Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free Program from Bon Secours Family Focus

Bon Secours Family Focus will offer the Nurturing Program for parents and caregivers of children age birth to five years old. The Nurturing program is a nationally recognized parent education program that teaches highly effective parenting techniques. Nurturing is the foundation of strong and healthy parent child relationships. This program gives parents and caregivers the skills, knowledge and desire to enhance the quality of their family life. This program will address the following topics:

• Ages and stages of child development

• Setting boundaries and creating family rules

• Increasing self-esteem for both children and parents

• Behavior management techniques

• Developing nurturing routines

• How to handle one’s own stress and anger positively

• Problem solving and decision making

Mondays, January 14 to February 18, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center

2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

Cost: FREE!!

To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free Training!!

CINCH Presents a One-of-a-Kind Training with  JUMP N ROPE.

As a part of a movement to get kids moving, CINCH is hosting a one of a kind training with JumpNRope expert trainers for sports, recreation , youth and after-school program staff. These trainings are sure to be energizing and interactive.

The goal is that attendees will become expert jump rope trainers and implement a jump rope program in 2013.

JumpNRope was founded in 2005 by 5-Time World Jump Champion Molly Metz to put the fun back into this iconic physical activity that is now a part of popular extreme sporting events. Click on the picture above to see her teams in action!

Those who complete this training AND agree to start a jump rope program for youth in their organizations no later than Spring 2013 will be eligible to receive:

• a certificate of completion

• a jump rope kit (for selected sites) containing competition style individual and double-dutch jump ropes

• individual freestyle jump ropes for program youth (while supplies last)

This training is FREE. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

For your convenience, there are 3 training sessions you can choose from:

Session 1

Date: Nov. 28, 2012 Time: 12 – 4 pm

Location: Portsmouth YMCA

4900 High Street West

Portsmouth, VA 23703

Session 2

Date: Nov. 29, 2012  Time: 9 am – 1 pm

Location: Greenbrier Family YMCA

1033 Greenbrier Parkway

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Session 3 (2 part session)

Date: Nov. 28 - 29, 2012 Time: 6 – 8 pm

Location:  TBD - Norfolk (will send out details once confirmed)

Space is limited so click on the link below to register to attend this training today!

Registration link:

For more information: Contact Laurie McManama at or call 757-668-6426.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free Training

ALL School Counselors, Teachers, School Personnel, PTA Participants, Social Workers, Case Managers, Parents, Caregivers
FREE TRAINING ~Lunch Time Chat~ Communication: Can You Speak This Generation’s Language? Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:30pm-2:00pm BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Simeon Center 250 Fox Hill Road Hampton, VA 23669

Receive Practical Strategies of How to Communicate with Teens and Understand Their Language …Text Message Codes, Facebook Lingo, and So Much More…

To Register Please Contact Kenya L. Moore 757-722-4707 Ext. 1308 or

Monday, October 8, 2012


Monday, November 5, 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 approximately 100+ vendors on: Children/Adult Disability Services, Recreational Programs, Vocational Information, Respite Services, Support/Advocacy Groups, Transition Services, Housing Information, Legal Services, Estate Planning, Durable Medical Equipment Providers, Care Coordination/Case Management, Assistive Technology, Therapy Providers, Behavioral Services, and much more……….


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

• Co-Parenting: In the Child’s Best Interest” is a 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.

Saturdays, November 10, 2012; December 1, 2012 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center

2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602 Cost: $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 two sessions to meet court requirements. Certificates are given to participants completing a session.

To register for our classes or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

• Active Parenting 1-2-3-4

Active Parenting 1-2-3-4 Parents! is an exciting research-based video and discussion workshop. This program is perfect for new parents and parents with children ages 1 to 4. Parents will learn the four stages of child development and how to enhance their child’s learning at each stage. They will learn about parenting styles and discover how to begin building a lifelong bond with their child. Parents will learn nonviolent discipline skills that really work, and how they can set rules that young children can understand and follow. Parents will discover how the power of encouragement helps children learn positive behavior at an early age. They will also learn the importance of taking care of themselves as well as their child.

