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Ball State students and members of the local community have brought vintage style into their lives.

Long mirror? Check. Phone? Check. Outfit of the day? Check. Everything was ready to go. 

Patrick Phillips posed in front of the mirror, snapped a photo and uploaded the day’s “fit check” with its signature swirl and star emojis to their social media. These emojis are Phillips’ favorites. They said that the swirl reminds them of the ’80s and ’90s, and the star is a representation of aesthetics and good fortune.

They first started posting “fit checks” for personal enjoyment, saying they like to show people what they’re wearing, but Phillips also wants to encourage others to embrace being different and express themselves. 

“I like helping people and motivating people,” Phillips said. “I remember one time I was in North [Dining], and somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, look at this shirt. You’re the reason why I’m wearing this. You gave me the confidence to wear this shirt.’ And I felt really good. I’m like, ‘That’s what my intentions are. I want you to feel comfortable being yourself.’”

Phillips, a second-year fashion major, first got into vintage fashion back in their senior year of high school after dressing up for Throwback Thursday with their friend in ’80s outfits.

“I remember that day, I looked in the mirror, and I was like, ‘I’m really digging this style,’” Phillips said.


Second year fashion major Patrick Phillips, poses wearing vintage baggy jeans with an 80s era Mickey Mouse crewneck for a photo Nov. 27 at Park Hall. Andrew Berger, DN

Beginning to wear vintage clothing was a gradual process for them, and it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that they began to do a lot of research on the style. After that, Phillips began wearing ’80s and ’90s outfits all the time, thrifting the majority of their clothes.


Fashion or function? How 10 adolescent girls tackled taunts on ‘indecent clothing’ in their community

OSCAR Foundation is a sports for development organisation that uses football as a tool to engage children from underserved communities and equips them with key life skills necessary to make them resilient and future ready. 

This article was submitted as part of our call for articles on participatory approaches in sport for development. For more information and to find out how to submit, read the call for articles.

A key challenge along OSCAR’s journey was the mobilisation of female participants. In fact, a study by the BBC (2020) indicated that a mere 29% of surveyed women in India played sport. The primary reasons for the above were safety, strength and the inability for women to participate in sport during all times of the month. The findings are very consistent with our observations on the ground. In addition to the above, traditional gender roles which included chores such as cooking, filling water drums and taking care of younger siblings greatly restricted their leisure time and were therefore significant barriers for entry for female participants. Moreover, the perception of football attire, particularly shorts, as indecent clothing created hesitation not only among potential participants and their families but also among those willing to engage. Girls attending sessions often felt profound discomfort as they navigated the narrow, maze-like alleys, contending with taunts and unwelcome comments from passersby and residents in the communities, amplifying their unease.

OSCAR, in partnership with Vacha Charitable Trust and the Emerging Markets Foundation piloted a unique participatory approach in an attempt to address the stigmas associated with football attire. Ten girls (aged 9-12), under the mentorship of two coaches from their community, volunteered to engage in the project. Both coaches were instrumental in mobilising female participants from the communities and were regarded as role models by the girls. After deliberation

Kingston medical organization ‘bedrock’ of community health care

SEAMO allows more than 450 physicians to provide clinical care as well as education and research

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A little-known but important community organization is marking the first year since launching its new strategic plan.

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The Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) is a Kingston-based health-care organization that supports more than 450 physicians in the southeast region through four local organizations: Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Providence Care, Queen’s University and the Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s University.

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The organization operates through an Alternative Funding Plan agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a model that has allowed regional doctors to devote time more sustainably to both community health care, but also teaching and research.

“It’s essentially the funding plan that allows for almost all of the specialist positions in Kingston and the region,” Jane Philpott, dean of the faculty of health sciences and director of the school of medicine at Queen’s University, told the Whig-Standard during an interview.

Community members rally in support of Ottawa Co. Health Dept.

HOLLAND, Mich. — Hundreds of people gathered in Ottawa County Wednesday to show their support for the Department of Public Health.

The protest is the result of a weeks-long back and forth over the Ottawa County Public Health budget.

Community members rally in support of Ottawa Co. Health Dept.

Commission Chairperson Joe Moss, in August, suggested dropping down the budget to pre-COVID levels, with a $2.5 million general fund contribution and no COVID grants.

Health Officer Adeline Hambley warned a budget cut that significant would close her department within weeks of the new fiscal year.

Hambley told FOX 17 Tuesday that county officials boosted the proposed public health budget— $4.3 million from the general fund, along with $1.4 million from the department’s rainy-day fund.

She said the new numbers would allow the department to meet the state of Michigan’s standard funding requirement set back in 1993; however, she noted that the department may not be able to provide adequate services required by the state.

