Monday, December 20, 2010

Are YOU Ready?

Watch the Get Ready campaign’s first-ever video that teaches the importance of emergency preparedness through a story about an ant and grasshopper. The grasshopper eventually learned from the ant and you can, too. Share this video with friends and family to help them prepare for all kinds of disasters, hazards and public health threats.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Save the Date!

Registration information forthcoming

Thursday, December 9, 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

Addressing Racial Disparities in Infant Sleep Practice: New Perspectives and Recommendations

Speaker: Eve R. Colson, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine; Director of Well Newborn Nursery, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. She has been involved with and co-authored numerous studies on factors that influence decisions related to infant sleep practice including: Trends and Factors Associated with Infant Sleeping Position: The National Infant Sleep Position Study ;Barriers to Following the Supine Sleep Recommendation Among Mothers at Four Centers for the Women, Infants, and Children Program; Advice and Beliefs of Mothers on Infant Sleep Influence of Prior Position; Infant Sleep Location: Associated Maternal and Infant Characteristics with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Prevention Recommendations; National SAFE Study
The SUID/SIDS Webinar Series is sponsored by the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Professionals and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs.

The series is provided as a service to the MCH, SIDS and SUID community and is free of charge. For more information, please contact Sandra Frank at or Jessica Hawkins at

Surviving the holidays with Asthma

A Guide for Those Living With Asthma
When it comes to the holidays, we all can use a few tips on dealing with the hustle and bustle of the season. If you or a loved one have asthma, navigating holiday travel, family commitments and different environments can be tricky. The American Lung Association has tips to help you prepare and keep your asthma in control.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Parent-Only Treatment May Be Equally Effective for Children Who Are Obese

ScienceDaily, 10/25/2010
A study led by a researcher at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine indicates that parent-only treatments for childhood obesity work equally as well as plans that include parents and child, while at the same time more cost effective and potentially easier for families.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Envision Transportation

Help shape the future of transportation in Virginia Beach.
Community Dialogues at VB public Library. (see website for schedule)

Thursday, Oct. 28 - Complete Streets

Thursday, Nov. 4 - Community, Walkability, and Livability

For more information go to

The impact of the availability of school vending machines on eating behavior during lunch: the Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey.

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern and is associated with substantial morbidities. Access to less-healthy foods might facilitate dietary behaviors that contribute to obesity. However, less-healthy foods are usually available in school vending machines. This cross-sectional study examined the prevalence of students buying snacks or beverages from school vending machines instead of buying school lunch and predictors of this behavior. Analyses were based on the 2003 Florida Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey using a representative sample of 4,322 students in grades six through eight in 73 Florida public middle schools. Analyses included χ2 tests and logistic regression. The outcome measure was buying a snack or beverage from vending machines 2 or more days during the previous 5 days instead of buying lunch. The survey response rate was 72%. Eighteen percent of respondents reported purchasing a snack or beverage from a vending machine 2 or more days during the previous 5 school days instead of buying school lunch. Although healthier options were available, the most commonly purchased vending machine items were chips, pretzels/crackers, candy bars, soda, and sport drinks. More students chose snacks or beverages instead of lunch in schools where beverage vending machines were also available than did students in schools where beverage vending machines were unavailable: 19% and 7%, respectively (P≤0.05). The strongest risk factor for buying snacks or beverages from vending machines instead of buying school lunch was availability of beverage vending machines in schools (adjusted odds ratio=3.5; 95% confidence interval, 2.2 to 5.7). Other statistically significant risk factors were smoking, non-Hispanic black race/ethnicity, Hispanic ethnicity, and older age. Although healthier choices were available, the most common choices were the less-healthy foods. Schools should consider developing policies to reduce the availability of less-healthy choices in vending machines and to reduce access to beverage vending machines. 2010 American Dietetic Association, Dr. Welch

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Smoke-less cigarettes - NOT SAFE!

Here is some info from the FDA regarding the E cigarette/smokeless cigarette:

They are not FDA controlled/monitored therefore the quality of the product and even the ingredients of the cigarette are not guaranteed.
The amount of nicotine varies.
Other chemicals were found in the product as well, such as Nitrosamine (a carcinogen) and diethylene glycol (a toxic chemical used in antifreeze).
Minors may purchase the product – many are sold online.
The FDA has taken action against several manufactures for false advertisements and poor manufacturing practices.

We need to ensure to notify our youth that they are not safe.

Job Opportunities

please see the position openings available through our partners at the CHKD Healthy You Program. They hope to have these positions filled by mid- November at the latest.
· 20 hr/week Patient Account Technician (needs to have insurance authorization experience)
· 20 hr/week Parent Educator (requires day, evening and weekend work)
· 20 hr/week Licensed clinical social worker of licensed professional counselor (days and evening work)
· Contract registered dietitian 25 - 30 hr/month (requires day and evening work)
Those interested can see the postings on the web site.

A free live webinar! Obesity in America

Upcoming webinar hosted by HERO:
Obesity in America:
Consequences and Strategies

This webinar will provide insight into the latest on:
The state of the obesity epidemic
Priority strategies
Initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels
Dr. William Dietz, MD, PhDDirector, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity - CDC
November 9, 2010
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

To Register:

Healthy Portsmouth Friends

Please join our new Healthy Portsmouth Fan Page on Facebook by clicking on the link below. Share it with a friend – we’ll have lots of exciting resources and information!!/pages/Healthy-Portsmouth/166754150007633

We would also like to announce that our Portsmouth Community Action Plan is complete! We’ll be sharing that information with you all on Tuesday, October 26th at 10 am at the Churchland Library Community Room. You provided great information to us during the community forums – come out and hear what the next steps are for making Portsmouth a Healthier Place to live, learn, play, work and worship and how you can help!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Receive information from 80+ 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, Therapy Providers, and much more……….
******Lots of give-away and door prizes******
Sponsored by the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Beach Special Education Advisory Committee.
Monday, November 8, 2010
6:0o p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Landstown High School
2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
For more information, contact Sandra Hermann 668-8519

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Webinar Series

Keeping Kids Moving: How equitable transportation policy can prevent childhood obesity.

