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UConn Health March 2017 Programs, Events

MAR17Here is a list of UConn Health programs scheduled for March and early April 2017. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Last updated 2/23)

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, University Tower lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, March 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

(Corrected date and time 2/23)
Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 6 to 10 p.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor conference room S3301
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, March 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Living With Heart Disease Support Group
Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m. to noon
, UConn Health, University Tower, 2nd floor conference room
Patients with heart disease, along with their families and caregivers, meet on the third Thursday of the month to discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heath-healthy recipes, and coping strategies and resources. Call 860-679-3633 to learn more.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.
The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Monday, March 20, 8 to 9 a.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion
A registered dietitian leads a discussion for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This program now is scheduled to meet the third Monday of the month. A physician’s referral is required. Fee is $20. Call 860-679-3245 more information.

Stroke Survivor Group
Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor
The UConn Health Stroke Center invites stroke survivors, families and caregivers to a monthly group meeting to discuss topics such as prevention, coping methods, support systems, rehabilitation tips, resources, and promoting independence. The Stroke Survivor Group generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Call 860-679-4846 for more information.

Free Workshop: “Things to Consider Before Joining a Research Study”
Monday, March 27, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
The UConn Health Human Subjects Protection Office offers an educational session about the rights and responsibilities of participants in research projects on the last Monday of the month. Registration is required: 860-679-8802 or cagganello@uchc.edu.

New 6-week “Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program Starts
Tuesday, March 28, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd floor east
The introductory session is followed by five weekly sessions through Tuesday, May 2, that include a weigh-in, discussion of progress, and a timely nutrition topic such as eating out strategies, cooking light and right, emotional eating, exercise and activity, and smart shopping. Registration fee is $70, $50 for past participants. Call 800-535-6232 or 860.679.7692 for more information.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, April 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor conference room S3301
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, April 1, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

UConn Health Auxiliary Art and Wine Night
Wednesday, April 5, 5 to 9 p.m., UConn Health, Rear of cafeteria
Join the UConn Health Auxiliary for an evening of painting, wine, and snacks, and bring home a work of art done by you! Tickets are available at the Connucopia Gift Shop in the UConn Health main lobby, $35 for Auxiliary members and $40 for nonmembers. Proceeds to go toward Auxiliary programs. Call 860-679-2963 for more details. More information about the Auxiliary is available at health.uconn.edu/auxiliary/.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, April 10, 1 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 4th floor
“Look Good…Feel Better” is a free program to help improve the self-image and self-esteem of women experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. During this hands-on workshop, a trained volunteer certified cosmetologist will offer self-help instruction and education on hairstyling and coping with hair loss, skin care, makeup and nail care. Wigs, turbans and scarves will also be discussed. Classes are offered every other month and are not limited to UConn Health patients. Registration is required: call 800-227-2345 with your name, program date, phone number, and skin color. Kits are available in Light, Medium, Dark and Extra Dark.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, University Tower lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Directions to UConn Health are available at http://bit.ly/get2uch.

Standing Up for UConn

UConn Health faculty and staff attend a public hearing over state funding for UConn. (Photo provided by Andrea Keilty)

UConn Health faculty and staff attend a public hearing over state funding for UConn. (Photo provided by Andrea Keilty)

Last night in a show of solidarity against millions of dollars in proposed state budget cuts facing UConn and UConn Health, nearly 100 students, doctors, faculty and staff attended the Appropriations Committee hearings at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

UConn had several diverse panels of speakers sharing their personal perspectives with legislators about the detrimental impact any potential budget cuts could have on their education, research or care of patients.

UConn is currently facing up to $28 million in budget cuts while UConn Health is facing $13.2 million.

UConn Health’s five-person panel discussion was kicked-off by Evan Woodford, a second-year student in the UConn School of Dental Medicine. He told the committee, “I worry what message will be sent to future students if that vital support needed to continue to provide their educations…is withdrawn. I urge you to minimize the amount of the proposed budget cuts in order to maintain our excellent progress.”

Bayan Abunar, a second-year student in the UConn School of Medicine, testified, “It is through the state funds to UConn Health and your regular investments to our School of Medicine and Dental Medicine that have made it an affordable and accessible place for students of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, including myself, to learn to be compassionate health care providers. I urge you to continue to invest in these entities by restoring funding to the FY16-17 level which provide tremendous benefit for the students, patients and Connecticut’s economy.”

