Health notes

PUBLIC HEALTH: As part of National Public Health Week this week, the Trumbull County Combined Health District is joining local health departments throughout Ohio to celebrate 100 years of public health with a coordinated promotional campaign theme, “How the Past has Made Public Health Matter.”

Two legislative acts shaped the future of public health in Ohio — the Hughes Act and Griswold Act, both enacted in 1919, established the modern day organization of local health departments and laid the foundation for public health efforts still in use today.

For more information, visit www.tcchd.org, or find Trumbull County Combined Health District on Facebook or Twitter.

PILL COLLECTION: As part of “Operation: Empty Medicine Cabinet,” officers from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force will collect and destroy prescription drugs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Sears merchandise pick-up door at Eastwood Mall, Niles.

Officers will accept unused or expired drugs in original containers. Participants can drive up and drop off. Officers will count medications and destroy them.

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, a project of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, is sponsoring this program designed to limit misuse of drugs by children and teens who often get the drugs from their family’s medicine cabinets.

Medications not accepted include needles, syringes, lancets, thermometers, IV bags and aerosol cans.

For more information, call 330-675-2765, Ext. 119.

OSTOMY SUPPORT: The Youngstown area ostomy support group will meet 6 to 7 p.m. April 9 at St. Elizabeth Boardman, 8401 Market St., Boardman. This is a nonprofit, self-help support group and family and friends are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Anna Fitzgerald at 330-480-3440 or email Anna-Fitzgerald@mercy.com.

PAINT THE NIGHT: The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its Paint the Night Purple benefit auction April 13 in its new venue at The NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown.

Doors open with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Event emcee will be Wayne Dawson, co-anchor of “Fox 8 News in the Morning.”

Raffle tickets can be purchased at alz.org/eastohio. Dinner tickets are available at ptnp.givesmart.com or by contacting Rob Holz, development director, at roholz@alz.org or 234-284-2751.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline available for families and caregivers at 800-272-3900.

GRIEFSHARE: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, will offer GriefShare sessions 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through June 2.

GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief support group for those who have lost a loved one to death. Each session is self-contained, but weekly attendance encouraged.

For information, call HUM church, 330-856-3463. Registration available at www.griefshare.org

GRIEF RECOVERY GROUPS: Grief Recovery Instructional Support Groups meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home Care Center, next to the funeral home, 709 N. Main St., Hubbard. Groups are led by Philip Roland and open to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

For information, contact Bill or Candee at the funeral home, 330-534-1952.

HELP GROUP: Lighthouse, a group for recovering addicts and anyone struggling mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally for any reason, meets 1 p.m. Mondays at Warren Revival Center Fellowship Hall, 4400 W. Market St., Leavittsburg.

For information, call Jackie at 330-898-4295.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals. For information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

CIRCLE OF HOPE: Circle of Hope, a support group for those with mental health diagnosis, meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren.

For information, call 330-502-8103.

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

For information or to register, call 330-841-3893 or visit www.vcprograms.net.

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 for up to one year after delivery.

For information, call 330-675-2590, Ext. 3.

WELLNESS CLINICS: Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at each of its Trumbull County locations. A nurse will check blood pressure and blood glucose levels 10 to 11 a.m. the second Wednesday each month at 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles, and the fourth Wednesday at 4100 North River Road, Howland.

For information, call 330-530-4041 or email mhoskins@shepherdofthevalley.com.

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 available by appointment.

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

NAMI SUPPORT GROUPS: NAMI Mahoning Valley offers support and education to those dealing with serious mental illness.

Support groups are:

∫ Evening Connections — 6 p.m., first and third Monday each month, Homes for Kids Building, 165 E.Park Ave., Niles;

∫ Evening Connections — 6 p.m., second and fourth Thursday each month, AltaCare Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown;

∫ Daytime Connections — 2:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Community Center, 1344 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Family Support Groups include:

∫ Daytime Family Support Group — 11 a.m., first Thursday each month, Girard Library, 105 Prospect St., Girard;

∫ Evening Family Support Group — 7 p.m., second Tuesday each month, Alta Care Building, 142 Javit Court, Austintown.

ST. JOE’S AT THE MALL, Eastwood Mall, Niles. Hours 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. 330-652-7542

∫ Free blood pressure screenings — 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday to Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday;

∫ Strong Bones Program — Free 12-week program of personalized strength training for those with osteoporosis or low-bone density;

∫ Monthly exercise classes — Cardio Jam group exercise, SilverSneakers Cardio, Silver Sneakers Classic, Easy Yoga and Chair Yoga, an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s, Zumba, Zumba Gold, SilverSneaker Balance class and Drums and Muscles workout class;

∫ Carotid arteries or abdominal aortic aneurysm screening — 8:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, by appointment only;

∫ Mercy Health Mobile Mammography — 8:30 a.m. to noon today. The bus will be in St. Joe’s at the Mall parking area. Call to schedule a visit;

∫ Carotid arteries or abdominal aortic aneurysm screening — 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 6, by appointment only;

∫ Free notary public services and free living wills and durable power of attorney for health care — 9 a.m. to noon April 10;

∫ Walk with a Doc — 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Friday. Giveaways for those that register ahead of time;

∫ Special program on advance directives — 1 p.m. April 9, Desiree Santangleo, licensed social worker, will offer a presentation on living wills and durable power of attorney for health care. Call to register;

∫ Mercy Health Home Care Services representative — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 to answer questions about home care and medical equipment. Also, special screenings;

∫ Free bone density screening — 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

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