Monday, December 22, 2008

Keep Kids Safe At Your Playground...

Register To Become A Certified Playground Safety Inspector. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries. This course is designed to educate individuals about those hazards, and train them to identify and reduce the risks associated with them.Sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association, the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is hosting a National Playground Safety course known as the NPSI, that is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. Advanced reading and fifteen hours of training from nationally known playground safety experts will prepare participants to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector examination offered at the culmination of the certification course. It is also approved for 1.2 ceu's.
Click here for registration information

$44-Million Initiative Supports Comprehensive Solutions to Childhood Obesity

As the first investment, RWJF has awarded grants of up to $400,000 to nine communities across the country that will serve as leading sites for its most ambitious effort yet to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities will support local action to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable foods for children and families. The goal is to catalyze policy and environmental changes that can make a lasting difference and be replicated nationally. The leading sites are Chicago; Columbia, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Seattle; Somerville, Mass.; Washington; and Baldwin Park, Central Valley and Oakland in California. For more information: ,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Children's Health & Safety: In the Home, School, and Community

Education - Networking - Fellowship - Health Displays
Agenda To Include: child-safe proofing your home; childcare center, playground and faith community safety; internet safety; predator prevention; and more. If you are interested in setting-up a display or want to RSVP for the meeting, please call Lisa Wright-Martin at (757) 889-5405 or Sharon F. Jones (757) 886-6944.
Mary Immaculate Hospital
Community Education & Health Resource Center
Saturday, January 24, 2009
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Check-in Begins at 8:30 am

"Cover the Uninsured Week" 2009

Cover the Uninsured Week Dates Selected for 2009
The seventh annual Cover the Uninsured Week will take place March 22-28, 2009, in cities and towns across the country. Our event planning center and online resources are available year-round to assist in your outreach efforts at this crucial time for health reform.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The American Association of School Administrators announces six web-based videos on asthma in schools. These videos were created by the Wisconsin team of the Leadership Forum for Healthy Students and Healthy Schools. The team created 6 short “rich media” presentations that are available online and free of charge at
The Leadership Forum for Healthy Students and Healthy Schools is an activity of AASA’s cooperative agreement with the CDC to build the capacity of school leaders to work on asthma issues. To that end, and in close partnership with the National School Boards Association, we convened a five-state partnership to bring together superintendents, school board members, and state health, education, and asthma leaders. These videos are one result from the partnership in Wisconsin.
For more information about the asthma work at AASA in general, please visit for an overview of the project.

Asthma Research- Online Community Forum

California Asthma Partners invite you to attend an online community forum with leading asthma researchers. The online forum will kick off the two-day California Asthma Research Summit being held in San Francisco on December 10 and 11. This is a great opportunity for those unable to attend the summit to also learn about the latest advances in asthma research. Even if you plan to attend the summit, join the forum to hear how new asthma research can impact asthma education, advocacy and outreach. Forum topics include: Diet and Asthma, Probiotics, Asthma Management, Environment, Epidemiology, Pathophysiologic Studies and Severe Asthma.

For sign up information, please visit,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jazz it up for kids!!

Here is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families served by the YMCA of South Hampton Roads’ Community Services Branch and the KidsPriorityOne Program serving all of Hampton Roads—through a variety of Outreach Programs, such as
After School Tutoring Summer Camp Tobacco Use Prevention
Youth Leadership /First Tee Golf InnerActive Mobil Learning Center
Parenting Education KidsPriorityOne – an Information and Referral Service
Please click on the link below to view the ON-LINE AUCTION containing worthwhile and valuable items for sale, the proceeds of which will go to support our programs throughout the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact the YMCA STAFF at 757-962-2112.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Assistant Director

Please welcome Keisha Cutler, MPH, to CINCH as our new Assistant Director. Keisha is a native of Hampton Roads, and received her BS in Biology from Norfolk State University and an MPH in Health Education from the University of South Florida. She’s had a myriad of work experience including with the Northeastern NC Partnership for Public Health; YMCA of South Hampton Roads; Sarasota County Health Department; and the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. Most recently Keisha served as the Regional Health Disparities Coordinator for the regional partnership in NC. There she was responsible for addressing health disparities in the northeast region of NC. She was also a member of the management team that received 1st place honors in April 2008 at the Management Academy for Public Health professionals business development program at UNC Chapel Hill.

We hope that all of you will join us in welcoming Keisha to the CINCH family. She looks forward to meeting each of you and contributing to your efforts to improve the health of children in our region. Keisha will begin her work with CINCH on December 1st. Her phone number will be 668-6495 and her email will be cutlerkm@EVMS.EDU.

Instability and Tipover of Appliances, Furniture, and Televisions: Estimated Injuries and Reported Fatalities, 2008 Report

The complete CPSC data report can be viewed at

AAP Literacy Kit

This updated Literacy Toolkit is an interactive web-based resource designed to help health professionals encourage all parents to read with their children. The site is meant to introduce a wide variety of strategies and tools to support the mission of promoting child development and future school success. There are evidence based tips for parents available in a variety of languages for parents of all reading levels, posters, book lists for a variety of ages and topics, and links to many helpful resources. Many of these resources can easily be adapted for use by early childhood professionals. Visit the toolkit at

TA Call: Topics in Adolescent Immunization

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1:00 - 2:00 P.M. EST
Join us for a panel discussion about current issues and trends in adolescent immunization. CDC’s Dr. Nada Jain will present recent data about adolescent immunization rates from the National Immunization Survey. And researcher and pediatrician Dr. Matthew Daley will present study findings regarding HPV vaccine attitudes and practices among pediatricians and family physicians. Bring your questions for what promises to be an informative discussion!

To register for this TA call, please e-mail, with a subject line “Sign me up for the Adolescent Immunization call.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


FREE ADMISSION. Receive information from 70+ vendors on: Children/Adult Disability Services, Recreational Programs, Vocational Information, Respite Services, Support/Advocacy Groups, Transition Services, Housing Information, Legal Services, Durable Medical Equipment ProvidMonday, November 17, 2008
6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Landstown High School,2001 Concert Drive,Virginia Beach, Virginia
(off Princess Anne Road by the Amphitheaterers, Assistive Technology, and much more……….

The Resource mothers program needs donations

The Holidays are quickly approaching and as we all cautiously make plans for purchases, please don’t forget those who need your help the most – Moms and their families. This year the Resource Mothers program is soliciting for donations of non-perishable food items and is conducting an “Angel Tree” effort to provide small gifts/clothing for our client’s children. We are requesting developmental toys for children between the ages of 0 and 2 years. This would include inexpensive toys such as blocks, bright color rattlers, board and toddler books, infant/toddler-proof balls (nothing they can chew on in pieces), etc. The Angel Tree cards will be posted on the door at both the Smith-Rogers Building office at, 358 Mowbray Arch, Suite 201, and our new office at 606 W. 29th Street – The Park Place Multi-service CenteIf you are interested and would like to make a donation, please either drop off your donation at either of these sites, or contact the Resource Mothers office at 683-9239 and we will make arrangements for a pick up. To make it more convenient, I will be happy to email to you information concerning the sex, age and size of a child for a toy or clothing donation. You can reach me by email at All donations must be submitted by December 1, 2008.r. We currently have 90 families that we would like to provide a food basket and a gift for their child.

