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.