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MENTAL HEALTH ART CONTEST: Mental Health is Vital, a multi-faceted campaign of Alta Care Group to raise awareness of mental wellness throughout the Valley, is looking for artists to participate in its Mental Health is Vital Art Contest.

The contest, in partnership with The Ryan Giambattista HELMS Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s annual fundraiser, is looking for artists 10 and older to submit work that expresses how mental health is vital to them. The winner of the art contest will have his or her work featured on one or more billboards throughout the Valley and receive a $300 cash prize. Cash prizes of $100 also will be awarded to category and age group winners. Categories for art include paint, sculpture / 3D, collage and mixed media.

Art must be submitted by 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Full contest rules and entry forms can be found www.mhisvital.com.

Additionally, all art submitted will be auctioned off through an online auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the work of the HELMS Foundation. An auction preview will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, at Alta’s new space in the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care, 4891 E. County Line Road, Mineral Ridge.

For more information on Mental Health is Vital, visit mhisvital.com.

COVID-19 TESTING: Boardman Park, 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman, is a location for COVID-19 testing. The program offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 6.

All insurances are accepted, including Medicare / Medicaid). Uninsured also accepted (bring ID), with no co-pay. A self-pay option is available.

No appointment needed, but register in advance to save time by going to www.VisitHealthcare.com and clicking on “Sign up for your Visit.” Results are available in 24 to 48 hours.

GLENBEIGH OFFERS FREE VIRTUAL SUPPORT: Glenbeigh Outpatient Center of Niles, 29 North Road, Niles, as part of their response to the limitations placed on social interactions, Bridges to Recovery discussions are being offered through a series of Zoom events.

Join Glenbeigh for online recovery support with other people in recovery with alcohol and drug addictions. These virtual sessions are free and open to the entire recovery community. Connect for various topics, by linking through www.facebook.com/glenbeighhospital or by texting the word “Glenbeigh” to 41411 (text rates may apply) to receive meeting information. More information is available at www.glenbeigh.com/events.

RADON ACTION MONTH: January is National Radon Action Month.

For more information about National Radon Action Month, go to the following websites:

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information;

• Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/radon/index.html;

• World Health Organization (WHO):www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/radon-and-health;

• Ohio Radon Resources and State Radon Program Information: www.swat-radon.com/radon-mitigation/ohio.

Learn more at www.swat-radon.com/.

VACCINES THIS WEEK: Vaccines will be distributed to older Ohioans. Each week, the minimum age for vaccinations will drop five years until all Ohioans age 65 have access.

A vaccine provider search will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov, allowing Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, and category to find a provider in their area.

The schedule for the coming weeks is:

• This week, Ohioans 75 and older, and residents with severe congenital or developmental disorders;

• The week of Feb. 1, Ohioans 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools;

• The week of Feb. 8, Ohioans 65 and older.

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is the local Area Agency on Aging servicing Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. While the Area Agencies on Aging do not give shots, staff will help answer questions on the safety of the vaccine, how to get to a provider and how to connect to any other community resources available. Call Direction Home at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

PROGRAM TO DELIVER GOODS TO HELP: Local nonprofit Life Is Good No Matter What has a new look and a new program to add to its mission of granting escapes to adults with cancer in northeast Ohio.

The new Good Delivery Program gives the group a way to help adults who may be unable to leave their homes for a traditional escape. The Good Delivery Program seeks to spread cheer with: dinner delivery; flowers / plants delivery; groceries delivery; craft beer delivery; and paying up to $75 toward bills.

Both traditional escapes and the Good Delivery Program are open to all adults battling cancer. Visit www.lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org to nominate someone and learn more about how to support the efforts of LIGNMW.

PSYCARE OFFERING TELEHEALTH: Visit the www.psycare.com or call 800-242-4604.

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VACCINES THIS WEEK: Vaccines will be distributed to older Ohioans, starting with those 80 and older. Each week after that, the minimum age for vaccinations will drop five years until all Ohioans age 65 have access.

A vaccine provider search will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov, allowing Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, and category to find a provider in their area to administer the vaccine.

The schedule for the coming weeks is:

• The week of Jan. 25, Ohioans 75 and older, and residents with severe congenital or developmental disorders;

• The week of Feb. 1, Ohioans 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools;

•The week of Feb. 8, Ohioans 65 and older.

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is the local Area Agency on Aging servicing Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. While the Area Agencies on Aging do not give shots, staff will help answer questions on the safety of the vaccine, how to get to a provider and how to connect to any other

community resources available. Call Direction Home at 330-505-2300 or 1-800-686-7367.

