Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 05, 2007

Class to be offered on bariatric surgery

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a free informational class on "Bariatric Surgery: New Course for Life" at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Havre de Grace Room at Harford Memorial Hospital.

The program is an American College of Surgeons Accredited Center of Excellence program.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Program to focus on cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a "Look Good, Feel Better" program for cancer patients from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

The program provides makeup and hair techniques to combat the effects of treatment.

Information: 800-515-0044.

CPR classes offered to care providers

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class for health-care providers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 15 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

This class follows the American Heart Association standards.

The cost is $35 fee, cash or check only. Registration is required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

RAACE will hold motorcycle rally

The RAACE (Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting child sexual abuse, will hold its motorcycle Rally for RAACE from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 19 starting at Jones Junction in Bel Air.

Statistics indicate that one in three girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. In 90 percent of reported cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts.

RAACE hopes to lessen the social stigma associated with addressing this troubling and destructive social issue.

The rally will start with registration from 9 a.m. to noon at Jones Junction. Live music by Sir Psycho will be featured.

The rally, a 43-mile police-escorted ride through Harford County, will start at noon and finish at 2 p.m. at the Chesapeake Harley-Davidson in Darlington with a party featuring music by Quentin & the Barnstormers.

The route goes through Madonna, Jarrettsville, Street and Dublin.

Entry fee is $30 and includes a T-shirt and pin. Participants are encouraged to obtain pledges for the RAACE fundraiser.

Information: 800-755-KIDS.

$625,000 grant given to aid the homeless

Upper Chesapeake Health has received a federal grant that addresses the homeless population in Harford and Baltimore counties.

The $625,000 annual grant from the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, administered through Baltimore-based Health Care for the Homeless, is intended to provide better and easier access to health care through a partnership of organizations.

The grant provides significant funding to the programs administered by the Harford County Health Department and Upper Chesapeake Health.

The Northern Counties Health Care for the Homeless Project is a partnership of Health Care for the Homeless; Harford and Baltimore counties' health departments; social services and mental health core services agencies; and Upper Chesapeake Health and Franklin Square Hospital Center.

Funds will be used to provide additional treatment programs for acute illnesses and broaden mental health and addiction services for the homeless population.

Kathy Kraft, Upper Chesapeake Health's director of community health improvement and healing health care, said the funds will be used for a stationary clinic in Bel Air and to expand the services and territory of the Upper Chesapeake HealthLink medical mobile van.

The comprehensive clinic and medical van will operate three weekly sessions, with day and evening hours at various locations throughout Harford County.

The medical van will work from shelters and other areas where transient homeless gather along the U.S. 40 corridor.

Harford County is expected to treat about 400 homeless patients in the first years of operation, Kraft said.

Created in 1985, Health Care for the Homeless Inc. provides health services, education and advocacy to the homeless.

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