Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

12.5 million US children are obese, but we can make changes to ensure our children live active, healthy lives. Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. In the US, 17% of children are obese, and certain groups of children are even more severely affected by this problem. Nearly 27% of Mexican-American boys are obese, and nearly 30% of non-Hispanic black girls are obese.

There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity. It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, play and learn. Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM), and you can also pledge to spread the word:

• Become a fan of CDC's Facebook page.

• Share our posts throughout the month with your fans and friends.

• Follow CDC on Twitter and tweet and re-tweet information and links.

• Tag your tweets #NCOAM to join the conversation.

Learn more about what CDC's state-based programs are doing for NCOAM:




Monday, November 14, 2011

6:3o p.m.—8:30 p.m.
Landstown High School
2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia

(off Princess Anne Road by the Amphitheater)

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******

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 Vendor Contact 285-2725

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Va. weighs regulating school snacks to fight obesity

Recent Virginian Pilot article:



An Interactive Conference Call Discussing the Benefits and Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

Hosted By the HHS Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Tuesday, August 23, at 8 pm ET
Wednesday, August 31, at 12:30 pm ET
Wednesday, September 14, at 12:30 pm ET

To attend, please RSVP to partnerships@hhs.gov.

Friday, August 12, 2011

"The Obesity Epidemic" video from the CDC.

This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives taking place to prevent and reduce obesity. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living. www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/ObesityEpidemic

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CHKD "Healthy you" Program Job Opportunity

Part - time Registered Dietitian, for more details contact Babs Benson  668-7035

Friday, July 29, 2011

Healthy You for Life classes in Suffolk

Children who weigh more than they should risk serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and artery-damaging high cholesterol. If your child has difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters and the YMCA can help.
"Healthy You" is the region's only weight management program designed specifically for young people. It includes individual assessments, a 10 week series of healthy lifestyle classes and an 8-week membership to the YMCA. Parents and children will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn the fundamentals of good nutrition and portion control
  • Kick-start a personal exercise program that is fun and motivating
  • Gain support and hope from other children and families with similar concerns
Suffolk 2011 classes -Youth Class (ages 8 - 12): Mondays & Thursdays, 9/26/11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 W. Finney Ave, Suffolk
Teen Class (ages 13 and up) will be offered in the spring.
Call 668-7035 for registration material and fee information. Tuition assistance is available

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Take a look at this great resource from The National Academies Press.  This book outlines steps that local leaders can take to create healthy communities.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Eligible residents of Virginia can apply for health insurance coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Congress created the temporary PCIP program as part of the Affordable Care Act to help uninsured Americans with a variety of medical conditions get affordable coverage rather than be locked out of the system by insurance companies. In 2014 and beyond, insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition and new competitive marketplaces called Health Insurance Exchanges will give people the opportunity to shop for the policy that best suits their needs. Millions of Americans also will receive tax credits to help make coverage affordable.
PCIP provides Americans living with such conditions as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease the opportunity to obtain insurance coverage. The program covers a broad range of health benefits and is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage in today’s private insurance market.
To qualify for PCIP coverage:

• You must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or lawfully present in the U.S.

• You must have been uninsured for at least the last six months before you apply.

• You must have a pre-existing condition or have been denied coverage because of your health condition. Starting July 1, 2011, you can simply provide a letter from a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner dated within the past 12 months stating that you have or, at any time in the past, had a medical condition, disability, or illness. A denial from an insurance company is not needed!
PCIP covers a broad range of health benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, and prescription drugs. All covered benefits are available for you, even if it’s to treat a preexisting condition.

New Virginia Premium Rates (July 1, 2011) are lower and much more affordable

Age Standard Option Extended Option HSA Option
0 to 18 $93 $125 $97

19 to 34 $140 $188 $145

35 to 44 $168 $226 $174

45 to 54 $214 $288 $222

55+ $297 $401 $309

In addition to your monthly premium, you will pay other costs. Before most medical benefits are covered, you must first pay a deductible, which varies by your plan option. (see below). But, there is no deductible for preventive services, which can start right away. You will also pay copayments (e.g. $25 for doctor visits; $4 to $40 for most prescription drugs), and 20% of the costs of any other covered benefits you get. Your out-of-pocket costs cannot be more than $5,950 per year. These costs may be higher, if you go outside the plan’s network.

2011 Standard Plan - The 2011 Standard Plan now has two separate deductibles -- a $2,000 medical deductible and $500 drug deductible. The reduced pharmacy deductible is particularly helpful for people who take one or more maintenance medications.

2011 Extended Plan - The Extended Plan has a $1,000 medical deductible and $250 drug deductible plan. Like the Standard Plan, separating the drug and medical deductibles makes this option more valuable for enrollees with one or more maintenance medications.

