Update: Doug Combs was located just after 5 p.m. and is safe. He has been transported to the hospital to be evaluated Doug Combs, 69, of Haywood County was last seen at his home on Chestnut Walk Drive in Waynesville yesterday morning. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Combs, please contact Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Captain Tony Cope at (828) 452-6666.
When it comes to protecting the security of your assets in a cloud environment, the core questions are: What do I need to know and what do I need to do? These are questions I, together with Brian Foster from McAfee, will address in an upcoming session—“Do I need a private cloud?”—at the McAfee FOCUS Security Conference, taking place Oct. 18-20 in Las Vegas. While we can’t explore these questions in depth in this post, we can at least get started down the path.Before we start though, we need to have a clear picture of the “asset” we are securing. If your company produces highly specialized, high value products, then the asset has high value and demands greater protection. If your company produces open source software, then perhaps a lesser degree of protection would suffice. With this in mind, consider the following:1. Understand the services you are consuming and the associated risks.Many organizations don’t have a clear view of the cloud services they are consuming and the risks those services pose to the organization. Let’s take a simple example: Are you using Gmail or hosted Microsoft Exchange for your company’s email? While both email services are reasonably secure, Exchange is generally considered to be more appropriate for corporate environments.Once you have a clear picture of the asset, you will then need to make certain that the security of the services is appropriate.2. Provide the proper security training for all employees.Your own people are one of the keys to overall security, and one of the risks. If, for example, a single employee opens a malicious attachment on an email message, you could end up with a significant breach in security.This reality points to the need for ongoing security training and awareness efforts. When it comes to the security of your systems, applications, and data, all employees are on the front lines.3. Build a secure infrastructure.Cloud security is a multi-layered problem that requires multiple layers of security at both the client and the data center level. Some of these layers overlap, such as network firewalls and intrusion prevention systems that help protect both client and server systems.At the client level, you want to take all the usual steps, such as requiring all client systems to run anti-malware software that automatically updates itself on a regular basis and is optimized for the client to minimize system performance impact.At the data center level, you need to put trusted compute pools in place to create a security foundation. This hardware-level security is enabled by technologies such as Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), which protects IT infrastructure against software-based attacks. It does this by checking the consistency in behaviors and launch-time configurations against a “known good” sequence.Complement this launch-time security with a well coordinated approach to security across your network, servers, data, and storage that helps you identify and stop attacks in real time. By connecting policies and controls across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, your data center team can enable secure, elastic, on-demand services without compromising on compliance or jeopardizing availability.While they may seem obvious, these simple steps are extremely important. If you haven’t fully covered them, you’ve got holes in your cloud security strategy.We’ll talk more on this at the data center track session on Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the FOCUS event. In the meantime, push forward with your security efforts.
Follow these steps to strengthen your relationship with donors and increase retention rates. In my next post on this topic, I’ll share some key strategies for creating email newsletters that won’t immediately see the delete button.With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build the strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org. You’ve seen it happen: When we stop putting energy into relationships with family and friends—relying on past interactions to hold us together—those relationships tend to fall apart. Like your college roommate or that work friend from your first job.Relationships with organization’s donors require the same kind of focus and energy for the duration—if you want to keep them happy, involved, and giving.Unfortunately, recent research suggests that most fundraisers are doing a poor job of maintaining connections, with donor retention rates at an all-time low of 39%. That means your organization could be cut from the give-to list at any point.But there is a proven approach to stopping this fatal attrition—placing hyperfocus on relationships with existing donors to keep them close. That’s mammoth potential, and your donor newsletter is a vital tool for bringing it to life.Here’s how to put your newsletter into play:1. Share, don’t ask.The primary goal of both print and e-newsletters is