Coats for kids

WAVY-TV and Partners On Your Side: Farm Fresh and Langley Federal Credit Union, are pleased to announce the 2008 Coats for Kids campaign. The 10 On Your Side goal is to lend a hand to those in need, helping Hampton Roads’ children stay warm during the winter months. Area dry cleaners Albano Cleaners, Boulevard Cleaners and Swan Cleaners join in this effort to collect and clean, new and gently used coats. Distribution Sites:
EVMS – Lewis Hall
700 Olney Road
Norfolk, VA 23501
Ben Chidester

Secondhand Smoke May Induce Nicotine Dependence Symptoms

If parents are serious about keeping their children from smoking, says a new study, they shouldn't smoke around them -- and not just because doing so sets a negative example. According to senior author Dr. Jennifer O'Loughlin of the Université de Montréal's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, "Increased exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, was associated with an increased likelihood of children reporting nicotine dependence symptoms, even though these children had never smoked." The study appears in the September edition of the journal Addictive Behaviors.
Read the full article at:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Health Ministry Resource Day

Are you involved in health ministry within your congregation? Are you seeking to start a faith community nurse ministry or health ministry team? Are you going to plan a health fair or wellness program for your church / community? Then this meeting is for you!
FREE and OPEN to the community Saturday, November 8, 2008 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Bon Secours DePaul Hospital Price Auditorium,150 Kingsley Lane,Norfolk

Please contact Lisa Wright-Martin (757) 889-5405 ( or Sharon Jones (757) 886-6944 ( to RSVP so that we might prepare for your participation. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The SleepTight Campaign

A five year study done by the Chesapeake Health Department indicates that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is one of the leading causes for infant mortality in the area. A large number of these deaths are due to positional asphyxia- a type of suffocation caused by body positions that restrict airflow and a fatal condition often caused by unsafe sleeping environments.
The sleep tight campaign will allow any low-income Chesapeake parent access to a safe-sleeping educational program and a Pack n play crib AT NO COST. This is presented by CHIP/Healthy Families of Chesapeake. For more information or to request a speaker for your organization, please call (757) 543-9100 or stop by our office at 1302 Jefferson Street in Chesapeake.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Asthma 101: The Basics Training

This is an open and free training offered by CINCH. Upon completion of the course, the learner should be able to : identify the incidence of asthma, identify potential triggers, identify effects of asthma on the lungs, identify symptoms of acute asthma episodes, differentiate between "rescue" and "controller" medications used in asthma management and state the importance of peak flow monitoring and asthma action plans. The training will be on Thursday, October 23 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at EV Williams Hall. Registration is required at .

Building Members, Building Leaders Conference

Our 2nd Annual CINCH conference will be held on Friday, October 24th from 11:00 am to 3:45 pm at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth. Registration is required. Contact for registration .This is going to be a fabulous conference that will offer training on coalitions and improving child health through collaboration: Some highlights will include:

  • Understanding Child Health Inequities and Social Justice, featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Royster, MD, MPH, Director of Minority Health & Public Health Policy, VDH.
  • Child Health Inequities in Hampton Roads: What the data says.
  • Root Cause Analysis for Real People: What is it? How does it work?
  • Viewing the documentary "Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and In Wealth" and "Place Matters".
  • Members apply Root Cause Analysis in Hampton Roads.
  • CINCH in Action: Uncovering Root Causes of child health

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

CINCH workgroup featured in WCTY TV 48

Jan Callahan from the local Norfolk Human Services Forum did an interview about the Children with special health care needs Emergency Preparedness toolkit that the group developed.
Here are some of the main themes of the kit and what it helps parents to do:
1. Have an emergency plan for your child - especially those with special needs 2. Think ahead about important steps that your family needs to take to be prepared 3. Understand different types of emergencies which may require different plans.
Each theme has tips and strategies for parents that the speakers can address - such as medications, special equipment, how to prepare for possible separations, what to tell children who may be afraid, etc, etc. To view this interview please go to

CINCH and PIV receive Awards

CINCH and Project Immunize Virginia received outstanding achievement awards from Sanofi Pasteur for its strong commitment to ensuring protection through immunizations in Virginia. Steve Pearce and Bill Hagan both from Sanofi Pasteur presented CINCH director Amy Paulson and Assistant Director Taegen McGowan with the award in October.

The Happiest Baby on the Block”

You are invited to join the CHKD/EVMS Department of Pediatrics at Grand Rounds for an informative session on soothing techniques for babies. This information may be useful to local community child health advocates as they work with new parents. No RSVP is required.
Harvey N. Karp, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor UCLA

October 23, 2008, 8 am – 9 am
Brickhouse Auditorium, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

October is SIDS awareness month

Using a fan to circulate air seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies, researchers reported Monday. Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the best advice for preventing SIDS, a still mysterious cause of death.
Experts also recommend a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs, and keeping infants from getting too warm.

A new study found that using a fan to circulate air while a baby sleeps can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. "This seems to suggest that by improving room ventilation we can further reduce risk," said the study's author. "The baby's sleeping environment really matters," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. "This seems to suggest that by improving room ventilation we can further reduce risk."

Free Health Screenings

At Main Street Physicians in Suffolk, 157 N. Main Street. When: Saturday, October 25 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Free Health Screenings for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Dental, Well Women Exam, Prostate Blood test. To register please call Lateef Khursheed at 925-1866 ext. 326. For accurate results, please do no eat breakfast. Food will be provided.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Human Services Forum with Jan Callaghan – October 2008

Disaster planning for special needs children & NPD explains the importance of knowing what your 11-15 year old child is doing on the internet

Another Norfolk breakthrough on the homeless front & the Sheriff’s office discusses child abduction prevention

Stop Crying & tantrums in minutes... or less.

Learn how at a free seminar with Dr. Harvey Karp, who will share his breakthrough discoveries in helping parents calm infants and toddlers. When: Tuesday, October 21 at 7:oopm at the Marriott in Newport News and also Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at the The Westin at the Virginia Beach town center. RSVP is required. Call (757) 889-BABY or .

Friday, October 3, 2008

Building Members, Building Leaders conference

CINCH 2nd Annual membership conference will be held on Friday, October 24th from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. The location will be announced soon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Child Health Day - October 6, 2008

Child Health Day - October 6, 2008: Eat Healthy & Be Active for a Healthy Future
Please join us in celebrating Child Health Day!

Click here for more information or to download materials for your organization to use to promote the day or hold an event

Friday, September 19, 2008

CDC’s Annual Immunization Update Released August 28

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents an annual update highlighting current and late-breaking immunization issue. Designed for healthcare professionals, the Update webcast is 2 hours in length and can be view anytime.

Infants Strangled to Death in Simplicity Bassinets

CPSC Urges Consumers To Stop Using Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” Models. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to stop using convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. CPSC has learned that on August 21, 2008, a 5-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.
For the complete press release, follow this link:


The 2008 Community Connections Resource Guides are ready.
We will be distributing the new guides from our office at 112 Granby Street, Suite 500
Norfolk, Virginia 23510, the Tradewinds Building. Distribution of the guides will be daily from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. from now until September 19, 2008 and
our Smart Beginnings staff will be available to assist you.

If you have any questions please contact Marsha or Renata at 226-8826.


