Friday, October 23, 2009


Monday, November 9, 2009,6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Landstown High School, 2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
(off Princess Anne Road by the Amphitheater)
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 Providers, Assistive Technology, and much more……….Sponsored by the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Beach Special Education Advisory Committee.
To learn more about the Resource Fair or Virginia Beach SEAC, contact any of the following:
Office of Programs for Exceptional Children 263-2400
Parent Support & Information Center 263-2066
Sandy Hermann, SEAC Chairperson 368-5327
JoAnna Bryant, SEAC 285-2725

Friday, October 16, 2009

CINCH Annual Meeting

CINCH 3rd Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 from 9:00 - 12:30 at the Anthem Building, 277 Bendix Road in Virginia Beach. Some agenda items will be:
  • How CINCH works
  • Engaging the community
  • Your unique contributions
  • Blue Prints for Action
  • The Reality of Working with Funders

To register for this event please go to:

CINCH is excited to announce that we are teaming up with the Eastern Shore Child Health Coalition (ESCHC) and the Virginia Department of Health CHAMPION'S program to offer BodyWorks, a nutrition and physical activity course for parents and caregivers of young adolescents. CINCH and ESCHC partners are volunteering to offer this free 10-week course in just about every city, county and town throughout Hampton Roads. The course is loaded with excellent materials, prizes and ideas for the whole family. BodyWorks focuses on parents as role models and provides them with needed tools and support to create and maintain healthy lifestyles in the face of hectic schedules, shrinking budgets and a fast-food culture. The course provides help to plan, shop and prepare meals saving both time and money. We are always looking for more volunteers! If you think you might be interested in volunteering and learning how to teach a course of your own, we are holding a train-the-trainer session on **Tuesday, December 1st at EV Williams Hall (855 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA). Please contact Adrienne Rust-Chester at 757-668-6430 or for details. (**New Date)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jazz it up for the Kids!

YMCA and Kids priority One are having a fundraising event on Friday, October 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth. Tickets $35.00 advance $40.00 door. For more information go to

New Data Available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center

The KIDS COUNT Data Center has been updated with new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, including indicators of child well-being from the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey. Topics include children under five in poverty and children in single-parent families. See Data Across States for the latest information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Annual TUCP Training Meeting

The Annual TUCP Training Meeting is being held on November 5, 2009 at the Marriott Richmond West Hotel. The theme for this year's meeting is Working Together to Create Healthy Communities. Within that theme, the meeting objective is to encourage integration of tobacco use control as a cross-cutting risk factor for the management and prevention of chronic and communicable diseases.
The registration is $15.00 and it includes six CHES credits, educational material, and lunch. Hotel has free parking, located off I-64 in the Innsbrook business area, and handicapped accessible. To register for this event go to:

If additional information is needed, please contact by email or by phone, 804-864-7876.

Smoke Free Restaurants in Virginia Q & A

The questions below were answered by Gary Hagy, Virginia Dept. of Health. For additional information contact Gary Hagy –

1. If you go into a restaurant and there is smoking, what can you do? First, restaurants can create smoking rooms that are physically separated and properly vented. However, if you observe someone smoking in a non-smoking area you should first discuss with the issue with the manager. If he does not ask the patron to cease smoking, contact the local health department and report the incident. You can also report the incident to local law enforcement
2. Who issues the citations? What is the amount of the citation? Local law enforcement can issue citations. The maximum civil penalty is $25
3. How often can they receive citations? For each day they are in violation
4. What happens if they continually refuse to be smoke free? The law only authorizes a maximum $25 civil penalty. The permit to operate a restaurant is linked to compliance with the new smoking law.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Unnatural Causes

FYI – Unnatural Causes episodes are airing on WHRO next week. You may access more information on the website:

Sunday, October 11, 2009 11:00 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009 3:30 AM
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? In Sickness and In Wealth

Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:00 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009 3:30 AM
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? When The Bough Breaks/Becoming American

Sunday, October 25, 2009 11:00 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009 4:00 AM
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Bad Sugar/Place Matters

Sunday, November 01, 2009 11:00 PM
Monday, November 02, 2009 3:30 AM
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Collateral Damage/Not Just A Paycheck

Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults!

