Articles in category: Community Benefit
Sisters Surviving focuses on living healthy after breast cancer
Sisters Surviving, a wellness conference for African-American breast cancer survivors, brought together 75 women whose lives have been touched by cancer.
COPP celebrates second year of helping teens and their families get heart-healthy
Christiana Care Health System Cardiovascular Outreach Prevention Program (COPP), supported by Connections for Cardiovascular Health: A Program of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, celebrated a successful second year of helping teens and their families to improve their heart health.
Mini-Medical School educates learners of all ages
More than 300 people attended Christiana Care's 6th annual Mini-Medical School, where adults and high-school students learn about important trends in health and medicine from top doctors in their fields.
Health coaches provide lifeline to patients who lack health insurance
Margaret Graber is one of a growing number of uninsured or underinsured patients who found a lifeline through the Christiana Care Health Coach Program, part of the Center for Community Health in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Annual domestic violence forum shines light on issue that affects 1 in every 4 women
In the decade since it first was recognized as a National Community Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Christiana Care has been working not only to help victims of domestic violence, but also to raise awareness and save lives by promoting prevention through an annual community forum.
More than 200 attend 7th annual Strong & Healthy Latinas event
For seven years, Hispanic women have been connected with education and resources to help keep them healthy and well through Strong & Healthy Latinas: Love Yourself, Love Your Family, a vibrant Spanish-language initiative sponsored by Christiana Care.
Free shoes and foot exams provide comfort, health to city’s most vulnerable
Christiana Care Health System’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provided new shoes, socks and foot exams for free to about 80 people — many of them homeless — on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, a homeless shelter in Wilmington. The event is part of a... read more »
Christiana Care and La Communidad Hispana partner to present Vive tu Vida
Christiana Care Health System and La Communidad Hispana, a heath and social service agency serving the Hispanic community, partnered to present Vive tu Vida (Get Up! Get Moving), a community event that provided free health screenings and health education to participants on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Kennett... read more »
21-year tradition makes annual mammograms a social occasion for New Castle seniors
In a tradition that's lasted 21 years, women from the Howard Weston Senior Center in New Castle dressed in pink, put on their lipstick and took a bus to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care to get mammograms on an October morning.
Health fair at Wilmington Senior Center promotes healthy living at every age
Christiana Care makes health care convenient and accessible to people in the community all year round through its outreach and education programs. By removing barriers to care, people can get the help they need when illnesses are in their earliest, most treatable stages.
Teens serve ‘fresh fast food’ to women close to their hearts
It looked like fried chicken. It crunched like fried chicken. But this chicken was coated with crushed cheese crackers and baked in the oven. The result: the home-made equivalent of fast food crispy chicken strips, with half the fat and one-third fewer calories. Fresh fast food was... read more »
Planting the seeds for healthy choices at Christiana Care’s Camp FRESH
Since 2007, teens have learned about eating healthy at Christiana Care’s Camp FRESH, helping them to serve as ambassadors of nutrition and wise lifestyle choices in their communities.
Christiana Care shines a light on skin cancer with free screenings
Christiana Care partnered with the Delaware chapter of the American Academy of Dermatology for the two-day skin cancer screening and awareness event, which is held every May. In all, nine dermatologists, four physicians’ assistants and one nurse practitioner volunteered their services.
Students develop a healthy interest in learning at Mini Medical School
The annual Mini Medical School is an opportunity for people of all ages to gain a deeper understanding of health issues, medicine and medical research.
Menu for health success in Delaware’s Chinese community
Through an innovative outreach effort, Xiangfen "Fen" Gu is breaking down barriers in Delaware's Chinese community and helping people to get important health screenings.
Love and patience come through in any language
As a Promotora who promoted health education to others, Teresa Alvarez understood that cancer is not a death sentence, especially if detected early. As a cancer patient, she is learning first-hand the value of screenings, and of having excellent cancer care close to home.
