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

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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