A New Documentary about The Metropolitan Opera


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For nearly 20 years, Beth Grosshans worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey. Now retired from private practice, Beth Grosshans is an advisory board member of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Founded in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has consistently hosted some of the world’s greatest artists. On October 1, 2017, Susan Froemke, an Emmy-winning producer of film documentaries, debuted her newest film, The Opera, as part of the New York Film Festival. Appropriately, the Metropolitan Opera hosted the premiere showing.

The feature details the creation of the Metropolitan Opera‘s current home, which was constructed between 1963 and ’66. A few of the essential characters in the film are Leontyne Price, the famous soprano who starred in the building’s inaugural performance; Rudolf Bing, the opera’s general manager, who orchestrated the move to the new building; and Robert Moses, New York’s city planner, whose dogged determination caused an entire city block to be bulldozed to make way for the new Lincoln Center.


Planned Parenthood Launches Initiative to Expand HIV Prevention


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A retired clinical psychologist, Dr. Beth Grosshans oversaw a New Jersey-based private practice focused on children and families. In retirement, Dr. Beth Grosshans spends her time writing, speaking, and supporting various nonprofit groups, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In an August 2017 press release, Planned Parenthood announced the launch of a new initiative to expand HIV prevention and education efforts in communities across the country. Supported by a grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc., the initiative will advance a multi-phase pilot program that will be implemented at 11 Planned Parenthood affiliates over a period of 18 months.

With the Gilead grant, Planned Parenthood will develop trainings, educational resources, and informational materials as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention program. The program will specifically focus on raising awareness of new prevention methods, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission among high-risk communities.

Although advancements have been made in the areas of treatment and prevention, HIV remains a significant health issue, especially among minority populations. The new Planned Parenthood program will focus on extending HIV prevention services and education to the country’s most-affected communities.