Mondays, November 12, 2012 to December 3, 2012, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Medical Pavilion Entrance, 2nd Floor Suite 205

2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602 Cost: FREE!

To register for our classes or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bon Secours Care A Van

The Bon Secours Care-A-Van is a mobile medical unit that travels throughout the Hampton Roads area providing health care to adults and children who are uninsured.  All services are free, but donations are welcome.  The Care-A-Van will provide general medical care for uninsured adults and children, routine evaluation and treatment of common acute illnesses including: respiratory infections, headaches, ear aches, pink eye, urinary tract and musculoskeletal pains, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.  We also provide sports physicals, children’s health insurance enrollment, and health education.
For more details and the October schedule:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Another FREE “online training” course, Prevent Disease- IMMUNIZE!, is now available on the Square One website for you!

Learn about the importance of getting adult vaccinations!

We focus on the Tdap vaccination (Booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and well as other needed vaccinations for those who work with infants and young children.

Pertussis disease (whooping cough) is reoccurring in Virginia and the U.S.—

Educate yourself today by taking this 1 hr. self-paced course which was developed by Michelle Charters, MPH, Eastern Virginia Medical School . Michelle is the Project Immunize Virginia! Director.

(Funding for this course was provided by the National Business Coalition on Health and GlaxoSmithKline)

At the end of the online course, you will be asked to take the quiz…. If you receive 80% or better, a certificate will be sent to you via email…

Follow this link to begin… or go to to view all trainings available....

Friday, August 24, 2012



The Huffington Post reported today that the American Licorice Company is recalling its Red Vines Black Licorice as California health officials found high lead levels in a recent batch. More information is available at the California Department of Public Health's website:

It is so important to keep in mind that even in small quantities in products, lead exposure can have irreversible and harmful effects on young children. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, loss of IQ, and other developmental problems that impact a child's ability to learn and succeed in school. We must ensure that all immediate measures are taken to prevent sources of lead in products from reaching the hands and mouths of our children and that these products are removed from the marketplace.

Please help spread the word about this product recall and about the ongoing threat posed by lead poisoning.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Free Immunizations

The Peninsula Health District Nurses will be at

South Morrison Family Education Center

746 Adams Drive

Newport News, VA 23601

to provide


For school age children

MONDAY—August 6th


WEDNESDAY—August 15th

10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day

South Morrison Family Education Center


A limited Number of Shots Will Be Available Each Day

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Business Case for Breastfeeding Program

As many of you are aware, last year CINCH successfully conducted a community implementation of The Business Case for Breastfeeding, a nationally recognized program to assist employers in developing worksite lactation support programs. Starting this summer, CINCH is looking to expand this successful program and provide information and technical assistance to a limited number of additional employers in South Hampton Roads.
We are asking for your assistance in identifying organizations that may be interested in participating. Below is our initial list of potential employers to contact:

1. TowneBank


3. Dollar Tree

4. Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital

5. Bank of America

6. QVC

7. Farm Fresh

8. Cannon

9. Verizon

10. Hampton Roads Transit

11. Amerigroup

Please email Charley Martin at   if you have any contacts at these organizations (that would be willing to speak with us) or have suggestions for other organizations to contact in South Hampton Roads.

We greatly appreciate your assistance and your input in this project.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Health Time for Ladies

Saturday, May 12, 2012
12:00 - 3:00 pm,
Lamberts Point Community Center, 1251 42nd Street, Norfolk, Va 23508

Health Screenings: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Foot Screening, Pregnancy tests, Oral Health, And More!

Children's Activities: Reading Play, Free books, Learning Group, And More!

Learn about: Mental & Physical health, community resources

Free Zumba Class!!!

Sponsored by: Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Eastern Virginia Perinatal Council, The Up Center, & Loving Steps

Questions: Call Mary Wilt 446-6060 or email

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is Asthma Awareness Month

What Do You Know About Asthma?