Christiana Care issues a call to men to prevent domestic violence
More than 150 men, teens and the women who love them attended the 9th Annual Domestic Violence Prevention Forum at Ezion Fair Baptist Church in the city’s Southbridge neighborhood, which this year focused on the role of men in preventing domestic violence. The American Medical Association estimates... read more »
Christiana Care promotes strong and healthy Latinas
For six years, Latinas Fuertes Y Saludables—Latinas: Strong and Healthy—has been a life-affirming event for Hispanic women who are empowered with education about healthy living and encouraged to share their knowledge with others. More than 250 people recently gathered at Bayard Middle School, where Christiana Care Community... read more »
Christiana Care helps to mobilize Hispanic community at Vive tu Vida
Christiana Care sponsored La Comunidad Hispana's Vive tu Vida event, providing health education and free health screenings to attendees from the Hispanic community in Kennett Square, Pa.
Internal medicine residents take care to Connections Homeless Cafe
More than 100 people received flu shots, health screenings and other medical care at an outreach event at Connections Homeless Cafe, organized by Christiana Care internal medicine residents.
More than 400 women attend Christiana Care’s second Girls Night Out event
More than 400 women attended Christiana Care Health System's 2nd annual Girls Night Out event at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center.
Photovoice involves, engages and empowers teens in Wilmington
The city of Wilmington has higher teen pregnancy rates and fewer kids staying in school as compared to other cities across the state. Recently, several local community organizations partnered to find out what might be leading to these statistics through an innovative research project called Photovoice. Photovoice... read more »
Christiana Care gives campers a FRESH perspective on healthy food
Anthony Graves eats all his carrots. But only a few months ago, the 13-year-old from New Castle filled up on junk food. “I used to eat chips, cupcakes and soda,” he says. “Now I eat carrots, broccoli and tomatoes.” Anthony is enrolled in Camp FRESH, short for... read more »
Restoring smiles with reduced-cost dental care
For years after breaking four bottom teeth in a motorcycle accident, Christopher Grzybowski couldn’t enjoy steak and corn on the cob, his two favorite dishes at family cookouts. With help from dentists and oral surgeons from Christiana Care, Chris obtained implants at the Wilmington Hospital Health Center.... read more »
Christiana Care promotes breast health to Latinas through promotoras
Through Christiana Care, Latinas are learning about breast health and cancer screenings, essential information they can share with others as “promotoras”—promoters of health education—to Delaware’s rapidly growing Hispanic community. “If you teach someone, then ask her to go talk to her family, her community, you raise awareness... read more »
At Christiana Care, raising cancer awareness is more than skin deep
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, with more than 2 million cases each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. But Jim Palmer and lots of other people don’t know the signs. Palmer and his wife Kim of Bear, Del.,... read more »
Christiana Care takes health screenings to the people at Delaware Black Expo
Vic Parker already knew she had high blood pressure. But the 49-year-old Newark woman did not know African-Americans can develop skin cancer or that they are at higher risk for diabetes—at least, not until she stopped at Christiana Care’s health-screening event “Health Info on the Go” at... read more »
Medication Cabinet Clean-Out Day offers prescription for safer environment
On April 30, Christiana Care staffers helped people across New Castle County clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of over a half a ton of potentially unsafe products. A joint partnership of Christiana Care Health System, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Delaware State Police and... read more »
Lifelong learners embrace Christiana Care’s Mini-Medical School
Amy Pollack is interested in training to become a physician’s assistant. She tested the waters by attending Christiana Care’s Mini-Medical School, a free, six-week lecture series where adults—and even some teens—learn about important trends in health and medicine from top doctors in their fields. “These lectures have... read more »
Delaware women start a healthy groove at Dance Your Health Out event
Christiana Care hosted women from across New Castle County, Del., for an evening designed to inspire attendees to improve their health through exercise and smart nutrition choices. Combining dance, fun and education, the first ever Dance Your Health Out event, held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington,... read more »
News Journal spotlights Breakfast Mission donation
The News Journal featured on April 21 an article and video about Christiana Care’s donation of medical equipment and supplies to the Sunday Breakfast Mission’s new family shelter in Wilmington. Read the News Journal article.
