Access For People of All Ages

The Senior Care Coordination program is to address the medical and non-medical gaps that exist within the vulnerable population of Black and Brown seniors who reside in congregate housing.


Culturally Relevant Messaging

Given the latest statistics regarding vaccine reluctance among youth and the overall low vaccination rates among Black and Brown communities, BCM believes it now time to again pivot our focus on outreach and vaccination education to counteract the misinformation and support the increase of COVID-19 vaccinations.

2x the mortality of White/Asians

The Facts

African Americans have the highest rates of vaccine hesitancy and represent the largest risk group

81+ Clinics

Facilitated by BCM

2,565+ Vaccines Given

By BCM 

12+ Flu Clinics

Converted by BCM

<10% single vaccine shots

African-Americans (KFF.org)

110K Cases

in Allegheny County

<6% Vaccinated in PA

African-Americans (KFF.org)

3,834 Dead

in Allegheny Country

1 / 555 Dead

Per 100k - African American

Our Response to COVID-19

We believe that everyone deserves access to medical care, regardless of mobility. We are committed to providing COVID-19 vaccinations to persons who are homebound. This includes anyone who is determined homebound by Medicare, as well as people with disabilities, those who are deaf or hard of hearing, people who are blind or have limited vision, and those living at home in marginalized communities.

Our Work

Transforming Lives Through Service

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About Us

Every day in Homewood someone struggles with hunger; a child faces difficulty in school; a family encounters homelessness; a mother grieves the loss of a child to gun violence.

Every day our community confronts these and other obstacles often too difficult to face and simultaneously too vast to ignore: Violence. Hunger. Homelessness. Skyrocketing Reassessments. Addictions. (Desperation) Trafficking. Severe Historic Systemic Neglect.

       

Our Battle

But there is Bethany Community Ministries! Looking through both a transformative and charitable lens, Bethany Community Ministries (BCM) stands as a vanguard striving to overcome the obstacles faced by the Homewood Community by: feeding the hungry, providing safety for children, consoling families who grieve the violent death of a loved one, and addressing the holistic health and wellness of the community. Over the past 20 years, we have administered these services by providing an array of community spawned programs.

       

Pittsburgh faces a unique challenge

We live in an area that could be particularly well-suited for life but any and all of our potential for amazing biomedical research or heavy industry is overshadowed by our long-history of producing dangerous software systems whereby through several generations of systemic decline and limited access to equal opportunities there demographic was only ever denied by a select few and that in everything being kept quiet between all parties involved they were able to effectively kill any "black-and-proud" cyberwarfare-minded yinzer before he even existed.

The only one the author has ever interacted with lived in Africa and he has 10 years of informal experience. He could probably fight a fortune 500 for $50.

Photo by engin akyurt

Where are we at? Who can we bring up?

No all-encompassing opensource telehealth solution or ai-based 'whatever' a full year or so into COVID unlike NY, CA, AZ, MA, and several others despite.

We have 20-30% more African-Americans in assisted living than national average when you take into account above-average representation in younger populations.

Historical trauma, systemic neglect, and brain drain exists at all levels for everyone. However, matriarchal deaths appear as though they will  be particularly damaging: both statistically and culturally for black populations. 

Politically conflicted with a lack of public messaging. Every faucet of institutional power seems intent on using it's limited compliance as an instrument of counter-resistance but the law doesn't support them.

Extractive out-of-state 3rd parties fighting our attempts at asserting localized self-governance doesn't reflect well, especially when you rush through your GDPR/HIPPA/HOPPA/etc# compliance stuff before it's due and you publish it early.

Anyone can make a formal request. Logs are still kept. Questions can be asked of very specific roles deep within a company.

Essential Utilities

Searching for faithful accounts of daily events shouldn't feel like a painful chore. Neither should basic non-profit managmeent

Secure connections weren't discouraged; they were deliberately disabled for profit.


Being in an algorithm should take informed consent and comply with retro-active removal of said consent.

Core Services

While some of us our still learning how to transition to an online workplace those with the most time supporting one are now under seige by broken standards.

Good cryptography takes time and skill but Google forcing a 3rd party of yours to depend on a broken one from 2014 is and was always only ever a calculated move.

The 'Hillary email' thing won't work.

Culture


Our most enthusiastic populations have been filtered from view and made the target of unfair scrutiny for their sincerity. 

Simultaneously however, in only pursuing COVID-19 we are leaves our children in danger of excessive data extraction or abuse.

Children and non-digital natives should be protected and allowed to explore online without anxiety.

Wisdom

Some of our most respected leaders have been silenced, wherever they might reside, we will never minimize their wealth of lived experience or their place in our lives because they're eccentric or have questionable standards on something we uniquely value.

Everything in this world is built off the shoulders of giants so that should mean being allowed to carry them around on our shoulders too.

News / Reporting

Misinformation campaigns rooted in exploitative advertisement practices and irresponsible accounting has contributed significantly to the spread of COVID.

Civilian Researchers

Independent software contributor and grass-roots organizers have made large strides in research, policy, manufacturing, and finally something we can implement.

Healthcare Workers

While they entered the pandemic understaffed and underequipped they have never stopped. Despite an abject failure to be provided for they still persist.

Politics

While sometimes under threat of death; anyone who chose to guard, reform , or transform their respective institutions is owed our faith, respect, and gratitude.

Biden Authorized 5G ORAN Initiative

Biden Passes new 1T Bipartisan Bill (largely technical)

Amazon recieves 888M fine for violating data laws

Microsoft 365 Email Backdoor was a deliberate exploit

Deliberate complications cause by Google's settings exposed the entire NY school districts  G-Drive data

COVID related research is 50% more likely to be malicious 

300M in Fines have been issued against American Companies through the GDPR

90M+ Cryptojackings, 304M+ Ransom Attacks, 57M IoT Attacks and 4% encrypted threats

Large organizations responsible for protecting data dependent on Google  will still use 128-bit crypto

National messaging against misinformation using positivity was found to be 30% effective

Facebook begins disabling research accounts to hide evidence of criminality.

It is 100% illegal to use Microsoft,  Google, or Amazon devices in german school or politics

Zoom incompatible with GDPR

1/4 of the United States GDP is expected to be stolen annually by 2025

Telehealth recieves 60% utilization in Boston courtesy of free software

VA increased telehealth 235% and can reach 900,000 people

Telehealth recieves 60% utilization in Boston courtesy of free software

Developer burnout at 60-70%

The City of Utah has a city-scale education and telehealth research program

West Harlem, NY has 5G