Please join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and your colleagues in the field for our new webinar series "Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Reverse Childhood Obesity." Webinars will be held every other week on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Pacific).

Open House for Hampton Roads Special Needs Website

Join us for the launching of the Hampton Roads Special Needs Website and Registry

October 28, 2010

Session I (10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon)

Session II (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
RSVP by October 22, 2010

Refreshments will be served.

Hosted and sponsored at the

723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

This invitation is for all providers and advocates. The event is not open to the general public.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Forum: A Coal Plant in Hampton Roads?

You are invited to a forum on the impacts of the proposed coal plant on the communities of Hampton Roads-and what you can do to avoid them-on the evening of Tuesday, September 28th at Virginia Wesleyan College. Speakers will include former Virginia Delegate and retired Navy Captain Joe Bouchard, environmental and community health expert Dr. Anna Jeng, a member of the State Board of Health and Betsy Shepherd a coal plant opponent from Surry County. (Read more about these speakers post script.)
What: A forum on the impacts of ODEC’s proposed coal plant on the downwind communities of Hampton Roads
When: Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 7:00 PM
Where: Virginia Wesleyan University in the Blocker Auditorium. 1584 Wesleyan Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502
RSVP by clicking here. Please invite a friend!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Doctor Dad

Involved fathers are important to the health and well-being of their children. But, how can dads learn to ensure the basic health and safety needs of their children? Doctor Dad is a groundbreaking workshop that enhances a father's parenting skills in caring for the health and safety of his infant or toddler. Doctor Dad delivers an interactive, structured learning experience. The workshop sessions include: The Well Child, The sick child, The injured child, and The safe child. This empowers fathers to become actively involved in the healthcare of their children, thereby enabling their children to flourish and set course for a healthy future. Dennis Gilbert, certified Doctor Dad, instructor will facilitate this free interactive workshop. Light refreshments provided.
Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center - FREE
To register call 886-6511 or email

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CHIP and the Affordable Care Act, by State

September 3, 2010

Today, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the Maximizing Enrollment for Kids program announced support of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' goal to enroll the five million children who are uninsured, but eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). NASHP is the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Maximizing Enrollment for Kids. Coinciding with the HHS challenge announcement, NASHP also released its State CHIP fact sheets . The fact sheets, developed from data collected in a 2008 NASHP survey and supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, provide a profile of program characteristics, including adoption of key enrollment strategies.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bike Walk Virginia News

2nd Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week September 12-18, 2010
Virginia's Second Annual Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week is taking place September 12-18, brought to you by BikeWalk Virginia and Drive Smart Virginia. Last year, 84 people died while walking or cycling in Virginia and an additional 607 cyclists and 1,402 pedestrians were injured. We can make a difference, save lives, make our roads safer. Help us by becoming a partner in spreading awareness of safe road sharing practices. Partnering is easy, we even have free materials for you to use!You can request posters, brochures, tent cards and an electronic toolkit. All are available through the Drive Smart Virginia website.

20th Annual Nursing Society Educational Conference

Topics to include: Respiratory Technologies, Asthma,Alpha-1 AT Deficiency, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Artery HTN,
and Updates on Research in Respiratory Care
October 7-8, 2010 Richmond Marriott Richmond, VA

Freedom From Smoking Train-the-Trainer/Facilitator Workshop

Become a certified facilitator in America’s gold standard in smoking cessation that has helped thousands of people quit smoking – Freedom From Smoking. Being a Freedom From Smoking facilitator means that you’ll lead adult smokers through the program, and help them become ex-smokers, by conducting the eight week program in your community.
Learn important facilitation skills to help you effectively relate to adult smokers. Find out about the latest developments in smoking cessation medications and much more at this one day training. Are you already an experienced Freedom From Smoking facilitator? Do you want to train new Freedom From Smoking facilitators in your community? Sign up for both days of this training session and become a certified Freedom From Smoking Trainer!
WHEN: September 21-22, 2010, Baltimore, MD
Times on the 21st – 8.30am – 4.30 pm
Times on the 22nd – 8.30am – 12.30pm
*Please Note: Facilitator training will take place on the 21st.Trained facilitators who want to become trainers must attend both days.

National Center for Biking and Walking Report

The National Center for Biking and Walking just published a report titled “Increasing Physical Activity through Community Design” that I thought you all might be interested in given our recent tour and your grant pursuit. The report is attached, and the direct web-link to it is:

Article - Healthy kids options at restaurant in Ashville.

Asheville area restaurants rethinking kids' menus to fight childhood obesity...

Friday, August 27, 2010

African American Women's Health Forum

The 2010 African American Women's Health Forum is happening on October 16, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. Please go to the event website at and register to attend this free event.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Virginia's Farmers Market Week

When it comes to taste and nutrition, fresher really is better. Fresher produce retains more nutrients than produce that travels long distances or sits on a truck or rail car for hours or even days, and nothing says “fresh” like buying it from the farmer who grew it and picked it him or herself. Where better to get the freshest produce possible than at one of Virginia’s 190 farmers’ markets? And what better time to visit your local market than during Farmers’ Market Week, August 1 – 7, 2010?
Virginia is dotted with farmers’ markets from Abingdon to Alexandria, Richmond to Roanoke, Norfolk to Norton. To find a market near you, go to, an interactive website maintained by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You can search for markets or even specific products by locality or zip code.