This May, during Asthma Awareness Month, the American Lung Association would like to remind you how important it is for people with asthma to manage their asthma. The more you learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with the disease.
Asthma can start at any age. Although there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed so people with the disease can live a normal, healthy life. If you or someone you know has asthma and would like to learn more about it, the American Lung Association invites you to participate in our new online learning module, Asthma Basics.
There is also more information about asthma available on our website. Visit today to learn more about:

• What causes asthma

• Asthma symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

• Protecting your lungs to prevent bacteria, viruses, tobacco smoke and air pollution from causing harm

• Creating Asthma-Friendly Environments

Job Opportunity - Community Outreach Manager

Position: Statewide Health Care Coalition Community Outreach Manager

Organization: Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare (VCV) is Virginia’s new, multi-constituency consumer
coalition focused on ensuring that all Virginians have access to affordable, high-quality health
care. VCV works to build and sustain a broad-based consumer coalition which includes patients,
community and religious organizations, small businesses, organized labor, community health
centers, and advocacy organizations to support effective implementation of the Affordable Care
Act in Virginia. Virginia Consumer Voices’ goal is to become the state’s leading consumer
coalition working year round to impact policy by organizing and coordinating the grassroots,
growing a dynamic and effective coalition, educating key affected communities, and running
public relations and media campaigns.
Organize Statewide Outreach

• Develop, coordinate and execute outreach activities in key communities of interest
throughout the state, with particular emphasis on underserved communities.
• Organize grassroots activities including town hall forums, focus groups, lobby days, and
training workshops.
• Educate and prepare health care consumers to participate in activities that expand access to
health care.
• Maintain regular contact with grassroots leaders across the state.
• Help Identify organizations within underserved communities to receive support to carry out
additional grassroots outreach and organizing.

Assist with Policymaker Outreach
 Engage state policy makers by inviting them to participate in outreach activities.
• Join Coalition partners and the Coalition Director in visits with key policy makers.

Help with Communications Efforts
• Work with Coalition Director and Leadership Team to develop necessary materials.
• Implement messaging and media strategies to engage consumers and amplify consumer
voices in the health care policy debate. Activities include:

o Manage the organizations social media outreach to grow Facebook and Twitter
o Run Facebook and Google ads to increase social media activity.
o Assist in updating and maintaining VCV’s website.
o Assist in creating and disseminating e-outreach updates to coalition partners and
email lists.
o Help organize Letter-to-the-Editor campaigns among consumers.
o Help organize press events.
o Help organize radio feature stories.
o Assist in communicating and increasing interest in coalition activities with state and
local media outlets.
o Assist in collecting human stories of Virginians helped by the ACA and disseminating
to state and local media.
o Develop a plan to produce and disseminate videos (YouTube) to tell health care
consumer stories.
o Help incorporate paid advertising such as billboards, radio/tv/print ads, bus posters,
etc. in key communities.

The Community Outreach Manager will report to the Coalition Director and work with
members of the VCV Leadership Team to ensure effective implementation of coalition efforts.
This is an exciting position for an individual with a passion for social change and an interest in
ensuring the voice of consumers is central in the health care debate in Virginia. The successful
candidate will possess a high level of energy to work with consumers across the state, have the
ability to motivate diverse groups of people to take action, be able to travel throughout the
state, and have excellent interpersonal skills. In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to work
independently, be highly motivated and maintain regular communications with the Coalition

Director and be accountable for all activities.

Qualified candidates must have:
• A Bachelor’s degree in a related field and experience in grassroots leadership
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong understanding of and experience with social media.
• The ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work
• Excellent personal accountability and follow through.
• Passion for social, racial and economic justice and progressive political change.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Additional Information
Salary range is mid to upper $30’s depending on experience. The position comes with full
health and dental benefits, a retirement plan and paid vacation.
Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare is housed within the Virginia Interfaith Center for

Public Policy.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by May 21, 2012.

Kids Priority One - Upcoming events/trainings

• 01 Free Parent Workshop - May 3 @ 6:30pm /// Pack Your Child's Suitcase for Success

• 02 Helping Kids Deal With Bullies /// Tips from (not an event, but great info!)

• 03 Celebrating Children - Sat. May 5th /// Free Family Fun at Mt. Trashmore!