to reshape your donor relationships from transactional to one that’s more personal, productive, and long term—the big three of donor retention.The only way to get there is to get beyond the ask. After your prompt thanks to a donor for her first gift, you want to invite her further into your organization. Make her feel acknowledged, appreciated, and right at home, just as you would the first time you invite a new friend into your home.In much the same way, your newsletter invites donors in to experience your organization’s (and community’s) personality, promises, and values in a rich, close way.2. Connect your content and your people.Think of your newsletters as opportunities to visit with a donor. Your print newsletter (vital if your donor base skews heavily toward older supporters) is like a rich, immersive visit where you have the opportunity to get into deep conversation. (In many cases, an occasional print newsletter can actually help your organization stand out.) On the other hand, your e-news is more like a quick drop-in.Stories form the core of your newsletter. Prioritize the elements donors focus on most: photos, headlines, photo captions, and articles. Here’s where you show what your donors’ gifts have accomplished and tell how much you appreciate them.Send this version of yournewsletter in both formats only to active and recent donors so your voice stays clear and focused.3. Keep it all about donors—with an imaginary editorial board.It’s tough to remember that your organization is just one small part of your donors’ lives, especially when you live your job. But consider your personal donations—how often do you think about the organizations you support?Keep your donors front and center with an imaginary editorial board composed of personas (aka profiles: how-tos here) representing up to nine of your most important donor segments.Then, get to know your editorial board members by surrounding your desk with these profiles, and keep them in front of you while you write. It sounds hokey, but it works!4. Make it easy to recognize and remember.Using a different mix of written and graphic content, and sometimes even different layouts, for every issue is the most common error in print newsletter production. Ugh!Although this “use whatever we’ve got” or “let’s keep it from getting boring” approach might make it easier for you to get the newsletter out the door, you’re making it tough for donors to recognize it at a glance (that’s all the time you get) and absorb it.Instead, create a content formula or mix based on your donor personas’ wants and interests. Consistently following this formula makes it easier for you to find and craft the content you need and for readers to recognize your newsletter at a glance—increasing the odds that they’ll read it.
With debates, caucuses, and primaries flooding the public’s attention, it can feel like it will be even more difficult to connect with donors (and raise funds!) this year. Many nonprofits might wonder if there is a magic formula for standing out during an election year.There is, but it’s more common sense than magic. Nonprofit advisor Joan Garry collected some great insight from fundraising and marketing experts on this very topic. Be sure to check out her recent roundup of advice, which includes my own take on the subject:In 2016, just like every other year, your fundraising appeals and donor communications should seek to strengthen your relationship with supporters. You can do this by speaking to them in a way that is more personal and highly relevant.Here are four ways to better connect with your supporters and stand out in a crowd:Plan consistent, compelling communication.Want to be first in line for a charitable gift? Start now and create a meaningful dialogue with your donors. Regular outreach that evokes the reasons why your supporters care about your work will help build a relationship that will pay off when it comes time to send your next appeal. (Learn how to create your own editorial calendar.)Get the right message to the right donors.Do your campaigns feel generic or custom-made for your donors? Create a basic marketing strategy for each segment of donors based on why, when, and where they give. The more tailored a message, the more it will stand out in a sea of mass communications. This is always important, but will be even more so in 2016. Yes, it’s a little more work, but with the right data and tools, your job will be easier and your results will be significantly better. (Network for Good’s easy-to-use donor management software can help!)Focus on the impact a donor’s gift has—and will have.When you tell the story of how your work gets done, keep your donors at the heart of it. Consider how many ways you can highlight how your donors make a difference for your cause, your beneficiaries, and your community. Tell authentic stories about your work so your donors can feel their impact come to life.Help donors see themselves in your work and let them feel like part of your team.This is where political campaigns shine, so follow suit. Generate a sense of community with social proof and the leverage the pull of identity. Illustrate these powerful concepts when you ask for a gift through your nonprofit’s donation page or during peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.
