Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

May 25, 2007

Chase Brexton plans open house June 20

As part of Columbia's 40th birthday celebration, Chase Brexton Health Services will hold a community open house at its Columbia center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 20.

Housed in offices in Twin Knolls North, the center provides primary adult medical care, pediatric care, women's health services, mental health services, case management, counseling, testing and referral services for diverse communities.

For those who are uninsured, underinsured or in need, Chase Brexton offers a sliding scale of fees and help in accessing state and federal assistance programs. Medicare and Medicaid recipients are also served.

The Columbia center is at 5500 Knoll North Drive, Suite 370 in Oakland Mills.

Information: 410-837-2050, or www.chasebrexton.org.

Prescription drugs help at library

The Howard County Library and the Howard County Office on Aging have announced a partnership with the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs Web service.

The library's Health Information Center, at the Central Library, offers access to understandable and accurate information about health and wellness. Its online resources can be found at www.hclibrary.org or at www.hclibrary.org/services/healthinformation. php. Best Buy Drugs is to be a free resource for library customers.

The site provides information to help patients talk with their doctors about the benefits and risks of recommended prescription medicines. It includes expert medical review of scientific evidence on prescription drugs and information on their costs.

The site is a public education project of Consumers Union, the independent nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports.

Tai Sophia offers `coaching' workshop

Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel, will offer "East Meets West: The Art of Coaching," a workshop for health care practitioners, educators and career trainers of all types, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 10.

The workshop will teach a form of coaching to help create positive, empowering communication with clients, students and others. Participants will coach as well as receive coaching.

Founded in 1975 as a healing arts clinic, the institute offers three graduate programs in wellness-based education: acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts.

The cost is $125. Participants can receive 12 continuing education credits.

Information or registration: 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611, or www. tai.edu.

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