Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Join us and enhance your ability to implement and evaluate successful health promotion programs and partnerships through sessions led by experts in the fields of Coalition Building, Partnerships and Collaborations, Community Capacity-Building, and Health Literacy and Plain Language.

Points Across V Conference
May 14, 2008 * Baltimore, Maryland

Link below for information and registration:

Grant Opportunities

Below please find information on 2 grant opportunities:

Pay It Forward Mini-GrantsFunded by the Pay It Forward Foundation, this grant opportunity is designed to support one-time, youth-identified service projects that benefit schools, neighborhoods, or communities. Application Deadline: April 15, 2008. For more information, click here.

ING Unsung HeroesThis grant opportunity is designed to support creative educational programs that are helping students excel. Application Deadline: April 30, 2008. For more information, click here.

Virginia Injury Prevention -Consumer Product Safety Review

Winter 2008 edition that includes the following topics:
Top 5 Hidden Home Hazards
School Chemistry Lab Safety Guide
Pool Submersion Incidents
CPSC Recalls
A new issue of the Consumer Product Safety Review has been released. You can download it at The Review is in Adobe PDF format. You can find past issues at

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Treating Depression: Do’s & Don’ts, Peter Dozier, MD, Dept. of Pediatrics, Feb. 28 Brickhouse Auditorium 8:00-9:00am EVMS/CHKDFor more information, please contact Peggy Munley at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Virginia Inhalant Abuse Prevention Institute

Did you know the past thirty day use of inhalants for Virginia eighth-graders is double the national average? Learn about inhalants and how to address this issue in your community.

Parents, teachers, counselors, health professionals, concerned citizens are welcome. CEU's will be available, approved for SACAVA hours.

This event is on March 12, 2008 from 8:30 to 3:30 in Staunton, VA. The cost is $65.

To register call RMH HealthSource at 800-433-4580, or for more information contact Martha-Ellen Szuba at

Welcome Back: Facilitating the return to school for children with cancer.

Welcome Back presents school personnel with the tools to enable them to discuss the treatment of cancer and effects of survivorship, develop strategies to help meet educational needs, identify laws protecting the rights of these children as well as access resources that support schools and the families of childhood cancer survivors. Also this free program will offer nurses and social workers 5.0 continuing education contact hours and teachers 5.0 recertification points upon completion.

This is being held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Brickhouse Auditorium from 8:00 to 3:00. Pre-registration is required, for more information contact Connie Slayton, 1-800-866-4483 ext. 204 or email

Mothers' Depression May Negatively Influence Children's Well-Being

Depression in mothers is likely to have a negative impact on children's health and educational outcomes, says a new research brief from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. And the problem is at its most extreme among low-income families, as poverty is one of the strongest indicators of maternal depression. "We need our policymakers to pay much more serious attention to maternal depression -- particularly among low-income mothers -- as part of the larger efforts across the country to improve healthy developmental and school-readiness outcomes in young children," says Jane Knitzer, Ed.D., director of NCCP.

Read the full article at:

Younger Smokers May Have More Success at Quitting

Want to help people quit smoking? A new study from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, suggests getting to smokers when they're younger may produce the best results. "Most previous studies focused on smokers aged 35 and older who have smoked for 20 years or more," said John P. Pierce, Ph.D., director of UC San Diego's Cancer Prevention and Control Program. "That has led to an overemphasis on drug treatments to help cessation, whereas this study emphasized the importance of implementing a smoke free home if a smoker wants to quit successfully." The study appears in the January 2, 2008, edition of the American Journal of Public Health.

Read the full article at:

For more information on Tobacco Free Hampton Roads - a partnership coordinated by CINCH visit:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Neighborhood Safety Network

This is a project of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission called the "NSN Tool Kit." This electronic tool kit is a valuable resource from everything from fire safety, keeping older consumers safe to protecting children from an array of dangers around the home. They have a variety of publications, posters, checklists, and tools that can be downloaded for free and used to create a safety program in your neighborhood.
Keep your community safe, Start saving lives.

The NSN Tool Kit can be accessed at:

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lunch and Learn- Physical Activity and Adults

Portsmouth Health department invites you for a discussion of the article "Prevalence of Regular Physical Activity Among Adults- United States, 2001 and 2005 presented by Demetria Lindsay, M.D. Feel free to bring your lunch and invite colleagues to the Portsmouth Health Department's Clinic Training Room located at 1701 High Street on Thursday, February 28, 2008 from 11:30 to Noon. Please use the clinic entrance which is located on the left side of the building. For more information contact Jessica Mullen,

Surviving Abundance: Overweight Kids in Crisis Online!

Surviving Abundance: Overweight Kids in Crisis Online!

The documentary on childhood obesity created through a partnership between the WHRO Center for Regional Citizenship and CINCH's Obesity Work Group is now available for viewing via streaming video on Look closely for the link to view the full 30 minute documentary, as the brief short is at the bottom and shows the screen. The site also has a variety of link and tools for partners.

Square One - Audio Web Conference - Helping Children and Families Fight Obesity

Square One is hosting an Audio-Web Conference
Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
"Helping Children and Families Fight Obesity".

