Newtown has contracted with MORE Advertising, and has launched a short survey that will capture the public’s current knowledge and perception of risk about tickborne diseases. The survey includes 22 questions, and should not take more than five minutes to complete. Launched in September, the survey is still available online. It is also available in print for those who may not have Internet access or prefer to do it manually. The plan is to promote the survey widely through a variety of groups to solicit maximum participation and input. The survey and data collection is the first step in compiling a marketing plan to help target audiences that are either unaware or unmotivated by the localized threat of tickborne illnesses.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
LeReine’s Cuisine, a restaurant at 31 Pecks Lane, is hosting a free community event, “Meet AARP CT,” on Sunday, October 12, from 1 to 3 pm. This will be is an opportunity for area residents to learn more about AARP and what the organization does at the state and local levels. AARP Advocacy works with legislators to share concerns on issues for seniors and their families, in order to implement better legislation and policies statewide.
On Thursday, October 16, at 5:30 pm, at Masonicare at Newtown, Nancy Petrosky, BSN, clinical hospice supervisor, will present a free program titled “Health Care Decisions Shouldn’t Be Confusing.” Ms Petrosky he will discuss topics about health care and hospice such as advance directives, guidelines for Medicare and Medicaid, and the difference between home care and hospice.
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68).
The new cases are all pediatric patients from three Connecticut hospitals, including two at Danbury Hospital, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. All patients have recovered and been discharged. It is not known if the two Danbury Hospital cases were from the Newtown District. DPH advises parents and health care providers to be aware of the symptoms of this respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
A bake sale on Friday, September 26, from 7 am until 11 pm at Danbury Hospital’s Robolitti Conference Center will raise funds to help cover costs for one of the hospital’s own. John Young, an RN at the hospital for RN at Danbury Hospital for more than 30 years, was recently diagnosed with Amloidosis, a rare bone marrow disorder. His family, friends and coworkers are coming together in support of Mr Young, as well as his wife Beth and their two teenage daughters.
The Connecticut Westchester Hudson Valley Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has named Connor Armstrong of Stamford an Honored Patient for its 2014 Newtown Light The Night® Walk. Light The Night walks funds to support blood cancer research and provide services to patients and their families. Each Light The Night Walk honors local blood cancer survivors and commemorates individuals who have lost their lives to these diseases. The 2014 Newtown Walk will take place Saturday, September 27, at NYA Sports & Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street. It will begin at 5 pm.
Community and state leaders, volunteers, and numerous supporters of Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) joined NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr and staff in celebrating the organization’s 30 years of commitment to the community, as well as honoring special NYFS award recipients, Tuesday, September 23, at a breakfast event held at Rock Ridge Country Club. Following a brief social hour prior to the 8 am start of the breakfast, NYFS Board of Directors Chairman Jesse Rosenschein introduced the guest speaker, Dr John Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. As part of his remarks, Dr Murphy emphasized the contributions of NYFS as being central to a mission of improving health in the community.
Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease. At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a six-hour certification course that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. Northwestern Connecticut AHEC (Area Health Education Center) will offer the course at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Wednesday and Friday, September 24 and 26, from 11 am to 2 pm each day.