Health Savings Account Option - The HSA Option has a $2,500 deductible and is eligible to receive favorable tax treatment by the federal government when used with a Health Savings Account (HSA).

Child-Only Rate -To ensure that children have more affordable access to coverage, HHS has established premiums targeted for covering children under PCIP, creating a child-only rate for PCIP enrollees between 0-18 years of age.
For more information, including eligibility, plan benefits and rates, as well as information on how to apply, visit www.pcip.gov and click on “Find Your State.” Then select Virginia from the map or drop-down menu. The PCIP Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Call toll-free 1-866-717-5826 (TTY 1-866-561-1604).

Health Care Information

In your work/discussions about health reform and ways to address the federal deficit without decimating federal health programs, here are some “home grown” resources that may be useful to you and your networks.

John McInerney’s (Commonwealth Institute) Op Ed regarding the importance of the federal “Maintenance of Effort Requirement” to protect current Medicaid and FAMIS eligibility.


My Op Ed on health reform and its impact/implementation in Virginia.


The Op Ed is a much abbreviated version of my commentary on the Affordable Care Act, which appears in the current issue of the Virginia News Letter, published by the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Diaper Drive

Help Anthem HealthKeepers Plus meet this challenge! Your workplace can collect diapers - or funds - and Anthem staff will arrange to come by your office to pick up your donation!

Next time you shop - pick up a pack of diapers........it can change a baby's life!

For more information, please contact Tresserlyn Jones, Health Promotions Consultant at (757) 875-5785 or email tresserlyn.jones2@anthem.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new, free, online training. The training was developed as part of an EPA grant and is titled, Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in the Home, or RETA-Home. This training is designed for public health nurses (PHNs) and certified asthma educators (AE-Cs) and takes about 40 minutes to complete. It teaches about the triggers of asthma found in the home and suggests simple, realistic interventions that helps limit or eliminate exposure to these triggers.

The program also features a resource section that can be accessed after the training has been completed.

To view this training program, please go to: www.retahome.org
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Kathleen Norlien, M.S., CPH
Research Scientist
Asthma Program, MDH
85 E. 7th Place
PO. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: (651) 201-4613
FAX: (651) 201-5898

Asthma survey

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is conducting a brief online survey among all types of public health professionals as part of a CDC funded asthma project in order to better understand the role of certain public health services regarding asthma.

• The survey is conducted via Survey Monkey™ and is completely anonymous.

• Click on the following link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TMSYCVC

Please forward this email freely to all of your public health colleagues, not just those in asthma – the more responses we get, the better our results!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you in advance for taking and sharing our short survey!
Best Regards,

Jacqui Vok


Monday, May 2, 2011

Moms Matter Gala

My name is Lilly Smith, the Loving Steps Resource Mothers program coordinator at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The Loving Steps program is a federally funded community-based program to lower infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and babies. And one of the steps is to improve the self esteem of these low-income, struggling mothers and mothers-to-be.
For the past five years in May, the Loving Steps program celebrated motherhood by inviting the families to what we call the, "Moms Matter Gala". Last year we partnered with members of the community to provide each woman attending who desired one with an after five/semi-formal outfit. This project was such a success, it was decided that it would be worth repeating.
I am requesting your help to make this possible by donating your gently used semi-formal/after five dresses. The event is scheduled for May 24, 2011. Please help us put smiles on pretty faces, and show your support. We are requesting the dresses be turned in by May 16, 2011. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact me at 757-683-9173.

A2 Nurse Update - Congratulations

Congratulations to our newest nationally certified asthma educator (AE-C) and CINCH Asthma & Allergy School Nurse Expert, Debbie Barnes with Portsmouth Public Schools! Portsmouth Public Schools will benefit greatly from your expertise and commitment to improve asthma management across the school system. We appreciate both Debbie’s effort and commitment and the commitment of the school system to participate in this ground-breaking program – the first of its kind in the country.
That makes seven school nurses in Hampton Roads that are now nationally certified asthma educators! 100% pass rate (68% pass rate nationally)!

Liz Ayers, Chesapeake
Michelle Prescott, Chesapeake
Joanie Haury, Gloucester
Janet Duey, Hampton
Jennifer Rashid, Newport News
Monica White, Newport News
Debbie Barnes, Portsmouth
We are grateful to our CINCH Respiratory Health Work Group for their development and support of this project, and our funders past (Virginia Asthma Coalition/Virginia Department of Health’s Asthma Control Project) and present (American Lung Association Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative and Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Pediatrics) for making this program possible. We look forward to many more nurses in our region becoming nationally certified.
Thank you all for your support and participation, and congrats again to Debbie and Liz, our two newest AE-C’s! This has been a good week for kids with asthma in Hampton Roads, indeed.
Dear NAEPP Coordinating Committee and School Subcommittee,
I wanted to let you know that CDC will be releasing a Vital Signs focused on asthma this Tuesday, May 3rd (also World Asthma Day).
CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/). This program is a call to action each month concerning a single, important public health topic. CDC believes that by focusing on a single topic using multiple media devices, the states might better identify these health problems in their area and work towards their improvement.
Here’s what CDC will do:
1. Hold a media teleconference at noon on May 3;

