Monthly Archive: April 2021


COVID-19 vaccines give us our best shot at beating the virus. Concerned about what’s in them? These facts may give you peace of mind.

No live coronavirus in the vaccine

None of the current vaccines use the real coronavirus to build immunity. Instead, they deliver instructions to your cells to make a harmless piece of the virus called the spike protein. This teaches the immune system to fight the real virus. But there’s no way the vaccines can give you COVID-19.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to deliver those instructions. Janssen’s vaccine uses another harmless virus to deliver the coronavirus’s DNA into your body. And it can’t change your own DNA in any way.

Also not included

The vaccines also do not have:

  • Preservatives, such as thimerosal (which contains an organic form of mercury)
  • Formaldehyde, used to help make some vaccines
  • Eggs, latex or antibiotics. Some people are allergic to these things.
  • Microchips. No one is putting microchips in the vaccines to track us. That’s a myth. In fact, it’s not even possible to do so.

Talk to your doctor

Like all vaccine ingredients, those in the COVID-19 vaccine serve a specific purpose. Some help the vaccine work. Others are needed to help make the vaccine. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns about what’s in the vaccines.

You can help make your shot even safer by telling your doctor if you:

  • Have any allergies or other health problems
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine

This newsletter is published as a community service for the friends and members of Aetna Better Health of Kansas. This newsletter contains general health information that should not replace the advice or care you get from your provider. Always ask your provider about your own health care needs.


PARSONS, Kan.—The SKIL Resource Center recently held mandatory diversity training for its entire staff, said SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney. Staff at the Independent Living Center’s downtown Parsons headquarters, six branch offices, the Assistive Technology for Kansans and K-Loan offices participated in the formal training on April 20 and 21, 2021. The training, which lasted approximately two and one half hours, was held virtually via ZOOM due to COVID-19 concerns, Coatney said.

Coatney’s executive assistant Adina Harrison, who is a member of SKIL’s Diversity Team, led the virtual training assisted by Coatney, which included education on racial bias and systemic racism, information about the LGBTQ community, gender identity and its use of proper pronouns, and lively staff discussion on the topics.

“As we fight for disability rights and hold trainings on diversity, it is long overdue that we include trainings on all marginalized minority communities,” said Coatney. “Everyone has bias. We get it from our experiences and our background.”

Harrison, who wrote the presentation assisted by SKIL’s Diversity Team, said she appreciated the opportunities the training created.

“It was an honor to take part in creating this training to help represent groups of minorities who don’t normally get recognized,” she said. “I am grateful to have reached fellow co-workers—especially when receiving messages about how inspired and enlightened it has made people feel.”

SKIL, as a Center for Independent Living, welcomes everyone. It serves people with all disabilities or those whose environment is disabling. Headquartered in downtown Parsons, SKIL has branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan. It also operates Assistive Technology for Kansans offices in Parsons and Wichita, and the K-Loan office in Parsons.

For more information, call Parsons SKIL at: 1-800-688-5616 or contact any SKIL office.

Safe Haven Fundraiser

Safe Haven is doing an Adopt-A-Room fundraiser to help with maintenance refreshing and renewing! To help with this we are asking local businesses to make a donation to purchase the supplies needed in each area of the house.

Living room – $500.00 (Paint, replace rotten door frame, clean carpet and furniture and new curtains that fit)

Kitchen- $1500.00 (Repair kitchen floor and replace flooring, repair chairs for table or replace, paint)

Bedrooms (3) – $700.00 (New dressers, paint, new curtains and bedding, clean carpets)

Bathroom (2) – $500.00 (Replace sheetrock around shower, paint, new curtains and shower curtain and rugs)

Laundry room – $2500.00 (New updated washer and dryer, curtains and paint)

Flower beds – $350.00 (New plants, mulch or rock and container plants for planters)

Safe Haven is also planning is a work day on May 21, 22, and 23rd 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for anyone who would like to come out and donate time to help with repairs and yard work. Lunch will be provided. If you can help please call 620-605-6107 or 620-717-1444

April 9, 2021

Hello From Shari

Many people don’t realize that hate, intolerance and discrimination are not based only upon color of the skin today. Historically; however, there was much more focus on skin color involving these evils than there is currently. We have made some progress, thankfully. Now we have Federal Protected Classes: Race, Color, Religion or Creed, National Origin or Ancestry, Gender, Pregnancy, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Age, Disability – Physical or Mental, Veteran Status, Genetic Information, Citizenship and Familial Status. These Protected Classes are supposed to ameliorate the evils of discrimination, intolerance and hatred.

Theoretically, anyway.

But even government-legislated protection doesn’t seem to stop society from developing these evils against people because they are different. For many, it sadly seems far easier to hate than to try to understand and accept others’ differences.

The answer may lie in education. If citizens would just take time to educate themselves about the differences and try to take into consideration how others feel based on their own experience, maybe we could discover a place where people could truly love and accept one another for who they are. We, as advocates with disabilities, certainly know about the discrimination and the ignorance society often has toward us. Hate can be fueled because of ignorance and a lack of willingness to change.

We hear the patronizing in people’s voices. We feel the stares behind our backs. We know that society often has pity rather than empathy for us. And we know, down deep in our hearts, that some have a total disregard for us and just wish we would go away.

If people would take the time to educate themselves about our disability and empathize with our styles, they would understand why we have disability pride. We’re proud of who we are! We’re proud of our disability. We’re proud of our accomplishments. The disability movement focuses on removing barriers for those with disabilities wherever and whenever we can.

If we could only remove the hate, intolerance and discrimination, what a wonderful world this would be.

Love, Shari