• 04 LIKE KidsPriorityOne on Facebook! /// We're building a group of friends! (Help us reach a wider audience!)

• 05 Parenting Expert Dr. Michael Popkin /// "Taming the Spirited Child", May 10th

• 06 R U Ready 4 Kindergarten? /// Chesapeake Parent Workshops

• 07 Beacon of Hope 5K /// May 20 - Benefits "I Need a Lighthouse"


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hampton's Invest in Youth Celebration

Preventing Violence by building strong families
Interactive family sessions....learning made fun!

Healthy Snack Demostrations, Play-it-Forward, Fmly Bidnizz, Family Feud, Music - Media and my child, Storytime & Crafts by Hampton Public Library. Additional activites include: Hampton Sheriff's office child ID, Home Depot Builders Corner, musical performances, theatrical performances on bullying, and many more. For younger guests there will be face painting, and other activities. Free lunch provided for the first 250 guests.
Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Time: 11 - 3
Location: Hampton Teen Center, 300 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666
For more information contact YEF services 727-1300 or email

Thursday, March 15, 2012

National Coalition Academy for Virginia

“It is the aim of CCoVA to help Virginia counties and municipalities develop strong and effective coalitions. The Academy is an intensive course designed to get coalitions “off to the right start.” It is the most cost effective approach the Institute has found of helping coalitions achieve results and document contributions to reach population change in rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Coalition teams of at least two people will receive three weeks of in-person instruction spread out across a twelve month period. Distance learning (Web-based Reinforcement Trainings) will be provided between onsite sessions. All aspects of coalition work will be thoroughly instructed including community assessment, problem analysis, logic modeling, designing and implementing interventions, strategic and action planning, evaluation, advocacy and policy advocacy, and sustainability.

Registration Begins March 31st!!
Training will be held at: Roslyn Center, Richmond, VA

First week: June 18-22, 2012

Week 2: November 5-9, 2012*
Week 3: March 11-15, 2013*

Thursday, March 1, 2012

“Keeping Children Safe From Predators.”

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Family Focus and the Newport News Police Department Community Resource Unit will present a seminar on “Keeping Children Safe From Predators.”

Parents and professionals, please join us as we explore ways to help you protect children by teaching them to be smarter and safer. The best way to combat child exploitation and abduction is to prevent it. Help protect your children. Learn what you and your child need to know about staying safe and not becoming a victim.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602


To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Kids in the Kitchen

Join the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. for Kids in the Kitchen on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Pembroke Mall located at 4544 Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach, VA. Kids in the Kitchen is an annual health and fitness fair designed to teach children and families the importance of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Experience fun, family-friendly activities

Discover new ways of healthy living

Learn about balanced nutrition

Enjoy special surprise events

FREE giveaways and raffles

Kids in the Kitchen is FREE and open to the public! Families with elementary school-aged children are encouraged to attend.

Preventing Youth Suicide

Youth suicide is a devastating epidemic that destroys young lives, shatters families, and leaves a wake of sadness and confusion for those left behind. Unfortunately, the heartbreak caused by teen suicide gives no sign of letting up. Youth suicide rates have almost tripled. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages, 15 to 24, and the fourth leading cause of death for youngsters between the ages of 10 and 14. By educating others and ourselves, we can make a difference in preventing youth suicide.

Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center 150 Kingsley Lane, 4th Floor, Norfolk, VA 23505


123 Magic: A Positive Discipline Technique Program

1-2-3 Magic: a Positive Discipline Technique Program is a nationally recognized video-based 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.

Mondays, April 9 through 30, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center — 150 Kingsley Lane, 4th Floor, Norfolk, VA 23505

• FREE! To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Save the Date - Women's Health Day

Please join the Eastern Virginia Perinatal Council in our Women's Health Day event,

May 12, 2012 from 12-3 at Lambert's Point Community Center.

More information coming soon!