2. Release an asthma MMWR Early Release May 3;

3. Publish a professionally designed Fact Sheet for consumer audiences, a dedicated website that mirrors the Fact Sheet on the topic;

4. Issue a media release;

5. Send out a series of announcements via social media tools (Twitter,Facebook, etc.);

6. Send out a Capitol Hill alert through CDC-Washington Office.

I’d like to invite you to join us in sharing the asthma Vital Signs on May 3 by:

1. Spotlighting the Asthma Vital Signs on your organization’s website, with a link to CDC’s Vital Signs page: http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/

2. Announcing to your membership through newsletters, listservs, e-bulletins, etc.

3. Using your organization’s social media tools.

4. Sharing the MMWR, fact sheet and press release with your organization’s media/public affairs team.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you all for your help!
Paul Garbe, DVM, MPH
Chief, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch
National Center for Environmental Health

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coalition Perspectives: Should we collect BMI in schools?

Blog Post from the CINCH Director, Amy Paulson:

There has been a lot of debate around whether or not schools should collect Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements on school children.  There is additional debate also on whether or not a parent should be notified of the results.

It is important to note that just because BMI is collected often in the schools that children are not overweight simply because of what goes on at the school.  Children live in homes and communities with many factors contributing to their activity levels, nutrition intake, and weight.  We simply measure children in schools because that is where the normative population of children reside.  If you want to go bird watching, you go to the forest - if you want to measure children, you go to the schools. 

The challenge with BMI is that from a community and regional perspective we ALL need this information to be collected.  It certainly helps the school systems to make wise decisions about resources based on what is working (or not working) to keep kids healthy in schools.  It also helps community decisions on where to focus efforts, what factors are helping or hurting children's health, and to share best practices across communities.  More importantly, this information helps us, as a region, to leverage resources and apply for large scale funding to fight childhood obesity.

Certainly, there continues to be debate on how to collect BMI in a manner that is sensitive and appropriate, as well as how or if to notify parents.  We don't have these same debates about vision screening or notifying parents if their child has lice or is behind on immunizations. As a society we need to move forward in considering weight and BMI as medical information, just like other screenings.  Certainly any screening for any condition may not be accurate - which is why a referral to a physician is the best way to make sure the child gets an appropriate diagnosis and treatment for whatever the issue may be.  We need to move towards helping our community understand the importance of BMI as a medical indicator.  While body type may impact results - it is an accurate measure more often than it is not.  And, from a population health perspective, it's in an important, easily collected, accurate measurement. 

CINCH continues to support the collection of BMI data through our schools, in physician offices, as an important measure of our community's health.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cancer & Health Screening

21st Annual Cancer & Health Screening

Free Screening for: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Colon Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer.
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: 48th Street Physicians
                4714 Marshall Ave.
                Newport News, VA 23607

For more information and registration: Mrs. King at (757) 247-2806, email - nking@pich.org or

"Healthy You" - Weight Management Program Job Opportunity

Community Outreach Coordinator/ Part time
The Community Outreach Coordinator reports to the department leadership. This position is responsible for coordinating and/or teaching parent and child education programs in support of healthy lifestyles and other related parenting topics. Also serves as a program educator to professionals and lay persons. Works collaboratively with physicians and other healthcare providers to identify and develop community education programs in support of community outreach. Develops and implements educational material, curriculum and other related tools necessary for the delivery of course topic. Conducts community needs assessments and evaluations of education courses in an effort to enhance and/or expand the program offerings to the community. Accurately and effectively maintains the program web page content and class schedules. Represents the organization and program in community events, television and radio programming as well as print interviews related to parenting and/or healthy living topics. Works collaboratively with community agencies to develop partnerships. Performs other duties as assigned. Position requires evening and weekend hours routinely.

Experience, Education and Training Minimum: Bachelors degree in public health, education, psychology, or other related field required. Master degree in relevant field preferred. Two to three years experience in group facilitation, public speaking, team building and collaboration necessary. Previous experience with health and nutrition education a plus. Exceptional verbal, written, interpersonal and organizational skills necessary. Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite. Previous experience in course curriculum development, knowledge of child development and effective parenting techniques preferred. Familiarity with community and community support agencies. Must be flexible and adaptable to the meet the needs of the families and program. Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and be able to meet the insurance requirements of the hospital, if required by position. Travel to Oyster Point, Oakbrooke and Princess Anne satellite locations required.