Active Parenting of teens

Training for the most important job you’ll ever have! Seeking solutions?
Looking for answers when you don’t even have the questions?
Mary Immaculate Family Focus and Fort Eustis Army Community Service are pleased to sponsor an exciting research-based video and discussion workshop called Active Parenting of Teens. This program offers an effective and unique approach to improving parent-teen interaction. Parents will learn to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts and discuss such difficult topics as violence, drugs, alcohol and sex. The information and skills taught are designed to help you guide your children through the challenging teen years and develop responsible, cooperative teens who are better equipped to resist peer pressure.
Thursdays, September 23 to October 28 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

You are Invited!

To learn more about Prenatal Care in groups. Portsmouth's exciting new approach to Prenatal Care. Join us for an Open House, Thursday August 19, 2010 2:00- 4:00 pm at the Portsmouth Health Department (side entrance)
RSVP to Zimone at 446-5017

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cover the Uninsured

Its Back to School time again!
It's time to get ready for Back-to-School! More than 9 million children are living without health insurance. Now that health reform has passed, we must continue enrolling kids into programs such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) and Medicaid to give parents the peace of mind that they can get care for their kids when they need it. Here are some ways to get involved, go to

Virginia Partners and Text4baby Supporters

Many folks are new to thisprogram, may want updates, or may be seeking information about how to become further involved in promoting the service. I will be hosting a webinar next Friday, August 6th at 2:00pm EST for all interested parties in the state of VA (please note: this will be VA-specific since we have funding to assist in VA promotional efforts). I will cover some basic information about the program, but also discuss how to obtain FREE resources that are available to VA partners and ways to enhance your promotional efforts (including success stories from other partners).
To register for this webinar, please visit:
Feel free to share this information with other interested colleagues in Virginia.

Thank you!
E. Lauren Sogor, MPH
Partner Relations Manager, text4baby

EVMS - Pediatric Grand Rounds

August 5, 2010 Peds 101: “Virginia Immunization Information System--What it is andwhere it is going?”
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP
Commissioner of Health, Virginia Department of Health
8:00 – 9:00 AM in the Brickhouse Auditorium
Objectives: Describe the state registry for tracking immunizations for all children living in Virginia.
Competencies: Systems-based practice

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Upcoming BodyWorks Quarterly Regional Conference Call

In 2010, the Office on Women’s Health will be offering more program support and trainer technical assistance for the BodyWorks program. As such, the team will be hosting quarterly trainer conference calls to provide program updates and an ongoing dialogue between new and existing BodyWorks trainers. These conference calls are an opportunity for you to share your successes and challenges and learn from other BodyWorks trainers who are implementing the program. There will be a total of four calls this quarter, divided up according to the Office on Women’s Health ten regions. Regions I, III and IX are being invited to participate on the regional conference call on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 3:00pm ET (12pm PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT). RSVP

Call information:
Phone #: 1-877-722-1471
Meeting #: 6765230095
An agenda will be emailed to participants who RSVP closer to the conference call date.

RWJF Free Webinar

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Communication OfficersFor our Monthly Series of Wednesday Webinars For Human Capital Programs & Grantees:“Making Your Case on Editorial Pages” When: Wednesday, June 30th, from 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST
Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Communications Collaborative to learn how your newspaper’s editorial pages can convey important information or viewpoints. We will address how to write compelling letters-to-the-editor and op-eds (guest editorials), how to generate supportive editorials through memos and meetings, and how to choose the best vehicle to get your point across.
How to Join: Go here to register for the webinar: and web conferencing information will be emailed to you after you’ve registered.

"Safe Sleep Baby Shower"

Learn how to reduce your baby’s risk~~FREE!
Come and have fun and meet other moms while you learn about safe sleep for your precious new baby.
All attendees will receive a free Halo Sleep Sack.
A voucher for a free Pack and Play (portable) crib will be available for those who meet income requirements. Call for details -446-6060
August 3, 2010
Norfolk Workforce Development Center
201 East Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23505

Brought to you by the Eastern Virginia Perinatal Council

Report: "What does the new health care law mean for Virginians?".

FYI - The Virginia Interfaith Center has just released a new report detailing the impact of the new health care law on Virginians. It is entitled "What does the new health care law mean for Virginians?".You can download a PDF version of the report at the URL below:

Career Opportunity at Volunteer Hampton Roads

We would like to share with you a career opportunity within our organization. We have found that some of our best employees have come from personal referrals from our many supporters and partners we have worked with over the years. We are currently recruiting for the Office Coordinator position. The Office Coordinator serves as the primary administrative support for both general operations and program staff. The Office Coordinator provides primary support to the community by serving as reception for the nonprofit resource center. The Office Coordinator provides overall facilities management for the organization. The Office Coordinator is responsible for providing financial support and accuracy in account receivables. The Office Coordinator maintains office databases integral to the optimal functioning of the organization and maintains and disseminates regular communications on a daily basis. We are in an exciting time for VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads - the organization has recently launched several new programs and has experienced tremendous growth in our membership. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to continue the high quality and success of our organization.
This is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate who is eager to begin their career in the nonprofit sector while gaining invaluable experience by being exposed to all facets of a successful nonprofit resource center.
Click here for more information and application instructions.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Boost 'em in the Back Seat website

Are you in need of free, empirically supported, and easily accessible booster seat education materials? As a fellow child health professional, I wanted to let you know about our new nonprofit Boost 'em in the Back Seat website at You may already be familiar with the 6-minute Boost 'em in the Back Seat video, which is available for free and easy download (or streaming, if you prefer) on the site. The video includes high-threat content that evokes a sense of vulnerability to motor vehicle hazards, as well as high-efficacy content that provides caregivers with the confidence and knowledge to protect one's family from motor vehicle risks. Evaluation research has shown the video-intervention to significantly increase child passenger safety knowledge, risk-reduction attitudes, perceptions of fear and efficacy, and observed booster seat use. Also on the website are free 30-second PSAs, downloadable resources, and parent education pages, all of which are available for use in your work to keep children safe.
Kelli England Will, Ph.D. and the rest of our team at EVMS

