Health
Thursday, February 24th, 2000
Heart association conducting community fund-raiser
Have A Heart is a community-wide effort that raises funds to help the American Heart Association (AHA) fight heart disease and stroke.
Hearts can be purchased at the following businesses: Bonanza in Milford, Millsboro and Delmar, Felton Bank in Felton and Milford, Golden Corral in Seaford, Geyer's Restaurant, Capital Cleaners, and Peninsula Oil in Milford, Applebee's Restaurant in Seaford, RJ Riverside Restaurant in Laurel, and Delaware National Bank branches.
Customers are encouraged to purchase hearts in honor or memory of a loved one, or just for fun.
For information, call the American Heart Association at 302-856-7386.

College computers help with training in respiratory care
Allied healthcare workers can earn required continuing education credits with self-paced, computer-based instruction modules approved by the American Association of Respiratory Care.
The courses are available through the Prometric Testing Center at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. They have been designed for use as both a competency evaluation and a cross-training tool for all allied healthcare providers. For details call 854-6966.

College, hospital sponsor alternative medicine course
"Understanding Complementary & Alternative Medicine," a new course offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, covers alternative medicine, how it can help, where to get it, and how to approach your doctor on the subject. The course is co-sponsored by the Health Institute at Delaware Tech and the Integrative Health Department of Beebe Medical Center.
Class meets Monday, Feb. 28, 1 to 4 p.m.; the fee is $20. For more information, or to register, call the Health Institute at (302) 855-5988.

Healthcare seminar will look at policies and politics
"Policies & Politics in Healthcare" will be the subject of an all-day seminar to be held at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, on March 10.
Nurses and other healthcare workers will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to identify healthcare issues in Delaware, discuss strategies to influence health issues, and develop skills in grassroots lobbying. Co-sponsored by Delaware Tech and the Delaware Nurses' Association (DNA), the seminar will highlight the healthcare worker's role in influencing health and workplace policies and help participants develop effective communication tools for dealing with policy makers and legislators. For more information, call the Health Institute at (302) 855-5988.

NMH, AAUW to sponsor program on organ donation
Nanticoke Health Services and the Seaford Branch of the American Association of University Women will co-host a presentation by the Gift of Life Donor Program Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. A representative from the donor program will explain the process of organ donation. Participants will also hear personal life experiences. The program will be held in the Community Room of the hospital. There is no fee to attend.
For details, call Diane LeCompte, 629-2249.

Home study courses are offered at Delaware Tech
Nurses who have family or work commitments which make attending seminars difficult can meet continuing education requirements with home study courses offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus.
Nurses in ambulatory care, home health care, long-term care and hospital settings can benefit from these courses. Topics covered include: Assessment of the Geriatric Patient, Avoiding Medication Errors, and Assertiveness in Nursing. Each course consists of a written program and a post-test; students will receive individual feedback from the instructor after the post-test. Dates and times can be conveniently arranged throughout the semester.
For details, call 855-5988.
Free AIDS testing is offered at the SHARP Center
The SHARP Center, located at 107 B. South Street, Rehoboth, is an HIV/AIDS resource center available to the community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. The center houses more than 400 book titles, 40 videos, pamphlets and brochures, and hosts an internet accessible work station. The SHARP Center also offers client advocacy, educational workshops and outreach, and free HIV testing. The center is a not-for-profit organization supported by donations and the Delaware HIV Consortium.
In addition to the Sussex County AIDS Committee providing free and anonymous testing every Thursday, 4-6 p.m., the SHARP Center offers free and anonymous testing by appointment five days a week. The SHARP Center uses the OraSure HIV test which is an oral test that requires no blood to be drawn. For more information, contact Jeanne at (302) 644-1094.
The SHARP Center is recruiting volunteers to post SHARP Center flyers and distribute pamphlets throughout their community during the week of March 5-11. For details, call 644-1094.
An AIDS 101 class will be offered the second Monday of the odd numbered months beginning at 7 p.m. AIDS 101 is a free, two-hour course focused on the transmission and prevention of HIV. The next class will be held March 13. Call (302) 644-1094 to register.
On the second Tuesday of each month there will be an internet training session held at the center. Karene Jules-Chester, from the Delaware Academy of Medicine, will offer training from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 1 to 3 p.m. The training will cover internet access, focusing on how to search for literature. The sessions are limited to three participants per session. the next scheduled class is Tuesday, March 14. Call 644-1094 to register.

CONTACTĘ Rape Crisis Volunteer training March 16
CONTACTĘ Delaware, Inc. announces its Spring Volunteer Training for men and women. Candidates must be 18 or over and have access to a car and a phone.
After training, volunteers will be asked to make themselves available, at times which are convenient to them, to offer support to victims of sexual assault and their families.
The course will start on Thursday, March 16, at Del Tech's Owens Campus in Georgetown. The 10-week classes are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and there are two all-day Saturday classes in Milford on April 1 and 29.
Classes include lectures, films, discussions and guest speakers, with an emphasis on listening skills, medical and legal procedures. Other information and skills needed to help victims of sexual assault and their families are also included. A fee, which covers tuition and all materials, is payable to Del Tech at the time of registration.
For information or an application, call 422-2078, or write to: Rape Crisis CONTACT, P.O. Box 61, Milford, DE 19963.

Del Tech offers pediatric first aid course March 13 & 15, or April 10& 12
Parents, teachers, and day care providers can increase their caregiving and safety skills with a course in pediatric first aid at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus.
Pediatric First Aid covers managing pediatric emergencies including convulsions, burns, poisoning, drowning, fractures, sprains, bleeding, and insect bites. Special emphasis on rescue breathing/choking. The course is approved by the Office of Child care Licensing for a three-year course completion certificate. Two-session courses meet March 13 and 15 or April 10 and 12, 6-9 p.m. The cost is $30.

Nanticoke Arthritis Support Group announces meeting March 21
M.C. Landis, Esq., of Doroshow and Pasquale will present a program related to "Understanding When It Is Appropriate to Apply for Disability" at the meeting on Tuesday, March 21. This meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford.
These meetings are sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and are free and open to the public. For further information or to be added to the mailing list call 1-800-292-9599.