Cancer patient transformed by care at the Helen F. Graham Center
Regina Marini received much more than expert, compassionate care for breast cancer at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. She gained new, healthy habits and a positive outlook she will carry with her always. “The Helen F. Graham Center gave me my life back—but better,” she... read more »
Moving Moms Forward celebrates a year of healthier families
Moving Moms Forward is a weight-management program that offers pregnant women and new moms in New Castle County, Del., the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle after pregnancy. This free, eight-week series includes classes on exercise, weight management and mental wellness. The program is available to mothers... read more »
Health coaches link patients to resources
Only a few months after undergoing a double mastectomy, Christine Brooks moved to New Castle from upstate New York to open a quilt shop. Skilled with a needle and thread, Brooks deftly stitches together fabric to create works of art. But when she was turned down for... read more »
VNA program teaches caregivers how to care for others—and themselves
Lisa Burchfield had lived with her mother her entire life—and yet she had never felt so alone. Her mom has Parkinson’s disease, as well as dementia. Burchfield is her caregiver, the person who schedules appointments, takes her to the doctor, makes sure she takes her medications and... read more »
Neighbors help neighbors at Wilmington health fair
Located a few blocks from the Wilmington Hospital campus of Christiana Care Health System, Hanover Presbyterian Church and Christiana Care have long been good neighbors. Hanover and Christiana Care recently joined forces to advance their common, goal—caring for our neighbors in the city through a health fair... read more »
Girls’ Night Out for Women’s Health
On Thursday, Oct.13, Christiana Care Health System hosted more than 300 women at the first ever Girls’ Night Out event at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Attendees at this free event took advantage of lectures on breast-cancer diagnosis and... read more »
Helping our neighbors at Wilmington Wellness Day
Since Christiana Care Health System’s inception in 1888, our longstanding commitment to Wilmington, Del., has taken many forms, including the current $210 million transformation project for our Wilmington campus. Our commitment also regularly unfolds at a grassroots level in the city. More than a dozen Christiana Care... read more »
Urban campers get a FRESH take on nutrition
Until this summer, Javiar Emory-Turner had never seen a tomato that wasn’t red. At Camp FRESH, the 16-year-old Wilmington youth is not only tasting tomatoes that are yellow, green and orange, he is helping to grow and sell the produce. Even more important, Javiar is taking the... read more »
Camp provides safe summer fun for kids with asthma
Louis Savino enjoyed the time of his young life this summer, petting horses, bowling and swimming. These may seem like everyday activities for a 9-year-old, but having everyday fun has its challenges for children with asthma. Louis, a Middletown resident, attended Asthma Camp, where volunteers from Christiana... read more »
Volunteers help others find their voice
Janet Sechrist, Jen Thomas and Jenny Shao have made it their mission to give a voice to people who have had their larynx, or voice box, removed due to cancer or other causes. During the day, the three speech pathologists treat patients with a variety of speech... read more »
Sue Sokira wins inaugural Jefferson Award
To underscore our support of community service, Christiana Care has launched the Jefferson Awards program. Each month the program spotlights an outstanding employee or volunteer who provides community services outside of everyday work duties. As the inaugural winner of the Jefferson Award bronze medallion, Sue Sokira embodies... read more »
Clothes cupboard opens to patients in need
Sometimes, patients are rushed to the hospital with their sole possessions—the clothes on their backs. In order to treat emergency and trauma patients quickly, their clothes are typically cut and removed. “They are working frantically to save people, not clothes, so they cut their clothes off,” says... read more »
Taking free health screenings directly to shoppers
At the New Castle Farmers Market, shoppers can find bins of bok choy and mounds of tomatillos-and a friendly Christiana Care outreach worker who will take their blood pressure for free. Since its launch in July 2009, the Community Health Outreach & Education program has offered monthly... read more »
Supporting missions of mercy to Haiti
Christiana Care is helping to support volunteers who are saving lives in Haiti, where countless thousands of people are sick, injured and homeless in the wake of the devastating earthquake there. The health care system has donated in medical supplies and drugs to the Delaware Medical Relief... read more »
