WEforum proceeds fund Monmouth Medical Center’s Free Educational Programs and Services
All proceeds from WEforum’s 2016 Women’s Health and Wellness Conference will go towards the development of free educational health and wellness programs accessible to the entire community.
Programs include Health and Wellness lectures, programs, activities and support groups developed by Monmouth Medical Center (an RWJ/Barnabas Health affiliate).
The free programs supported by this event will be held at a Monmouth Medical Center designated location.
Free Programs & Services through Monmouth Medical Center:
The Center for Diabetes Education
The Center for Diabetes at Monmouth Medical Center is comprised of an expert team of certified diabetes educators, including a registered nurse and registered dietitian, who conduct individual and group programs to empower people with diabetes and those who are at-risk to manage their care.
Patients benefit from the collaborative efforts of a team of specialists who focus on providing an educational experience that motivates an individual with diabetes to take an active and positive role in his or her diabetes treatment plan. Individuals who care for and about the patient also play an integral part of the team. In addition, a summary of each visit is sent to every referring physician to ensure continuity of care.
The Center offers the following programming at convenient morning, afternoon, and evening appointments:
- Pediatric Weight Management Program
- Diabetes Self-Management Series
- Nutrition education (monitoring/tracking blood sugar readings, macro/micro nutrients, meal planning, portion control, dining out, heart healthy eating and cooking, individualized meal plans, etc)
- One-on-one consultation with a nurse or dietitian
- Gestational Diabetes Education Program
- Free support groups for diabetes and insulin pump users, which provide a professional facilitator and educational topics on a monthly or bimonthly schedule.
Funds are needed to develop and implement an educational program with a fitness component and a group learning experience to complement our ongoing nutrition and lifestyle education with our underserved populations in Monmouth and Ocean Counties with a focus on the growing Hispanic populations. Bi-lingual nurses and registered dieticians are needed to partner with schools, municipalities and places of worship to grow this program.
Falls Prevention Program
Monmouth Medical Center is committed to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults. Falls threaten senior safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. With 10,000 people a day turning 65 years of age it is more imperative to promote safety.
However falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among senior adults can be substantially reduced.
We are currently sharing a balance machine with Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus.
Funds are needed to purchase a balance machine so the Community Health Education Department at Monmouth Medical Center can expand its program in all communities with particular attention for underserved populations living in communities like Asbury Park, Long Branch and Red Bank.
Cancer Support Community
In April 2014, the Leon Hess Cancer Center absorbed the closing Cancer Support Community (CSC), a local non-profit organization that offered over 80 programs a month that provided support services, educational and healthy living programs for patients who were in active treatment and in survivorship. Our hospital-based CSC for Monmouth and Ocean Counties was the 1st hospital based CSC in the state and only the 3rd in the country.
CSC programs and services have been integrated into the hospital at both its main campus in Long Branch and its southern campus in Lakewood. Our Cancer Support Community is part of an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Individuals affected by cancer are given an opportunity to enhance their health and well being through participation in professionally led programs of emotional support, relaxation, exercise and education.
Anyone who is affected by cancer — the patient, family, friends and caregivers — can access our free support programs. To ensure that no one faces cancer alone, there is no charge for these programs and they’re available to all cancer patients in Monmouth and Ocean counties, regardless of where they are being treated.
Select programming includes:
- New member meetings to learn about our programs.
- Support groups facilitated by licensed professionals for people with cancer and their loved ones.
- Physician lectures, educational workshops and special programs.
- Stress management classes, such as yoga and qigong.
- Nutritional support group and educational programs.
- Social activities.
- Resource room, information and community referral resources
Funds are needed to expand our Kids/Teens Connect program for children who have a parent/grandparent with a cancer diagnosis. Because it takes a very specific skill set, facilitators hired to run these groups need solid experience working with children and also must have an oncology background. These groups run on separate days, one for younger children and one for teenagers. While children/teens meet, another licensed professional will meet with the parents/grandparents.
Two licensed professionals are therefore needed to host the two separate groups, which doubles the normal expense. Ongoing funds are needed to sustain this program element. In addition, CSC needs funds for facilitators of all support groups including adults, stipends for presenters (such as nutritionists and physicians), a supplies budget for art therapy and social programming, and general funds to establish an emergency fund for cancer patients who need immediate help with a one-time expense.
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