Only $10 per participant or $50 agency rate. In-service training certificates are awarded. A registration form is available on the website- Fax completed form to 757-497-5101. Conference dial-in information will be provided once you have registered. Please contact Square One with questions via email or call 757-552-0293

2008 CINCH Cover the Uninsured Event

Reaching the Uninsured: Story of Community

SAVE THE DATE – May 1st – 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Join CINCH for the unveiling of a video and still picture documentary of the families impacted by FAMIS and the story of our local community efforts in Hampton Roads to reach these families. The event will take place at the Commodore Theater in Portsmouth. RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP contact or Carol Jones at 668-6472.

For more information on Cover the Uninsured Week visit:

To hear the story of a local family helped by CINCH's Project Connect featured nationally on the CTU website:

To see last pictures from last year's gallery:

Free Community Learning Seminar - Engaging Families in Service and Research

The EVMS Department of Pediatrics, Division of Community Health & Research, is hosting a learning seminar on February 28th from 12:00 noon to 1:00 at E.V. Williams Hall. Dr. Carole Campbell, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics will discuss barriers to engaging families in services and research, with an emphasis on barriers common to ethnic minorities and military families.
For more information or to recieve a flyer via email please contact Karen Nanez, 668-6436 or

Asthma: Not One More Life Program coming to Hampton Roads

Not One More Life has a great program coming into the area for churches for asthma ( there will be an expansion and vision casting dinner on Friday, March 7th at 6:30 pm at The Vintage Kitchen in the Dominion Towers in Norfolk.

To RSVP or request information email

Open House - YMCA KidsPriorityOne

Please Join YMCA KidsPriorityOne for an OPEN HOUSE
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of YMCA Community Services

Announcing the opening of the YMCA Community Services Operations Center
and partnership with KidsPriorityOne on Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3 pm – 5 pm at 4101 Granby Street, Suite 305, Norfolk, VA

Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Brenda Garrett or Angela Walsh at 757-962-2112 or by email at

For more information on KPO visit:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics, Obesity Prevalence

Meta-Analysis Explores Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics, Obesity Prevalence
A meta-review published in the journal Nutrition Reviews suggests that neighborhood characteristics, including income level, the built environment and access to healthy food, directly affect obesity prevalence, United Press International reports.

HHS, Business Coalition Launch Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities

From RWJF News Digest:

HHS, Business Coalition Launch Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Minority Health and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) announced plans for a two-year initiative designed to foster business-community relationships that target racial and ethnic health disparities, AHA News Now reports.

Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 - Passed

The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 was passed by the US Senate yesterday. It is expected that the President will sign the bill. The new legislation directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue new safety standards within specific time periods that will lead to the installation of safety technologies as standard equipment in all vehicles to prevent deaths and injuries in and around motor vehicles. These safety technologies are already available as standard equipment, upgrades or optional equipment in many makes and models of vehicles. The bill addresses three of the most serious causes of preventable injuries and fatalities to young children in and around motor vehicles: getting caught in an automatically closing power window; being struck by a backing vehicle because of an unacceptable blindzone; and placing a vehicle in gear that results in an uncontroll ed roll away without having to depress the brake.
The bill also requires the US Department of Transportation to establish a database of noncrash incidents and develop a program to provide the public with safety information regarding nontraffic dangers to young children.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

FREE Workshop: Location Change

Accessing Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) workshop
**February 21, 2008 from 10:00am – 12:00noon **
Due to construction at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and the Sentara campus, there is limited parking. Therefore a location change was necessary.
The new location for the workshop is:
4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.
Due to library policy, we will not be able to serve coffee or refreshments at this site. You may, however, bring in coffee as long as it is in a covered container.
Registration will begin at 9:30am and the workshop will begin at 10:00am.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Save the Date - 2009 Vaccine Update Conference

10th Vaccine Update Conference
April 3, 2009
Richmond, Virginia
Help make the upcoming Vaccine Update Conference address your needs.
Please take a minute to share up to three immunization concerns, issues, or areas of interest as we plan for the 2009 conference.
Click on the link below:Link to Vaccine Update Conference Survey
Please note that this year's conference will be hosted by Project Immunize Virginia!

Monday, February 4, 2008

NEW! Child Seat Ratings System

New child seat ratings system based on ease of use

Transportation officials stress that the new system doesn't assess how effective a seat is in protecting a child in a crash, but it compares how easy it is to use. Full Story >>>

Child Health and Safety Fair

Saturday April 12th from 11am-4pm at the public school Chesterfield Academy
2915 Westminster Ave. in Norfolk there will be a child health and safety fair sponsored by the EVMS physician assistant program.
Contact person is Dan Thibodeau 757-446-7057 at EVMS.
So far they have involvement from fire, police, dental. Hope to include immunization, bike helmets, car seat check, health literacy and poison.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services

There is an upcoming free workshop on Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services that Care Connection is sponsoring. The workshop will be on February 21st from 10:00am – 12:00noon in the Sentara Brickhouse Auditorium. Staff from the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy will be coming from Richmond to present. Please call 668-7132 to register for the workshop by February 18th.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with your coworkers, staff, or other agency partners that you work with.

For more information, please contact Sandy Herman at: 668-8519 (phone)