2009-12-30 / Features

Queens Perinatal Forum Convenes

(L. to r.): QHC Project Director Rose Marie Dorvily, Comprehensive Prenatal Perinatal Services Network (CPPSN); Lorena Flores, Senior Health Educator, CPPSN; CONNECT’s Anindita ChatterjeeBhaumik; QHC Executive Director Phyllis Shafran and Peer Educator Karin Lamhaouar. (L. to r.): QHC Project Director Rose Marie Dorvily, Comprehensive Prenatal Perinatal Services Network (CPPSN); Lorena Flores, Senior Health Educator, CPPSN; CONNECT’s Anindita ChatterjeeBhaumik; QHC Executive Director Phyllis Shafran and Peer Educator Karin Lamhaouar. A group of 75 healthcare professionals recently gathered to discuss adolescent health issues at a conference entitled: “Your Today Determines Your Tomorrow” hosted by the Queens Perinatal Forum. The forum is a collaborative effort of Queens health providers and community-based organizations specializing in care related to youth and adults of child-bearing age chaired by the Queens Health Coalition (QHC) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Queens Regional Perinatal Center.

QHC Executive Director Phyllis Shafran noted: “We are here to discuss ways we can advise and assist teens so that they can look forward to a brighter tomorrow. Faced with so much peer pressure as well as economic and educational hurdles to navigate, surely wise health and social choices are vital to setting young people on the right path for the rest of their lives. What they need to know and how we can best communicate this information to them is the underlining theme of our program in general, and today’s conference, [specifically].” For more information, call Rose at QHC, 718-762-0346, ext. 14.

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