BLOOD, PLATELETS SHORTAGE OCCURRING: Humility of Mary Health Partners hospitals are experiencing a blood and platelet shortage. The community is asked to consider giving blood or donating platelets to help alleviate the shortage. All blood types are needed, but there is a particular need for O-positive, O-negative and B-negative. The process takes about a half hour for a blood donation. Platelet donations take 50 to 90 minutes. It is a one-needle procedure where platelets are removed from the blood and everything else is returned. If interested in donating blood or platelets, call HMHP donor services at 330-480-2595.
HOSPICE OF VALLEY TRAINS VOLUNTEERS: Hospice of the Valley's new volunteer class begins Friday at the Martin Funeral Home, 15872 St. Clair Ave., Calcutta. Classes are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday for five weeks through March 15. Volunteers are particularly needed to serve patients in the Salem and Lisbon areas. Volunteers will learn what Hospice of the Valley's team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains do for patients and their families and how volunteers fit into that team. New volunteers are needed for all areas of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties as well as western Pennsylvania. Although the training is in Calcutta this time, volunteers are assigned to patients closer to their homes. For more information or to register, call 330-788-1992 or visit www.HMpartners.org.
CENTER OFFERS EXAMS: The Mahoning Valley Hope Center, 3217 Surrey Road, will offer screenings for vision, dental and health exams. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 330-369-3010.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS: The Alzheimer's Association will hold its monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:
Today at 7 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Howland.
Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Conference Room F, Warren.
For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 330-650-0552 or 800-272-3900.
OSTOMY GROUP TO MEET: Rhonda Newell-Horton, a staff pharmacist at St. Elizabeth Health Center, will discuss how ostomies affect the absorption of medications during the February meeting of the Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group.
Sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, the group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Cedar Room at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
The group provides information and encouragement to individuals who have or will have ostomies.
The meeting is free and open to ostomy patients, families and friends. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. For information, call 330-480-3440.
The Youngstown Area Ostomy Support Group meets once a month at alternating locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
MEETINGS SET: Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board meetings have been scheduled as follows:
Thursday at 12:30 p.m.: Adult Continuous Quality Improvement Committee Meeting in the Board Conference Room (HIPAA Restrictions Apply).
Feb. 18: President's Day. Office Closed
Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.: ASAP/Opiate Task Force. Board Conference Room.
Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m.: Board of Directors Meeting. TMHA First Floor Conference Room.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET: A cancer support group meets 7 p.m. every third Thursday at Calvary Bible Church, 2878 Warren Meadville Road, Cortland.
For more information, call Tom at 330-772-3652.
MS GROUP MEETS: The MS Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Warren Council, 1947 E. Market St., Warren. For more information and to confirm meeting, contact Kevin at 330-306-8399 or email Kevincode7@aol.com.
BRIDGES GROUP TO MEET: Bridges, a free mental health educational, 10-week course, will meet 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St., Warren. Call Nancy at 330-747-5111 to sign up.
WARREN CITY OFFERS IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: The Warren City Health Department will hold a childhood immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Warren City Health Department Community Services Building, 418 Main Ave. S.W., Warren. Child must feel well and have updated shot record. A $10 administration fee is charged or Medicaid cards are accepted. For more information, call 330-841-2596.
NILES OFFERS IMMUNIZATIONS: Niles City Health Department, 34 W. State St., is offering immunization clinics from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Child's immunization records are needed and the child should be feeling well, with no illness, fever or rash. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
GIRARD OFFERS FLU SHOT: The Girard City Health Department will offer flu vaccines between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the health department at 330-545-6048.
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. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 330-373-0222.
PROGRAM OFFERED FOR DEALING WITH ISSUES: An eight-step Christian program based on the Beatitudes is open to anyone dealing with a life-controlling habit or issue. It meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Bloomfield Recovery Center, 10113 Creaser Ashtabula Road, Bloomfield.
For more details, call 330-599-2402.