Wound care service
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Wound Care Center of St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Health Care Centers offers bedside wound care service by a nurse practitioner at The Assumption Village, Humility House and other long-term care facilities in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. The facilities are not charged for the services provided its patients under the new program. Call (330) 480-4325 for more information.
Medicaid Buy-In forum
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- A Medicaid Buy-In public forum is offered from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 24 at J.I.M.'s Place, West High Avenue. It is sponsored by the APPC (Advocating for Public Policy Change) program of the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, the Society of Equal Access, Independent Living Center and the Heritage Southeast Consumer Advisory Council. Medicaid Buy-In is an initiative that gives states the option of providing Medicaid health insurance coverage to working individuals with disabilities who do not qualify for Medicaid under income and asset rules. Those who are eligible could "buy-in" to Medicaid coverage by paying premiums or other state-established, cost-sharing charges, to be set on a sliding-fee scale based on income. Ohio does not provide the option.
There is no charge to attend the forum, but reservations must be made by Feb. 20 by calling (888) 213-4452.
Program on learning
AUSTINTOWN -- The First Ohio Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health offers a free program, "All Children Learn Differently," from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the D & amp;E Clinic, 142 Javit Court. Call (330) 538-0184.
On list of top hospitals
AKRON -- Child magazine ranked Akron Children's Hospital 21st among 150 pediatric hospitals in the United States that scored above 93 on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Child survey took into consideration survival rates, nurse-to-patient rations and patient safety as well as staff qualifications and specialty departments.
YOUNGSTOWN -- "Aromatherapy: Essential Oils to Balance the Mind, Body and Spirit," the next Arts for Forum Health free monthly Brown Bag Luncheon Series program, is offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Northside Medical Center. Call (330) 884-4115.
Mobile Medical Clinic
YOUNGSTOWN -- St. Elizabeth Health Center's Mobile Medical Clinic will be at the Salvation Army, 1501 Glenwood Ave., from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Appointments are not necessary, and walk-ins are accepted. Services are free to people without medical coverage. Call (330) 480-3198 for more information and other mobile clinic locations.
Free FOBT kits offered
YOUNGSTOWN -- Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP), in recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, is offering free fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) that can detect hidden blood in the stool, which is a symptom of colorectal cancer. To receive a free FOBT kit, call (877) 700-4647. All kits should be returned in the pre-addressed envelope no later than June 1.
Flu, pneumonia clinic
CAMPBELL -- The Mahoning County Health Board is offering a flu and pneumonia clinic from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Campbell City Hall, 351 Tenney Ave. The cost is $10 for the flu shot and $20 for the pneumonia shot. No appointment is necessary. People on traditional Medicare must bring their Medicare card so the cost can be billed.
Music, poetry eventand book sale hours
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Music and poetry will be featured Tuesday at the Beatnik Cafe, in the basement of the New Castle Public Library, on Tuesday. The guitar stylings of John Daly interspersed with poetry by the Lawrence County Young Adults will be performed from 6:30-8 p.m. The program is free. For details, call (724) 658-6659.
The Book Cellar, a shop that sells used books in the library's basement, is extending its hours. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Talk with a Doc series
AUSTINTOWN -- "Peripheral Vascular Disease: The latest in Diagnosis and Treatment," is the title of HMHP's February Talk with a Doc series. The program, which is free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Humility House, 755 Ohltown Road. Registration is required by calling (877) 700-4647.
Consortium to meet
CANFIELD -- The Ryan White Consortium, a planning body for HIV health care and support services in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Jefferson counties, will meet from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ursuline Center, 4250 Shields Road. The meeting is open to the public. Call (330) 743-3333.
North Star Center
YOUNGSTOWN -- North Star Patchwork Education Center, 192 Haseltine Ave., offers workshops on quilting techniques, sewing, arts and crafts and computer use from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
For information call the Rev. Lillie B. North, executive director, at (330) 744-4064.
If you believe there is no crueler time of the year than Valentine's Day, here's a treat: Despair Inc. -- found online at http://www.despair.com/ -- has introduced "BitterSweets," the valentine candy that celebrates loneliness, heartbreak and romantic indignities.
The 37 sayings include "UP YER DOSAGE," "KICKED 2 CURB," "WANT2C OTHERS," "C THAT DOOR?" and "JUST A FRIEND." Cost: $6.95 for a 4-ounce box.