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WebEx training session

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will be conducting a special WebEx training session for the Virginia Perinatal Council members on the basics of public health insurance for pregnant women and newborns. DMAS staff will cover basics on eligibility for pregnant women and newborns, the application process and any special rules for pregnant women and newborns. DMAS staff will cover tips that the Perinatal Council members may chose to take action on to help individuals expedite their application process. There will also be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.
The WebEx is open to all Perinatal Council members. There are slots for 50 registrants (across the state), so if there are those who will be viewing together from one computer, it would be helpful for only one to register (as to only take one registration slot).
Mary Wilt, BSN, RN, CCM
Coordinator, Eastern VA Perinatal Council, EVMS

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Parent-Child Interactive Learning Playgroups

Our playgroups feature open learning centers that include housekeeping, train tables, dressup closets, book and puzzle corners, toy cars, educational activities, and arts and crafts. Circle time activities include children’s songs, music with instruments, finger plays, stories, field trips and outside playtime on age-appropriate playground equipment. Family Focus also provides on-site professional parent educators, parent education classes and special activities for families.
Stoneybrook playgroups meet Mondays for children, birth to 5 years old at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 15446 Warwick Blvd. (older siblings welcome during the summer months)
Midtown playgroups meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for children, birth to 5 years old at First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd. (older siblings welcome during the summer months)
All playgroups meet from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Unlimited playgroups and activities is $25 a month per family.
Your first visit is FREE.
To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Al’s Pals at Family Focus

“Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices” program is a comprehensive approach in working with children. The goal of this program is to offer effective strategies to teach young children how to get along with others, solve problems, use self control, manage anger and make healthy choices. In addition to the Al's Pals curriculum we will add a healthy nutrition and fitness component from the Color Me Healthy curriculum.
All preschool-aged children (ages 3-4) are invited to join the Al’s Pals Program at the Stoneybrook location in Newport News.The program operates September 8, 2010 through June 8, 2011 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — 9:30 am to Noon.
Space is still available!
For more information or to register, please call (757) 886-6511 or (757) 833-3054.
Maximum class size 15. A parent or guardian must remain on the premises during class sessions.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Centering Pregnancy site on the Peninsula ready to schedule patients

Beginning in early September, Riverside Family Medicine Residency will be offering Centering Pregnancy to its maternity patients. Centering Pregnancy is a new model for prenatal care. Prenatal care occurs in a group setting with 8 to 12 pregnant women and two facilitators. Physical assessment (fetal heart tones, blood pressure, weight checks) is followed by education and support. Randomized trials have shown that this unique model of prenatal care reduces the rate of preterm birth in women who participate.Women can be scheduled now for an intake appointment and for enrollment in the first group. Please encourage pregnant women who would benefit from Centering Pregnancy to phone 594-3800 and ask for Michelle Wells, RN. The first group will meet in the afternoon on Wednesday, September 8 and is for women with due dates in February and March. The next group will begin in late October for women due in March and April. New groups will begin every 6-7 weeks thereafter.For more information or for Centering brochures to distribute, please contact Liz Marshall, MPH at

CNN Report

Click the following to access the sent link:

Children's quality of life declining, says report -*


The Newport News Police Gang Intelligence Unit will present a Gang Awareness briefing to the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Staff. The Hampton Roads community is also invited to attend this most informative briefing.
When: July 30, 2010 11:00 AM
Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23602

Contact Karen Fussman at 886-6448 for more information

Virginia Home Visiting Consortium

Under the new Health Care Reform Legislation, each state is required to submit by September 22, 2010 a Home Visiting Needs Assessment. The Virginia Home Visiting Consortium will be conducting hearings in various regions of the state to gather local comments on the needs. Government officials, community leaders, early childhood professionals, social service agency representatives, parents and home visiting program staffs are encouraged to attend. In addition to the sessions, there will be an on-line survey for gathering information on home visiting needs. This will be posted at .
1. June 15, 2010- 12:00 to 1:30pm VDH - Portsmouth Health Department DSS Community Room1701 High St , 4th floorPortsmouth, VA 23704
2. June 16, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Loudoun County Government Center Purcellville Room 1st Floor 1 Harrison St. SE Leesburg , VA
3. June 23, 2010 3:45-5:00 pm Southwest VA Higher Education Center (immediately following the Smart Beginnings Regional meeting) Virginia Highlands Community College One Partnership Circle Abingdon, VA 24210
4.June 24, 2010 Roanoke TBA
5. June 28, 2010 1:00-2:30 pm Richmond
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia 4901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Suite 200Richmond , VA 23230-3531

1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic is a nationally recognized video-based discipline technique program. This four-week program will teach parents how to correct negative behavior in children 2 to 12 years old, while encouraging positive behavior.
Parents will learn a simple technique to get your children to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc.).
Parents will learn several effective methods to get your children to START doing what you do want them to do (cleaning their rooms, going to bed, homework, etc.).
Parents will learn four powerful techniques that reinforce your bond with your children.
Parents will learn how to handle misbehavior in public and how to avoid the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit Syndrome.
Wednesdays, July 14 to August 4, 2010 (10 am to noon) St. George’s Episcopal Church
15446 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23608
FREE! Childcare Available!
Please call 886-6511 to register.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Battered Moms Likely to Have Obese Kids

The Nurturing Fathers Program

A lot of fathers are just looking for answers on how to do one of their most important jobs:
raising their children. The Nurturing Fathers Program is designed to teach parenting and
nurturing skills to men. Each fathering class provides proven, effective skills for healthy family
relationships and child development. This FREE, six-week workshop, taught by a father,
will give you ideas to draw upon. Participants will learn:
The secrets for creating safe, loving, stable and nurtured families.
Positive discipline tools taught through a uniquely father-friendly method for successful child behavior management.
Effective family communication techniques to strengthen the father-child and father-mother relationships.
How to stop fighting and arguing by using proven, effective strategies for conflict resolution and problem solving.
How to achieve cooperation and teamwork in family life.
Tuesdays, July 13 to August 17, 2010 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602
Sponsored by Mary Immaculate Family Focus and Fort Eustis Army Community Service.

