Health Briefs—February to March, 2017


Continuing Education Workshops

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW) has scheduled five Continuing Education workshops designed to strengthen the skills of mental health professionals across Long Island.

Workshops include:

• Neuro-biology of Trauma on Friday, Feb 24, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Approaches to Healing Anger and Hurt on Tuesday, March 7, 9 a.m. to noon.
• Screening, Diagnosis, and Current Treatment of PTSD, TBI, and Substance Use Disorders on Thursday, March 30, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
• Postpartum and Perinatal Mood Disorder on Tuesday, May 23, 9 a.m. to noon
• Working with Hispanic Immigrant Children and Families, date and time TBA

Alexis Rodgers, LMSW, MHAW’s coordinator of community outreach and education, is developing a calendar of at least 18 workshops this year with input from a full spectrum of local mental health providers.

MHAW is also working with the Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services and other behavioral health coalitions, such as the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long Island.

Visit or call 631-471-7242 ext. 1315 for information.

Childhood Trauma Affects Health

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. The repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime. An impassioned plea to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

The discussion at Zucker Hillside Hospital (75-59 263rd St., Glen Oaks) on Monday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. will focus on what is currently understood about the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health outcomes across the lifetime. How trauma impacts health outcomes will also be addressed.

There is a $35 pre-registration fee; one contact hour available, certificate provided. Register via, search event title.

Kidney Cancer Patients

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Urology is offering a new educational series for patients newly diagnosed with kidney cancer. Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis during the year at the Winthrop Wellness Pavilion, 1300 Franklin Ave. in Garden City, Suite ML-5. The first meeting will take place Wednesday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The meetings will provide information about genetic testing, nutrition and self-care, imaging and treatment, available clinical trials, cancer treatment side effects and what to expect. A question and answer period will be included.

For information or to register for this educational series, email or call 516-663-2316.

Colon Cancer Program

Winthrop-University Hospital will offer a free Colon Cancer Awareness Day educational program for the community on Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the Winthrop Research & Academic Center, located at 101 Mineola Blvd., at the corner of Second Street in Mineola.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United Sates. However, early detection and an awareness of risk factors and prevention can help in the fight against this disease.

Speakers include Dean Pappas, MD, chief of colorectal surgery; Fred Gandolfo, MD, attending physician, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition and Prashanti Atluri, MD, attending physician, division of oncology/hematology. They will discuss risk factors and prevention, genetics, treatment options, current and future therapies, and nutrition. A question and answer period will be included in the program.

Literature and educational materials will be provided. For more information or to register, email or call 516-663-2601.

Brain Tumor Support Group

Share feelings, concerns, experiences, ways to cope and more at The Brain Tumor Center’s support group for brain tumor patients, family members and caregivers on Thursday, March. 16, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. at Neurological Surgery, P.C., at 1991 Marcus Ave., Suite 108 in Lake Success.

Tina Sapienza, L.M.S.W., O.S.W-C will facilitate the support meeting.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Richard Van Allen at 516-442-2250 for more information and to reserve a seat.


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