aLOCAL?DOCTOR?RECOGNIZED: Dr. Thomas Montgomery received recognition of service award from the National University of Health Science for leadership on the president's Alumni Advisory Council. The award was presented by Dr. James Winterstein, president of the university. Montgomery completed a four-year term working with the president and the council. He practices chiropractic medicine in Cortland.
HEALTH FAIR PLANNED: Shepherd of the Valley Home Health Services will hold a job fair for registered nurses and aides interested in working in the home health field from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at Shepherd of the Valley Home Health offices, 5525 Silica Road, Austintown. Attendees must either bring a resume or go online prior to the fair and upload their resume and information at www.ShepherdoftheValley.com.
NILES HOLDS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: A wellness clinic will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and 17, at the Niles Health Department, 34 W. State St. Parent or guardian must have child's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 330-544-9000, Ext. 163.
MEETINGS SET: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates: 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Senior Center of Mahoning County, 1110 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, and 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Howland.
IMMUNIZATION CLINICS OFFERED: Warren City Health Department is offering a children's immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 and 22, at the Warren City Health Department, 418 Main Ave. S.W., Warren.
There is a $10 administration fee or Medicaid is accepted. No appointment is necessary. Bring current shot record. A parent must accompany the child. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
MS SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. The group will provide information and resources that enhance the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and empower those with MS and their families. For information, call Kevin at 330-306-8399.
FLU CLINIC HELD: A flu clinic will be held 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.
NAMI PLANS MEETING: 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 TO MEET: 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 email@example.com.
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:
Pneumonia vaccines by appointment. Cost $48 for vaccination. Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMO will be billed. Call 330-652-7542 to make appointment.
Flu shots will be available in September by appointment.
Free blood pressure screenings from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.
T'ai chi chih classes 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting today. T'ai chi chih is not marital arts but 19 soft flowing movements with proven health benefits. Nine weekly classes will be available for $45. Call to register at 330-727-4477.
Lab Express 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Cholesterol-lipid panel will be offered. A 12-hour fast is required. Pricing starts at $25. Walk-in.
Talk with the Doc program, noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 3: ''Skin cancer: What to look for," presented by Dr. Christine Villardo. Cost is $2 and a light lunch will be provided. To register, call 330-652-7542.
Free carotid or AAA screening for those at risk, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 3. By appointment only. Call 330-652-7542 to schedule an appointment.
National Breastfeeding Awareness Day, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 5. Stop by and pick up information from WIC staff.
NORTHSIDE MEDICAL CENTER
Cancer Caregiver Support Group: The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Northside Medical Center Regional Referral Building Radiation Oncology Department. All caregivers are welcome. Call Joyce at 330-652-0071 for more information. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Diabetes HELP (Health Education and Lifestyle Program): An education program for people with diabetes and their families. Classes will be held in the Medical Education Building. A physician referral is required. Program is from 6 to 8 p.m.today through Thursday. For more information or to register, call 330-884-3115.
Breastfeeding Class: This class provides parents with up-to-date information to help them make an informed choice when it comes to breastfeeding. This class meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. The fee is $10 but free if enrolled in Childbirth Class. To register for Northside classes, call 330-884-2912.
RTS Bereavement Services is a parent support program for families who are grieving over the loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. RTS Bereavement Services meets 7 to 9 p.m. today, in the Medical Education Building, Auditorium A, at Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 330-884-2911.
Myeloma Family Support Group serves adults, their adult friends and family members who have been diagnosed with the disease. This month the support group will meet for its annual picnic at 5:30 p.m. today at Churchill Park in Liberty. For more information, call 330-884-3500 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN'S PHARMEACEUTICAL ORGANIZATION LUNCHEON: Former members of the Women's Pharmaceutical Organization of Mahoning and Trumbull counties are invited to a reunion luncheon at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, 4525 Boardman Canfield Road, Canfield.
ST. JOE'S RADIOLOGY RECEIVES AWARD: The St Joseph Health Center Department of Radiology recently received certification as an accredited carotid artery stent facility.
Dr. Mehrdad Zarrinmakan, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, performs the minimally invasive procedure used to treat a blockage (stenosis) in the carotid artery.
Carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and supply blood to the brain. When plaque builds up and reduces blood flow in the carotid arteries, it causes carotid artery disease. When this happens clots can form on the plaque and block the flow to the brain, causing a stroke.
PEER HELPERS SUPPORT NEW MOTHERS: Trumbull County WIC's (Women, Infants and Children) breastfeeding support services expanded to include breastfeeding peer helpers in response to the most recent Centers for Disease Control Breastfeeding Report Card, which ranks Ohio's breastfeeding rates as low. In Ohio, 65 percent of mothers initiate breastfeeding and only 38 percent are still breastfeeding at six months. This is below the national objectives for Healthy People 2010, which calls for 75 percent initiation and 50 percent at six months.
Breastfeeding peer helpers provide mother-to-mother education and support to help mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. They meet with WIC clients prenatally to help prepare for the new baby. They follow up postpartum to answer questions and concerns. Bosom Buddies, a breastfeeding group for new and expectant WIC moms, allows moms to gather monthly and share issues that matter to them.
To be a peer helper, a woman has to have breastfed at least one child for six months to a year and be a present or past WIC participant.
Four Trumbull County women have volunteered to serve as breastfeeding peer helpers. They are Sonja Gavitt, Cheryl Gayles, Stephanie Marlowe and Angel Bennett.
The Trumbull County WIC program is administered by Humility of Mary Health Partners and has offices in Warren and Girard. To find out more about the program and/or income guidelines to qualify, call 330-394-0990 or 330-539-1010.