Posted on May 14, 2013March 8, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On May 12th, NPR ran a story, C-Sections Deliver Cachet For Wealthy Brazilian Women, that explores the extraordinary numbers of Cesarean deliveries occurring in Brazil. The author discusses various factors that might be contributing to the issue: To what extent are women demanding Cesarean births? Are doctors pressuring women to opt for surgery? Are Cesarean births becoming a “status” symbol? The author also examines the role of doulas, or birth coaches–and raises questions about how doulas, fairly uncommon in Brazil, might serve as a critical intervention in supporting women who would like to have a vaginal birth but are feeling pressured into a Cesarean delivery. Excerpt from the piece:There is a debate in Brazil as to why the rate here is so high. Doctors like Sasaoka say it’s due to the demand. But new mother Mariana — who doesn’t want her last name used for fear of offending her doctor — says often women feel bullied into it. She says she wanted to have a vaginal delivery. “My doctor said to me he’d have more control in a C-section than in a natural birth,” she says. He also told her he would also almost certainly have to do an episiotomy — a procedure where the vaginal opening gets cut to allow for delivery. She was terrified. She says her doctor kept telling her that C-sections were better, and that she felt pressure to have one.Read the full story. Listen to the audio version of the story. Learn about the Maternal Health Task Force’s work to better understand the under- and over-use of Cesarean births in low-income countries. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on August 19, 2013February 16, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In “Ending preventable maternal deaths: the time is now” published today in The Lancet Global Health, a group of maternal health experts call on the global health community to not only commit to ending preventable maternal deaths, but to set a specific timeline for doing so. Citing the maternal health manifesto adopted at the 2013 Global Maternal Health Conference, the authors lay out a series of priorities for the development framework that will follow the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The authors suggest that“An ambitious but realistic global target is to reduce maternal mortality ratios to less than 50 per 100 000 live births by 2035.” Along with this target, the authors propose new approaches to both measuring and achieving progress. From the article:“This method would help to focus planning for maternal survival. For all countries with estimated maternal mortality ratios of less than 400 in 2010, the goal would be a steady progression past a series of 5 year milestones to reach the global target. The expectation that every country would cross one milestone within every 5 year interval will provide a method to measure each country’s progress, and will also contribute to global progress. The 5 year milestones for countries with high initial maternal mortality ratios (>400) would be individually designed and tracked. Countries with an estimated maternal mortality ratio of less than 100 would be expected to move to lower values according to defined milestones, but with a focus on internal subpopulations whose maternal mortality is higher than the national rate. Strategies to implement targeted interventions to reduce maternal mortality need to address more than the clinical causes of death—they should respond to changing demographics, meet the specific needs of women for reproductive health, and address contextual features such as challenges caused by changes in health-care systems. These challenges include financial incentives, the effects of decentralisation, the role of the private sector, and urbanisation. Universal access to high-quality health services, including family planning and information and services for reproductive health (especially for vulnerable and at-risk populations), should be put at the centre of efforts to achieve the vision of ending maternal deaths.”For more on the ongoing planning process for the post-2015 development agenda, visit the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda final report.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 30, 2014November 4, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today and tomorrow up to 800 maternal, newborn, and child health leaders will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2014 World Health Organization’s (WHO) Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum. Given the current environment of determining the post-2015 agenda, this meeting is critical in gathering world leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting and ensuring the health of women and their children around the world.Since the contextual factors that impact maternal, newborn, and child health are diverse, representatives at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum include public and private sector representatives and experts in health, gender and development, nutrition and education. This diverse group of participants will allow conclusions of the forum to address how diverse sectors can all support supporting and ensuring maternal, newborn, and child health.The Partners’ Forum will also include the launch of four landmark reports:Every Newborn Action Plan provides a concrete plan and platform for improving neonatal health and preventing newborn deaths and stillbirths.Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health Report spotlights 10 countries that serve as models for making considerable progress improving maternal and child health, especially for high-need countries.Countdown to 2015 Report for 2014 is a report that assesses current coverage and equity of coverage of maternal and child health interventions and the financial, policy and health systems factors that determine if proven life-saving interventions are delivered to woman and children.State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (Africa focused launch) highlights progress and challenges that 41 Sub-Saharan countries have seen since 2011 in delivering life-saving midwifery services.Tune into the discussion happening at PMNCH’s Partners’ Forum by going to the #PMNCHLive Hub, #PMNCHLive Daily Delivery sign-up, and #PMNCHLive on twitter.Are you attending the PMNCH Partners’ Forum? Would you like to share your experience or reaction to the discussions taking place? Please contact Katie Millar on how you can be a guest contributor to the MHTF Blog. Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 15, 2014May 9, 2017By: Christina Rawdon, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance ZimbabweClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)How great it would be if all women the world over were free from any form of disrespect and abuse (D&A) in their life time; not because I am a woman but because I am an advocate for human rights with love for other human beings.Health care professionals are the pillar of respectful maternity care (RMC). Who disrespects and abuses women in health facilities? It is often but not always the health professionals. Employees such as auxiliaries, cleaners and hospital guards may also be the perpetrators. Sometimes these employees act as gatekeepers and they may cause untold suffering before the women come into contact with health care providers.RMC affects every nerve of the health care system and permeates reproductive health policies, and yet RMC is not enforced anywhere in the system. RMC campaigns must include everyone involved in providing maternal health services to ensure that everyone is well-informed and understands how to translate RMC theory into action. This will ensure that all forms of D&A are addressed and eliminated at every level of the health care system.Interest generated at the global level should trickle down to the national level and support the development of policies that protect women from D&A and the means to apply them. Reproductive health policies and systems should offer women an environment where they can access maternity care with dignity, and enjoy pregnancy and childbirth without fear of D&A. Low resource countries face particular challenges due to severe shortages of staff, tools, equipment and training—all of which are implicated as underlying causes of D&A—and campaigning for RMC in such environments is particularly challenging. RMC is synonymous with quality, woman-centered care, but how can such care be provided when there is just one midwife available to assist over 100 mothers?The issue of D&A is complex and in order to successfully address it at the country-level, multiple advocacy strategies and campaigns need to target all aspects of health care. This includes raising awareness among policy makers, health care providers and those who provide auxiliary services in maternity departments; community mobilization and empowerment regarding human rights; improving the health system infrastructure; provision of adequate resources and commodities; enforcement of reproductive health policies (for example, through free maternity and family planning services).As White Ribbon Alliance campaigns for RMC, a simultaneous assessment of the barriers to RMC should be taking place to better inform the demands for improved working environments. Campaigning for RMC is a long-term commitment, and one that will need to be replicated and scaled up to realize effect. Every woman deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, to be well informed and involved in making the decisions about her healthcare and preferences, and to be provided with the quality health care that she needs. Considering the vast discrepancies between the standards of midwifery trainings internationally and even regionally within one single county, it cannot be assumed that every health professional is knowledgeable about their responsibility to deliver RMC. RMC must be considered a core input in pre-service and in-service training as well as in maternal and perinatal audits so that the issue of D&A receives the attention it deserves.Though RMC campaigns will vary in quality and coordination, the successes will be reflected in positive outcomes; some outcomes will be realized immediately and others only after some time, but recognizing the long-term benefits is key to ensuring that RMC is available to every mother and child.This post was originally posted by the White Ribbon Alliance.To promote the WHO’s consensus statement,”Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth”, follow #EndDisrespect and contact Natalie Ramm at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our social media toolkit.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on December 9, 2014November 2, 2016By: Katie Millar, Technical Writer, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today, WHO released the annual World Malaria Report for 2014. This report reviews the state of malaria throughout the world and also provides 98 country profiles detailing epidemiologic, policy, financing, intervention coverage, and impact information.Preventing malaria through intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) remains a key strategy and appears in the Roll Back Malaria objectives and targets for 2015. The key indicator for IPTp remains the same: the proportion of women who received at least three or more doses of IPTp during ANC visits during their last pregnancy.The report also summarizes the state of national IPTp policies. Country profiles state whether or not an IPTp policy is in place and, if so, when it was adopted. In addition, the report details the number of new IPTp policies adopted in 2013: a total of 37 new policies were adopted, 34 of which occurred in the African Region. Lastly, for each country the report recommends if policies should be adopted on either IPTp or seasonal malarial chemoprevention and summarizes the current antimalarial drug policies for IPTp.Check out the full report!