For more info on the program see below:


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guiding Patients to Better HealthCare

We’re asking for your help in spreading the word about Guiding Patients to Better HealthCare, our no-cost, web-based, train-the-trainer course that gives health educators the tools to teach patients how to communicate with their doctors and more effectively navigate the healthcare system. This online course and all of its downloadable resources are in both English and Spanish.
Anthem is pleased to provide this course as part of the public service work we do in our communities. The course represents the cornerstone of our company’s public policy strategy to reduce health disparities and support patient empowerment and proactive medical consumerism.
The course is appropriate for any person working in a health educator’s role, including nurses, certified patient educators, patient navigators, patient advocates, community health workers, promotores del salud, and others serving patients. The ultimate goal of this project is to create empowered patients who are active participants in their health care for improved clinical outcomes and reduced medical errors.
To access the course, go http://www.fairhealthtogether.com/
, choose a state in the pull down menu under ‘Providers,’ and then click the ‘Training’ tab.
We are planning to soon distribute a news release about the course, but would welcome any assistance you can provide in sharing this information with your network. And, of course, we are most interested in any feedback you may have on the course.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Healthcare Organizations Emergency Preparedness Seminars

The HOEPS Committee is excited to announce that...
The Healthcare Organizations Emergency Preparedness Seminars (HOEPS) 2011: Strategize, Exercise & Revise!
is now open for registration.
Please visit our website www.hoeps.org and see attached flyer for more details and registration information.
Peninsula HOEPS 2011 Southside HOEPS 2011
Date: May 4, 8am - 3pm Date: May 5, 8am - 3pm
Place: Newport News Omni
Place: Hilton at the Oceanfront
1000 Omni Boulevard 3001 Atlantic Avenue
Newport News, VA 23606 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

“Building Personal Power in Teens —Connecting with Youth.”

These dynamic, four-week, interactive discussion workshops for teens offer an effective and unique approach to current teen issues, such as building courage and self-esteem, improving problem-solving, managing stress and anger, dealing with negative peer pressure, developing empathy, and improving effective communication and family talks. Through interaction and activities, teens will learn how to deal with difficult situations that are affecting them every day!This workshop will help teens develop skills that will equip them for today and the future.
FOR TEENS: Ages 13-17
Fridays, April 15 to May 6, 2011 (6 – 7:30 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA
GREAT INCENTIVES: Door Prizes - Ice Cream Social - Pizza Party
Teens are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items for the food bank.
To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail delores_price@bshsi.org

Thursday, March 3, 2011

“Co-Parenting: In the Child’s Best Interest” workshop

This four-hour custody and visitation parent education workshop is devoted to:
• Discussion of the impact of family disruption on parents and children and how to best meet the needs of children when designing and working with parenting plans.
• Helping parents learn techniques for reducing conflicts and strategies for improving communication.
• Helping parents learn to guide their children through the process of recovery, while establishing a positive, long-term relationship with the child’s other parent.
• Helping parents recognize the importance of two parents for every child and to facilitate their efforts in co-parenting.
April 2, 2011; May 21, 2011; June 25, 2011 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602
• $45 (Pre-Payment Required)
This workshop helps parents comply with the requirements of Section 20-103 of the Code of Virginia. Participants must attend only one of the three sessions to meet court requirements. Certificates are given to participants completing the course.
To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail delores_price@bshsi.org

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 is 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, April 14 to May 19, 2011 (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Medical Pavilion Entrance, First Floor Conference Room
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail delores_price@bshsi.org

Monday, January 31, 2011

Report on How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease is a comprehensive, scientific discussion of how mainstream and secondhand smoke exposures damage the human body.

Bullying: The Village Approach Panel Discussion

Department of Human Services Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Presents: Bullying: The Village Approach Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Main Street Library
110 Main Street Newport News, VA
Panel Discussion: Bullying Overview – Why do people bully, who do they bully, methods of bullying A clinical approach to bullying –Treatment/Solutions: For the bully, for the victim Schools –What does bullying look like in the schools The Law: Criminal Implications
Open Discussion
Admission Free Space is limited
Sponsored by the Newport News Keeping Our Kids Safe Violence Prevention Network

Active Parenting Now

Parenting Children Ages 5 to 12
Mary Immaculate Family Focus is pleased to sponsor an exciting six-week, research-based video and discussion workshop called Active Parenting Now. Active Parenting Now is organized around the parenting skills necessary for instilling cooperation, courage, responsibility and self-esteem in children. Parents will learn nonviolent discipline skills that really work and how they an set rules that their children can understand and follow. We will explore the goals of behavior and discover how the power of encouragement helps children learn positive behavior. Parents
will learn the importance of taking care of themselves as well as their child.
Tuesdays, February 15 to March 22, 2011 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Medical Pavilion Entrance, First Floor
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602
FREE!!To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail delores_price@bshsi.org