Understanding Home and Community-Based Services for People with Disabilities

Sunday, September 28th
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Virginia Beach Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Learn the ABC’s of community based long-term care disability services in Virginia.
**This Workshop is FREE and Open to the Public**
To RSVP, please call 668-7132 by September 25th to ensure that handouts are available.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Web Site Offers Information on the Smoking Status of all Restaurants in Virginia

The Office of Environmental Health Service’s restaurant inspection Web site ( now provides information on the smoking status for all fast food and full service restaurants in the Commonwealth. The information is provided by locality. Non-smoking facilities are identified with a distinctive icon. A non-smoking designation means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the restaurant but may be permitted outside. The addition of smoking status helps the public become well-informed food service consumers. The Web site is updated following inspections by environmental health specialists. It enables the public to monitor ongoing compliance with the food safety requirements and the current smoking status in their favorite restaurants. This Web site has been very popular with the public and the media averaging more than 90,000 visits (1.7 million hits) per month since its inception in May 2003.

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Disaster and pandemic flu preparedness"

For you and your community!
September 20, 2008 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration at 8:30 AM
FREE and open to anyone interested in this topic!
Please RSVP by September 17, 2008 to
Mary Immaculate Hospital
Community Education and Health Resource Center, Auditoriums A and B
2 Bernardine Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23602

Kidarama at Homearama

Saturday, October 11, 12-2 p.m., Asheville Park, Virginia Beach
Children who come to Homearama on Saturday, October, 11, will find a special party just for them: Kidarama at Homearama. The festivities will take place from 12-2 p.m. at the 2008 TBA Charity House, the Connor Glenn. Activities will include:
· Face-painting· CHKD’s “Buddy Brigade” pet therapists and mascot Healthy Bear · Finger casting with CHKD’s orthopedic experts· Fun, hands-on activities to teach children and parents about health and safety. Homearama will be open to the public October 3-19. For directions to Homearama and more information on this year’s home show, visit or call 420-2434.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

American Lung Association of Virginia

The American Lung Association of Virginia, an affiliate of the ALA of the Atlantic Coast, is excited to announce that registration is open for the 11/7-8 Asthma Educator Institute. The two-day prep course for the NAECB exam will take place in Roanoke thanks in part to partnership with Carilion Clinic.
You can register on-line at .
Thanks to support from the Virginia Asthma Coalition, the cost is $50 for Virginia residents - space is limited. Out of state cost is $275.
Please contact me David M. DeBiasi, RN, BSN at if you have questions about the course and contact Dawn Shiflet at for questions about registration.

E-Pals: Virtual Pals Events

You Are Cordially Invited to Attend a Live ePALS Event Hosted by the Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit (PALS) Community & 2008 PALS Advisory BoardAgents of Change: Making a Difference Through Legislative Advocacy Wednesday, September 17th2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EST
During this free ePALS virtual seminar, you will learn more about becoming a Change Agent through your work in the legislative arena. It will provide you with information on how you can most effectively impact the political process at the local and national level, and how you can strengthen relationships with policy makers to maximize outcomes and effectiveness.
For more information: PALS Community website

Monday, September 8, 2008

Rachel Rays "Yum-o" Website: Cook,Feed, Fund

Launched in 2006 by Rachael Ray, Yum-o!™ is a nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Legislative Breakfast

Health Issues for Virginia's children. Guest speakers include:
Marilyn B. Tavenner, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Karen Remley, MD, Virginia State Health Commissioner
Ralph Northam, MD, Virginia State SenatorOther invited State Legislatures
Discuss important health issues affecting children in the State of Virginia and develop a platform for which our legislators can support. Event Info: Brickhouse Auditorium located in
Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters Hospital, September 18,2008 7:30am-9:30am.

Monday, August 25, 2008

SIDS Training

SIDS Mid-Atlantic offers the following trainings for your staff, provided by Betty Connal, RN, MS, a nurse with over 35 years experience in perinatal education. Trainings can be done at your location, at your convenience.
Keys to a Healthy Baby; Sudden Infant Death for Emergency Department Personnel; Sudden Infant Death for Child care Providers; Sudden Infant Death for Health Care Providers; Sudden Infant for Nursery and Post-Partum Nurses; Grief and Loss in Pregnancy and the First Year of Life; Perinatal Depression; Prematurity: It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think; Five A’s Smoking Cessation Program; Perinatal Substance Abuse; Infant Development in the First Year of Life; Shaken Baby Syndrome. For more information:

Parenting Classes

For parents of children 1 to 6 years of age. Learn what motivates your child’s behavior, some discipline techniques and how to develop respect and cooperation within the child
Where: The Up Center (formerly Child & Family Services of Eastern Virginia)
1805 Airline Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA 23707
When: September 17th – October 29th, 2008, Wednesday nights, 6-8 PM
Cost: $ 50.00 per 7 week session
*Fee will be collected during first session*
To register call Heather Mathews at 397-2121 ext. 312
Seating is Limited!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Drive Safe coalition - volunteers needed

Drive Safe coalition is in need of help manning a regional safety seat check they are having on Sat. Sept. 20 from 10:00-1:00. It’s part of a national campaign to kick off CPS week (Sept 21 week). Checks will be happening across the nation on that day—it’s called Safety Seat Saturday. Our regional check is co-sponsored by Drive Safe, AAA, Safe Kids, and VDH. It will be held at the Tidewater AAA headquarters—on Va. Beach Blvd. near Haynes (between Witchduck and Newtown—sort of on the line between VB and Norfolk). Safety seat training helps but not required (you could still assist but couldn’t put in seats yourself). Senior checkers will be on hand—they just need more bodies. Please contact Pat for more details..

On-line Newsletter

Please click on the link below and sign up to receive this on-line newsletter, published by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy.

Novelty Lighter Bill

I am again asking for your assistance with the issue of Novelty or toy-like lighters. We hope to have legislation reintroduced at the upcoming General Assembly and we are in need of stats and/or stories that you may have concerning these lighters.
One of the major concerns is that we do not have good records to prove that the lighters are causing an issue.
When filling out VFIRS, firefighters must be made aware that there is an area to designate on the form that a novelty lighter was used. It is deep in the report and not easy to locate but it is there. Please pass this along to your departments in case you do have an incident involving a novelty lighter.
Again, if you have had any fires involving novelty lighters, or know of any problems involving these lighters, please send me an email as soon as possible.


Lt. Wanda Willis
Harrisonburg Fire Department
101 N. Main St., Third Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
For more information:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What's Working For and Against Healthy Schools

Action for Healthy Kids: Progress or Promises? What's Working For and Against Healthy SchoolsWebinar Phone Symposium
Thursday, August 28, 20083pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12pm PT75-minute session
Registration Required
Register for this 75-minute phone symposium/webinar by clicking here. Access information and presentation materials will be sent to participants by Monday, August 25, 2008.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Weekends May Stymie Weight-Loss Efforts

The holidays aren't the only dangerous time for dieters, says a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers found that people watching their weight tend to eat more on the weekend, causing them to lose weight more slowly. "We thought weekends would present a problem for some people attempting to lose weight, but the consistency of our finding before and during the interventions was surprising," says first author Susan B. Racette, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical therapy and of medicine. The findings appear in the online version of the journal Obesity.
Read the full article at:

Bedsharing and bassinets: 2 new studies assess the risks

The American Academy of Pediatrics revised its infant sleeping environment recommendations in 2005, and now suggests that room sharing without bed sharing is safest. However, bassinet safety has not been widely studied, and the U.S. government currently has no safety standards for bassinets. But two new studies on bed sharing and bassinet risks, upcoming in the Journal of Pediatrics, seek to shed light on these important safety issues.
Read the full article at:

CDC update on SIDS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated their SIDS website to include download access for the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form (SUIDI RF) and training materials. You can now download training materials used in the SUIDI Training Academies. These materials will allow organizations the flexibility of offering in-house trainings based on the standardized curriculum already used to train hundreds of SUIDI Trainers.

