OPEN HOUSE: St. Elizabeth Dental Clinic located inside the St. Elizabeth Ambulatory Care Center will hold an open house and blessing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate the expansion. The expansion project includes four state-of-the-art dental operatories featuring electronic medical records, digital radiography, intra-oral cameras for patients to view the exam, and the CAESY patient education video program. The expansion project was made possible due to the generous support of the HMHP Development Foundation, HealthPath Foundation, the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
SEMINAR: The Integrative Medical Center will hold a seminar at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Lake Vista Clubhouse in Cortland. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth O'Rourke of Metagenics Midwest Inc., a nutritional supplement and medical foods company. The seminar is free to the public. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 330-638-7310.
CANCER AWARENESS: A free "Cancer 101: How it affects women" event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown. The free event, open to all age groups, aims to educate participants and create awareness about some of the cancer issues affecting women.
Women will be provided education on cancer related issues affecting their health. Information on breast, ovarian and cervical cancer will be provided along with interactive nutrition session and a line dance session. Other features include free chair massages, vendor tables, giveaways and door prizes.
STAND UP, SPEAK OUT!: Stand Up, Speak Out!, an event addressing substance abuse and violence in youth, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 E. Wood St., Youngstown. Youth are invited to the learning experience that will address substance abuse and violence. The session will also include fun team building interactive session by Harambee Inc, giveaways and door prizes.
These events are funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. For information, call the YWCA at 330-746-6361.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding their monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown..
April 12 at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., Howland Township.
April 20 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 East Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-533-3300 or 800-272-3900.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: A new breast cancer support group for women 50 years old and younger is starting. Email Diane at DP627@aol.com for more information.
IMMUNIZATION CLINICS: The Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., is offering an immunization clinic from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on April 6. No appointments are necessary and no one is refused for inability to pay. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the child's immunization records must be brought to the clinic. For more information, call 330-544-9000, Ext. 163.
COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Humility of Mary Health Partners Cancer Centers are offering free fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits.
An FOBT is a simple chemical test that can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is a symptom of colorectal cancer. This test can be performed in the privacy of your home. Those at risk for colorectal cancer are 50 years and older, physically inactive, smokers, and those with a family history of the disease. If detected early, colorectal cancer is 90 percent curable.
The kits are available by calling the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free 877-700-4647.
FLU CLINIC: A flu clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily at Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave., Warren. Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted. All others are $20 each. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT: The Community Mental Health Support Group meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave., Warren; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. This group is for those with or those who know someone with a mental illness. For more information, call the church at 330-392-6276.
FREE WORKOUT: The Q Club Fitness Facility offers a free workout the third Saturday morning of each month. Offered are cardio classes, zumba and water classes. For more information, call 330-856-4777.
CHRISTIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: Christian Cancer Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month, 1228 Niles-Vienna Road. There will be fellowship, food and faith-based support. For registration and more information, call Jean at 330-856-1634 and leave a message.
NAMI: The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Mahoning Valley daytime support group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Girard Free Library, corner of North Avenue and Broadway. The NAMI Mahoning Valley evening support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at D&E Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, call Dianna at 330-540-8583.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL: The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at the D&E Counseling Center, 142 Javit Court, Austintown. For more information, contact Jodi at 330-207-1385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E. For more information, call Beverly at 330-856-4286.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: Open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. Call 330-652-7542 to register.
The schedule includes:
Flu and pneumonia vaccines available by appointment. Cost is $48 for pneumonia vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call 330-652-7542 for appointment.
Free blood pressure screenings 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Weight management strength training program for $20 a month. Nutrition classes will be once a month on diet and behavior modification. Call 330-652-7542 to register.
Registration for Strong Bones, Strong People program. Free, 12-week program for people with osteoporosis, low bone density or at high risk. It offers personalized strength training by a fitness trainer and nutritional education to improve muscle strength and nutrition. The exercise room is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call to register at 330-652-7542.
Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. - Free peripheral vascular disease screening. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542.
Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. - Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare.
Monday, 11 a.m. to noon - Easy yoga class. Cost $20 for four classes.
Monday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Know your numbers on blood pressure and cholesterol taught by Gloria Pozega. To register, call 330-652-7542.
HILLSIDE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
The Stroke Education for Caregivers and Survivors meets from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the nursing unit. For more information, contact 330-841-3891.
Our Living with Stroke support group meets at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in the boardroom from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. For more information, call 330-841-3891.
The Mahoning Valley Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets the second Monday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Occupational Therapy Department at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital. All spinal cord injury patients and their family and friends are welcome. For information, call Rick Ackerman at 330-550-3616 or email Bird196@aol.com.
TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Thursday: American Red Cross blood drive, noon to 4 p.m., Meeting Rooms 1, 2, 3 Ground Floor.
Wednesday and Thursday: Diabetes Day Group Class, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Class meets in Diabetes Room 905. Call 330-841-9689 to register. Physician referral required.
April 4 and 5: Diabetes Day Group Class, 2 to 3 p.m., Diabetes Room 905. Call 330-841-9689 to register. Physician referral required.
April 6 and 7: Diabetes Day Group Class, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Diabetes Room 905. Call 330-841-9689 to register. Physician referral required.
WOMEN IN TOUCH PROGRAMS: Humility of Mary Health Partners will offer two Women in Touch Programs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 30 at Mr. Anthony's, 7440 South Ave., Boardman; and April 7 at Leo's Ristorante, 7042 East Market St., Howland.
The topic is "Making Your Home a Healthy Home." Participants will learn common household hazards (lead, mercury, arsenic, carbon monoxide, radon, mold and volatile organic compounds) and the factors that contribute to air quality and health, and what to do to prevent or reduce exposure.
Cost of $18 includes dinner. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date. For more information or to register, call the Humility of Mary Healthline at 330-480-3151 or toll-free at 877-700-4647.
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION: The Valley Community Mental Health Foundation is seeking award nominations for individuals in the field of special education. A nomination and a one-page narrative describing why someone should be nominated. Awards will be presented May 4 at the annual dinner event at Ciminero's Banquet Centre. Nominations are needed by Thursday and include the categories of Special Student, Special Teacher, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Educational Assistant. For information call 330-394-6244, Ext. 1161.
HEALTHY AWARD: Sharon Regional Health System has received the Healthy Hospital Award from Ascent, a division of Stryker Corporation, for a second time. The "healthy hospital" designation is reserved for hospitals that demonstrate outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental footprint on healthcare delivery. In 2010, Sharon Regional Health System reduced supply costs by $68,441, savings that have been redirected to improving patient care. At the same time, using remanufactured and reprocessed medical devices has reduced the hospital's medical waste by 1,757 pounds. Moreover, the health system is helping to care for the environment by diverting its medical waste from local landfills through participation in the reprocessing program.