Michel Gueret of Canton, a stage IV lung cancer survivor, also spoke about the cutting-edge and lifesaving immunotherapy clinical trial he had access to at UConn Health’s Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“My survival, literally against all odds, is the real testimony,” Gueret said. “It is evidence of what a research-driven UConn Health can and will continue to deliver to the people of Connecticut with your continued unwavering support. I thank each member of the committee for standing up to safeguard UConn Health. With your support–one day in the future–they will be there to save your life or that of your loved one in need, just like they saved my life.”

Mark Driscoll, a biotech entrepreneur who started the company Shoreline Biome at UConn’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) in 2015, told the lamwakers, “UConn and UConn Health are vital components of the foundation of a robust ecosystem that is needed for the high tech life science businesses and industries of today to be successful. I urge you to consider that continued strong investment in UConn and UConn Health as part of our economic growth plan should remain a high priority as we look for long term solutions to our budget problems in Connecticut.”

UConn Health researcher Caroline Dealy spoke about the various ways she serves the state as a UConn alumnus, UConn Health scientist, entrepreneur, business owner and educator of students.

“UConn needs resources for research so that scientists like me and others who are speaking tonight can continue to bring new knowledge into the world, while engaging in the process of discovery, the next generation of change-makers: UConn’s students,” Dealy said. “I urge you, please don’t cut UConn’s resources. It’s just too important.”

Earlier in the day UConn leadership, including President Susan Herbst and Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, UConn Health CEO and executive vice president for health affairs, also shared in-person testimony with the Committee.

“I ask for your support to protect the viability of your public academic health system and to do what you can to minimize cuts to UConn Health so that we can continue to deliver on the investments and provide Connecticut and its people with excellent service,” shared Agwunobi.

UConn Health February 2017 Programs, Events

feb17Here is a list of UConn Health programs scheduled for February and early March 2017. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Last updated 2/23)

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor conference room S3301
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, University Tower lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, Feb. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 4th floor

“Look Good…Feel Better” is a free program to help improve the self-image and self-esteem of women experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. During this hands-on workshop, a trained volunteer certified cosmetologist will offer self-help instruction and education on hairstyling and coping with hair loss, skin care, makeup and nail care. Wigs, turbans and scarves will also be discussed. Classes are offered every other month and are not limited to UConn Health patients. Registration is required: call 800-227-2345 with your name, program date, phone number, and skin color. Kits are available in Light, Medium, Dark and Extra Dark.

Living With Heart Disease Support Group
Thursday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon
, UConn Health, University Tower, 2nd floor conference room

Patients with heart disease, along with their families and caregivers, meet on the third Thursday of the month to discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heath-healthy recipes, and coping strategies and resources. Call 860-679-3633 to learn more.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.

The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Monday, Feb. 20, 8 to 9 a.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion
A registered dietitian leads a discussion for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This program now is scheduled to meet the third Monday of the month. A physician’s referral is required. Fee is $20. Call 860-679-3245 more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Stroke Survivor Group
Wednesday, Feb. 22, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor
The UConn Health Stroke Center invites stroke survivors, families and caregivers to a monthly group meeting to discuss topics such as prevention, coping methods, support systems, rehabilitation tips, resources, and promoting independence. The Stroke Survivor Group generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Call 860-679-4846 for more information.

Free Workshop: “Things to Consider Before Joining a Research Study”
Monday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
The UConn Health Human Subjects Protection Office offers an educational session about the rights and responsibilities of participants in research projects on the last Monday of the month. Registration is required: 860-679-8802 or cagganello@uchc.edu.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, University Tower lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at the UConn John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, March 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

(Added 2/10, Corrected date and time 2/23)
Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 8, 6 to 10 p.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor conference room S3301
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, March 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Living With Heart Disease Support Group
Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m. to noon
, UConn Health, University Tower, 2nd floor conference room
Patients with heart disease, along with their families and caregivers, meet on the third Thursday of the month to discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heath-healthy recipes, and coping strategies and resources. Call 860-679-3633 to learn more.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.
The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Directions to UConn Health are available at http://bit.ly/get2uch.

