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PUBLIC HEALTH: Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Austintown, offers a variety of services from immunizations to environmental and community health programs.

For a complete list of services, visit mahoninghealth.org.

WOMEN OF WORTH SUPPORT: The House of Hope, under the auspices of Pregnancy Choices, will host the next Women of Worth after-abortion support group 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Women of Worth is a drop-in, no-commitment, come-as-you-are monthly support meeting for women with a shared abortion experience who desire to begin or continue in their recovery journey. This is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental and nonpolitical place to restore and recover from a past abortion experience.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the House of Hope. Call or text 330-834-8224 for address and directions.

Pregnancy Choices strives to provide communities with education and support in matters of crisis pregnancy, sexual lifestyle and sanctity of human life from a biblical worldview.

HOME TESTING TO BE OFFERED: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County branches are pickup locations for free COVID-19 home testing kits from the Mahoning County Public Health District.

The county has provided 1,900 kits, which come with detailed instruction sheets. They will be distributed through the main library, all open branches and the Pop-Up Library. Patrons must call the library at 330-744-8636 to reserve a kit, which then will be available for curbside pickup.

Mahoning County residents who are homebound also can request a test kit to be sent by mail by calling the library’s Special Delivery service at 330-792-3869, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library asks that persons who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever / chills, cough or shortness of breath, send a friend to the library to pick up a self-test kit for them.

For more information about the test, call eMed customer support at 1-844-943-0061. For library locations, visit www.libraryvisit.org/locations-hours.

DINING WITH DIABETES: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is offering “Virtual Dining with Diabetes” throughout May.

Viewers will learn how to incorporate good, healthy cooking techniques and other practices to help control blood sugar through the cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

The program will be 10 a.m. to noon May 3, 10, 17 and 24. Register for the free online program at https://go.osu.edu/diningwithdiabetes52021.

For more information, contact dietitian Beth Stefura, Mahoning County Extension educator, at stefura.2@osu.edu; Marie Economos, Trumbull County Extension educator, at economos.2@osu.edu; or call 330-638-6783.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu.

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. For a schedule of virtual and in-person classes, visit http://www.mercy.com/-/media/mercy/youngstown/stepping-out-calendar.

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

Connect for various topics, by linking through www.facebook.com/glenbeighhospital or by texting the word “Glenbeigh” to 41411 to receive meeting information. More information is available at www.glenbeigh.com/events.

VACCINE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers with various medical licenses who are actively practicing or are retired with an active license are encouraged to support response efforts to the COVID-19 vaccination program by signing up for the Mahoning County Medical Reserve Corps. Nonmedical adult volunteers are needed to assist and can sign up also.

To join, visit www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov. Interested persons who live in a county that does not have an MRC unit may elect to register in a neighboring county.

Medical providers can enroll to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Any facility licensed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to administer or provide vaccination services is eligible to enroll as a potential COVID-19 vaccine provider. More information can be found at https://odh.ohio.gov/.

ALZHEIMER’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a series of new virtual statewide Alzheimer’s education programs in an effort to reach more Ohio families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Many of the programs will include a physician specialist to allow participants to ask specific questions about diagnosis, research, treatment and support.

Upcoming topics include April 29: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors; May 13: Effective Communication Strategies; and June 3: Dementia Conversations.

To register for upcoming programs, call 1-800-272-3900. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate. Visit www.alz.org.

PROGRAM TO DELIVER GOODS: Local nonprofit Life Is Good No Matter What helps adults with cancer in northeast Ohio who may be unable to leave their homes for an escape.

The Good Delivery Program seeks to deliver goods in the form of dinner delivery, flowers / plants delivery, groceries delivery, craft beer delivery and 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 or learn more.

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.

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.

Health notes

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

PUBLIC HEALTH: Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Austintown, offers a variety of services from immunizations to environmental and community health programs.

For a complete list of services, visit mahoninghealth.org.

COUNCIL SEARCHING FOR MEMBERS: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is recruiting new membership for the following categories: Individual with a developmental disability; parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability; and an immediate relative or guardian of an institutionalized or previously institutionalized individual with a developmental disability or an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in an institution.

The Ohio DD Council consists of at least 30 members appointed by the governor. Members are people with developmental disabilities, parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities, representatives from concerned state agencies, and nonprofit organizations and local agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities.

If you are interested in becoming a member, go to this website, https://ddc.ohio.gov/ to the new member application page for more information. You may apply online or download documents to complete and mail to the council office by Sunday.

WOMEN OF WORTH SUPPORT: The House of Hope, under the auspices of Pregnancy Choices, will host the next Women of Worth after-abortion support group at 7 p.m. April 21.

