Stamford Hospital nurses provide a myriad of outreach services throughout Fairfield County to address the healthcare needs of the community. Building healthier communities comes from creating stronger and more positive relationships with our national, community and corporate health action partners. In doing so, our nurses strategically advocate for and participate in a wide variety of healthcare awareness programs, including community health and wellness events, high school career days, presentations / seminars, and support counseling for patients & families. Our nursing staff is an active part of our community outreach efforts. Listed below are a few examples of community events that our nurses have coordinated, developed and/or participated in.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red Luncheon
As the cause sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Go Red movement, Stamford Hospital has a significant presence at the annual luncheon. Nurses provide free blood pressure screenings, cardiac / stroke risk assessments and counseling to attendees; physicians provide lectures and participate in panel discussions.
Annual Safety & Injury Prevention Fair
The purpose of this event is to provide trauma health services for our community including safety data, literature and education in hopes of raising awareness about the causes, effects and prevention of traumatic injuries. Stamford Hospital trauma nurses developed and coordinated this 4-hour event providing key information on safety to our community. Donations including Infant and toddler car seats and bicycle helmets are given to community participants.
The RN & APRN Certified Diabetes Educators continue to present diabetes awareness programs and seminars. These seminars are based on identified needs from our community, organization and corporate partners. Most recently programming has been provided to First County Bank employees, members of the New Canaan YMCA and at the Stamford Senior Center.
Smoking Prevention Program
In association with the City of Stamford’s school based health center and the American Cancer Society , our oncology thoracic Nurse Navigator is integral to the development and provision of a Smoking Prevention program to middle school children. Most currently we are working with Cloonan, Rippowam and Dolan middle schools. The multidisciplinary program consists of discussions and informational tables where students are encouraged to ask their questions related to the dangers of smoking, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes as well as the marketing propaganda of tobacco products targeting children and teenagers.