• CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: The Greater New Orleans Foundation has awarded Children’s Hospital a $180,000 grant to offer a training program to encourage advancement in the healthcare sector. The New Orleans Works grant is meant to prepare entry level or low-skilled job-seekers and incumbent workers for career pathways to address critical workforce needs, improve worker retention and satisfaction, and increase patient satisfaction. The Children’s Hospital Advancement and Mobility Program trains people for medical assistant certification and for central office administrative positions. “We think this is an excellent way to help those who want to move up the healthcare career ladder,” said Justin Olsen, COO at Children’s Hospital. “With this grant by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we are able to provide tuition-free education for those who can benefit the most.”
  • DIABETES MANAGEMENT: Dr. Kathy Carstarphen, a New Orleans internist, will discuss diabetes self-management skills at 10 a.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event, held in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services, is free and is open to the public. There is no registration. Topics include nutrition, meal planning, carbohydrate counting, insulin management and insulin pump management.
  • DIABETES MANAGEMENT: Dr. Alexandria Beranger, a Gretna internist, will discuss diabetes self-management at 10 a.m. March 17 at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. This event, held in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services, is free and is open to the public. There is no registration. Topics include healthful eating, physical activity, handling emergencies and preventing complications.