RADON ACTION MONTH: January is National Radon Action Month. The EPA reports that 60 percent of counties in Ohio have the highest potential for elevated radon levels, above the recommended level. Nationally, 1 in 15 homes test positive for dangerous levels of radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas nicknamed the “silent killer” because the only way to detect radon in a home or workplace is to test. Breathing air over an extended period of time in a space with high levels of radon can cause lung cancer.

For more information about National Radon Action Month, go to the following websites:

•Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information;

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/radon/index.html;

• World Health Organization (WHO):www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/radon-and-health;

• Ohio Radon Resources and State Radon Program Information: www.swat-radon.com/radon-mitigation/ohio.

Learn more at www.swat-radon.com/.

ALTA CARE AWARDED GRANT: Alta Care Group, the Valley agency committed to the social, emotional, behavioral and physical wellbeing of children, adolescents, young adults and families in the community, was awarded a $5,000 grant from The Aimee and Lulu Seidel Foundation. These money will be used to help cover the cost of a new van which provides critically important transportation services for clients.

The grant from the Seidel Foundation was joined by grants from the Hine Memorial Fund administered through the Foundation and the Mercy Health Foundation to purchase the transportation vehicle.

SRMC EARNS GOLD: Salem Regional Medical Center once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its comprehensive hip and knee replacement program.

SRMC has held this prestigious designation for its hip and knee replacement program since 2018, and maintained its certification following a rigorous on-site review in October of 2020.

Learn more about SRMC’s orthopedic care at www.salemregional.com/outpatient-care/orthopaedics.

PROGRAM TO DELIVER GOODS TO HELP: Local nonprofit Life Is Good No Matter What (LIGNMW) has a new look and a new program to add to its mission of granting escapes to adults with cancer in Northeast Ohio.

The new Good Delivery Program gives LIGNMW a way to help adults with cancer in northeast Ohio who may be unable to leave their homes for a traditional escape. Whereas traditional escapes have ranged from a weekend away or dinner and a baseball game, LIGNMW’s Good Delivery Program seeks to deliver goods in the form of the following options: dinner delivery; flowers / plants delivery; groceries delivery; craft beer delivery; and paying up to $75 toward bills.

Both traditional escapes and the Good Delivery Program are open to all adults battling cancer. Everyone is invited to visit the new website, www.lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org, nominate someone they know and learn more about how they can also help support the efforts of LIGNMW.

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

For information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

PSYCARE OFFERING TELEHEALTH: PsyCare is providing phone-based or video-based mental health services through its clinics in Austintown, Boardman, Cortland, East Liverpool, Howland, Liberty and Struthers.

Visit the PsyCare website at www.psycare.com or call 800-242-4604.

ADDICTION THERAPY AVAILABLE: PsyCare Inc., 2980 Belmont Ave., Liberty, offers a clinical therapy program to treat individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction issues. Family members are also welcome.

Assessments can be scheduled by calling 330-759-2310.

ONE HEALTH OFFERS TELEHEALTH: ONE Health Ohio offers telehealth appointments to patients for medical, behavioral health, chronic care management, dietetics and medication-assisted treatment services. Call 877-722-3303 or visit www.onehealthohio.org.

Telehealth appointments for medication-assisted treatment and counseling are available through RISE Recovery by contacting 844-652-8219. RISE Recovery also remains open for in-office visits, dependent on appointment type.

FREE FITNESS PROGRAM: The Stepping Out Program, provided through a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation, offers free fitness classes and activities online and throughout the Mahoning Valley.

For information, call Doris Bullock, project coordinator, at 330-720-3293 or email her at dibullock@mercy.com.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: Family Recovery Center’s Oxford House (also known as Eloise V. Traina Center of Hope), 320 Benton Road, Salem, began a Families Anonymous meeting as fellowship for the family and friends of those individuals with drug, alcohol or related behavioral issues.

To learn more about the support meetings offered, contact 330-424-1468.

VALLEY COUNSELING OPERATING: Valley Counseling Services continues to provide mental health services to residents of the Mahoning Valley throughout the viral outbreak. Necessary precautions will be taken to keep clients and staff safe.

Most services will be phone-based or video-based. Clients do not need to cancel their appointment. Instead they will receive therapy, case management, nursing and psychiatry services in the safety of their home.

Visit the website at vcs.fcsserves.org or call 330-399-6451 for more information.

PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT: Domestic abuse support groups are available for all types of abusive relationships — emotional, verbal or physical.

For more information, contact 330-856-3463.

SUPPORT GROUP: For information about the Circle of Hope, a support group for those with a mental health diagnosis, call 330-502-8103.

LUPUS SUPPORT: For information about the Trumbull Mahoning Lupus Support Group, call Rhonda at 330-978-3749. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ALZHEIMER’S HELP: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com.

ALZHEIMER WEBINAR SERIES: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter’s free webinar series on caregiver resources and wellness, has three sessions remaining.

The one-hour sessions are 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays in January, and cover topics that range from healthy lifestyles for the brain to managing caregiver stress and burnout.

To register, contact Samantha Sathre, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, at 234-284-2754 or ssathre@alz.org.

For descriptions of each program, go to alz.org/crf.

SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering a virtual suicide prevention workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Join Hope Haney, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mahoning Valley, to discuss the signs of suicide, preventative efforts, and how to give and receive support.

Use Zoom meeting ID 690 681 8290 to participate.

Jewish Community Center of Youngstown offers social, cultural, educational and recreational programs in a Jewish environment. Everyone is welcome. JCC is an agency of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. For more information visit jccyoungstown.org.

RADON ACTION MONTH: January is National Radon Action Month. The EPA reports that 60 percent of counties in Ohio have the highest potential for elevated radon levels, above the recommended level. Nationally, 1 in 15 homes test positive for dangerous levels of radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas nicknamed the “silent killer” because the only way to detect radon in a home or workplace is to test. Breathing air over an extended period of time in a space with high levels of radon can cause lung cancer.

For more information about National Radon Action Month, go to the following websites:

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information;

• Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/radon/index.html;

• World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/radon-and-health;

• Ohio Radon Resources and State Radon Program Information: www.swat-radon.com/radon-mitigation/ohio.

Learn more at www.swat- radon.com/

ADDICTION SCREENINGS: Narconon can help families take steps to help someone overcome addiction. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.

For information, visit www.nar cononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.

PSYCARE OFFERING TELEHEALTH: PsyCare is providing phone-based or video-based mental health services through its clinics in Austintown, Boardman, Cortland, East Liverpool, Howland, Liberty and Struthers.

Visit the PsyCare website at www.psycare.com or call 800-242-4604.

ADDICTION THERAPY AVAILABLE: PsyCare Inc., 2980 Belmont Ave., Liberty, offers a clinical therapy program to treat individuals with substance abuse and drug addiction issues. Family members are also welcome.

Assessments can be scheduled by calling 330-759-2310.

ONE HEALTH OFFERS TELEHEALTH: ONE Health Ohio offers telehealth appointments to patients for medical, behavioral health, chronic care management, dietetics and medication-assisted treatment services. Call 877-722-3303 or visit www.onehealthohio.org.

Telehealth appointments for medication-assisted treatment and counseling are available through RISE Recovery by contacting 844-652-8219. RISE Recovery also remains open for in-office visits, dependent on appointment type.

FREE FITNESS PROGRAM: The Stepping Out Program, provided through a grant from the Mercy Health Foundation, offers free fitness classes and activities online and throughout the Mahoning Valley.

For information, call Doris Bullock, project coordinator, at 330-720-3293 or email her at dibullock@mercy.com.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: Family Recovery Center’s Oxford House (also known as Eloise V. Traina Center of Hope), 320 Benton Road, Salem, began a Families Anonymous meeting as fellowship for the family and friends of those individuals with drug, alcohol or related behavioral issues.

To learn more about the support meetings offered, contact 330-424-1468.

VALLEY COUNSELING OPERATING: Valley Counseling Services continues to provide mental health services to residents of the Mahoning Valley throughout the viral outbreak. Necessary precautions will be taken to keep clients and staff safe.

Most services will be phone-based or video-based. Clients do not need to cancel their appointment. Instead they will receive therapy, case management, nursing and psychiatry services in the safety of their home.

Visit the website at vcs.fcsserves.org or call 330-399-6451 for more information.

PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT: Domestic abuse support groups are available for all types of abusive relationships — emotional, verbal or physical.

For more information, contact 330-856-3463.

SUPPORT GROUP: For information about the Circle of Hope, a support group for those with a mental health diagnosis, call 330-502-8103.

LUPUS SUPPORT: For information about the Trumbull Mahoning Lupus Support Group, call Rhonda at 330-978-3749. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.

SUGGESTIONS FOR ALZHEIMER’S HELP: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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