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to announce the release of Progress or Promises? What's Working for and Against Healthy Schools a special report on the state of school wellness. This report is an important overview of the current state of school wellness and will guide the work of Action for Healthy Kids and its Teams and Partners for the coming years.
The release of Progress or Promises? What's Working for and Against Healthy Schools? is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of school wellness. Together with its Teams and Partners, Action for Healthy Kids will continue to promote healthy eating and active living to children, youth, and schools.

Comprehensive Coalition-Building Training Series

The Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP) is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 schedule for Coalition University. Coalition U is a nationally recognized training series designed to provide the unique skill set necessary to create, participate in, and sustain coalitions. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary staff, Coalition University provides interactive instruction on topics that a re critical to coalition success, including: Coalition Infrastructure --Coalition Leadership --Membership Recruitment --Fundraising --Board Development --Advocacy --Media Relations --Program Planning and Evaluation
Coalition University offers three "semesters" of learning that incrementally provide students a comprehensive foundation for coalition-building. For registration and information, see below and go to:

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Robert Wood Foundation New Updates

Study Predicts 86 Percent of Americans Overweight by 2030A study published online in the journal Obesity suggests that, if current trends continue, more than 86 percent of American adults could be overweight or obese by 2030, the Baltimore Examiner reports.

NYC High Schools Designate Double Dutch an Official School SportIn an effort to engage more students in physical activity, New York City school officials have sanctioned double Dutch as an official sport in their high schools, the Associated Press reports.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance bus

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance bus (the big orange bus that is promoted by national spokesperson Montel Williams) will be in Virginia the week of September 15th - 19th. The bus will be making two 2 hour stops at various locations throughout the state.

The goal of this bus trip is to expose as many people throughout the state as possible to PPA. We hope to do this by making many stops at very visible locations and inviting the media to help us inform people about PPA through newspaper and television. While the counselors on board the bus are a great resource for patients, there is no magic in the bus. Patients can access information and service using the PPA toll free number and/or website. We want to make sure people know both exist.

The second goal of the bus trip is to expose Virginians to all other healthcare resources in the community. We hope that the media will not only tell people about the bus but also of the programs and services those that we partner with provide to the community. We will encourage the media to share information about the programs and service or services that are offered at the location where the bus is parked.

If you are interested in partnering with PPA and serving as a host for the bus, please contact Nicole Pugar at (804) 225-5828 or

Free Water Watcher Toolkit

Virginia drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among children under the age of 14. Injury and death from drowning can be avoided provided children have active parental supervision, are taught basic water safety skills, swim in safe environments, use appropriate safety gear and when parents demonstrate water safety behavior.
The DIVP is seeking your assistance in helping to prevent drownings by becoming the designated Water Watcher for children in and around water. A Water Watcher is the adult on duty who is responsible for actively supervising children in and around water. A Water Watcher wears an “official” tag and whistle when supervising children at the pool, beach, lake, river, or in open water. The Water Watcher kit contains:A Water Watcher tag, Whistle and Lanyard
• Information card that explains the Water Watcher program, responsibilities of a Water Watcher, and life saving information
• Drowning Prevention Tip Card
• 9.25” by 12” bag that holds the materials and has space for your agency’s information
Individuals can order up to 5 kits. Organizations can order up to 50 kits. To order your free Water Watcher Kit (s), click on the link below to complete an online order form. Kits will be mailed within two weeks and until supplies last.

Pediatric Grand Rounds schedule for August

August 7, 2008 “Hematology-Oncology ALLPLAY”
8:00 - 9:00 am Faculty from the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Brickhouse Auditorium Department of Pediatrics, EVMS/CHKD
Objectives: Discuss topics in the field of pediatric hematology & oncology and evaluate their impact on the treatment of patients.

August 14, 2008 "Shock in Children"
8:00 - 9:00 am Arno Zaritsky, MD
Brickhouse Auditorium Department of Pediatrics, EVMS/CHKD
Objectives: Identify the different categories of shock; summarize the physiologic characteristics for the different categories of shock; explain the importance of tissue perfusion; and summarize the interpretation of lactic acid and base deficit in children with possible shock.

August 21, 2008 "Pediatric Hospitalists: Then, Now and Future"
8:00 – 9:00 am Bryan R. Fine, MD
Brickhouse Auditorium Pediatric Hospitalist, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Objectives: Define and discuss the role of the hospitalist in the management of inpatient pediatric patients.

August 28, 2008 “Hot Topics in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology - ALLPLAY”
8:00 – 9:00 am Faculty from the Division of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Brickhouse Auditorium Department of Pediatrics, EVMS/CHKD
Objectives: Discuss topics in the field of pediatric allergy & immunology and evaluate their impact on the treatment of patients.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Influenza Update

The ACIP update on the 2007-2008 influenza was reported that the season was more severe that had been observed than the 2003-2004 season. The report disclosed that was a relatively poor match between the vaccine and the circulating flu virus strains. However the vaccine was still 44% effective. There will be an expansion of children recommended for the influenza vaccination for the 2008-2009 season. Children 6 months of age to 5 years of age are already being recommended for vaccination. The six influenza manufacturers project about 150 million doses of vaccine will be available for the upcoming season.

Predictors of Future Asthma Identified in Preschool Children With Wheeze

Baseline parent-reported, exercise-induced wheeze and a history of atopic disorders were predictive factors for future asthma in preschool children presenting with wheeze. (this is a free membership)

Welcome Healthy Baby Ella

Please join us in celebrating the birth of Ella Alexandra Marotta, new daughter to Hillary Marotta, former CINCH Assistant Director and her husband Fred. Ella was born on July 20th and was 7 lbs, 6 oz 19 inches long. Both mommy and baby are home and are doing well. Congratulations may be emailed to: Please contact CINCH for a mailing address.

Virginia Injury Prevention Symposium - Awards

The Virginia Department of Health, Division of injury and Violence Prevention selected the following organizations to receive a 2008 recognition for an "Innovative Projects Award" at the recent event on July 23 in Richmond.These organizations implemented local injury prevention projects or programs that sought to reduce the rate of unintentional injuries in their respective communities.
*CINCH - Eastern Va Medical School for "Poison Prevention Pals"- Kelli Wills
*Norfolk Department of Public Health - "WeCycle Program"- Laverne Williams (cinch member)
*ODU school of nursing in collaboration with CINCH for "Bicycle Safety"- Phyllis Eaton

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Immunization Scheduler Makes it Simple for Parents and Providers to Catch-up on Kids’ Immunizations

To assist parents and providers in the task of deciding the best strategy for getting a child back on track after not getting some or all vaccines at the recommended ages, CDC has released a cutting-edge web-based Catch-up immunization Scheduler. The Catch-up Immunization Scheduler is now available for download from the CDC website at

Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 2008

This four-part self-study series provides the most current information available in the constantly changing field of immunization. Together, the four sessions offer a comprehensive overview on immunization today. Session ONE discusses principles and general recommendations on vaccination. Sessions TWO, THREE and FOUR discuss specific vaccine-preventable diseases and their respective vaccines. Each of the four sessions is three hours in duration. Continuing Education credits will be provided. This Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases self-study program is offered free of charge in DVD and web-on-demand formats.

Investing in Disease Prevention Could Save Over $16 Billion in Five Years

RWJF-Supported Study by Trust for America's Health Suggests a Return on Investment of More than 5 to 1 In its report, Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities, TFAH finds that an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. This is a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.