Women of Worth is a drop-in, no-commitment, come as you are, monthly support meeting for women with a shared abortion experience who desire to begin or continue in their recovery journey. This is a safe, confidential, non-judgmental and non-political place to restore and recover from a past abortion experience.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the House of Hope. Call or text 330-834-8224 for address and directions.

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. For a schedule of virtual and in-person classes, visit http://www.mercy.com/-/media/mercy/youngstown/stepping-out-calendar.

Health notes

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

PUBLIC HEALTH: Mahoning County Public Health, 50 Westchester Drive, Austintown, offers a variety of services from immunizations to environmental and community health programs.

For a complete list of services, visit mahoninghealth.org.

HOME TESTING TO BE OFFERED: The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County branches are pickup locations for free COVID-19 home testing kits from Mahoning County Public Health.

The county has provided 1,900 kits, which come with detailed instruction sheets. They will be distributed through the main library, all open branches and the Pop-Up Library. Patrons must call 330-744-8636 to reserve a kit, which then will be available for curbside pick-up.

Mahoning County residents who are homebound can also request a test kit to be sent by mail by calling the library’s Special Delivery service at 330-792-3869, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and a kit will be mailed to them.

The library asks that people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever / chills, cough or shortness of breath, send a friend to the library to pick up a self-test kit for them.

For more information about the test, call eMed customer support at 844-943-0061. For library locations, visit www.libraryvisit.org/locations-hours.

DINING WITH DIABETES: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is offering “Virtual Dining with Diabetes” throughout May.

Viewers will learn how to incorporate good, healthy cooking techniques and other practices to help control blood sugar through the cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 3, 10, 17 and 24. Register for the free online program at https://go.osu.edu/diningwithdiabetes52021.

For more information, contact dietitian Beth Stefura, Mahoning County Extension educator, at stefura.2@osu.edu, Marie Economos, Trumbull County Extension Educator, at economos.2@osu.edu or call 330-638-6783, or Margaret Jenkins, Clermont County Extension educator at jenkins.188@osu.edu.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu.

TIPS TO REDUCE STRESS: For individuals caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease, which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends six steps to reduce caregiver stress as part of National Stress Awareness Month:

• Be adaptable and positive. “Go with the flow” and avoid fighting the current. Focus on how to adjust to the situation in a constructive way.

• Deal with what you can control. Some things are totally out of your control, such as the coronavirus pandemic. Concentrating on finding solutions can help make the problem itself a little less stressful.

• Set realistic goals and go slow. Prioritize, set practical goals, do your best to achieve them and take things one day at a time.

• Mind your health. Inadequate rest, poor diet and lack of exercise can all exacerbate stress and cause other health problems as well. You cannot provide quality care to a loved one if you don’t take care of yourself.

• Clear and refresh your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditating, listening to music or even taking a few deep breaths can all help relax the mind and reduce stress.

• Share your feelings. Whether it’s with a loved one, trusted friend or a professional, don’t be reluctant to talk about your stress, because that can actually help relieve it.

The AFA Helpline is available seven days a week. Connect with a licensed social worker by calling 866-232-8484, web chatting at www.alzfdn.org or sending a text message to 646-586-5283. The web chat and text message features can serve individuals in more than 90 languages.

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

Connect for various topics, by linking through www.facebook.com/glenbeighhospital or by texting the word “Glenbeigh” to 41411 to receive meeting information. More information is available at www.glenbeigh.com/events.

VACCINE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers with various medical licenses who are actively practicing or are retired with an active license are encouraged to support response efforts to the COVID-19 vaccination program by signing up for the Mahoning County Medical Reserve Corps. Nonmedical adult volunteers are needed to assist and can sign up also.

To join, visit www.ohioresponds.odh.ohio.gov. Interested persons who live in a county that does not have an MRC unit may elect to register in a neighboring county.

Medical providers can enroll to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Any facility licensed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to administer or provide vaccination services is eligible to enroll as a potential COVID-19 vaccine provider. More information can be found at https://odh.ohio.gov/.

ALZHEIMER’S VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: The Alzheimer’s Association launched a series of new virtual statewide Alzheimer’s education programs in an effort to reach more Ohio families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Many of the programs will include a physician specialist to allow participants to ask specific questions about diagnosis, research, treatment and support.

The first “Ask an Expert” virtual webinar was held in March. Upcoming topics include: April 29:Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors, April 29; Effective Communication Strategies, May 13; and Dementia Conversations, June 3.

To register for upcoming programs, call 1-800-272-3900. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate.

PROGRAM TO DELIVER GOODS TO HELP: Local nonprofit Life Is Good No Matter What helps adults with cancer in northeast Ohio who may be unable to leave their homes for an escape.

The Good Delivery Program seeks to deliver goods in the form of dinner delivery, flowers / plants delivery, groceries delivery, craft beer delivery and 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 or learn more.

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.

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