Health Briefs

December 27, 2009

Hospice of the Chesapeake receives grant from UPS

The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, recently awarded the Hospice of the Chesapeake a $25,000 grant to support the organization's youth programs and services to include their bereavement camps for children and teens, Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising. The foundation is committed to funding programs that make a meaningful difference in supporting children and teens experiencing grief and loss.

Lifetime achievement award

The Hospice Network of Maryland recently honored Erwin E. Abrams, president and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the group to recognize individuals who have spent a significant portion of their career making a positive impact on the quality of care for dying patients and their families. Hospice of the Chesapeake's mission is to improve the quality of life for those experiencing advanced illness or bereavement through hospice and compassionate support and education.

Tobacco-free kids

2010 Tobacco-Free Kids Week Planning Kits can be reserved now. Schools and community groups can reserve Activity Planning Kits from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Kits will be mailed in December and can be requested from the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or ordered from the Tobacco-Free Kids Week page on the Smoking Stinks Web site, smokingstinks.org. The county's 15th annual Tobacco-Free Kids Week is Feb. 22 to 28.

Free newsletter/magazine

Presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program, the newsletter Building Blocks discusses ADHD in young children and provides tips and resources to help child care providers and parents.

Free copies of HIM (Health Ideas for Men) magazine are available at the Department of Health, J. Howard Beard Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. The magazine features articles on exercises that encourage fitness, eating healthy while dining out, quitting smoking and preventing skin cancer. HIM also can be requested by calling the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979, or go to LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

Partners and sponsors

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is accepting partnership and sponsorship opportunities to businesses and other private-sector agencies.

Opportunities include the Family Caregiver workshop series, the annual Caregivers' Wellness Day, the annual caregivers' conference, the Planning for the Future workshop series and sponsorships for publications and various products.

Sponsorship categories start at $500. To obtain a sponsor agreement form, call 410-222-4257, ext. 3051. The department does not endorse any particular vendor or business and has the right to approve or reject potential sponsors.

Spanish-language line

A Spanish-speaking operator will answer calls to the Aprenda a Vivir Spanish Language Line of the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-4479, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Callers can leave messages at other times. Information about community health services and free Spanish-language informational materials are available.

Baby care kits

Free pregnancy and baby care kits are available through the Department of Health and the Healthy Babies Coalition. To order the kits, go to aahealthybabies.org or call the tot's line at 1-800-817-8687.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers the community:

* Adolescent health services, providing confidential, free or low-cost health education, pregnancy testing, birth control, exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, counseling, referrals and family planning services. Clinic services are available at North County Health Services (410-222-6625) and Parole Health Center (410-222-7247).

* Family planning services offer free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth-control supplies to women younger than 25. Call 410-222-7144 for an appointment.

* WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Call 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

* Free quit-smoking classes and kits are offered to county residents 18 and older. Contact the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or go to myquitkit.org for additional information.

* HIV/AIDS services include free confidential testing and counseling. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248.

* Substance abuse treatment services are available through Community Treatment Services. Call 410-222-0117. Methadone and Suboxone maintenance services are available through the Department of Health's adult addictions clinic at 410-222-0100.

* Parent's kit for talking to your teen about sex and talking to your parent about sex can be ordered on the Web site aahealth.org (search "Talking to Teens") or call 410-222-4468.

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