 

UConn Health Providers Continue ‘Our Hearts to Your Soles’ Tradition

  • Medical assistants Doreen Smith (left) and Lori Engengrro are among the local foot care providers who regularly volunteer at the annual Our Hearts to Your Soles event at the Salvation Army shelter in New Britain. (Photo by Michael Aronow)
Tuesday night in New Britain, a group of local foot care providers, including medical assistants Lori Engengrro and Doreen Smith from the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, volunteered at the Friendship Service Center and the Salvation Army shelter to offer free foot health screenings as well as new pairs of shoes (or boots) and socks. About 40 people left with new, proper-fitting footwear, and another 50 pairs were left behind for others who may be in need. The shoes and boots were provided by Red Wing Shoes.

Our Hearts to Your Soles is an annual holiday-time campaign to provide shoes and foot care at homeless shelters and other service centers across the country. Dr. Michael Aronow, formerly of UConn Health and now in private practice, began UConn Health’s involvement in 2007 and has been the local organizer each year since.

Popular Tennis Tournament Benefits Cancer Fund

From left, David Marshall, General Manager/Director of Tennis at Farmington Field Club, Jennifer Grey and Aaron Frankel with the UConn Foundation. (Photo by Janine Gelineau/UConn Health)

From left, David Marshall, General Manager/Director of Tennis at Farmington Field Club, Jennifer Grey and Aaron Frankel with the UConn Foundation. (Photo by Janine Gelineau/UConn Health)

The Farmington Field Club (FFC) Children’s Classic Tennis Tournament completed its 33rd year of activities this summer. The FFC Tournament, the second longest running U.S. Tennis Association New England Tournament was held over two weekends in July (Adult Tournament July 9-10 and the Junior Tournament July 16-17) and raised more than $11,000 for the UConn Children’s Cancer Fund. This year’s tournament had more than 100 player participants over the two weekends and was viewed by several hundred spectators.

The proceeds from the event, primarily derived from the financial support and sponsorships of many local corporations and companies and individual contributions, helps advance UConn’s research into the diagnosis, treatment and eventual prevention of children’s cancer. To date, the fund raising efforts of FFC has contributed more than $365,000 to the Farmington Field Club’s Endowment for UConn Children’s Cancer Program.

The Farmington Field Club, a private membership tennis, swimming and paddle tennis club, encourages and welcomes tax deductible donations to this worthwhile cause. Donations may be sent to:

The Farmington Field Club Endowment for UConn Children’s Cancer
UConn Foundation, Inc.
P.O. 4032
Farmington, CT  06034

Large Turnout for Making Strides Event

  • Survivors tent sponsored by UConn Health.
UConn spirit and pride was evident with the largest team turn out ever for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Hartford event on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Bushnell Park. Team UConn Health Husky Heroes proudly joined 5,500 walkers to help raise over $280,000 to support the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer. The team was comprised of patients, caregivers, friends, staff and families. It was a beautiful autumn day and UConn Health once again had the honor of sponsoring the Survivor Tent which offered survivors delicious food, tips and advice, special goody bags, and a space to interact with other survivors.  One of the speakers at the event was a Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center patient whose story for the opening ceremony was impactful and moving. She was able to share the experience with her family and caregivers, providing inspiration and hope to all participants. Thank you to all who raised funds, volunteered their time in so many different ways, and continue to support important events like Making Strides.

 

UConn Health November 2016 Programs, Events

NOV2016Here is a list of UConn Health programs scheduled for November and early December 2016. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Last updated 11/23)

(Canceled 11/1)
New 6-week “Ready to Lose” Weight Management Program Starts
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5 to 6 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd floor east
The introductory session is followed by five weekly sessions through Tuesday, Dec. 6, that include a weigh-in, discussion of progress, and a timely nutrition topic such as eating out strategies, cooking light and right, emotional eating, exercise and activity, and smart shopping. Registration fee is $70, $50 for past participants. Call 860-679-7692 for more information.

Free Discovery Series: “Redefining the Well Woman Exam”
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
, Cell and Genome Sciences Building, 400 Farmington Ave.

Dr. Christopher Morosky, UConn Health obstetrician and gynecologist, will discuss topics including birth control, hormone replacement therapy, the HPV vaccine, mammograms, and changes in guidelines for women’s screenings, plus take your questions. Register online, for free, at bit.ly/UCHdisc or call 800-535-6232.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Living With Heart Disease Support Group
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to noon
, UConn Health, Katz Conference Room (C2116)

Patients with heart disease, along with their families and caregivers, meet on the third Thursday of the month to discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heath-healthy recipes, and coping strategies and resources. Call 860-679-3633 to learn more.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.

