Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Protect yourself against the West Nile Virus

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recently reported that there has been an increase in the number of West Nile cases throughout the United States. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Although most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms, a small number of infected people can develop more serious symptoms that can have severe complications.

The best way to prevent WNV is to protect yourself from getting mosquito bites. Wear insect repellent and long sleeves/pants if you are outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn. Eliminate any standing water in flower pots or buckets where mosquitoes could breed. Learn more with this fact sheet from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Women of Color Health Care Reform Conference, Sep 8

The Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform is hosting a conference entitled Health Care. Women of Color Get It. on Saturday, September 8. The conference will highlight issues relating to the health and well-being of women, particularly women of color, and discuss opportunities and initiatives to positively impact health outcomes.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit http://www.mdhealthcarereform.org/conference/.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Free Webinar on Liver Cancer, September 7 at 3:30pm

The Cancer Support Community, in partnership with CanLiv, is hosting a free webinar on Friday, September 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET entitled Frankly Speaking on Cancer: Liver Cancer. The webinar is geared to help people with liver cancer at any stage of their illness become more active in decision making and more confident in coping with treatment challenges.

Guest speakers include:
  • Dr. Melanie Thomas of Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina and medical expert in the treatment of liver cancer
  • Dr. Peggy Rios the Program Director at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami and psychosocial expert
To view the webinar: http://incomm.webcasts.com/viewer/
Call in to listen at: 1-877-407-9708

For more information about the webinar, visit cancersupportcommunity.org/livercancerwebinar

Monday, August 13, 2012

Job Posting: Program Coordinator, Community Health and Wellness

Below is a job posting from Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

Program Coordinator, Community Health and Wellness
· Plans, manages, organizes, develops and implements Hospital community education programs, community health partnerships, health fairs, and special events such as road races, family festivals, community events, screenings, and teach education classes throughout the community.
· Operates all senior services, classes, and ongoing programs.
· Align and coordinate community health improvement health initiatives with hospital strategic plan
· Assists Department Director with the planning, organization, development & implementation of Hospital community education programs, community health partnerships, health fairs, and special events such as road races, family festivals, community events, screenings, and teach education classes throughout the community.

Reports to: Department Director, Community Health and Wellness
Positions Supervised: May have functional supervision of volunteers/interns supporting CHW projects/programs/health initiatives.
Supervise CHW instructors, interns, volunteers and high school students.

BA/BS in Community Health Education, Community Development, or Health Sciences.  
MPH/MA/MS preferred.


· At least one year of related health education and community development or programming experience
· Minimum of two(2) year experience in a public health or wellness program
· Minimum of two (2) year experience in a marketing or business development position.

· Intermediate computer/word processing skills: PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Word
· Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills.
· Familiarity with health & fitness needs of geriatric, adult and adolescent age groups.
· Ability to communicate via written documentation, telephone, computer, and directly.
· Ability to use a blood pressure cuff and conduct Blood Pressure screenings and ability to screen for body fat composition
· Independently conduct Cholesterol Screenings using Cholestec LDX
· Works well with all ages (children, young adults, geriatrics)
· Ability to organize and teach Safe Sitter classes on and off campus
· Work independently and exercise good judgment
· Requires driving skills
· Proficient in a second language

Normal office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work is fast paced and hectic at times due to scheduled events, meetings, telephone calls and visitors. May be subject to irregular hours, including evening and weekend hours.Subject to exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other hazardous materials. The incumbent is expected to adhere to the Hospital’s Drug and Smoke Free work environment and to adhere to OSHA mandates and precautionary measures. Frequent driving in the community is required. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift supplies and/or equipment up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Each employee is a representative of Suburban Hospital and, by his/her appearance, communicates to each customer the commitment of the Hospital to quality, professional, and service-oriented health care.  Employees must understand and abide by hospital-wide and department-specific dress code requirements as per HR Dress Code Policy.