Delores E. Greene-Price, M. Ed Program Manager
Mary Immaculate Hospital Family Focus
2 Bernardine Drive Newport News, VA 23602
W: 757-886-6511 F: 757-886-6881
Good Help To Those In Need

Hispanic Circle of Parents

Share the joys and tribulations of being a parent. Learn new skills, attitudes and knowledge about nurturing ways to parent children.
Parenting Seminars • Children’s Activities • Homemade Dishes
Field Trips • Crafts • Presentations by professionals
Every Wednesday morning from 9:30 am – Noon • FREE!!
First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606
To register, call Cecilia Gonzalez (757) 886-6425 / Delores Price (757) 886-6511.

New Tool in Obesity Epidemic: Congress, States Consider Electronic Surveillance of Your Kids' BMI - ABC News

Monday, June 7, 2010

Healthier Communities Newsletter - May 2010, Volume 14 No Survey Questions

Welcome to the May 2010, Volume 14 edition of the Healthier Communities Initiatives Newsletter! Click here to view the latest updates.We hope the newsletter is engaging and helpful towards your work.
The Healthier Communities Initiatives Team

Healthcare Reform Summary & Timeline Available

The Kaiser Family Foundation ( issued a 5 page PDF available on the Health Reform Implementation Timeline. In bullet-point form, it has sections on Insurance Reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and Tax Changes, among others. Link to

There is also a 13-page summary of the new Health Reform Law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed on March 23, 2010, available for download. This document highlights Employer Requirements, Expansion of Public Programs, Tax Changes, and Health Insurance Exchanges, and more. The publication number is 8061 and the direct link is

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

National Physical Activity Plan Launch Day

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan has a vision: One day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity.
The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active. For more information

Safe Kids USA

Did you know that summer is trauma season? More kids are injured and killed due to unintentional injuries this time of year. We believe that all kids have a right to grow up safe, healthy and injury free. Preventing Injuries: at home, at play, and on the way. This website offers free information for parents, educators, media, and safety professionals.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Congratulations A2A nurses!

Congratulations to our A2A school nurses who recently passed the National Asthma Educator Exam - Michelle Prescott - Chesapeake Public Schools, Janet Duey- Hampton Public Schools, Joan Haury- Gloucester County Public Schools, and Monica White- Newport News Public Schools.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Body Works - Classes Available

Tired of every week being a rush from work, to school, to your child's afterschool activity, to the grocery store to home with no idea of what to make for dinner? Enroll in BodyWorks and learn new ways to manage your family's nutrition and physical activity with a little more parental sanity. Your 15-hour investment may just save your children from a range of overweight-related chronic disease and will definitely make you more productive parent. Plus, it will save you money. Taking the class with all its advantages is better than your current routine--GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK! Which is even more good news - the program won't cost you a thing. The CINCH BodyWorks program has 47 trainers looking for a class to teach. Now might be a good time for you to see if your employer, church, sports team, or neighbors might enjoy taking this 10-week obesity prevention program. This is not a diet program - it is wellness-oriented. Call CINCH now to enroll, and you will receive a whole toolbox of materials, created by the U.S.Dept of Health, Office on Women's Health, including cookbooks, mealplanning and exercise organizers, grocery shopping tips and informational books for you and your children. You'll also appreciate 10-classes that are filled with new ideas and support by people who can help you get organized to raise healthy and active children, and find time for your own physical activity and nutrition. Minimal of 15 participates. Call CINCH today - 668-6426.

We Need You! - Respiratory Health Action Team

One of CINCH’s primary focus is on respiratory health factors that contribute to chronic disease in children. Whether it’s a policy to encourage smoke-free youth environments or educating parents, teachers and the community about the seriousness of asthma, CINCH cultivates community action to develop and implement solutions throughout the region.
Worried about how indoor and outdoor air quality is impacting children in Hampton Roads?
Do you work with children who have chronic respiratory health problems?
Would you like to expand your network of resources and connect with other professionals?
We need you to join our Respiratory Health Action Team!
If you are interested or want more information, please contact CINCH at 668-6426 or
What’s involved? We meet quarterly (in person, conference call or webinar) to discuss and develop solutions to factors that lead to chronic respiratory health diseases and conditions in children. Project teams may also form to work on special initiatives

We Need You! Provider Action Team

Everyday you or your organization help the vulnerable in our community to access healthcare. Throughout Hampton Roads, partners like you are enrolling patients into health insurance programs; providing medical care at a local health department, doctor’s office or emergency room; arranging transportation for health-related appointments; or helping someone understand the importance of having a medical home . Yet, many children and their families are still unable to access affordable, quality healthcare and other services in our community. Working together, we can find solutions to improve access to care.

