Village Ambassador Alliance COVID-19 Resource Newsletter from Suburban Hospital
Greetings! It has been over one year since this newsletter was first published. For as long as it takes, Suburban Hospital will remain committed to the health and safety of the entire community. The risks of this virus to older adults is high. We are continuously monitoring and assessing the effects of the pandemic on the community and local resources to help you and your members make informed decisions for your health and safety. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and families and continue to follow these guidelines to reduce your risk of infection and spread.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY VACCINATION RESOURCES
Follow the links to learn more about how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine Montgomery County COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Click here to stay up to date on the most frequently asked questions Click here to sign up for email/text alerts
NEW: Adults age 60 and older and those 16 and older with underlying conditions may now pre-register Pre-registration Information for County-operated clinics Step 1: Find your eligibility Step 2: Pre-register *this does not yet mean you have an appointment Step 3: when contacted, make an appointment but DO NOT FORWARD the link to others; it is unique to you Step 4: you will automatically be contacted to schedule your 2nd dose If you do not have access to a computer, call 240-777-2982 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 pm.
Other vaccination clinics 1. State of MD mass vaccination sites – currently vaccinating Phase 1, 2A, & 2B NEW: register here for the mass vaccination site in Germantown, or call 855-634-6829 2. Retail Pharmacies – currently vaccinating Group 1A, 1B, 1C 3. Local hospitals – currently vaccinating Groups 1A, 1B, 1C 4. VA Hospitals – currently vaccinating veterans
NEW: Upcoming Pre-Registration April 13 – Phase 2C (age 55 and older and essential workers in critical industries, including construction, food services, utilities, transportation, financial services, IT and other infrastructure) April 27 for all MD residents 16 and older.
Vaccinations offered at Suburban Hospital The State continues to provide Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) with vaccine doses on a week to week basis for those who meet State eligibility requirements and who have had a JHM encounter within 2 years. Those who meet criteria are entered into pool established by Montgomery County, and are notified to make an appointment. While the demand for vaccines remains higher than the available supply to date, Suburban is honored to offer the space, personnel, and supplies to execute this important public health initiative. As part of this statewide initiative, JHM will also support the vaccination of Montgomery County Public Schools staff.
Please note that the demand for vaccines in Maryland remains higher than the available supply. Thank you for your patience through this process and for continuing to follow the safety guidelines.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING OPTIONS & RESOURCES Follow the links to learn more about local COVID-19 resources Click here to see the testing schedule for April 1-11 WHO: For anyone, including children, who lives, works, or regularly visits Montgomery County WHAT: PCR nasal self-swab WHERE & WHEN: the link above offers weekly testing updates at various locations; some are walk-in and some may require an appointment HOW: if the site that is convenient for you requires an appointment, a phone number will be listed for that site COST: If you have insurance, it will be collected, but no charges will be passed on to you RESULTS: will take between 3-5 days; instructions on how to access your results can be found in the link above
Montgomery County Disease Control Hotline (240) 777-1755 MC311 Customer Service Center 311 or (240) 777-0311 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free Home-Based Tests Review the instructions to learn if you are eligible; this service is for individual households only
Other sites offering COVID-19 Tests Review for site-specific requirements such as doctor’s order and/or appointment
Suburban Hospital Nasal Swab
Suburban offers a drive through option for the COVID-19 test on Monday-Wednesday & Friday 8:00 11:40 a.m. by appointment only; a doctor’s order is required. If this is the most convenient location for you, have your doctor fax the order to 301-896-2477.
