Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

May 21, 2006

Conference focuses on risky teen issues

The Carroll County Health Department will hold its 10th annual Risky Business Prevention Conference from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 at the Best Western Conference Center in Westminster.

The goal of the conference is to educate the community on risky behaviors that county youth may be participating in or be exposed to. The aim is to educate professionals and parents on ways to address teen issues.

"Riding the Wave of Change" will feature guest speakers discussing the adult hosting of parties, bullying and self-injury, and Carroll Hospital Center Emergency Department services.

The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door if space is available. Registration deadline is June 5.

Information: 410-876-4819.

Hospice plans Father's Day event

Carroll Hospice will hold a Father's Day workshop at 9 a.m. June 17 at its offices, 95 Carroll St., Westminster.

The workshop is open to hospice families and those who have experienced the death of their father.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-871-7231.

Collaborative wins $225,384 grant

The Carroll County Health Collaborative, a partnership developed to enhance emergency preparedness for public health emergencies, was recently awarded a Maryland's Health Resources and Services Administration Projects Grant for $225,384.

Members include Carroll Hospital Center, Springfield Hospital Center, Carroll County Health Department, Carroll County Core Service Agency and Carroll County Emergency Management.

Funds will be used to help coordinate activities, including: providing needed medications or vaccines to first-responders, their families and patients; enhancing the health department's surveillance efforts for communicable diseases; patient surge capacity and capability.

Cancer society names ambassadors

The American Cancer Society has selected 11 volunteers from Maryland's Sixth Congressional District as Celebration Ambassadors.

The volunteers will participate in the American Cancer Society's Celebration on the Hill 2006 on Sept. 19 and 20 in Washington to advocate for cancer-related public policy issues.

The Sixth District ambassadors are: Gina Adolph of Sykesville; Skip Amass and Leah Mader of Westminster; Angela Ashenfelter of Ellerslie; Keith Dillenbeck of Mount Airy; Julie Gantz of Smithsburg; Peggy Nicholson of Gwynn Oak; Christine Preston of Middletown; Douglas and Terry Riley of Oakland; and Debbie Workman of Friendsville.

Ambassadors also serve a two-year term as legislative advocates for the society, participating in grassroots advocacy efforts.

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