Programs To Educate Community Members On Health Issues Begin April 11

A series of programs designed to educate community members on health issues will kick off with a daylong event Saturday, April 11, at the 14th Street Community Center.

Saturday’s free event is the first of three in the Community Pulling Together For Health program. During the week of April 13-17, Working It Out Military style, an exercise program, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the community center. On April 24 from 6-8 p.m. a skit for seniors titled “I Am Not Old…I Am Just Getting Better” will be performed.

The April 11 event begins at 9 a.m. with a men’s prayer breakfast. Pastor David Malone from Kingdom Builders Church will speak about Nurturing Spiritual Health. At 10 a.m. free health screenings begin and continental breakfast will be available.

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) will provide free cardiac risk screenings all the day. Representatives from several local agencies will be available throughout the day to provide health and community information.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., local physicians and other medical professionals will be on hand for the Ask the Doctor session. They will discuss health issues affecting the African American family.

Also at 10 a.m., Dr. George Pettit, an obstetrician and gynecologist at SOMC, will discuss cervical cancer and human papilloma virus, a virus that infects human skin and mucus membranes.

Dr. Li-Fen Chang, a radiation oncologist at SOMC, will talk about preventing cancer with a healthy lifestyle at 10:30 a.m.

Laurie Hoagland, program manager for the Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, will speak at 11 a.m.

A free lunch provided by Life Ambulance Service will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Living with diabetes will be the topic of a noon seminar with Jewell Collins, R.N.

Morten Haugland, a certified behavioral analyst with the Haugland Learning Center in Columbus, will speak at 12:30 p.m. The Haugland Learning Center services the educational needs of children throughout the state who have autism or Asperger syndrome.

A special “Girl Thing” workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for young women ages 10 through 18. Maureen Cadogen, an advocate for Ohio youth, will lead the workshop on self-esteem, etiquette, healthy living, abstinence, beauty education, drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Staff Sgt. Jonathon Kirkendall of the United States Army will lead the free exercise program which begins April 13. Exercise will be moderate and health assessments including blood pressure, weight, body mass index and a healthy lifestyle survey will be part of the program. Each participant will receive a t-shirt.

The skit for seniors on April 24 will be about taking care of the caregiver. Tracee Black of Tova’s N.E.S.T. in Columbus, will speak. Tova’s N.E.S.T. provides education, promotes awareness and serves as a support system for those individuals challenged with mental health issues and co-occurring disorders.

A Community Pulling Together for Health is sponsored by Portsmouth Inner City Development, SOMC, Northend Community churches, Shawnee State University’s Mobile Health Unit and the 14th Street Community Center. It is funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.