantis CEO, Ruby Harford.

The program will take place June 20th, 2016 - June 24th, 2016 at the Atlantis Health Care Group Dorado Training Center in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico background over the last year: UPRM and AHG have partnered on the development of a patient engagement program for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) for the end stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) program on the island of Puerto Rico. Based on the multidisciplinary and STEM nature of the program, the unique opportunity in working with the first ESRD simulation lab established in both Puerto Rico and the US mainland, it was felt the program should be opened to STEM programs at the middle and high school level. The ESRD lab incorporates a basic introduction to the bioscience and engineering aspects on bio health, bioscience, and technology. As such, a proposal to pilot a cultural STEM program between Puerto Rico and Linfield's school system was introduced. In 2015, discussions between Dr. Ruby Harford, Dr. Celia Colon (UPRM Principal Lead), and Dr. Ruth Young commenced on the coordination of an ESRD STEM project, STEM Simulation Lab Approach.

Under the direction of Dr. Ruth Young, Chief Academic Officer from LCS, implementation of a Bio Science STEM Program is under development. The CREOM/LCS STEM collaborative provides a first time cultural exchange pilot program for LCS. AHG has reserved 13 spaces for LCS's STEM program.

Launch Team Consulting has signed on to supply logistical and training support. LTC is an Organizational Development and Global Leadership Consulting company that provides strategic training, executive coaching, business logistics, and has the ability to design specific interactive organizational group/team training programs to meet the needs of business today.

Launch Team is a disabled veteran and minority-owned small business lead by Dr. Joy Wright, one of the first women to integrate a Naval Aircraft Carrier, and Ray Leonard Jr., a sports and entertainment management executive.

The program has also garnered the support of Legendary Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and his SRL Foundation. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation ( was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding research and creating awareness for childhood type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children lead healthier lives through diet and exercise.