Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guiding Patients to Better HealthCare

We’re asking for your help in spreading the word about Guiding Patients to Better HealthCare, our no-cost, web-based, train-the-trainer course that gives health educators the tools to teach patients how to communicate with their doctors and more effectively navigate the healthcare system. This online course and all of its downloadable resources are in both English and Spanish.
Anthem is pleased to provide this course as part of the public service work we do in our communities. The course represents the cornerstone of our company’s public policy strategy to reduce health disparities and support patient empowerment and proactive medical consumerism.
The course is appropriate for any person working in a health educator’s role, including nurses, certified patient educators, patient navigators, patient advocates, community health workers, promotores del salud, and others serving patients. The ultimate goal of this project is to create empowered patients who are active participants in their health care for improved clinical outcomes and reduced medical errors.
To access the course, go
, choose a state in the pull down menu under ‘Providers,’ and then click the ‘Training’ tab.
We are planning to soon distribute a news release about the course, but would welcome any assistance you can provide in sharing this information with your network. And, of course, we are most interested in any feedback you may have on the course.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Healthcare Organizations Emergency Preparedness Seminars

The HOEPS Committee is excited to announce that...
The Healthcare Organizations Emergency Preparedness Seminars (HOEPS) 2011: Strategize, Exercise & Revise!
is now open for registration.
Please visit our website and see attached flyer for more details and registration information.
Peninsula HOEPS 2011 Southside HOEPS 2011
Date: May 4, 8am - 3pm Date: May 5, 8am - 3pm
Place: Newport News Omni
Place: Hilton at the Oceanfront
1000 Omni Boulevard 3001 Atlantic Avenue
Newport News, VA 23606 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

“Building Personal Power in Teens —Connecting with Youth.”

These dynamic, four-week, interactive discussion workshops for teens offer an effective and unique approach to current teen issues, such as building courage and self-esteem, improving problem-solving, managing stress and anger, dealing with negative peer pressure, developing empathy, and improving effective communication and family talks. Through interaction and activities, teens will learn how to deal with difficult situations that are affecting them every day!This workshop will help teens develop skills that will equip them for today and the future.
FOR TEENS: Ages 13-17
Fridays, April 15 to May 6, 2011 (6 – 7:30 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA
GREAT INCENTIVES: Door Prizes - Ice Cream Social - Pizza Party
Teens are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items for the food bank.
To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Thursday, March 3, 2011

“Co-Parenting: In the Child’s Best Interest” workshop

This four-hour custody and visitation parent education workshop is devoted to:
• Discussion of the impact of family disruption on parents and children and how to best meet the needs of children when designing and working with parenting plans.
• Helping parents learn techniques for reducing conflicts and strategies for improving communication.
• Helping parents learn to guide their children through the process of recovery, while establishing a positive, long-term relationship with the child’s other parent.
• Helping parents recognize the importance of two parents for every child and to facilitate their efforts in co-parenting.
April 2, 2011; May 21, 2011; June 25, 2011 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602
• $45 (Pre-Payment Required)
This workshop helps parents comply with the requirements of Section 20-103 of the Code of Virginia. Participants must attend only one of the three sessions to meet court requirements. Certificates are given to participants completing the course.
To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Active Parenting of Teens

Training for the most important job you’ll ever have! Seeking solutions?
Looking for answers when you don’t even have the questions?
Mary Immaculate Family Focus is pleased to sponsor an exciting research-based video and discussion workshop called Active Parenting of Teens. This program offers an effective and unique approach to improving parent-teen interaction. Parents will learn to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and discuss such difficult topics as violence, drugs, alcohol and sex. The information and skills taught are designed to help you guide your children through the challenging teen years and develop responsible, cooperative teens who are better equipped to resist peer pressure.
Thursdays, April 14 to May 19, 2011 (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Medical Pavilion Entrance, First Floor Conference Room
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail