Madison Finley and fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 3580 of Palmerton, Pa., felt the need to give something back to the community on Thanksgiving. Finley’s mother, Tammy, a Lehigh Valley Health Network physical therapist, knows not every family is fortunate enough to be able to spend the holidays where they want to. She suggested they make meals for guests of the health network’s Hackerman-Patz House, and that’s just what they did.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Mental illness also is the leading cause of disability in both the U.S. and Canada.
One way Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) provides much-needed resources to help people in the Lehigh Valley is with the Transitional Living Center (TLC) in Allentown. Since 1979, LVHN and Lehigh County’s Department of Mental Health have provided this voluntary behavioral health service. The TLC helps people with a mental illness transition back to society.
“It offers hope,” says TLC program director Ralph Erickson. “Many people that come through our program have, at one time or another, given up hope. We offer them a chance to get back on their feet. We provide a sense of normalcy in a controlled setting.” Read More
Radio Disney Philadelphia, the No. 1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, recently hosted the first of five Magic of Healthy Living assemblies at Spring Garden Elementary School in Bethlehem, Pa. The Magic of Healthy Living assemblies, powered by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), are part of Disney’s company-wide initiative to inspire kids and families to lead healthy lifestyles by making nutritious eating and physical activity more appealing and fun. The Radio Disney Philadelphia Road Crew with DJ Kenny and LVHN physicians provided interactive games, fun prizes, giveaways and lots of exercise.
The school assembly with Spring Garden Elementary School also marks the beginning of an all new initiative with Lehigh Valley Art Spark called Community Canvas. Radio Disney, LVHN and Lehigh Valley Art Spark will perform four additional assemblies in various elementary schools around the Lehigh Valley. At these events, child artists will be chosen to compete in artist challenges at one of four Community Canvas events held throughout the rest of the 2014 school year.
Spring Garden Elementary School was chosen for the Radio Disney Philadelphia assembly thanks to third-grade student Camille Kemp. Kemp registered for a chance to have the Radio Disney Philadelphia Road Crew come to her school at a previous joint LVHN and Radio Disney event at Mayfair in Allentown, Pa.
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest pediatrics unit brought the trick-or-treating to them. Hospital staff and patients donned their own costumes and delivered treats including small games, books and of course, sweets.
“It’s something that we do for our patients, because it gives them a little taste of home in a hospital setting,” says child life specialist Vanessa Gramm. “Being sick and stuck in a hospital is the last thing that these children want. So any little thing we can do to boost their mood and make them forget about their problems for a while, truly has an impact on their lives.”
If you are a woman between ages 13-19 and you are pregnant or are already parenting a child, you may qualify to be part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Pregnant and Parenting Teen Study. Please note, if you are under the age of 18, you must seek permission from a parent or guardian in order to participate.
The study is designed to help caregivers better understand the decisions young women make concerning pregnancy and parenting. With information gained from study participants, LVHN will be able to better design pregnancy support and prevention programs in Allentown. Read More