HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT FAIR: People seeking information about their health insurance options through Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act or the Greater New Orleans Health Care Connection will find answers during a health insurance enrollment fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Daughters of Charity Health Center–New Orleans East, 5630 Read Blvd. This event is free and open to the public. Assistance will be available in both English and Spanish. Certified application counselors and assisters will help individuals understand their health insurance choices and assist them with the sign-up process. Participants may be asked to supply: picture ID, date of birth, proof of home and/or mailing addresses, Social Security number(s), document information for legal immigrants, employer and income information, and current insurance information.
FUSSY BABY NETWORK: Exhausted parents struggling to care for a seemingly inconsolable infant can find support and guidance through the Fussy Baby Network New Orleans & Gulf Coast, based in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Network. Representatives meet parents at their homes or in the network’s New Orleans’ office. After assessing each family’s needs, providers show parents new techniques for soothing the baby, give advice on breast-feeding and help moms and dads recognize their little one’s cues. The director of the network is Sherryl Scott Heller, an associate professor of psychiatry at Tulane University. “What happens in that first relationship is essential to support healthy development,” she said. “Children who connect with their parent, who feel safe with their parent, who find their parent predictable, we know that they’re going to do better long term in the relationships they have with other people and the relationships they have with teachers and peers in school.” Fussy Baby Network services are free for families in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. For information, call (855) 371-BABY or visit www.fussybabynogc.com.
OCHSNER HEALTH SYSTEM: The Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana Foundation is including 28 registered nurses from Ochsner Health System on its 2015 list of 100 great Louisiana nurses. Over the past seven years, 222 Ochsner nurses have received such recognition for their concern for humanity, contributions to the nursing profession and mentorship of others. Those honored from Ochsner are JoAnn Cardaro, Stacey Carse, Elise-Marie Curry, Michelle Dessauer, Agnes Falcon, Patrick Faucheaux, Fawn Fitzmorris, Victoria Goodreau, Sharon Greer, Cynthia Hart, Mary Hidalgo, Ebony Jackson, Hillary Ledet, Kristen Malkiewicz, Megan McCormick, Jennifer Melton, Diana Michel, Tracey Moffatt, Lyanne Pazos, Emily Prudhomme, Marie Rathe, Gwendolyn Robinson, Kathleen St. Romain, Lisa Schmidt, Trudi Stafford, Arlene Treadway, Nikeishia Washington and Robin Wilson.
MEDICAL ASSISTANTS: Seventeen students recently completed the tuition-free MA Now career-training program for medical assistants. The program is a project of Ochsner Health System and Delgado Community College that creates opportunities for current Ochsner employees and external candidates to develop skills they need to move forward in their careers. The four-month training program features accelerated classroom, clinical and on-the-job training and addresses both our need for certified medical assistants and the need to build additional career pathways. More than 550 MAs are part of the Ochsner team; they are typically the first and last to see a patient, taking vitals and translating patients’ concerns to the physician before circling back at the end of the appointment to take questions and schedule follow-ups. MA Now graduates who have accepted new roles with Ochsner include Imani Anderson, West Bank OB; Ronisha Burton, OB/GYN; Carmonique Carter, neurology; Dominique Carter, PRN cardiology; Daphne Davis, MA float pool; Courtney Franklin, dermatology; Erica Griffin, MA float pool; Simone Kimble, psychology; Kimberly Matthews; China Miller: colon-rectal; Reonda Newton, neurology; LaShawn Patterson, hepatology; Taleskia Ross; Jalesa Treaudo, internal medicine; Lakecia Variste, PRN transplant; Marica Warner; and Ida Wright. Enrollment for the spring 2016 MA Now session will begin in December. For information on the MA Now program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST JEFFERSON MEDICAL CENTER GALA: West Jefferson Medical Center will hold its Moonlight & Martinis Gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday under the oaks behind the fitness center at the hospital, 1121 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. Guests at the patron party, beginning at 6 p.m., will have an opportunity to meet Dr. Jennifer Arnold, of TLC’s “The Little Couple.” The Charmaine Neville Band will perform at 7:40 p.m., and there will be a live auction with Norman Robinson at 8:30 p.m. Single tickets are $125 at www.wjmc.org/moonlight.
ABCS OF BREAST-FEEDING: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer a discussion of breast-feeding basics and common concerns from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
SIBLING TLC: A program to help prepare children 3 and older for the arrival of a new baby will be held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
CARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN: A physician and a registered nurse from West Jefferson Medical Center will discuss newborn behavior and care from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT: In recognition of this year’s Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19, the Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT) is encouraging Louisianans to quit cigarettes forever by utilizing the free products and services it provides. The Great American Smokeout was created in the 1970s by the American Cancer Society to get people to quit cigarettes for a day and donate the dollars they would have spent on cigarettes to charity. The event has grown to encourage people to the use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The trust was established in late 2011 a court judgment ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a statewide, 10-year smoking cessation program to benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers. It benefits all Louisiana residents who began smoking cigarettes before Sept. 1, 1988. Qualified recipients can receive any of the following services free: cessation medications (such as Zyban® and Chantix®), nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray), individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or intensive cessation support services. For more information or to apply, visit the Smoking Cessation Trust’s website at www.smokefreela.org; call locally at 504-529-5665 or toll-free at 855-259-6346.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center will offer an introduction to CPR from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the center, 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For information, call (504) 349-6200.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: A diabetes support group meets at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in Suite C-309 on the third floor at Touro, 1401 Foucher St., New Orleans. For information, call the Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.
STROKE EDUCATION: A series of free stroke education classes for patients and caregivers is held at 2:30 p.m. Fridays at West Jefferson Medical Center. For information, including location, call (504) 349-1346.
CAR SEAT CHECKUPS: The Family Birth Place at West Jefferson Medical Center offers free car seat checkups every Wednesday by appointment. For information, call (504) 349-2173. West Jefferson Medical Center is at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero. To learn more about car seat safety, visit www.safercar.gov.
DOCTOR HONORED: Dr. L’Issa L. Gates, a pediatrician and partner at Westside Clinics, AMC in Marrero, has been named a Torchbearer by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater New Orleans Chapter for her dedication to championing sustainable solutions to curbing health care disparities. Dr. Gates is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her medical degree from the LSU Health Sciences Center.