ST. JOE'S OFFERS SPINE SERVICE: St. Joseph Health Center reintroduced spine services earlier this year, enabling individuals with spinal injuries who reside in Trumbull County to seek treatment close to home.
Services available include laminectomies with and without fusions, kyphoplasties and other spine procedures.
Until now, a full line of spine services had not been available at St. Joseph since 2008. Kyphoplasties were reintroduced in 2009. Other procedures were reintroduced this year.
WOMAN'S HEART DAY REGISTRATION BEGINS: Registration for Woman's Heart Day, a free health and wellness extravaganza provided by Humility of Mary Health Partners, began this week.
Provided as a service to the community, Woman's Heart Day will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the Covelli Centre. This annual event features free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, educational presentations on a variety of women's health issues, cooking demonstrations, refreshments and giveaways.
Among the health screenings offered this year are bone density, lipid panel (cholesterol) and glucose testing, arterial disease assessments, blood pressure readings, vision screenings, body fat measurements and health age assessments.
Registration is required and appointments for lipid panel testing are limited.
For information or to register, call the HMHP Healthline at 330-480-3151 or 1-877-700-4647.
SAFETY COUNCIL OFFERS DRIVING COURSE: The National Safety Council, Northern Ohio Chapter, 25 E. Boardman St. Ste. 343, Youngstown, is offering a defensive drive course, approved for ODOT and ODA, rate reduction by some insurance companies and violation remediation for some counties and states. The course is being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 12, at the Council center. Cost is $30, and registration is required by calling 330-747-8657, Ext. 10.
EASTER SEALS OFFERS ONLINE SCREENING TOOL: Traditionally used by clinicians, therapists, professionals, and educators, Brookes Publishing's Ages & Stages Questionnaires is now available to parents and caregivers on Easter Seals' Make the First Five Count website (www.makethe-firstfivecount.org) to monitor child development and identify potential issues so that any concerns can be readily addressed to make sure they are on track and ready to enter school.
NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION MONTH: Every year during the month of April, there is a statewide campaign to promote public awareness of the issues surrounding child abuse and neglect. With the support of a grant from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, Mahoning County Children Services will host several events to educate and inform the community about child abuse prevention.
Mahoning County Children Services in partnership with the Child Advocacy Center, Mahoning Valley, are kicking off the month's activities today with its seventh annual Pinwheels for Prevention Event.
In 2011, Mahoning County Children Services received over three thousand calls concerning child safety and of those calls, 1302 were classified as child abuse or neglect. Each of these reports was provided by adults in our community who advocated for the safety of children. During the Pinwheels for Prevention event, each report will be visually displayed at noon today, in the form of a pinwheel on the lawn of Akron Children's Hospital, Mahoning Valley, 6505 Market St., Boardman. The awareness event will last approximately one hour and will be held in the hospital's Community Room in Building C.
The event agenda will include remarks from Denise Stewart, executive director of Mahoning County Children Services and the keynote speaker will be the director of children's initiatives for the Ohio Attorney General's office, Melinda Sykes.
There will also be a brief reception following the event that will include light refreshments and entertainment by the Youngstown Harambee dancers along with singer/songwriter/poet Joselyn Parker. Parker will be singing the Star Spangled Banner and performing a spoken word poetry piece from her I S.P.E.A.K. Movement.
HEALTH CAREER WORKSHOP BEING OFFERED: For anyone considering a health career, the NEO HealthForce Career Workshop will be from 8:30 .m. to 1 p.m. on April 18, at the Community Outreach Center - Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.
Participants will hear health professionals with years of experience talk about working in their fields and the education and training needed. The workshop will include schools and colleges that provide health career training that ranges from short certificate courses up to four-year degree programs. In addition, financial aid information will be available.
The workshop is free and open to the public.
For questions and to preregister, call Sue Vingle at 330-675-7712 or Maria at 330-675-2087.
AUTISM CONFERENCE HOSTED BY SRHS PROGRAM: The Connections autism program of Sharon Regional Health System is hosting its fifth annual autism conference "The Verbal Behavior Approach, Using Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior Strategies to Improve Autism Programming Across the Spectrum" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25, at the Casino at Buhl Farm Park in Hermitage, Pa.
Keynote speaker for the conference is Mary Lynch Barbera, a board certified behavior analyst, registered nurse, author and parent of a child with autism.
The conference is intended for families, wraparound staff, social workers, counselors, therapists, teachers, BCBAs, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. Six CEUs have been approved for board certified behavior analysts, and for Ohio and Pennsylvania social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
Cost is $30 for parents and $85 for all other professionals. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, CEUs, and a copy of Barbera's book (for registrations received by April 9). For more information or to register, please call 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.
NILES HOLDS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: An immunization clinic will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and again April 18, at the Niles Health Department, 34 W. State St. A parent or guardian must have the child's immunization records. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 330-544-9000, Ext. 163.
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. April 9 and 23, 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. A parent must accompany the child and have the child's current shot record. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
TRUMBULL COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY BOARD: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board's April schedule includes the following:
RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: Recovery, Int., a self-help mental health group, will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at Christ Church Presbyterian Church, 1933 Canfield Road. For more information, call 330-747-1176.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will be holding their monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates:
SAFETY COURSE OFFERED: The National Safety Council, Northern Ohio Chapter is sponsoring a basic life support course for healthcare and professional rescuers, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, at the chapter house, 25 E. Boardman St. Ste. 343, Youngstown. Course meets CDC, OSHA and NFPA guidelines, as well as current CPR and ECC guidelines.
Fee is $50 for the initial course or $32 for a refresher. Call to register at 330-747-8657, Ext. 10
PARENTS OF STUENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO MEET: Parents of Students with Disabilities Support and Information Group will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown.
The topic will be "Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?" the second in a series of informational meetings for parents, surrogate parents and educators of children with disabilities presented by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.
For more information and registration, contact Brenda Lawrence at 800-776-8298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW VOICE CLUB TO MEET: The Mahoning Valley New Voice Club, a support group for laryngectomees and their families and friends, will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, 6614 Southern Blvd., Youngstown, in the Beeghly Medical Park.
For more information, contact Donna Hendricks at the center, 330-726-8855.
NAMI CLASSES AVAILABLE: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family education classes 2012 spring session will be held:
A minimum of 10 people is needed to hold the class. Classes will be limited to the first 22 people who register. Additional names will be added to the waiting list. Registration is required.
Call Dianna at 330-540-8583 or Bob at 330-980-3539 from 7 to 10 p.m. for information and / or registration applications.
There is a free education program for those who have a family member or friend suffering from mental illness or a brain disorder / chemical imbalance. There is no cost for family members.
FLU CLINIC TO BE 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.
ST. JOE'S AT THE MALL: St. Joe's at the Mall is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located next to Sears at the Eastwood Mall. To make an appointment, call 330-652-7542 unless otherwise noted.
St. Joe's at the Mall is now a Silver Sneakers site. Call or stop in for more information.
TRUMBULL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: Calendar of events at TMH in Warren.
No registration required.