Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inhalant Abuse Prevention Conference

Virginia Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition Invites you to the 2nd Annual Inhalant Abuse Prevention Conference.
Date: March 16, 2009
Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Place: Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, 105 Visitor Center Dr. Williamsburg, Va
Early Registration: by February 13th is $55.00
Regular Registration: March 10th $65.00
Special Nightly Room Rates $75.00
For more information:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

CINCH member, Dr. Linda Mintle's book wins award

Raising Healthy Kids won the Gold Mom's Choice Award in the category of Family and Parenting Books: Health, Nutrition, Fitness & Safety!

Raising Healthy Kids in an Unhealthy World teaches parents how to raise healthy kids in an over-scheduled, fast-food, video-game world by making simple choices, easy changes, and instilling good habits that will improve everyone's life today and forever.
For more information on her book go to:

Virginia Action for Healthy Kids Learning Opportunity

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge Webinar
January 27, 2009, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge is a free, web-based resource that motivates schools to put their wellness policy to work through a series of nutrition and physical activity challenges. Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge prepares schools for success by providing step-by-step instructions to engage key groups like students, teachers, administrators, nutrition directors, parents, and community volunteers. We already know that healthy eating and physical activity contribute to improved academic performance, attendance, and behavior—as well as lifelong health and well-being. Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge provides schools with a flexible framework, filled with free and low-cost resources, to make children’s health a part of every school day!

To register, e-mail Kristin Brittle, Virginia Action for Healthy Kids Liaison.
Questions? Call (888) 779-7022

CINCH Immunization workgroup Project

There was a highlight of a CINCH Immunization Work Group project, a poster that encourage school vaccines at age 4 check up, in the January/February 2009 edition of BackPage, the VVFC newsletter (Virginia Vacines for children).
Please click on the link to view it

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

8th Annual Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Friday, February 6, 2009
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
NEW! This year we are offering attendees a chance to Speed Date with area foundation representatives. Take this opportunity to get your questions answered straight from funders!
Representatives include those from The Beazley Foundation, The Norfolk Foundation/The Virgina Beach Foundation, Obici Healthcare Foundation, Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation, Portsmouth Community Foundation and The United Way of South Hampton Roads.

Conference Fees:
$100.00- 2009 Nonprofit & Hampton Roads Corporate Volunteer Council Members
$125.00- Non-members

$150.00- On-site registration
Call (757) 624-2400 for Group and Student Rates

To register, click here or contact Vanessa Evans, Director of Training and Technology, at (757) 624-2400 or

2009 Asthma Forum

Mark your calendars! The next Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments National Asthma Forum will be held June 4-5, 2009, in Washington, DC! Registration for this premier event will open later this month.
The National Asthma Forum is not just another conference.

For a year-round resource and mentoring network to support your asthma management program, visit and join the Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments Online Community Network at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Directions to Hampton Health Department

Our Quarterly Meeting will be held on February 20th at the Hampton Health Department from 12:00-2:00 (lunch first 1/2 hour). The address is 3130 Victoria Boulevard Hampton, VA 23661. The phone number is 727-1172. Please see directions below:

From I64 and East (Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Chesapeake)
On I64 West take US60/VA143 exit-EXIT 267, County Street/Hampton University
Turn left onto Settlers Landing Road at end of exit ramp. Go 1.3 miles.
Turn Left onto KECOUGHTAN ROAD. Go 0.2 miles.
Turn Right onto Victoria Blvd/VA 143 (Darling Stadium is on the right corner)
Continue on Victoria. Go 1 mile, crossing LaSalle Avenue (Traffic light).
Turn left on Algonquin Street and right into parking lot behind building.

From I64 and West (Richmond, Gloucester, Newport News, Williamsburg)
On I64 East take the LaSalle Ave/VA167 S exit-Exit 265A
Continue straight on LaSalle Ave for 1 mile, crossing Pembroke Ave,
and Settlers Landing Road, and Shell Road.(All traffic lights)
Turn Right onto Victoria Blvd. Continue 0.5 miles.
Turn left on Algonquin Street and right into parking lot behind building.

From I 664/Monitor-Mericmac (Portsmouth or VB/Chspk alternate rte)
After crossing the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge/Tunnel continue on I-664 N.
Take the Powhatan Parkway exit- EXIT 2.
Turn right onto Powhatan Parkway Continue 0.7 miles, crossing Pembroke
Avenue and Shell Road.
Turn left onto Victoria Blvd. Continue 0.7 miles.
Turn right on Algonquin Street and right into parking lot behind building.

Hampton Health Department is a one story, red brick building on the corner of Victoria Boulevard and Algonquin Street. The meeting will be held in the Auditorium.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

National Respiratory Training Center

The NRTC is offering its evidence-based and accredited distance-learning Asthma Assessment and Management Course in Virginia. The course usually costs $595, but for the first 20 that register and pay, we are providing scholarships, so the cost to the first 20 will be $100.
The course is a 12 week distance-learning program with two mid-course days. Continuing education credits are provided for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Physician Assistants (AAPA), Respiratory Therapists (AARC) and Nurses (CA BRN - applicable nationally). 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 begins March 13, 2009 and ends June 5, 2009.
If you would like more information, click on this link or call 757 668-6455 and speak to Cynthia Collins-Odoms, NRTC Education Coordinator.

Community Outreach Programs Found to Be Cost-Effective by CDC

Are community campaigns to increase exercise worth the money? A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says yes. The study found a decrease in participants' new cases of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and colon and breast cancers, and found that participants experienced an improved quality of life. The rigorous economic study found that, indeed, community outreach campaigns such as mass communication efforts, social support networks, enhanced access to walking trails, and other similar services can be quite cost-effective.
Read the full article at:

Monday, January 5, 2009

ALA of Virginia,"Smokefree VA campaign"

Please plan to join the American Lung Association of Virginia and our partners in the smokefree Virginia campaign, Virginians for a Healthy Future, on these two important dates:
January 14, 2009
The annual "Here's to Your Health" Legislative Reception will give you an opportunity to talk with state legislators in a social setting and tell them why Virginia needs to be smokefree!
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Old City Hall, 1001 East Broad Street, Richmond
Legislative reception is RSVP for legislators only.

January 21, 2009
Lobby Day at the General Assembly will give you an opportunity to talk with your state legislators and/or their assistant about the need for smokefree public places and other issues important to lung health.
Time: 9:30 a.m. at the Library of Virginia.

Lobby Day is RSVP for all to

CDC’s inaugural conference on obesity prevention and control

Weight of the Nation will provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and is framed around four intervention settings: community, medical care, school, and workplace, and will also highlight legal and economic strategies to prevent and control obesity. A key feature of the conference is a move from didactic presentations to an emphasis on interactive discussion between plenary and concurrent session panelists, and the audience. The sessions will focus on strategies implemented in these settings that have lead to policy and environmental changes which may improve population-level health. Date: July 27-29
please check the for regular updates*

Exciting news!

The new American Lung Association VA website has gone live and it looks fabulous! The new site is extremely user friendly, and if you click on the “news” link you will see CINCH prominently displayed. Check it out at

Using Your New Inhaler with HFA Propellant is online

Using Your New Inhaler with HFA Propellant is online. Go to, then click on the title (scroll down to find it in alpha order). The pdf item can be printed.
The one sheet item describes how to use an MDI (with and without a spacer/chamber), how to prime it, how to clean it, what an HFA inhaler is, and how the new propellant improves medication delivery in the lungs.