OTHER MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESOURCES
Crisis Center (240) 777-4000 EveryMind Crisis Hotline (301) 424-0656 For Caregivers CLICK HERE Nutrition Assistance CLICK HERE or Call 311 Thrive at Home CLICK HERE IT Support CLICK HERE Where’s My Bench? CLICK HERE Virtual Rec Room CLICK HERE OTHER COVID-19 RESOURCES Follow the links to learn more What to Expect from a Contact Tracer
Infographic from the CDC Know the difference between COVID-19 and the flu CLICK HERE to watch a 4-minute video featuring Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH and senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System CLICK HERE for more information
SUBURBAN HOSPITAL ONLINE PROGRAMMING
Suburban Hospital has transitioned many of its classes online and hopes that you will participate from the comfort of your home. Programs held online will use the Zoom platform, and instructions will be sent to registered participants to access. Registration is required for all programs and events, unless otherwise noted, at events.suburbanhospital.org If you know someone who is not connected to the internet but would like to join one of the virtual events by phone, please call 301-896-3939 to register
On-going Opportunities Friendly Faces at Suburban Hospital Rolling| FREE To help connect patients with their loved ones, we have created a way for friends and families to share pictures with hospital patients through email. Family members and friends can email their favorite photos to JHH Friendly Faces at email@example.com. We will print and deliver the photos to the patient’s bedside. Please be sure to have family member include the patient’s full name, Suburban Hospital and room number in the email.
Concerned Persons Program Every Monday | 5:15-6:15 p.m.| FREE Suburban’s Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center staff will help friends and family members understand substance abuse disorders, the treatment process, and treatment resources. CLICK HERE TO JOIN BY ZOOM | Password: CPP
Quitting Smoking: Am I Ready? Rolling | FREE Are you thinking about quitting smoking, but unsure whether you are ready? Perhaps your family, friends, or physician want you to quit, but you have concerns. Don't think about it alone! Register for a free telephone or Zoom consultation with our tobacco health navigator to discuss your tobacco use in a nonjudgmental, friendly and confidential format. Our navigator will help you decide which steps YOU are ready to take, and provide you with practical next steps and support options. To schedule a session, please call 301-896-2334. Phone calls will be returned on Mondays & Tuesdays.
Nutrition One on One Rolling | $85/hour; $45/half hour A registered and licensed dietitian will conduct a thorough health evaluation and create personalized nutrition and exercise strategy to meet your specific health concerns. To schedule a session, please call 301-896-3615. Phone calls will be returned on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
Upcoming Opportunities Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy Wednesday, April 14 | 1-2 p.m. | FREE Neurologist, Omid Motabar, M.D. will discuss the complexities of peripheral neuropathy and the possible treatment options that can alleviate symptoms. REGISTER HERE
Keeping with the Beat Thursday, April 22 | 1-2 p.m. | FREE Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia that can lead to blood clots, stroke or heart failure. Cardiologist, Dr. Edward Healy will review the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation as well as non-surgical and surgical treatment options. REGISTER HERE
Better Breathers Club: Lung Conditions and Energy Conservation Tuesday, April 13 | 10-11 a.m. | FREE A lung condition can cause the body to receive an insufficient supply of oxygen leaving a person without sufficient energy to carry out daily activities. At the next Better Breathers Club meeting, we will share energy conservation strategies to help minimize fatigue and improve quality of life. REGISTER HERE
Diabetes Thrive 365 Wednesday, April 14 | 6-7 p.m. | FREE This monthly meeting features guest speakers discussing topics important for living well with diabetes. In April, Stephen Varney, DDS, will discuss the importance of oral health for people living with diabetes. REGISTER HERE
Dine, Learn & Move: Smile for Health Wednesday, March 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | FREE April is National Oral Health Month. Did you know that you could help reduce oral health risks by eating smart and exercising? By the end of this session, we promise you will be smiling ear to ear! Brought to you in partnership with Prince George’s Health Department, PG Parks, and University of Maryland Capital Region Health. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org All ages welcome.
OASIS LIFELONG LEARNING ONLINE PROGRAMMING Oasis Montgomery Lifelong Learning, a partner of Suburban Hospital, is pleased to offer many of its classes online. Browse the full catalogue and register at https://washington-metro.oasisnet.org/
Reduce Inflammation Naturally Monday, April 12 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | FREE Inflammation can be a friend or foe but when it sticks around too long, it can cause long term health problems. Learn how your diet can influence the inflammation in your body and the foods and spices you should be adding to your grocery cart for optimal health. REGISTER HERE
Heart Disease in Women Wednesday, March 21 | 1-2 p.m. | FREE Because heart disease symptoms in women can differ from those in men, diagnoses tend to be more challenging in women. The aim of this lecture is to discuss symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of common heart diseases in women. REGISTER HERE
Aging in Place: Villages Update Friday, April 23 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | FREE Villages are local grassroots organizations that aim to build strong social networks of support for people aging at home. Villages in the DMV area are flourishing, and now is a good time to hear about what is happening and how you can join! There will be time for audience conversation. REGISTER HERE
ONLINE PROGRAMMING & RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS On-going Opportunities
Power to STOP Diabetes | FREE A free, yearlong lifestyle change program that promotes better eating habits and increased physical activity! To learn more, contact the Johns Hopkins Brancati Center at email@example.com or 410-614-2701, or Tonya Rosebrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-209-0784.
Senior Outreach Team Montgomery County Recreation’s (MCR) senior program team invites county residents interested in advancing programming for adults 55 and older to be part of a new volunteer outreach team to assist Montgomery County with the delivery of exceptional senior services. The team of community outreach workers will work as ambassadors to understand and vocalize the needs and preferences of older adults and will actively engage in shaping of MCR programming for seniors. Anyone interested in this opportunity should email Emily McDonell at email@example.com.
Grief & Loss Support Group from Adventist Hospital Wednesdays | 4-5 p.m. | FREE Need Help Coping After the Loss of a Loved One? This support group will help you process your loss with others on the same journey and give you a supportive environment to express feelings of grief. Ages 24+ REGISTER HERE or call 301-838-4912
Daily Virtual Mindfulness Program from Johns Hopkins Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 12 p.m. | FREE Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9 a.m. | FREE https://jhjhm.zoom.us/j/747490420| Meeting ID 747 490 420 Join Dr. Neda Gould, faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department and Director of the Mindfulness Program for daily weekday meditations. No registration required; to join, copy and paste the link above into your browser.
National Drug Takeback Day Saturday, April 24 | FREE The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Click here to learn more about ways to safely dispose of drugs and medicine in Montgomery County year round.
Giant Nutrition: Eating for Prediabetes and Diabetes Monday, April 5 | 10 a.m. | FREE Monday, April 5 | 1 p.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 6 | 1 p.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 13 | 6 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 15 | 10 a.m. | FREE Monday, April 19| 10 a.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 20 | 1 p.m. | FREE Monday, April 26| 10 a.m. | FREE REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE
Giant Nutrition: Meal Planning on a Budget Tuesday, April 6 | 6 p.m. | FREE Wednesday, April 21 | 3 p.m. | FREE REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE
Giant Nutrition: Six Steps to a Healthier You Tuesday, April 6 | 1 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 8 | 10 a.m. | FREE Thursday, April 15 | 6 p.m. | FREE Friday, April 16 | 1 p.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 20 | 6 p.m. | FREE Wednesday, April 21 | 1 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 22 | 10 a.m. | FREE Wednesday, April 28 | 10 a.m. | FREE Wednesday, April 28 | 1 p.m. | FREE REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE
Giant Nutrition: Eating for Heart Health Wednesday, April 7 | 10 a.m. | FREE Thursday, April 8 | 1 p.m. | FREE Wednesday, April 14 | 10 a.m. | FREE Thursday, April 15 | 1 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 22 | 1 p.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 27 | 10 a.m. | FREE Tuesday, April 27 | 6 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 29 | 1 p.m. | FREE REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE
Giant Nutrition: Mindful Eating Wednesday, April 7 | 6 p.m. | FREE Thursday, April 29 | 6 p.m. | FREE REGISTER HERE REGISTER HERE
Grief & Support Groups
Caring Matters Grief Support & Support Groups
Montgomery Hospice Grief Support Caring Bridge A free, non-profit online space that brings family and friends together during any type of health event. CLICK HERE to learn how it works THANK YOU, STAY WELL & KEEP IT UP! Suburban Hospital Community Health & Wellness