Health Notes

March 21, 2010

Graduate programs Tai Sophia Institute will offer free workshops for caregivers and HR professionals from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the institute. The workshops, funded by the Columbia Foundation Grant, assist in handling job-related stress for Howard County front-line caregivers and human resource staff of agencies such as nursing homes, hospice care, mental health programs, crisis intervention, domestic violence centers, those working with developmentally disabled citizens and other similar agencies, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians.

Founded in 1974 and located at 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel, Tai Sophia is a center for wellness-based education, clinical services in acupuncture, nutrition counseling and herbal medicine. The institute is accredited by the Maryland State Commission on Higher Education. For additional information, contact the graduate admissions office at 410-888-9048 or

Swine flu vaccine Distribution sponsored by Howard Community General Hospital will be held in the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for people age 9 and older. People ages 4 to 9 for second doses only. Vaccines cost $10 each. Registration is preferred but not required. For additional information contact the Wellness Center at 410-740-7601 or go to

Also, the Howard County Health Department will offer the H1N1 flu vaccine at the following walk-in clinics:

East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Glenwood 50+ Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. For additional information, go to

Volunteers needed The organizing committee for Relay for Life needs volunteers. This overnight event June 4-5 is designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society. For information, call Jason Copley at 410-781-4316, e-mail or go to

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