Reducing teen mortality rates

New Data Illuminate Risky Behaviors Leading to Youth Mortality
Seventy-two percent of deaths among 10- to 24-year-olds in the United States are a result of one of four causes -- and many high school students engage in behaviors that increase their risks. To read more go to:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Action for Healthy Kids

Mark Your Calendars! July Phone Symposium Parks and Playgrounds: Latest Trends and Research Thursday, July 24, 2008 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12pm registration is required 75-minute session
Join Action for Healthy Kids for a summer-themed discussion on the latest trends and research to attract families to local school and community parks and playgrounds, and to keep them active throughout summer. From fitness zones, nature trails and blacktop games, to overcoming barriers to attending park activities, this session will identify resources to providing opportunities for physical activity.Register for this 75-minute phone symposium by sending an e-mail to by Monday, July 21, 2008.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CINCH analysis

This summer and early fall, CINCH is undergoing an evaluation of its infrastructure and its marketing and development activities. CINCH has contracted with Kay Carey of Horizons Consulting Services to conduct an independent and objective review, working closely with CINCH’s Steering Committee, staff, and key stakeholders. The deliverable of this process will be a formal written document that will outline the information gathered during the evaluation process. Recommendations regarding opportunities for change in organizational structure and accompanying marketing and development strategies will be presented.

The Organizational Analysis will include individual and group Key Informant Interviews from a variety of stakeholders. CINCH and Kay welcome your confidential feedback! Please look for more information coming soon on how you can participate in this important analysis that will assist CINCH in developing an effective, efficient framework for the future.

Job opportunity - Administrative Assistant

Places and Programs for children, Inc. has a job opening for an Administrative Assistant-Training and Development. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for handling telephone calls, as well as general office procedures for the Community Training and Development office, USDA office and VAECE (Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education). The Administrative Assistant reports to the Community Training Director (CTD).

Three to five years of experience in an office setting. Background in Early Childhood setting preferred. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Must be knowledgeable in Microsoft Office to include Access and Excel.

Interested candidates can apply online at or call Bonita McGinnis for more information.

Pandemic Flu seminars

Before you know it, Flu Season will be back on us and we at the Norfolk Department of Public Health wanted to give you the opportunity to get a head start on preparing your clients/patients/affiliates with important prevention information. We are currently scheduling Pandemic Flu seminars for locations within the City of Norfolk. Typically, a 45-minute presentation, the seminar can be tailored to fit your needs, allowing for an important question and answer segment. It will include the presentation of a compelling and very insightful video (free to the host facility) and the distribution of FREE Pandemic Flu information to each person/family in attendance.
If you would like to schedule a Norfolk Department of Public Health Pandemic Flu presentation, contact , You may also call me at (757) 683-8836.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Model Programs Guide (MPG)

The MPG is an easy-to-use informational resource tool that offers a database of scientifically proven programs to address a variety of youth problems, including the following: delinquency; violence; youth gang involvement; alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; academic difficulties; family functioning; trauma exposure; sexual activity/exploitation; and mental health issues.
Sponsor Agency: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Online at:

What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies of the effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). It provides educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on what works in education.
Sponsor Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Online at:

7 Super things that parents and caregivers can do

Go to the link below to read 7 great tips for early childhood nurturing:

Monday, June 30, 2008

New and Expecting Fathers: Your Input is Needed!

The Department of Pediatrics' Division of Community Health Research is conducting a survey to learn more about the needs and experiences of new and expecting fathers.
The first year of a child's life is a critical time during which a father's positive influence can promote strong development and decrease a child's susceptibility to health, social, and behavioral problems. This survey aims to learn more about the experiences and concerns related to new fatherhood.
If you are currently expecting a child or have an infant under 6 months of age, visit to participate. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete and answers are confidential.
Fathers who participate in the survey portion of the study can volunteer to be contacted for the second part of the study. If you are invited to the second part of the study, a project staff member may contact you by telephone or email to invite you to participate in a face-to-face or telephone interview. If you participate in the interview, you will receive $50.

For more information please contact study director, Dr. James Paulson, at

Advertising approved by the EVMS IRB, IRB # 07-11-WC-0263.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

National Playground Safety Institute

Keep Kids Safe At Your Playground... Register To Become A Certified Playground Safety Inspector. The National Playground Safety Institute will be held October 1 - 3, 2008 at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond , VA . Total registration will be limited to 80, so register early. Registration Deadline is August 29, 2008. For more information and to register please go to:

Asthma, thick air keeps some confined indoors

The smoke blowing in from fires in the Great Dismal Swamp and North Carolina is a trigger of asthma attacks. This is the recent article in the Virginian Pilot that interviewed Dr. Kelly and mentions CINCH Asthma 101 training.

Kids Priority One - New community calendar

The calendar is for all of Hampton Roads—and is designed to help promote those programs, services and events that occur once, or over a limited period of time—such as parenting classes, support groups, military family classes, general adult and teen workshops, family fun and educational events, and professional training opportunities—such as conferences or foster parent training.
Here is the link:

Virginia Kids Eat Free

Virginia Kids Eat Free is trying to make sure that every child up to 18 years old is part of the summer community in Virginia ---socially involved, playing hard, and eating smart. Youth organizations, festivals, daycare centers, summer camps, community centers, faith-based organizations and non-profits may visit or call 757-652-9942 to get information on how to receive FREE meals for kids this summer.

Health Fairs

This weekend on Friday, June 27 at Oakleaf Forest located at 1701 Greenleaf Drive in Norfolk from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. And on Saturday, June 28 at Calvary Revival on Popular Hall Drive in Norfolk from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities. Workshop Summary

In early 2007, the Institute of Medicine convened the Roundtable on Health Disparities to increase the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities as a national problem, to further the development of programs and strategies to reduce disparities, to foster the emergence of leadership on this issue, and to track promising activities and developments in health care that could lead to dramatically reducing or eliminating disparities. The Roundtable's first workshop, Challenges and Successes in Reducing Health Disparities , was held in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 31, 2007, and examined the importance of differences in life expectancy within the United States, the reasons for those differences, and the implications of this information for programs and policy makers.
Read more about this workshop summary
Purchase this report, or download it as a free PDF

New Recall on Jardine Cribs sold by "Babies R Us".

The wooden crib slats and spindles can break, creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants. There have been 42 incidents of crib slats and spindles breaking. Four children became entrapped in the space created by a broken slat or spindle. Two of the children had abrasions and bruising. Please visit the CPSC’s Web site at for additional information.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Strong Roots for a healthy future conference

This conference is designed to help improving systems of service delivery in Virginia through forming and cultivating partnerships and increasing family involvement. Attendees will include: physicians, nurses, educators, service coordinators and families of children with special health care needs.
1. to discuss medical treatments and resources for children with autism,obesity, in military families, and mental health.
2. to have participarts better able to address children with autism, obesity, and mental disorders n their practice.
3. to recommend community resources through schools and other venues for children with autism, obesity, and mental health disorders.
4. identify and address barriers related to caring for children with autism, obesity, mental health disorder, or in military families.
July 12, 2008 at the Newport News Marriott at City Center.