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has recently released its fall issue of Needle Tips, with news and information for all health professionals who give vaccines. Also available is Vaccinate Adults, a condensed version of Needle Tips for those who work only with adult patients. Both publications contain H1N1 vaccine information, ready-to-print educational materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, updated immunization schedules, vaccine news, and IAC’s popular “Ask the Experts” question-and-answer column with questions answered by CDC experts.
This is the first year in IAC’s 15 year publishing history that its periodicals have been available online only, but their content remains as fresh and reliable as ever. You can find Needle Tips at and Vaccinate Adults at
Visit IAC’s Subscribe page ( to sign up for early notifications of future issues of these publications or to receive IAC Express, IAC’s free weekly e-mail newsletter, which complements IAC’s semiannual publications. Also, please forward this message to colleagues who may benefit from these valuable immunization publications.

The Science and Value Behind Targeted Home Environmental Interventions Webinar

Presenting the scientific basis on multi-trigger, multi-component interventions for an upcoming series of webinars on successful home-based environmental intervention programs.
Please join us for an interactive discussion that will focus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Guide evidence-based recommendations regarding asthma control and in-home environmental intervention programs.
EVENT DETAILSDate: October 22, 2009Time: 1:00-2:30pm Eastern Time Presenter: Gema Dumitru, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stay tuned for registration details - coming next week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


This is a collection of attractive 1-page information sheets
that cover various groups of people (e.g., asthmatics,
diabetics, pregnant women) for whom influenza vaccine is
recommended. The collection also includes information for
the general public.

To access the information sheets in this collection, go to:

To access "Emergency Warning Signs," go to:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stopping Medicine Abuse Before It Starts

Thursday, October 15
6 p.m. ~ Reception, Networking
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ~ Speakers and Q&A
Bon Air Baptist Church, 2531 Buford Road
Richmond, VA
Prescription medication overdosages, about 60% of them unintentional, take the lives of hundreds of Virginians of all ages every year. And the numbers are growing at an astounding rate. Intiatives to successfully address this problem must include partners from a variety of interest areas: families, law enforcement, mental health, pediatric health, substance abuse, poison control, injury prevention and many others. Here is an event that will provide some initial information on the problem, and an opportunity for concerned individuals to find out about prevention initiatives. Please share the attached info with others who may be interested.

Virginia Poison Center’s 2008 Annual Report

As a FYI, the Virginia Poison Center’s 2008 Annual Report is now available. According to the report, in 2008, they responded to 38,267 calls for assistance; an increase of 1.8% over 2007. Three quarters of all patients were managed on site without need for further medical intervention. The majority of patients treated were children under 6 years of age. Incoming calls to the Virginia Poison Center increase each year. Despite this, and with no increase in funding, the Center continues to provide its life saving services twenty four hours daily to all callers free of charge. The complete 2008 Annual Report will be available for viewing or download from their Website at in a few days. Hard copies are available. Contact Evelyn Waring by phone at 804.628.3468 or email to request a copy.

Mental Health Conference

“Family Secrets”

October 31, 2009
The Founders Inn & Spa, 5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Morning plenary guest speaker, the Honorable Michael O. Royster M.D. Director of Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy Luncheon speaker distinguished David A Rosin, M.D., Medical Director, Division of Mental Health Substance Abuse, Virginia Beach Health District
Sponsored byMinority Health Coalition of South Hampton Roads, Inc. & AstraZeneca

Contact: Gloria D. Smith
757/ 625-4248 ext.21

Access Partnership’s Annual Membership meeting!

Friday, November 20, 2009
8:30: Registration, Breakfast & Networking 9:00 - 11:00: Presentations & Panel Discussion
Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach Center for Higher Education
1881 University Drive

Topic: How Oral Health Affects Overall Health
Updates from Access Partnership & the Oral Health Improvement Coalition will also be provided.
Enjoy a light breakfast and networking prior to the presentations!
This free event is generously hosted by ODU College of Health Sciences.Space is limited so please RSVP early.
Call 853-8500 Ext. 124 to register or for additional information