‘Health Briefs’ for May 19, 20013


HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two Inc. (HAART) along with other local AIDS service organizations will hold the 30th annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at North Boulevard Town Square, downtown.

The memorial seeks to honor those affected by the AIDS pandemic, educate the public about HIV/AIDS, influence policy makers and generate community dialogue about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.

The theme is “In Solidarity.” It will feature Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, The New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus, a candlelight vigil and a jazz funeral-style walk with music from The Michael Foster Project. It will also have refreshments, acupuncture and free HIV testing. The public is invited.

For more information, call (225) 927-1269, ext. 111, or email llauve@haartinc.org.

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events:

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer the following service and event:

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will hold an informational meeting on Safe Families for Children, a program that offers a temporary sanctuary to children whose families are in crisis but do not need foster care, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church’s Education Building Banquet Hall, 4200 Main St., Zachary.

The program seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect by providing overwhelmed and resource-limited parents with a safe, temporary place for their child without the threat of losing custody. Those interested in volunteering for the program are invited to the meeting.

Call (225) 336-8708, email safefamilies@ccdiobr.org or visit http://www.ccdiobr.org/program/sfcbr.html.

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events:

Call (225) 927-2273.

Grief Recovery

Grief Recovery Center, 4939 Jamestown Ave., Suite 101, will offer the following services:

All support groups are free and confidential. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-6621.

Grief Support

Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services, 550 Lobdell Ave. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Suite A, will hold the following event and opportunity:


Court Appointed Special Advocates, 848 Louisiana Ave., will hold a 45-minute informational session on becoming a CASA volunteer at noon Tuesday at the office.

Call (225) 379-8598 or visit http://www.casabr.org.

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, neighbor, co-worker or friend to suicide, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. Call (225) 924-1431.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

For more information, visit http://www.brgeneral.org.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity:

First UMC

First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., will offer a service of prayer for those struggling with infertility or miscarriage at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Aldrich Chapel. Discussion and refreshments will follow the service. Call (225) 383-4777.

Health Expo

Southeast Community Health Systems will hold a Community Health Expo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Helena Community Health Center, 490 Stiman St., Greensburg. The expo will have health screenings, games, face painting and door prizes.

All five Bayou Health Plan participants will be there along with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition. For more information, call (225) 222-6059.


Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a Lunch-N-Learn session from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pointe Coupee Parish Library, 201 Claiborne St., New Roads. Topic is “Alzheimer’s Overview.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Call (225) 334-7494 or visit http://www.alzbr.org.


Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. For more information, call (225) 752-3162.

Grandparents support

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Family Road, 323 E. Airport Drive. For more information, call (225) 201-8888 or (225) 355-5442.


SouthernCare Hospice will hold a monthly grief support group at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the hospice, 17316 Airline Highway, Suite P, Prairieville. Topic is “Grief in Every Day Life.” Call (225) 315-9902 for directions.


SurviveDAT will hold a “Bold Beautiful You” event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at U-WINK Eyelash Studio in the Mall of Louisiana. The event will provide young breast cancer survivors with beauty tips, post mastectomy care information, body image advice and more.

A reception will kick things off, and will be followed by a presentation from Fit Lab Fitness owner and licensed personal trainer Britney Temple at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 20.

SurviveDAT, a program that provides access to local and national support groups, health information and more for survivors between the ages of 18 and 44, was recently launched by Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health.

For more information or to RSVP, call (225) 215-1343 or visit http://www.survivedat.org.

Peoples Health

Peoples Health will hold the following free events:

For more information or to register, call 1-866-220-0418 or visit http://myhealth.peopleshealth.com.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, will offer the following event and opportunity:

Diabetic Foot

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday.

Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.

OLOL College

Our Lady of the Lake College is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Recent Alumni Award to honor alumni who are contributing to their profession and serving the community.

The college is also seeking nominations for the Franciscan Impact Award, which recognizes a community member who exemplifies the Franciscan concept of joyful service to others. Nomination deadline is Friday, June 14. Nomination forms are at http://www.ololcollege.edu>Alumni.

Nominations can be submitted online to the Office of Institutional Advancement, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to elaine.crowe@ololcollege.edu.

Award winners will be recognized at the “90th Anniversary Celebration” on Nov. 16. For more information, call (225) 490-1637.


Alanon Family Groups, a 12-step program for those affected by someone’s drinking problem, meets daily in the Baton Rouge area. For more information, call (225) 924-0029.

Amedisys Hospice

Amedisys Hospice is seeking caring individuals who can be direct or indirect patient volunteers, comfort cooks and bereavement volunteers. Call (225) 751-4599.

South La. Hospice

South Louisiana Hospice is looking for volunteers who can help in several areas, including reading, writing, hobbies, crafts, music, housekeeping, flowers and hairdressing. Call (225) 924-6830.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings.

Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.