Safe and green: Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Day
More than 250 people from throughout tri-state area came to Christiana Care’s Stanton campus for the second Medicine Cabinet Clean-out Day held on January 22. The event supports Christiana Care’s focus on both patient safety and environmental friendliness. Christiana Care partnered with the State of Delaware and... read more »
Providing free help with Medicare
Denaire Paproth felt bewildered. She was approaching her 65th birthday and eligibility for Medicare, but the vast number of options-45 drug plans alone-simply overwhelmed her. “I was kind of lost,” Paproth said. “I had done some research on my own, but I had a lot of questions.”... read more »
Healthy Beginnings enables healthier pregnancies
Diana Reese was confident and excited when she first found out she was pregnant. However, these feelings quickly eroded when her boyfriend became unsure of his commitment to Diana and the pregnancy. Then she discovered that her mother had stolen her identity. Diana says, “I didn’t understand... read more »
HIV program gives hope to AIDS patients
After rapid, unexplained weight loss, dismaying episodes of falling and myriad tests, Laura Cottrell was diagnosed with HIV. “You have AIDS, and you probably only have six months to live,” her doctor told her. Laura was devastated. “Then he handed me a card for Christiana Care’s HIV... read more »
Cancer survivorship program helps patients live life to its fullest
Mary Donohue never expected to live to see the age of 60, let alone look forward to it. The Brandywine Hundred resident, who just turned 60, has battled chronic lymphocytic leukemia, breast cancer and other health issues for more than 27 years. During that time, the wife,... read more »
Camp FRESH plants seeds of good health
“Camp FRESH gave me a chance to give back to the community and be more than people expect from a teenager from the ‘hood,’” says Shareif Simpson. He is one of 36 teenagers who participated in Christiana Care’s three-year-old Camp FRESH summer wellness program for city youth.... read more »
Heart risk assessments
Joseph Kardos, age 55, is a kind and easygoing man. He doesn’t let many things bother him, including his high triglyceride levels. Even though he knows his cholesterol levels are high, he just ignores them. He considers himself to be in pretty good shape, overall. Fortunately for... read more »
No Heart Left Behind program inspires teens to help moms
Ambrosia Mondoa was well on her way to becoming one of the more than half-million American women who die from cardiovascular disease each year. Her daughter, Matanda, encouraged her to participate in the No Heart Left Behind (NHLB) program. Together, they learned about the risk of heart disease... read more »
Moving Moms Forward
Christiana Care is doing its part to help decrease childhood and adult obesity by teaching at-risk women and their children ways to feel “fit & fabulous.” Fit & Fabulous Families is a series of free classes that provides nutrition education and exercise activities for parents and their... read more »
First State School helps young people live with chronic diseases
For most teenagers, middle school can be an awkward and sometimes unpleasant period of time. For Danielle White of Newark, the middle-school years were some of the most difficult years of her life. In 1991, at the age of 13, Danielle was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an... read more »
Financial Literacy Program helps cancer patients to make financial decisions
When Charles Frost, a successful businessman in the financial services industry, asks clients to list the most important things in their lives, most say “family, health and finances.” And, while Charles doesn’t help people with family or health situations, he certainly has the credentials to help them... read more »
Delivering affordable dental care
Lynn Cassidy’s easy smile hasn’t always come so easily. Growing up, she rarely cracked a piece of gum, let alone a smile, because of a relatively rare congenital condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta, which rendered her teeth disfigured, brittle and painful. “The disease runs in my family and... read more »
Claymont Family Health Services
Brandywine Hundred residents Judy Ruditys and her significant other John Carroll, both 58, wouldn’t be able to visit a doctor or receive any regular medical care if not for some dedicated volunteers from Christiana Care. The couple relies on Claymont Family Health Services for regular checkups, routine... read more »
Cancer Special Needs Fund helps patients get care
Eleanor Cassidy says people at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center are like her family, and she loves family. The 76-year-old native of Queens, New York, and former payroll administrator at Manufacturer’s Hanover Bank for 32 years, visited her Delaware relatives on a regular basis. A few... read more »