“There’s some concerns with some significant cuts to our core public health programs— immunizations, communicable disease, infection and prevention, investigation and STD infection prevention and testing,” Hambley explained.

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“It’s emotional. We’re all feeling some sort of emotion, and I think we all feel the love that we’re getting today,” Judy Kettering, an Ottawa County Community Health worker, said. “I am very hopeful, and if the outcome doesn’t, you know, turn out to be what we all want it to be, I hope it still saves a lot of services that the families around here really need and rely on.”

County Administrator John Gibbs said during Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting that the public health budget proposal still is 22% higher than fiscal year 2019.

Meanwhile, Chairperson Moss noted that the budget is not finalized, and

Residents of Kitimat, B.C. worried about safety after ER doctor sent to work in neighbouring community

The only hospital in Kitimat has experienced two instances of reduced emergency services in the past two weeks, leading local residents to worry about their safety in the industrial community that is home to a major aluminum smelter.

The Kitimat General Hospital had to close its emergency department overnight from 7 p.m. on July 20 until 8 a.m. the next day. The same situation occurred on July 13-14.

The Northern Health Authority said the disruptions were caused by their decision to transfer the emergency department physician from the Kitimat hospital to the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace, about 51 kilometres away.

“Every effort is being made to prevent emergency department service interruptions in the north — whether they are the result of physician or nursing staffing challenges. 

“Emergency departments are only ever on diversion as a last resort — when no other options are available,” Northern Health said in a written statement to CBC News on Wednesday.

British Columbian communities have seen the suspension of hospital emergency services caused by staff shortages in other parts of the province this year, including Saanich on Vancouver Island and Merritt in B.C.’s southern Interior.   

A CBC News analysis of emergency room closures last year found that emergency departments in 13 hospitals in rural B.C. communities were closed for the equivalent of around four months in 2022, an issue that the province attributed to staff shortages driven by waves of sick leaves and more lasting staff retention issues. 

Petition launched to keep Kitimat hospital open 24/7

The disruption in medical services prompted Kitimat resident Dylan Pollock to start an online petition on July 18, calling on Northern Health to recruit more health-care workers to keep the hospital’s emergency department open 24/7. 

The petition has garnered more than 1,100 signatures as of Thursday from the

Government of Canada Invests over $5 Million to Support Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions Services in Prince Edward Island

SOURIS, PE, July 20, 2023 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories to modernize Canada’s public health care system and adapt to the changing needs of Canadians.

To strengthen Canada’s universal public health care system, Budget 2023 highlighted the Government of Canada’s plan to provide close to $200 billion over 10 years, which includes over $1 billion to Prince Edward Island for timely access to a family health team provider, a sustainable workforce, better access to quality mental health services, and ensuring patients have access to their own electronic health information. Helping Canadians age with dignity, closer to home, with access to home care or care in a safe long-term care facility is another shared priority where collaborative work is already underway.

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced the signature of an agreement with Prince Edward Island to continue to improve access to home and community care, as well as mental health and addiction services. Through this agreement, Prince Edward Island received over $5 million for 2022-23 from the $11 billion, 10-year investment outlined in Budget 2017.

Building on the action plan of the previous agreement, the CanadaPrince Edward Island agreement outlines the following actions:

  • Strengthen home and community care by supporting the delivery of specialized community services programs, including:

  • Improve access to mental health and addictions services by:

The Government of Canada will continue to work closely with provinces and territories to support them in accessing the remaining four years of funding available for home and community care, and mental health

Community members step up to deal with lack of suitable clothing for Muslim women

Finding clothing in Winnipeg that allows Hadjer Bendifallah to be comfortable without compromising her religious values has been challenging, she says. 

Many Muslim women, including Bendifallah, seek out modest fashion that fits both their lifestyles and Islamic beliefs. It tends to reveal less skin, fit loosely and feature long dresses or pants.

While traditional items can be found in Winnipeg, some Muslim women want more places to buy their clothes. And that’s where community members are stepping up. 

“It is not easy to find the clothes that meet criteria for an Islamic outfit,” said Bendifallah, who moved from Algeria to Winnipeg in 2020.

“Often, for me, I tried to adapt with what is offered in the market, because the offers are limited, so it’s not easy to find an outfit.” 

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Comfort without compromise — helping Muslim women with fashion choices

Many Muslim women seek out modest fashion that fits both their lifestyles and Islamic beliefs. While traditional items can be found in Winnipeg, some Muslim women want more places to buy their clothes. And that’s where community members are stepping up.

One way Bendifallah’s gotten around the lack of availability is to order clothing online.

She also went to Algeria last year and brought back enough clothing to keep her covered for one year. 

“But it’s not easy for all people to go to their home country and bring clothes from there,” she said. 