To develop and implement comprehensive policies and strategies to improve access to care for children and their families, we need your knowledge and experience as a member of the Provider Action Team! By joining this team, you can:

  • Provide a better understanding of your/your organization’s programs and services

  • Play an integral role in shaping and developing regional initiatives that will impact the communities of Hampton Roads

  • Expand your network of resources and connect with other professionals in your field at the local, regional and state levels

We need people like you who can provide your unique perspective of transportation systems, social services, community outreach organizations, or public and private healthcare to join our Provider Action Team. If you personally cannot join, please consider selecting another representative from your organization to join.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Live Webinar: Strategies to Reduce U.S. Sodium Intake

Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States
Reducing the intake of sodium is an important public health goal for Americans. The U.S. population consumes far more sodium than is recommended, placing individuals at unnecessary risk for high blood pressure, and subsequently, a wide range of chronic diseases. Public health professionals estimate that population-wide reductions in sodium could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually. Join us for a discussion with leading experts in the field as they present the rationale for sodium reduction, map out the landscape of current strategies and activities to address the problem, and discuss the recommendations of the newly released report by the Institute of Medicine entitled “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.”
May 4, 2010, 2 pm-3 pm EST
Moderator: Dr. Darwin LabartheDirector, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC
Part 1: Landscape of Current Activities to Reduce Sodium Intake
Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MA, MBADirector, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Health Officer for Los Angeles County
Part 2: Institute of Medicine's Recommendations
Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPHProfessor of Medicine, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Participants must register to participate in this webinar. Please click here to register.
Please forward this invitation to other interested colleagues. We look forward to your participation on May 4th. If you are unable to view the live webcast, the presentations will be made available on the APHA website.
Brought to you by APHA and the following co-sponsors: CDC, Institute of Medicine

Webinar: Partnering with Schools to Decrease Childhood Obesity

Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PST) Cost: $0 - Free There are no CEUs for this session. #1 of a 3-part ACHIEVE Healthy Communities Webinar Series
This webinar will highlight the successes of communities in Tennessee, Wyoming, and South Dakota and will discuss how they improved communication between schools and park and recreation agencies. Guest speakers will include Annette Wilson from the Jackson Madison County Schools, Katrina Lorenzen from the Natrona County School District, and Tiffany Sanchez from Pierre, SD. You will learn about the policy and environmental changes these communities have implemented and hear from ACHIEVE team members in the field about their experiences within schools. Register Today!
ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE) is a CDC grant initiative that funds national organizations to work through local affiliates to advance local community leadership in the nation's effort to prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors.
ACHIEVE Healthy Communities Webinar Series
The ACHIEVE Healthy Communities Webinar Series will consist of three webinars (May, July, and September) focusing on policy, systems and environmental change. Guest speakers from the NRPA ACHIEVE communities nationwide will present success stories and discuss the lessons they learned from their efforts to decrease chronic disease.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CINCH BodyWorks Countdown is On!

Want to learn how to better manage family nutrition and activity for optimal health? Take a minute to call or email us to enroll in BodyWorks. Ten 90-minute sessions with fabulous materials, super support, and lots of new friends will make the difference in your approach to cooking, shopping and having fun with your family while staying healthy. Start today improving your nutrition and activity IQ and inspiring your family to exciting eating and activity adventures! Call 757-668-6442 or email You can also get more information by going to .

Monday, April 12, 2010

Child care provider conference

2010 Child Care Provider Conference
Who Should Attend? Child Care Providers, Child Care Center Directors and Assistant Directors, Teachers, Family Day Home Providers, Religious Exempt Providers, Voluntary Registered Providers, Private Child Care Providers, etc.
COST- This conference is FREE to all participants. Participants must attend the entire conference to receive training credit hours.
Conference Objective:To provide persons who care for children the resources and education to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for children.
Peninsula Health District
Child Care Health and Safety Program
416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23601
For information contact –Pamela Parham 757 594 7384 or

Parenting Workshops/Classes

Mary Immaculate/Bon Secours Virginia Health System is offering a series of classes/workshops at Mary Immaculate Hospital located at 2 Bernadine Drive in Newport News, VA. Please see the list below and the contact information.
"Child Bullying Prevention" - Monday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm FREE
"Co-Parenting: In the child's best interest" - April 24, May 22, and June 26 9:00 am - 1:00 pm $45.00
"The Impact of Media violence on children" Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm FREE
"1-2-3 Magic, A positive discipline program for children 2-12 - Thursdays, May 6 - 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm FREE
"Preventing Youth Suicide" - Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm FREE
"Keeping children safe from predators" - Monday, June 7, 6:30 - 9:00 pm FREE
For more information, call (757) 886-6511 or email

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WEBINAR: Communications Made Easy – Creating Social Marketing Messages That Work

May 4, 2010 at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST

This webinar discusses how to design messages that resonate and motivate. We’ll talk about how to grab your audience’s attention and make them want to take action. Using elements of behavior change, branding and social marketing, you’ll come out with models for ways to focus and frame your program’s messages.

Pre-register at

Searching for Citizenship Summit

On Saturday, April 10th, the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement (HRCCE) will host the 2nd annual civic engagement summit, Searching for Citizenship. Admission is free and open to all, but seating is limited. Please visit the HRCCE website to register online:
WHRO, the Future of Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Partnership, and The Planning Council will once again partner with the HRCCE to engage participants in considering the role of citizens in the hard policy and budget decisions that affect their lives.
Two nationally-known speakers with deep ties to Hampton Roads will set the context for interactive sessions. Bob O'Neill was widely recognized for his "reinvention" of the government of Hampton as city manager from 1984 to 1997. He is currently executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a membership organization dedicated to creating excellence in local government through professional management.
Bill Schneider was born in Portsmouth and attended Wilson High School. He is one of the country's foremost political analysts, having been CNN's senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. Bill is Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way, a Washington think tank. He is also a contributing editor to National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly. Bill has been labeled "the Aristotle of American politics" by The Boston Globe.
The first summit in April 2009 included small-group dialogues which focused on how to improve the way citizens communicate and engage with their elected officials in Hampton Roads. The HRCCE Information and Communication Team grew out of those discussions and the team has continued to meet over the past year. On April 10th, team members will present their recommendations for how to improve public-decision-making for all parties.
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.” Please join us as we bring together citizens serving as elected or appointed officials and other members of the public to build relationships, increase mutual understanding and strengthen public decision making for the future of our democracy.

