Essex County Cancer Coalition
After eight years serving as separate coalitions, the Essex and Passaic County Cancer Coalitions have united to form the new regional two-county Essex-Passaic Wellness Coalition, effective July 1, 2012, with an enhanced mission and combined meetings.
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In the fall of 2011, the ECCC began a new extension of its long collaboration with the “S.A.V.E. Women and Men” NJCEED program. With support from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Division of Family Health Services, we educated S.A.V.E. and other patients on how to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. Patients who are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke were invited to participate in a series of six “Take Control of Your Health” workshops where they learned, in a friendly and supportive environment, how to reduce those risks and improve their health.
In the spring of 2012, with continued NJDHSS support through June 30, we extended our offering of “Take Control of Your Health” workshops to persons who are at least 50 years old throughout Essex County. We cooordinated with a broad range of community organizations to offer these workshops to participants in these organizations’ programs.
Beginning on July 1, 2012, support from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care has enabled us to continue to offer new “Take Control of Your Health” workshops in Essex County as well as to extend these to nearby counties.
The “Take Control of Your Health” program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. It implements the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and its Spanish-language counterpart, Tomando Control de su Salud, in New Jersey. These programs, both from Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, are widely used and have been well tested to show that they really help people improve their health.
Here are some places where you can learn more about New Jersey’s “Take Control of Your Health” program, the CDSMP, and related topics:
Warning Signs of Heart Attack
Calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment!
Warning Signs of Stroke
If one or more of these symptoms happens, immediately call 9-1-1 and check the time. Knowing when the symptoms started is very important for doctors to be able to most effectively treat a stroke.