June is National Safety Month

Throughout June 2008, National Safety Month activities will address the most significant reasons for unintentional injuries and deaths in the American workplace, on the road and in the home and community. The National Safety Council offers tools and materials that can help you and your organization Make a Difference in both on and off the job safety. Read more at
Week 1: June 2-6 Emergency Preparedness
Week 2: June 9-13 Distracted Driving
Week 3: June 16-20 Poisoning Prevention
Week 4: June 23-27 Falls Prevention

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CINCH Member, Dr. Linda Mintle, Featured on ABC Family of Living the Life

It is all about kids and weight --a series Linda shot a few months ago with segments airing this month. The first segment answers questions from the audience, and the second segmentthat is a great little remote shoot going in to a mom's pantry with the 5-4-3-2-1 message. Linda will be placing the remote shoot on You Tube, as well as her website shortly as a resource for parents. More segments are coming.

Free training on hurricane preparedness for health providers

William L. Gill, MD, noted neonatologist from Tulane University, will speak at CareFest 2008 on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Dr. Gill's speech is entitled: "Hurricane Preparedness: As Health Professionals Are We Ready?".
Dr. Gill was an active participant in the evacuation during Hurricane Katrina. This is a community event sponsored by Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and others.
Dr. Gill will speak at 12:15 pm at the Calvary Revival Church, 5830 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk. There is no charge for the seminar, but please call
1-866-924-4883; or 757-485-5433 to reserve a space.

Lead Poisoning

School-Age Children May Be at Greater Lead Risk Than Toddlers. While many people assume that the younger a child is, the more vulnerable he or she is to the negative effects of lead, a new study suggests the reality may be more complicated. "Although we typically worry about protecting toddlers from lead exposure, our study shows that parents and pediatricians should be just as, if not more concerned about lead exposure in school-aged children," said Richard Hornung, DrPH, the study's main author and a researcher in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

2008 Injury Prevention Symposium

The 2008 Injury Prevention Symposium is an opportunity for individuals interested in injury prevention to share ideas, refresh skills, and to participate in Virginia's Statewide Unintentional Injury Prevention plan. Registration for the Symposium is FREE. The symposium will be held at the Doubletree Hotel at the Richmond Airport in Richmond, Virginia on July 22 & 23, 2008. The deadline to register is Friday, July 11, 2008.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Even supposedly 'mild' asthma can steal your child

When he was 5 years old, Javier Enrique Alcaine started seeing angels.
May 29, 2008 issue of the Daily Press story.,0,2837419.column

Getting Connected for Kids: Tips on Finding Data and Research to Improve Policy and Practice

This DC Action for Children guide has practical, easy-to-use advice on the policymaking process and how to influence it, as well as a round-up of the best sites, blogs and research tools for your work!

Ten Years and Counting: What Have We Learned About Enrolling Kids in SCHIP and Medicaid?

This panel covered the findings of a forthcoming National Academy for State Health Policy paper -- speakers used a decade's worth of data to try to answer the question, "how we can become more effective in enrolling the kids who are eligible for public programs?" Three states also shared their experiences in improving health and health care for children.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Free Resources for Coalitions

This Web site from coalition consultant Tom Wolfe offers free tip sheets on coalition building, a coalition member assessment tool, and more. To assess these and other free resources, please visit

Volunteer Management Guide

The Volunteer Management Guide from the Nonprofit Good Practice Guide offers resources on effectively managing, training, recruiting, recognizing, and rewarding volunteers. You can access the guide at

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Jersey Hospital-Based Language Services Lag, Study Finds

A study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved suggests that New Jersey hospitals are not doing enough to meet the needs of patients with limited English proficiency (LEP), Health Behavior News Service reports.

Telemedicine May Offer Cost-Effective Alternative to ED Care, Study Says

A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, suggests that telemedicine is a cost-effective alternative to more than one-fourth of all pediatric emergency department (ED) visits, HealthDay reports.

Report Analyzes Strategies to Redirect Non-Urgent ED Patients

A report released by the Center for Studying Health System Change suggests that increasing access to outpatient clinics, community health centers and private physician practices is the most effective method of reducing the use of emergency departments (EDs) for non-urgent care, CQ HealthBeat reports.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Nurse Asthma Care and Education Workshop (NACE)

Focusing on the nurse's role in the delivery of quality asthma care. This program includes clinical skills, patient communication, educational messages, interaction with asthma health care providers, and cultural competency. This workshop is going to be conducted by certified trainers from the National Respiratory Training Center (NRTC) and participants can earn 6 contact hours.
There are 2 training sessions available:
June 20, 2008 at the Peninsula Health Department from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
July 18, 2008 at EV Williams Hall in Norfolk from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more information contact Jude Taylor-Fishwick 668-6455
or Cynthia Collins-Odoms 483-4130. Fax registration forms to 483-4261

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Hot Topic"

Fast Food & Childhood Obesity
What are your thoughts?

Please click on the comment link below to post your comments.

If you have any ideas for more "Hot Topics" please submit them to:

Water Safety Palooza

The Virginia Water Safety Coalition is hosting their second Water Safety Palooza event on May 17, 2008, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. The Water Safety Palooza trains lifeguards and other aquatics professionals to be water safety educators. Training topics include: Statement of the Problem - Drowning,Surveillance and Scanning,
Patron Education: Enforcement and Communication Tactics, Water Safety Ambassador: Promoting Water Safety.
Registration is still open for this FREE training. For additional information or to register, please refer to the attached flyer or visit the Virginia Water Safety Coalition’s Web site at

More Than 20 Percent of Teens Frequently Eat Fast Food

The high-fat, high-sugar, high-sodium food served at fast-food restaurants can have dire consequences on teenagers' immediate and long-term health -- but an alarming new study has found that more than 1 in 5 teens eat fast food more than 3 times a week, and that for young men, the statistic grows to 1 in 3. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health study also found differences among teens' fast-food consumption based on a variety of factors, including income, hours of weekly employment, and friends' attitudes toward nutrition.
Read the full article at:

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medical and Dental Health, Access to Care, and Use of Services in US Children

This study analyzed racial and ethnic disparities in medical and oral health, access to care, and use of services in children (from birth through age 17) using a large, nationally representative database that provided the opportunity to examine child health disparities for all five of the major U.S. racial and ethnic groups.
Flores G, Tomany-Korman SC. 2008. Pediatrics 121(2):e286-e298. Abstract /Full Text available at:

Car seat safety check

Riverside Regional Medical Center will have a free child safety
seat check the third Thursday of each month from 10am-2pm and
4pm-8pm located in the first floor of the parking garage. For more information call 875-7880

Monday, May 12, 2008

"How to develop a successful team"

This program is sponsored by Bon Secours Hampton Roads and the guest speaker is Gregory M. Richardson, SPHR, MA-HRD, Senior Partner, Goodman & Company. This is Free and open to the community. This workshop will include some of these topics: characteristics of a successful team, strategies for shaping and assessing team performances, obstacles and barriers that can destroy a team, and more!
Date: May 31
Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Mary Immaculate Hospital Health and Education Resource Center
Reservations: by May 21, 2008 (757) 886-6700 Seating is Limited

Friday, May 9, 2008

Community Dialogues - Health Disparities Work Group Resources

Here are links to the Unnatural Causes Website and Dialogue website which will be adapted for CINCH's New Health Disparities Work Group project.
The Action Center has an option to download the action kit.
Look for the links to download host and dialogue materials.

There are a variety of other materials also available if you peruse both the sites.