2nd Annual Civic Engagement Summit
Searching for Citizenship
Saturday, April 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA

Friday, March 19, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! Asthma Conference

The American Lung Association (ALA) of DC, DC Control Asthma Now (DC CAN), the Maryland Asthma Control Program (MACP) and the Virginia Asthma Control Project (VACP) have partnered to address the burden of asthma within the National Capital region. This partnership provides a unified effort in addressing asthma in numerous jurisdictions, in which geographical boundaries are shared. Joint surveillance and programmatic activities by DC CAN, MACP and VACP will allow for the greatest reach to those affected by asthma where they live, work and play.
To further this partnership, ALA of DC, DC CAN, MACP and VACP will jointly sponsor a one day conference to address many of these issues. This regional asthma conference during Asthma Awareness Month in May 2010 will enable regional asthma stakeholders to come together and establish priorities for reducing the burden of asthma within the National Capital region. The conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to understand the issues associated with asthma in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, while brainstorming how efforts can jointly create a solution. Topics that will be discussed include provider education, healthy homes and asthma educational outreach efforts. Virginia Asthma Coalition

Monday, March 15, 2010

HealthierUS School Challenge

HealthierUS School ChallengeRecognizing Excellence in Nutrition and Physical Activity
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) was established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction.
How It Works To be certified as a HUSSC School, a school must:
be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School offer reimbursable lunches that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices and principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and that meet USDA nutrition standards provide nutrition education to students provide students with physical education and the opportunity for physical activity maintain an Average Daily Participation of school enrollment for reimbursable lunches adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program.
Take the Challenge!
Step One: Review these HUSSC resources to assist you in completing your application:
Criteria for HUSSC Awards Criteria for Elementary Schools Criteria for Secondary Schools Comparison Criteria for All Schools
Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance on Vegetables, Dry Beans and Peas
HealthierUS School Vision
Tips for States
Whole Grains Resource
Step Two: Convene a review panel.
Step Three: Complete and print the online application.
Step Four: Obtain the required signatures.
Step Five: Send the completed application to your state agency.
Award-winning schools are recognized with a framed certificate and award banner from USDA to showcase their achievement in the community. HUSSC schools also receive national recognition by being listed on the Team Nutrition Web site. Awards are certified for 4 years from the date of approval.

NRTC - 12 week course

The National Respiratory Training Center is sponsoring its 12 week distance learning Asthma Assessment and Management Course which will begin May 7, 2010 and ends July 30, 2010 with study days in Norfolk, VA..

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.

Continuing education credits are provided for Nurse Practitioners (24.8 + 13.9 pharmacology AANP) Physician Assistants (11.5 AAPA), Respiratory Therapists (22.5 AARC) and Nurses (49.8 CA BRN - applicable nationally) and recently added Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (24.8 + 13.9 pharmacology NAPNAP)

Weeks 1-6 are for home study with the materials that are mailed to each student. During week 6 there are 2 on-site course study days on June 18-19, 2010, at the Eastern VA Medical School, Dept of Pediatrics, Norfolk, VA and will be taught by our NRTC certified trainer Karen Rance. Weeks 7 - 12 are for more home study and to complete final projects.

Scholarships have been secured and the cost of the course is $150. The cost without scholarships would be $595.

Contact Cynthia Collins-Odoms at for more information or questions, or visit the NRTC web site .

Graduates are prepared to provide excellent patient care. Many course graduates choose to become nationally certified by taking the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam. The course also includes sample AE-C type questions.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cover the Uninsured Updates!

Get involved in Cover the Uninsured Week (March 14-20) and join hundreds of other Americans working to help make health coverage for the uninsured a top priority. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Distribute information about available low-cost and free health coverage programs to uninsured individuals and families.
Host a health or enrollment fair (pdf) to connect uninsured and underinsured community members with needed services.
Reach out to the media (pdf) by writing a letter to the editor or op-ed about Cover the Uninsured Week.
Follow Cover the Uninsured on Twitter.
Register Your EventTell your community what you are doing and build attendance by registering your events on the Web site. If you are planning an event, take a look at the Cover the Uninsured events policy.Free Materials AvailableBookmarks, stickers and information cards are available in both English and Spanish. Great as handouts at events, these materials help spread the word about Cover the Uninsured and the importance of finding solutions for America’s uninsured. Place your order today. Thank you for supporting Cover the Uninsured Week. Let's Get America Covered!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Seminar Series Event

Eastern Virginia Medical School - Old Dominion University
The Graduate Program in Public Health presents:
Cost of Health Care: A Pediatric Case Study: Bryan R. Fine, MD, MPH
Dr. Fine earned his Medical Doctorate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and completed his Masters in Public Health at George Washington University where his interests were health policy and management. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, after which he served one year as a project manager for a computerized physician order entry implementation. He has given health policy Grand Rounds, written a national column on Pediatric Health Policy, and is the founder of the newly-created Virginia Child Health Policy Center. Currently, he is Director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Roper Lecture Hall, Lewis Hall, EVMS Campus RSVP to

Mary Immaculate Family Focus Fundraiser Event

Hello Mary Immaculate Family Focus Supporters.
Please join us for Mary Immaculate Family Focus Fundraiser Event on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Chick-fil-A Yoder Plaza-Jefferson Avenue and Chick-fil-A Victory Blvd. Based on the invitations redeemed, Chick-fil-A will make a donation to Family Focus. Should you not have your invitation just mention that your purchase is in support of Family Focus. You can eat-in or purchase to go. You can also use the drive-thru. The Victory Blvd location has a beautiful indoor play area for children. The Jefferson Avenue location has a beautiful outdoor play area for children.
We hope that you will join us at either location for a fun night. And...the Chick-fil-A Cow will be there to entertain the children and the young at-heart.
Please spread the word about our fundraiser. This event will support Family Focus Program Services. Once again, we sincerely Thank You for your continuous support of Family Focus. Family Focus Staff

Town Hall meeting- Virginia Beach

What: Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention
“Got Alcohol . . .?”
What Are Your Kids Drinking & Where?