Free Square One - Audio/Web Conferences

Thurs., February 23 - “The Unseen ‘Marks’ of Sexual Abuse”- 1-2 PM
An examination of the “hidden” trauma of sexual abuse and what we as adults can do to protect children. Learn how to report when suspecting a child is being victimized. Presented by Gail Heath Davidson, MSW, Virginia Beach Department of Social Services.

Wed., March 21 - “101’s of Positive Guidance”- 1-2 PM
In advance of her new book release, Katharine Kersey, EdD., Professor, Old Dominion University, will address positive guidance strategies in working with young children.

Wed., April 18 – “Managing Emotions in Young Children”- 1-2 PM
Ways to support the development of emotional regulation in young children will be discussed. Learn how an adult’s response to emotional upset can either foster or inhibit a child’s ability to develop self-regulation. Participants will learn to recognize their own emotional triggers too. Presented by Michele Tryon, MA, BS, CCLS, CHKD Parent Educator. (CHKD will partner with Square One for this presentation.)

Thurs., May 17 - “Immunizations are NOT Just for Kids!”- 1-2 PM
Learn about the importance of immunizations for adults and children and the impact on vaccine-preventable diseases. Find out why adults need to have the Tdap vaccine if they work with infants. Presented by Michelle Charters, MPH, Eastern VA Medical School. (Funding for this presentation is provided by a grant from the National Business Coalition on Health and GlaxoSmithKline)

Visit   for all Square One course information/registration forms.

Please call Square One at 757-552-0293 with questions. REGISTER TODAY!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Estimates of Smoking-Related Property Costs

Great article in this month’s APHA journal entitled “Estimates of Smoking-Related Property Costs”. Great to help support moving towards smoke free housing as we work more on this issue.

Abstract: We systematically evaluated smoking-related costs in multiunit housing. From 2008 to 2009, we surveyed California multiunit housing owners or managers on their past-year smoking-related costs and smoke-free policies. A total of 27.1% of respondents had incurred smoking-related costs (mean $4935), and 33.5% reported complete smoke-free policies, which lowered the likelihood of incurring smoking-related costs. Implementing statewide complete smoke-free policies may save multiunit housing property owners $18094254 annually.
(Am J Public Health. 2012;102:490–493. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300170)

As a reminder: CINCH is hosting a regional Smoke-free Properties Leadership and Dialogue meeting on March 6th.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Training Manager Position at VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads

We are currently recruiting for the Training Manager position. We are looking for a detail oriented individual to continue a quality capacity-building program unique to our sector. This is a rewarding mid-career position for the right person. If you know of anyone who is uniquely qualified for this position and is looking for a challenging, fast-paced environment, please forward this e-wire, visit 

Parents Raising Safe Kids parenting class

This program is design for parents of children, birth to 8 years old.
Parents Raising Safe Kids is an interactive parenting program that will help you:

• Understand your child’s behaviors, and the ages and stages of development
• Learn to use positive ways to discipline your child
• Learn to teach children how to control their anger
• Understand and manage your own angry feelings
• Learn to resolve conflicts with others in a positive nonviolent way
• Learn what you can do to reduce the impact of media violence on your child’s behavior
• Understand how children become involved with violence and the consequences

Tuesdays, January 10, 2012 to February 28, 2012, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center Nurse Aide Training Program Center,
150 Kingsley Lane, 4th Floor, Norfolk, VA 23505


To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mary Immaculate Family Focus is excited to offer the Nurturing parenting class!

The Nurturing Program is a nationally recognized parent education program that teaches highly effective parenting techniques. Nurturing is the foundation of strong and healthy parent child relationships. This program gives parents and caregivers the skills, knowledge and desire to enhance the quality of their family life. The program is for parents/caregivers of children age birth to five years old.

This program will address the following topics:

• Ages and stages of child development

• Setting boundaries and creating family rules

• Increasing self-esteem for both children and parents

• Behavior management techniques (redirection, punishment, ignoring, communication, praise, etc.)

• Developing nurturing routines

• How to handle ones own stress and anger

• Problem solving and decision making

Thursdays, January 12, 2012 to February 16, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Health Resource Center

2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602

To register or for more information, call (757) 886-6511 or e-mail