Let us know what you think! Reply with a message.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Healthy You classes

CHKD Healthy You weight management classes:

June 2 - Aug 4th Chesapeake teens 12 and up
June 16 - Aug 18th Williamsburg teens 12 and up
June 17 - Aug 19th Norfolk 8-11 year olds

For registration and scholarship information contact Babs Benson at 668-7035

Monday, May 5, 2008

New Report on State Secrecy and Child Deaths

On April 29, First Star and Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) held a briefing on Capitol Hill to announce the release of their new report, State Secrecy and Child Deaths in the U.S. The report surveys all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine if each state has a policy for public disclosure of child deaths, if the state's policy is codified in statute, if there's ease of access to the information, the scope of information, and whether the state has open verses closed abuse/neglect proceedings. The report uses letter grades for each state from A to F based on these factors. Ten states received an F, 28 received a C+ or lower, and 6 states received an A or A-. For more information, visit

Free Grants On Track Basic Grant Administration Workshop and Federal Grants “Supermarket.”

Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and hosted by Congresswoman Thelma Drake will be held at Webb Center, Old Dominion University, 49th Street in Norfolk on June 9th and 10th from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm. Experienced grantees and local government organizations will have the opportunity to learn about: Program & Budget Management Techniques,Program & Financial Monitoring – What to Expect, How to Prepare,Other Monitoring Concerns,Tracking Compliance of Different Funding Streams ,Assurances & Ethics,Risk Financing - Insurance Considerations,Contracting & Procurement Guidance
To Register: Contact Anne Davis at 1-800-842-2610, ext. 4802 or email

Continuum of Care Coordinator

A new employment position with the Planning Council. If someone is interested in the position, he/she should contact Cynthia Powell, Director of HR at the Planning Council, at 622.9268, X 3007, or via email at If anyone wants to learn more about The Planning Council, the website is

Low Physical Activity Puts Children at Risk for Early Metabolic Syndrome

Physical inactivity can put people at increased risk for heart disease -- even young children. A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that 7- to 10-year-olds with low aerobic fitness levels are five to six times more likely to show the signs of metabolic syndrome as teenagers.Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disorders including hypertension, glucose intolerance, and high cholesterol, is more commonly found in adults and puts people at increased risk for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Read the full article at:

National Respiratory Training Center

The NRTC is offering its evidence-based and accredited distance-learning Asthma Assessment and Management Course in Virginia. The course covers (1) Asthma facts (2) What is Asthma and who gets it (3) Physiology of the respiratory tract (4) The mechanisms of Asthma (5) Initial assessment and diagnosis of Asthma and classification of severity (6) Controlling the things that make Asthma worse (7) Asthma medications and devices (8) Managing Asthma over time (9) Management of special populations and special situations (10) Patient education to promote self-management and (11) Spirometry. The course would usually cost $595, but for the first 20 that register, we are providing scholarships and the cost will be $100.
The course is a 12 week distance-learning program with two mid-course days at the VCU School of Nursing, Richmond, VA. The course begins on May 17, 2008 and ends August 9, 2008 with the mid course days on June 27-28, 2008.
If you would like more details and/or would like to register, the registration form and information can be found at

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sponsored by: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads Monday, April 28, 2008 at the YWCA 4 - 5:30 p.m. To register call Betty Wade Coyle at 757-440-2749

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Join the Healthy Kids Day celebration at your local YMCA to complete fun family activities, win prizes, and build healthy habits for life! Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more information and locations visit

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Living Green Expo

TCC is sponsoring an Expo for anyone interested in learning more about the green efforts being made in Hampton Roads, and how you can learn about opportunities to incorporate green into everyday life. It will be at the TCC Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center on April 29, 2008 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more info call 822-1234.

Adult Asthma Study

Dr. Stewart Levine, a physician with NIH is conducting research on asthma and is looking for 50 adult patients to participate in a study to find new medications for patients with asthma who are not well controlled with corticosteroids.
If you have questions about the study my suggestion is to call NIH about it: 1-800-411-1222 or go to

National Alliance For Tobacco Cessation

This is a well done new web-based smoking cessation program that is very practical, free, and seems easy to use. Pass it on to anyone who might benefit. This is a new website from The National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation (NATC).

Prevention and Early Intervention Training

Training offered from Square One,
This is a reminder that PEI 1041: Infant Care/Dev./Health- (37 mo.- 5yrs) will be offered on May 12 at the Virginia Beach Central Library from 9AM -4PM.
Please call to register before May 2. (552-0293)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DataSpeak Series

The MCH Information Resource Center (MCHIRC), funded by the Maternal andChild Health Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA), is pleased to announce the next program in the DataSpeak Series:National and State Surveillance Efforts to Monitor Oral Health Disparities in Children. Speakers will present data on the oral health status of children at the national and state levels, discuss trends in children's use of and access to dental health care, and illustrate disparities in these indicators across subpopulations.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008, at 2:00p.m., EDT.
To register for this event, please go to DataSpeak registration at: When you register, you will receive the details on how to participate inthe Web conference.

PEI 1111: Working with Resistant Parents

Square One
We have rescheduled PEI 1111: Working with Resistant Parents this semester to Tues., May 27 at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road from 9-12 noon.
There was an interest in changing this course to a weekday, so please contact me,Marty LaGiglia ASAP (552-0293) if you or your staff are interested in attending. (We will need at least 8 participants for this training to take place.)

Attention All Pediatrics

To hear a podcast on Autism Spectrum Disorder by our own Dr. John Harrington, click on (
One Reviewer wrote to Dr. Harrington:
“Just went for a run to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder from my iPod and was pleasantly surprised to hear YOU. You did a fantastic job. I have never heard such an articulate, informative, balanced presentation on a tough topic in the radio show / podcast format. Thank you for representing CHKD so well.”
~J. Schmidt, MD~

Parent Educator position available

CHKD's Healthy You weight management program is seeking a contract parent educator for approx. 150 evening hours/yearly. Bachleor's degree required in nursing, dietetics, exercise science or related area. Experience in pediatric weight management preferred. Send resume to Babs Benson, Healthy You Program Manager at CHKD, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507

The Center for effective discipline

How do children feel about spanking? See this sixty second slide show of children’s words and images.

See SpankOut Day USA April 30th events at:

Questions? Telephone (614) 221-8829 or email


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bicycle & Scooter Safety Clinic

This event is being held at Lafayette Park (next to the Zoo admin. bldg.) on Saturday, May 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Some of the activities will include bike inspection, registration with the Norfolk Police Dept., a safety riding course, and free bicycle helmets while supplies last. This event is free to all. For more information call 441-1035.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

"Cover the Uninsured Event"

Join CINCH for the unveiling of our video and still-picture documentary of the families and community partners that make Virginia's FAMIS a success in Hampton Roads. There will be an open brunch from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, then the program & reception 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Morgan, recently appointed as executive director of Voices for Virginia's children. On May 1, 2008 at the Commodore Theatre in Portsmoth from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. For more information contact

Hampton Roads Youth Services Conference

October 30 & 31 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center
Do you have a wealth of knowledge that you would like to volunteer to share with others? The Hampton Roads Youth Services Conference Committee (HRYSCC) invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop presentation at the 25th Annual HYRS Conference. Benefits of being a workshop presenter - complimentary one-day conference registration including lunch and name and agency listed in program brochures. Conference Participants will include: Educators, Health Practitioners,Community Coalitions and Community Leaders,Prevention Practitioners,Mental Health Practitioners,Social Service Agencies,Non-profit youth serving agencies. Deadline for registration is May 1, please contact

Food Allergy Conference

Are you responsible for children with food allergies at home? school? camp? Do you want more information about the increase in food allergy diagnosis, legal requirements and pitfalls, keeping safe with food allergies, and planning for allergy emergencies. The FASCOT - Food Allergy Support Group of Tidewater is having a conference on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the CHKD Brickhouse Auditorium. For more info

"Moms Matter Gala" evening gown donations

The Loving Steps Resource Mothers program is proud to present a semi-formal Gala on May 22 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at 825 Fairfax Ave, Norfolk that will allow clients the opportunity to celebrate motherhood by promoting unity amongst women of all ages and ethnicities in the Norfolk community. The program will be a showcasing of clients and their children highlighting their progress in the Loving Steps program. They are in need of evening gowns for this event which need to be turned in by April 30. For more information please contact Lilly Smith at 446-6107.