The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, Main Lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Monday, Nov. 21, 8 to 9 a.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion
A registered dietitian leads a discussion for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This program now is scheduled to meet the third Monday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Free Workshop: “Things to Consider Before Joining a Research Study”
Monday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
The UConn Health Human Subjects Protection Office offers an educational session about the rights and responsibilities of participants in research projects on the last Monday of the month. Registration is required: 860-679-8802 or cagganello@uchc.edu.

Stroke Survivor Group
Wednesday, Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor
The UConn Health Stroke Center invites stroke survivors, families and caregivers to a monthly group meeting to discuss topics such as prevention, coping methods, support systems, rehabilitation tips, resources, and promoting independence. The Stroke Survivor Group was moved to after Thanksgiving this month, but it generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Call 860-679-4846 for more information.

Holiday Bazaar and Basket Raffle
Friday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
, UConn Health, rear of the cafeteria
The UConn Health Auxiliary’s annual winter holiday shopping event includes 20 vendors and the Auxiliary’s popular raffle of gift baskets created and donated by UConn Health employees, as well as a new vendors’ basket. Note the new location this year, as the main lobby is under construction. Drawing is at 3:30. For more information please call 860-679-2963.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

(Canceled 11/23)
Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, Main Lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.
The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Directions to UConn Health are available at http://bit.ly/get2uch.

UConn Students, Residents, Faculty Serve at Free Dental Clinic

  • UConn dental students staff the 2016 Mission of Mercy at the XL Center in Hartford. (Photo by Lauren Dulieu)

Seven residents, 77 students and four faculty from the UConn School of Dental Medicine were among the hundreds of volunteers who provided care to nearly 2,000 patients last weekend.

The 2016 Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic was held at the XL Center in Hartford. Dental professionals from throughout Connecticut give their time to care for the underserved.

UConn’s dental student breakdown:

  • 19 fourth-year students
  • 38 third-years
  • 23 second-years
  • 7 first-years

 

 

 

 

UConn Health October 2016 Programs, Events

OCT2016Here is a list of UConn Health programs scheduled for October and early November 2016. This information will be updated with any additions or other schedule changes. (Last update 10/24)

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

UConn Health Auxiliary Fashion Show
Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lord & Taylor, Westfarms
The UConn Health Auxiliary is holding a fashion show to benefit its charitable programs. VIP admission is $25 and includes a wine tasting, light refreshments, swag bag, Lord & Taylor charity discount ticket, and prize drawing. Call 860-679-2963 for more details. More information about the Auxiliary is available at health.uconn.edu/auxiliary/.

Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m.
, UConn Health, Main Lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Celiac Disease Nutrition Class
Monday, Oct. 17, 8 to 9 a.m., UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion
A registered dietitian leads a discussion for those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This program now is scheduled to meet the third Monday of the month. Fee is $20. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Free Cosmetology Services for Cancer Survivors
Monday, Oct. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 4th floor

“Look Good…Feel Better” is a free program to help improve the self-image and self-esteem of women experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. During this hands-on workshop, a trained volunteer certified cosmetologist will offer self-help instruction and education on hairstyling and coping with hair loss, skin care, makeup and nail care. Wigs, turbans and scarves will also be discussed. Classes are offered every other month and are not limited to UConn Health patients. Registration is required: call 800-227-2345 with your name, program date, phone number, and skin color. Kits are available in Light, Medium, Dark and Extra Dark.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Living With Heart Disease Support Group
Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to noon
, UConn Health, Katz Conference Room (C2116)

Patients with heart disease, along with their families and caregivers, meet on the third Thursday of the month to discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heath-healthy recipes, and coping strategies and resources. Call 860-679-3633 to learn more.

Infertility Peer Support Group
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
, Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, 2 Batterson Park Road, Farmington.

The Greater Hartford chapter of RESOLVE, a national nonprofit resource for those facing the challenges of infertility, offers support, information and confidential, informal, peer-led discussions on the third Thursday of the month. To learn more or to check for weather-related cancellation, call 860-523-8337.

Childbirth Preparation Class
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
This one-day class covers anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery, and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class size is limited to eight couples. Remember to bring two pillows and wear comfortable clothing. Light snack is provided. Fee is $100. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register or for more information.