Where: Frank W. Cox High School Auditorium
2425 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23454

When: Thursday April 15th 6:30 – 8:30, speaker starts at 7:00

Who: Intended Audience - Parents, school staff, and community

For more information contact: Debbie Kade,

Monday, February 8, 2010

CINCH - News

Smart Beginnings of South Hampton Roads has partnered with CINCH to develop recommendations for a regional approach to universal screening and referral, in which all families receive a comprehensive screening and in-person assessment by a health professional at the time of each child’s birth. This is a holistic assessment of the child and family’s physical, emotional, and social needs, and will be used to identify needed services and link families to local resources.

The work begins with community dialogues with service professionals, followed by research in the form of focus groups, interviews, surveys and literature reviews to determine the best practices to be adapted for use in South Hampton Roads. We anticipate the community dialogue will take about 40 to 60 minutes, including a presentation and discussion. Please plan to attend the CINCH Access To Care Collaborative’s Community Action Team meeting on February 25 to participate in our first community dialogue about this important topic.

CINCH- Bodyworks Project Update

At mid-year (actually 4 months into the program) we have trained about 55 BodyWorks trainers. Start up has been slow, but the trainers are motivated. They've found their own class location, recruited parents, and volunteered their time and have so far conducted 6 classes, including 65 parent trainees. The Hampton Roads BodyWorks program has touched the lives of not only trainers and parent trainees, but the rest of their families as well (we calculate 2 other family members per parent/trainer participant or 240), for a total of 360 individuals. Some of these volunteer trainers have even provided dinner, paying for it out of their own pockets, as a means to further entice parents because they believe in this important prevention effort. Classes have been held in churches, schools, and public housing communities. Special thanks to all our trainers who have actually conducted a class (LaVerne Williams from the Norfolk Health Department, Charlene Gholson-Dennis of the Accomack County Health Department, Jean Standridge, Janet Bakus and Chad Triolet, of Deep Creek Elementary; Viki Ann Martin of Suffolk Pediatrics; Janet Azar and 6 ODU nursing students, and Ann Campbell and her ODU Nursing Students. If you have any questions, please contact

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Conference -

“Making the Connection: Children and Substance Abuse”
Improving Interventions in Child Protection
COST: $20.00 per person, Continental Breakfast / Lunch Provided by Fresh Events Catering
Friday, February 26, 2010 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Newport News Child Advocacy Team,P.O. Box 608, Newport News, VA 23607
For more information contact –
Amia Barrows (757) 926-8791 or

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Square One - Training for February

Hello from Square One...
There are "FREE Training Scholarships" still available for the Square One PEI courses beginning Feb. 1st.
Each agency may apply for one (1) FREE scholarship per PEI course...
Please fax forms to 757-497-5101 and write "Scholarship" at the top for those seeking a FREE training.
(I will contact you if the "Scholarship slots" have been filled. To date, every agency that has applied for a scholarship has received a slot.)
Do not miss out on this opportunity!
Our audio/web conference on Feb. 23 (1:30-2:30 PM) is entitled "Helping Children Deal with Grief/Loss"... your agency may participate at a $50 rate for 5 or more participants.(Single participants pay $12 per person) Please register as soon as possible. We will need at least 3 agencies participating to make it "a go"...

Feel free to call with questions... All forms are available on our website --

Marty LaGigliaDirectorSquare One 287 Independence Blvd.Pembroke II, Suite 120Virginia Beach, VA

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Job posting- Obici Healthcare Foundation

Position Title: Grants Program Officer
Obici Healthcare Foundation seeks a new team member to manage a portion of the grant-making portfolio and programming efforts aimed at improving the health of residents of Western Tidewater Virginia and Gates County North Carolina. Grant Portfolio size averages $1.5 million each year. Primary duties include managing health related projects and funding activities; maintaining and developing relationships with key health leaders and non-profit agencies necessary to advance the mission of the Foundation; maintaining relevant health reform and access information; participating in collaborative teams throughout the community; and maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the priorities, strategies and selection criteria for the foundation’s grant- making programs. Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Officer serves as primary support for the competitive grants program and other Foundation initiatives to advance our mission of improving health and preventing illness and disease.
Required skills and background include: A master’s degree or equivalent experience, with a preference for a degree in public health, public affairs or health administration; five or more years relevant experience in nonprofit management, community-based or philanthropic organization; a strong base of knowledge about the health care system, insurance coverage, finance and related policy issues; an understanding of the complex health care landscape including relationships between health providers, community clinics, social service agencies and other organizations and the public sector. Preference will be given to candidates with previous grant-making or grant monitoring experience and a solid understanding of database software programs and contact management systems.
Applicants who are interested in this position should send a cover letter, resume and salary information by e-mail only to: Cathy Huband, Phone 757-539-8810

Monday, January 11, 2010

Open Asthma 101 training session

Free Asthma 101: The Basics
Who: Open Training for Health Outreach Workers, Coaches, Teachers, and Parents
When: January 26, 2010, 1:00pm –2:30pm
Where: EVMS Williams Hall,
855 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk

Upon completion of the course, the learner should be able to:
· Identify the incidence of asthma
· Identify potential triggers
· Identify three effects of asthma on the lungs
· Identify three basic symptoms of acute asthma episodes
· Identify asthma emergency symptoms
· Differentiate between “rescue” and “controller” medications used in asthma management
· State the importance of peak flow monitoring and asthma action plans