Governor Kaine announces formation of the office of early childhood development

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced the creation of the Office of Early Childhood Development, which will be headed by Kathy Glazer. She will report to the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services.
The Office of Early Childhood Development will work to expand access to and coordinate Virginia’s system of high-quality early childhood development programs - birth to age five - providing a seamless continuum of services and education to Virginia’s neediest children and their families. for more info:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A Healthy Baby begins with you

In partnership with the office of Minority health's (OMH) infant mortality awareness campaign, the Perinatal Community Health Clinical Group of ODU school of nursing is planning a Health Fair. The event is free of charge and is open to all family members, but there will be a special effort to provide African American women of childbearing age with information about the "10 steps to Having a Healthier Baby". It will take place on April 26 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Young Terrace Community Center, 804 Whitaker Lane in Norfolk. For more information please contact Mary Ann Notarianni at

Poison Prevention Training

According to the Virginia Department of Health, poisoning is the second leading cause of injury death in the Commonwealth. Learn how to teach poison prevention in your community. This seminar is offered free of charge but pre-registration is required, the date is May 1 in Manassas, VA.
For more information and a registration form contact or 202-362-3867.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Events - Child Abuse Prevention Month

From our Partners at YMCA KidsPriorityOne:
The link below takes you to a calendar of events for April—Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Celebrating Children 2008

A free family-focused event full of fitness and fun, Saturday April 26 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. For more information call 385-4537

Health Disparities Report Seeks to Inform Future Intervention Strategies

The Commonwealth Fund released a collection of data and discussions designed to help policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and teachers better understand health disparities and develop interventions, AHA News Now reports.
Targeting a broad audience, the chart book includes chapters on population demographics, health status and mortality, access to care, health insurance coverage and care quality, as well as suggested strategies for closing health care gaps.

Virginia Vaccine Education Initiative Conference

"Improving the Health of Children and Adolescents" which is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Medical Home Plus and the Virginia Department of Health. The conference is on July 11, 2008 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

"Strong Roots for a Healthy Future" is on July 12, 2008. They are being held at the Marriot at City Center in Newport News.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

April 2008 CINCH Meetings

April 3 - Covering Kids & Families Workgroup meeting 11:00 to 12:30 am,
EV Williams Hall

April 4 - CINCH quarterly meeting 12:30 to 2:00 pm, Peninisula

April 8 - Injury Prevention Workgroup meeting 12:30 to 2:00 pm,
EV Williams Hall

April 9 - Obesity Prevention Workgroup meeting 12:30 to 2:00 pm,
EV Williams Hall

April 10 -Health Disparitites Workgroup meeting 9:30 to 11:00 am,
EV Williams Hall

April 21 -Allies Against Asthma Workgroup meeting 9:00 to 10:30 am,
EV Williams Hall
Please call 668-6426 prior to meeting to confirm. Thank you.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

FAMIS - Update on proposal

I’m pleased to report that the Budget Conferees accepted the Senate’s proposal to increase FAMIS Mom’s eligibility to 200% FPL on July 1, 2009!!
Both the House and Senate adopted the conference report, and this should not be an issue at the reconvened session on April 23rd.
We’ve been trying to reach 200% for several years – so, even with the delayed implementation – our goal is now set to become a reality.
Please take a moment to thank your legislators, budget conferees, and Senate HHR members for this important action.

Thank you for all your help during the session.


Jill A. Hanken, Staff Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center

Motivating Health Habits

Helping Yourself and Your Clients/Patients Change:
A Leadership Guide for Educators, Practitioners, Learning Organizations and Communities
Presented by: Dr. Rick Botelho,Professor of Family Medicine
Monday, April 7, 2008, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Roper Auditorium, Lewis Hall
R.S.V.P. to Sherry Allen: 446-7461 or

Sponsored by:
EVMS Department of Family & Community Medicine

Pediatric Obesity: Effective treatment options for the pediatrician

Department of Pediatrics, EVMS/CHKD present: “Pediatric Obesity: Effective treatment options for the pediatrician, practical advice for the office” with
Gregory Kobak, MD, Barbara (Babs) Benson, RN, and Mary Jo Haney, RD at the Brickhouse Auditorium on April 3 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. The Objectives: relate the metabolic consequences of untreated pediatric obesity, recognize the barriers to an effective treatment plan and how to address the topic with families, and discuss ways to develop and initiate an appropriate treatment plan for pediatric obesity.

American Lung Association - Asthma Walk

The American Lung Association, can give you 22 million reasons why we need to "Blow the Whistle on Asthma" and why you should help fight the asthma epidemic and make an impact. More than 22 million Americans currently have asthma. The Asthma Walk gives you the chance to get involved and help your loved ones breathe easier. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide life saving education, research and advocacy so we can better control asthma and soon find a cure.
These are some of the dates:
May 17 – Lynchburg, Contact info: Melissa Gilmore (434) 384-6875
September 27 – Virginia Beach, Contact info: Lisa Newman (757) 368-0281
October 11 - Richmond, Contact info: Anna Davis (703) 986-7110
For more information go to :

Tidewater Chapter of the Autism Society of America (TASA)

"Implementing a Systematic Practice Routine for Developing Behavioral Fluency", featuring Rick Kubina, Ph.D., BCBA, Associate Professor at the Pennsylvania State University Department of Education and School Psychology and Special Education. This and other programs in TASA’s Project ACT (Autism Community Training) provide educators, administrators, and child care professionals, parents, and others with training in accordance with international best practices to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in living productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.
April 10, 2008, 8:15am-4:30pm at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Old Dominion University, 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
For more information, including a registration from, contact:Angel Barnhill, Information & Referral Specialist Tidewater Chapter of the Autism Society of America 6300 East Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 757-461-4474 or at

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

“On December 19, 2007, the President signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (pdf), named after the daughter of Nancy Baker and the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker. Graeme Baker died in a tragic incident in June 2002 after the suction from a spa drain entrapped her under the water.

The new law is aimed at reducing the 260 pool and spa drownings each year involving children younger than 5 and suction entrapment deaths and injuries, by making pools and spas safer, securing the environment around them, and educating consumers and industry on pool safety. For more information you can also go to:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Warning on Life-threatening Adverse Events/Death Concerning Tussionex

FDA is issuing this public health advisory to alert patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to important information on the safe and appropriate use of Tussionex Pennkinetic Extended-Release Suspension. Tussionex is a prescription cough medicine containing hydrocodone and the antihistamine, chlorpheniramine that is made to be given every 12 hours (“extended-release”). Hydrocodone, the narcotic ingredient in this medicine that controls cough, can cause life-threatening breathing problems and death when given above or more frequently than the recommended dose. Tussionex should not be used in children less than 6 years old.
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