Stroke Survivor Group
Wednesday, Oct. 26, noon to 1 p.m.
, UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd floor
The UConn Health Stroke Center invites stroke survivors, families and caregivers to a monthly group meeting to discuss topics such as prevention, coping methods, support systems, rehabilitation tips, resources, and promoting independence. The Stroke Survivor Group generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Call 860-679-4846 for more information.

(Event canceled 10/24)
UConn Health Auxiliary Art and Wine Night
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5 to 9 p.m., UConn Health, Rear of cafeteria
Join the UConn Health Auxiliary for an evening of painting, wine, and snacks, and bring home a work of art done by you! Tickets are available at the Connucopia Gift Shop in the UConn Health University Tower mezzanine, $35 for Auxiliary members and $40 for nonmembers. Proceeds to go toward Auxiliary programs. Call 860-679-2963 for more details. More information about the Auxiliary is available at health.uconn.edu/auxiliary/.

(Time updated 10/13)
Free Hospital Maternity Tours
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
, UConn Health, Main Lobby
A representative will guide you through labor and delivery, postpartum, and the nursery at John Dempsey Hospital. Children and grandparents are welcome. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Free Discovery Series: “Redefining the Well Woman Exam”
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
, Cell and Genome Sciences Building, 400 Farmington Ave.
Dr. Christopher Morosky, UConn Health obstetrician and gynecologist, will discuss topics including birth control, hormone replacement therapy, the HPV vaccine, mammograms, and changes in guidelines for women’s screenings, plus take your questions. Register online, for free, at bit.ly/UCHdisc or call 800-535-6232.

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 to 3 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
Patients, family members and caregivers (not limited to UConn Health patients) are invited to join others whose lives have been touched by bladder cancer. This support group, established in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, usually meets on the first Saturday of the month and is the only group of its kind in New England. Call 888-901-BCAN for more information.

Breast-feeding Class
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.
, UConn Health, Onyiuke Dining Room
A certified lactation consultant leads a discussion of topics including the benefits of breast-feeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breast-feeding mother as well as how to continue breast-feeding and working. Fee is $25 per couple. Call 800-535-6232 to register or for more information.

Directions to UConn Health are available at http://bit.ly/get2uch.

Volunteers Guide Patients, Visitors Through Lobby Renovation

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You walk through a door that you’ve entered many times… only to be greeted by a giant wall instead of the lobby that had been the familiar path to your appointment.

For many patients and visitors, that’s what it’s been like these past few weeks since UConn Health’s main lobby closed for renovations. While they are greeted by the wall, fortunately for them they also are greeted by some helpful folks in blue jackets – UConn Health volunteers, at the ready to help people where they need to go.

“They’re shocked, they don’t even know if they’re in the right place or not, because it looks completely different than what they’re used to,” says volunteer George Ziewacz, who’s been volunteering in the main lobby area for more than eight years. “We have a diagram on our wall and we show them how to get to wherever they want to get.”

With the lobby closed, patients and visitors using the main entrance must take a detour to get to the elevators that bring them to the Connecticut Tower hospital floors, the Calhoun Cardiology Center on the second floor, and even the gift shop, which is accessible only from the hallway that runs along the Center Courtyard window. Some of the dental clinics have moved to the main floor, while others remain on the first floor and are still accessible via the elevator near the main entrance.

“Most people are understanding. Only very rarely does someone get real upset,” says Ziewacz, who volunteers eight hours a day, four days a week. “Some of them want to give me tips, but I tell them I’m not allowed to accept tips.”

When patients and visitors know where they’re going but don’t know how to get there, the volunteers will help them find their destination on a map, direct them on how to get there, and in some cases escort them some or all of the way as needed. When patients don’t know where their appointment is, the volunteers can retrieve the information by calling the information desk in the University Tower lobby.

“George and his knowledge of all areas along with his wayfinding skills have been instrumental in helping everyone navigate through the Main Lobby construction detour,” says Lisa Bartis, volunteer administration program coordinator. “The entire Volunteer Department has stepped up to help with wayfinding for all of our patients, families and visitors at both entrances.”

While wayfinding has been a major task for volunteers, they also assist with discharges, wheelchairs, mail and gift delivery, office work, the gift and thrift shops, new admission binders, and periodic checks of patient safety equipment and accessories such as lifts, slings and belts.

UConn Health has 280 registered volunteers, 90 of whom are returning to high school or college for the fall. More information about becoming a UConn Health volunteer is available at health.uconn.edu/donors-and-volunteers.