The Tulane University Community Health Center at Covenant House (611 N. Rampart St.) is holding a free health fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. The fair will provide free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and post-traumatic stress syndrome. The fair will also provide free health information and will have a play area for children that includes balloons, face-painting, crafts and more.
The center was started shortly after Katrina by a sole doctor who provided tetanus shots for residents in the French Quarter and Treme. Since the hurricane, it has served more than 7,500 uninsured and underinsured patients.
For more information, call 584-1167 or visit www.tucovenanthealthcenter.org.
Remodeling for the Future
To help people who are rebuilding make their homes function better now and in the future, the Department of Occupational Therapy at LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Allied Health Professions is hosting a workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 9, in Nursing Lecture Room 1 at LSUHSC (1900 Gravier St.). Registration is $60; for more information, call 568-4302.
The workshop includes "Home Modifications: Needs, Theoretical Foundations," "Occupation-based Approach to Home Modifications" and "Specialized Populations and Future Directions." The program will show occupational therapists, architects, builders, contractors and homeowners how to make modifications during the rebuilding process that will make it easier to accommodate their changing needs as they age, such as installing backing behind bathroom walls that will accommodate grab bars, widening entryways and hallways for wheelchair access, installing nonskid walk and driveway surfaces and easy-access door and window locks.
A group of Tulane students dedicated to helping hurricane victims is planning a Waves of Relief festival in Waveland, Miss., next month. NOLA Hurricane Fund, a nonprofit created by four Tulane Students, to date has raised $110,000 used for rescue, relief and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and now plans to raise money for Waveland residents.
The Waves of Relief festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, on the slab that previously was Waveland's City Hall. It will include music, massages, demonstrations of recipes designed for preparation in FEMA trailer kitchens, and a raffle of sporting goods, bedding and other prizes. Project Recovery, a division of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, is joining the students in providing Waveland residents with information about how to deal with stress.
Admission to the event is free. Anyone who wants to contribute prizes for the raffle should contact NOLA Hurricane Fund at 638-3033 or log on to www.nolahurricanefund.org/projects.
Health Care in the East
Specialty Hospital of New Orleans (14500 Hayne Blvd.) is hosting a grand opening of its new location in New Orleans East at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments and a tour of the facility.
Officials of the not-for-profit hospital say they hope the opening not only will bring high-quality health care to residents, but also will promote rebuilding in the area as well as employment opportunities.
Specialty Hospital of New Orleans, founded in 1997, is a long-term acute-care hospital that treats patients who have complex medical problems and catastrophic illnesses that require extended acute or intensive care.
Keep Medical Residents in Louisiana
For the first time in its history, West Jefferson Medical Center is training medical residents from Louisiana State University and Tulane University medical schools in a variety of medical and surgical specialties.
The hospital currently is training 26 residents in pathology, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, pulmonology, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, vascular surgery and internal medicine. The move will provide a training facility for medical residents that might otherwise have to go outside Louisiana because of the closing of area teaching hospitals after Katrina.
"As a community hospital, it is important that West Jefferson Medical Center assist in the effort to keep young doctors here in New Orleans," says A. Gary Muller, president and chief executive officer at West Jeff.
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Society for Consulting Psychology (SCP) are providing local business organizations free consultations and seminars to help them and their employees deal with the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The two groups, divisions of the American Psychological Association working through the Katrina Aid and Relief Effort (KARE), will hold the event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Azalea Room at Wyndham Canal Place.
Workshops and private consultations will be offered both days. Workshops on Aug. 11 include "Selecting and Retaining Employees," presented by Dr. Joan Brannick from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and "Managing Stress" with Dr. Val Arnold from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Workshops on Aug. 12 are "Managing Change in Turbulent Times" with Dr. Randy White from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and "Managing a Diverse Workforce" with Dr. Michelle Collins from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
"Members of SIOP recognize the significant effects that Hurricane Katrina and Rita had on so many of the Gulf South's workers and businesses, and we are committed to help the return of those employees and businesses to the workforce and arm them with the necessary skills to be a successful operation," says KARE Chair Dr. Steven Rogelberg.
Tour the Family Center
The New Family Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital (1202 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-898-4000; www.stph.org and www.sthfoundation.org) is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5. A tour that starts in the New Family Center on the third floor will include stops in the labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care suite, and the neonatal intensive care unit. The event is open to the public.
Plaquemines Hospital Opens
Plaquemines Medical Center (26851 Hwy. 23, Port Sulphur) opened recently to serve the community that lost its permanent structure when 30 feet of floodwater inundated the structure during Hurricane Katrina.
The temporary health-care facility will be operated by staff from the Plaquemines Medical Center and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The opening was made possible through $755,000 in public assistance funding through FEMA, which, along with the Chevron Oronite Plant, donated temporary mobile homes for essential staff.
Gentle Choices (1424 St. John St., Lafayette, 337-706-7160; www.gentlechoicesbirth.com), the state's only licensed out-of-hospital birthing center, opened recently to give pregnant women the opportunity to give birth with the assistance of midwives and support staff under the supervision of obstetricians and pediatricians.
The center provides prenatal care, exams and lab work, continuous care and support throughout the pregnancy and after birth. Birthing suites provide a home-like atmosphere with bathroom facilities and tubs for water births and seating for family and friends. The center also has an exam room, kitchen and lending library.
To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this week, Tulane University has planned several activities. Breastfeeding mothers can participate in a special streetcar ride just for them at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 (meet at the corner of Canal and S. Liberty streets). A tea designed for professional women to discuss breastfeeding in the workplace is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 143 S. Liberty Street on Friday, Aug. 4. The La Leche League Annual Family Fun Day is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 5, at Johnny Bright Gym (3401 Cleary Ave., Metairie). For more information about these events, call 988-3702.