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Hadjer Bendifallah moved to Canada from Algeria in 2020, but finding suitable clothes hasn’t been easy. Bendifallah also says it’s important to have more representation in stores. (Radjaa Abdelsadok/Radio-Canada)

Meriyema Seid opened Abijata Marketplace this past winter to help deal with the issue. 

The clothing store on Sargent Avenue imports items from Dubai, Turkey and sometimes

Community health volunteers in Yemen – Yemen


Across Yemen today, around 1.3 million pregnant or nursing mothers and 2.2 million children under age five require treatment for acute malnutrition. Health literacy is a critical tool for sustaining and saving their lives, especially when they are conflict-displaced and unable to access basic necessities like food, clean water, and primary healthcare.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) is supporting a refresher training for a network of 1,277 community health and nutrition volunteers to equip pregnant and breastfeeding women in 24 priority districts across 8 governorates with the right information to make the best health and nutrition choices they can for themselves and their infants, during and after their pregnancies.

Dhiya Saif, 28, is expecting her first child next month. She and her family were displaced by conflict five years ago, and now live in Aden, Yemen. The unaffordability of food, more than its availability, presents a major challenge for this family.

“There is a community health volunteer who has given me the information I have needed to improve my health awareness, and ensure my baby is well-nourished and in good health,” Dhiya says. “I am so much looking forward to giving birth – I cannot wait to hold my baby for the first time!”

For years, Yemen has ranked among the world’s most acutely food-insecure countries. As the country’s nutrition situation continues to deteriorate in 2023, some 378,000 people – over half of them children and nearly one-quarter women – are projected to become newly displaced, according to the 2023 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). The same report states that some 86 percent of all children from 6 months to five years of age currently suffer from

Plus-size clothing swap in Vancouver will offer free clothes — and community

A new plus-size clothing swap will offer Vancouverites free second-hand clothing size 14 and up, but organizers say it will also offer more than that. 

Organizers of YVR Fat Clothing Swap say they want to create a welcoming community for those who have historically been excluded from the fashion industry. 

“In Vancouver it can be hard to find inclusive spaces as a fat person,” said clothing swap co-organizer Andrina Fawcett. 

Fawcett and others have been collecting donations over the past month for their first swap, which will take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Celebrities Nightclub on Davie Street. 

They estimate they have amassed between 600 and 900 plus-size garments. 

Fawcett says there are few clothing options in bigger sizes in Vancouver, and the limited selection often comes with a high price tag. 

“We found ourselves really frustrated by how expensive and sparse options for fashionable fat clothing are in this city,” Fawcett said. 

“We wanted to do something about it.” 

Co-organizer Isobel Bemrose-Fetter hopes the event will keep clothing out of landfills while fostering body positivity. 

“There is a broad range in body types, and that’s pretty beautiful,” she said. 

Bemrose-Fetter says the event will give plus-size people the opportunity to shop and meet others in a safe and comfortable space. 

“You’re around other people who look like you. And so it can be a really great way to try and engage with your community and get opinions,” she said. 

Entry is by donation with a suggested donation of $10. Organizers recommend each person take around five items. 

Organizers say they hope to host more similar swaps in the future. 

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Vancouver-based model and writer Lydia Okello says the city lacks community spaces for plus-size people. 

“Events like this make me feel positive and excited

Community Leaders Team Up to Help Break Stigma Around Youth Mental Health

AdventHealth for Children and Heart of Florida United Way are teaming up to start a movement that gets children, parents, and all Central Floridians talking about mental health and empowers them to “Be a Mindleader.”

The “Be a Mindleader” campaign aims to get curated, expert information into the hands of kids, parents, caregivers, coaches, mentors, and teachers and help facilitate life-changing conversations about mental health between children, teens, and the adults in their lives. This vital message will also reach Spanish- and Creole-speaking communities.

Half of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, yet only one in three parents regularly discusses mental health with their children, according to AdventHealth research. And for those who suffer, it can take up to 11 years to get a diagnosis and seek treatment.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, talking about mental health is one of the best ways to reduce the stigma, create hope, and lead people to seek care.

“A ‘Mindleader’ speaks up when they’re having a hard time and makes others feel safe to speak up, too. By creating more ‘Mindleaders’ in our community, we can break down the stigma that keeps someone from reaching out for help and save children’s lives,” explained Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, senior executive officer of AdventHealth for Children. “The number of children today who are struggling with mental illness is staggering. Nearly every shift, our emergency departments, pediatricians, and psychiatrists care for children struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, and suicidal ideation.”

Launching this month, www.BeAMindleader.com can connect parents, families, and Central Floridians to:

  • Mental health hotlines and suicide and crisis prevention resources
  • Tips and advice for starting conversations with kids and handling difficult situations, such as bullying and eating disorders
  • The AdventHealth for Children’s Mental Health Navigation team that can help parents find providers
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