Health notes

ASAP RALLY FOR RECOVERY: The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention fifth annual Rally for Recovery, “A Celebration for Families,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eastwood Field in Niles. A one-mile Recovery Walk is scheduled at 11 a.m., with members of the local recovery community leading the group.

Registration for the walk opens at 10 a.m. An award will be given to the team with the most walkers.

The rally will feature Rock & Recovery music from the Summit FM, educational materials about recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, cornhole and other games, an Addiction Memorial and free lunch. Kids can play in the Fun Zone and meet Scrappy, mascot of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers minor league baseball team.

The event is being sponsored by Mercy Health Behavioral Health Institute / New Start Treatment Center.

GRIEFSHARE: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, will start another session of GriefShare, beginning Saturday. GriefShare offers encouragement to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one to death.

The group will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays for 13 weeks. Attendees may visit at any point throughout the 13 weeks as each session is self-contained, but weekly attendance is encouraged.

Contact the church at 330-856-3463 for more information.

LUPUS SUPPORT: The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, will host its monthly Trumbull / Mahoning County support group from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Panera Bread, 5675 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles.

The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where persons with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the “how-tos” of living with a chronic illness.

For more information, contact the foundation at 888-665-8787 or visit

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Humility House, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown.

The support group provides education and offers a safe place to share experiences and feelings with those who understand. Family members and people considering an ostomy are also welcome.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Anna Fitzgerald at 330-480-3440 or Anna–

NAMI FAMILY TO FAMILY: The National Alliance on Mental Illness Mahoning Valley will start its Fall Family-To-Family educational program from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at ValleyCare Hospital, Building A, Room B, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown.

This is a 12-week educational program about mental illness targeting family members and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is taught by two NAMI-trained individuals who have a family member living with mental illness. For more information, e-mail us at or call the office at 330-727-9268.

MISSION HEALTH FAIR: Health Care workers from Washington Square Healthcare Center will volunteer their time for a Health Fair noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Warren Family Mission, 155 Tod Ave., Warren. The fair is free.

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS: The Warren City Health District will hold its regular childhood immunization clinic 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 and 25, and special clinic 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at the health district, 258 E. Market St., Suite 327, Warren.

No appointment is necessary. Children should be well, free of fever or illness. Bring an updated shot record and an insurance card. The service may require a co-pay). For information, call 330-841-2596.

ADDICTION HELP: Addiction help is available through Coleman Access Center, 552 N. Park Ave., Warren. For information, call 330-392-1100 or 211.

For information about program sponsor, Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, visit or call 330-675-2765.

PARKINSON’S PROGRAM: Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital fitness program for people with Parkinson’s disease meets 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays in Hillside’s board room, 8747 Squires Lane NE, Howland.

For information or to register, call 330-841-3893 or visit

EIGHT-STEP PROGRAM: Based on the Beatitudes support group is open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, for anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. For information, call 330-599-2402.

SUPPORT GROUP: Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, will meet 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave., Warren.

For more information, contact Dave at 330-502-8103.

HEALTH SCREENINGS: Neighborhood Health Watch provides free health screenings once a month at Niles SCOPE. Call 330-480-2011 for a schedule.

WELLNESS CLINICS: Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at each of its locations in Trumbull. Each site will provide a nurse to check blood pressure and blood glucose levels 10 to 11 a.m.:

• Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave., community center — second Wednesday of the month.

• Howland, 4100 North River Road, private dining area — fourth Wednesday of the month.

For information, call Matt Hoskins at 330-530-4041 or email

MVI HOSPICE CARE: Bereavement support groups are free to anyone who has lost a loved one, including a pet. Contact Lisa Altman, licensed social worker, at 330-759-9487 for information.

Sessions are 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at First Presbyterian Church of Warren Fellowship Hall, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; and 1 to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Boardman Park Georgeanna Parker Administration Building, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP: A mental health support group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly. For information, call the Mahoning Valley Hope Center at 330-369-3010. Transportation can be arranged.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Class is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4000 W. Market St., Leavittsburg. Call 330-898-4295 for information.

QUIT SMOKING FOR FREE DIAPERS: The Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program at the Trumbull County Combined Health District offers pregnant women a free smoking cessation program and an opportunity to receive free diapers up to one year after delivery. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINATIONS: The Trumbull County Combined Health District offers vaccinations to children and adults. For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3. Adult TB testing is available by appointment.

NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support groups for people and families dealing with mental illness:

• Girard Family Support, 11 a.m. first Thursdays monthly, Girard Library, 105 E. Prospect St., Girard.

• Austintown Family Support Group, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays monthly, Alta Care building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

NAMI CONNECTION: Support group for those with mental health diagnosis meetings:

• 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

• 6 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays monthly, Alta Care Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

• 6 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

• NAMI Connection for people with substance abuse and mental illness, 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave, Youngstown.

For information, visit, call 330-727-9268 or e-mail

TCMH SCHEDULE: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board September meeting schedule is:

• Addiction and Mental Health Program Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m. today, Board Conference Room.

• Operation: EMPTY Medicine Cabinet, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Trumbull-Geauga Waste Management, 5138 Enterprise Drive, Warren.

• ASAP Rally for Recovery, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Eastwood Field 111 Eastwood Mall Blvd., Niles.

• NAMI Mahoning Valley Steering Committee, 11 am. Sept. 13, Help Network Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

• NAMI Mahoning Valley Steps Against Stigma Walk, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Wick Park, 260 Park Ave., Youngstown.

• ASAP Opiate Task Force, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19, TMHA First Floor, Conference Room A.

• Board of Directors Meeting, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, TMHA First Floor, Conference Room A.

WELLNESS CENTER PROGRAMS: The City of Niles Wellness Center offers the following programs. To register, call the center at 330-349-9355 or email Theresa Scirocco at or Lynda Briach at

• Free SilverSneakers class for members, 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Yoga with Tricia, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bring a mat.

• Spinning class, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Free for SilverSneakers and Fitness members.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL, located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall, Niles. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 330-652-7542.

• Free blood pressure screenings, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.