Community Education

The Flora L. Thornton Community Health Education Program

Inspired by Flora L. Thornton's dedication to education as an essential component to wellness and disease prevention and a generous grant from the Flora L. Thornton Foundation, Providence Saint John's Health Center offers education programs to the community to promote health and longevity. The hallmark of the Flora L. Thornton Community Health Education Program is a series of community education forums.

Community Education Forums

A panel of prominent physicians and healthcare professionals from Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center present health lectures at community education forums scheduled throughout the year. Topics include: heart health, nutrition, cancer prevention and awareness, arthritis, joint and bone health, stroke prevention education and women's health. The community education forums are free and open to any interested person. They include a discussion/question and answer session.  Call 310- 829-8453 to be added to the mailing list and to obtain information about upcoming forums

Community Cancer Forums

Each year Providence Saint John’s Health Center Cancer Committee sponsors educational forums focused on a major theme in cancer prevention, treatment, survivorship and research. These forums feature the renowned physicians, faculty and researchers of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. A question and answer panel discussion is included. 

Women’s Health--Pink Ribbon Lectures--Forums

Women’s health is celebrated in annual community education forums dedicated to wellness through nutrition, bone health, the understanding of hormones and their risk, in addition to breast and skin cancer prevention and survivorship. The renowned physicians and clinicians of The Margie Petersen Breast Center and of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center participate.   

Heart and Vascular Lectures—Forums

Heart disease and stroke are addressed by the physicians and clinicians of Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Heart Center, Stroke Team and Emergency Services. The latest knowledge on stroke and heart attack prevention as well as early intervention technology is shared.

Smoking Cessation

The American Lung Association (ALA) offers an online, self-help Freedom from Smoking® program. Contact ALA at 213-384-5864 or visit the Lung Association’s website at www.lung.org  and click on stop smoking.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) also provides educational materials for smoking cessation. Contact ACS at 1-800-227-2345. For additional information on smoking cessation, cessation support groups and resources in the local community, visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Weight Management

A Healthy Way to a Healthy Weight—Weight Loss Program
Providence Saint John’s Health Center offers a 12-week group weight loss program. For more information call Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department at 310-829-8889.

Individualized Nutrition Counseling for Weight Management
One-on-one counseling is designed to help those who would like to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Call Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department at 310-829-8889.

Diabetes Education

Diabetes Support Group
Providence Saint John’s offers a diabetes support group that is specifically designed for Type 1, insulin dependent diabetics and diabetics using an insulin pump. It is open to patients, their family members and caregivers. There is no fee. Call Nutrition and Diabetes Education, Dalia Dvoretsky, RD, CDE, coordinator at 310-829-8889 for further information and a schedule of meetings.

Individualized Diabetes Counseling
Certified Diabetes Educators (RD, CDE) are available to provide individualized counseling for diabetes, to patients and their families with a physician referral. Call Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department at 310-829-8889 for more information.

Pre-Diabetes Class
This 2-hour class is designed to help individuals who are at risk for diabetes prevent the onset of disease. Call Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department at 310-829-8889 for more information.

Nutrition Counseling

Registered dietitians are available to provide individualized counseling for nutritional needs for most medical conditions. A physician referral is required.  For more information, please contact the Nutrition and Diabetes Education Department at 310-829-8889.

Nutrition Counseling for the Cancer Patient
A cancer center nutritionist can provide personalized medical nutrition therapy for cancer patients during treatment and remission.  For information and an appointment call 310-829-8889.

Cancer Concerns – Workshop for Women with Cancer

Look Good Feel Better
Offered in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, this free workshop is open to any woman undergoing cancer treatment. Instruction is given on coping with appearance-related side effects.  A licensed beauty professional gives make-up and skin-care tips and also provides suggestions for wearing wigs and headwear.  Each participant will receive a complimentary make-up kit. Registration is required. For a program schedule of sessions at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and to register, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

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