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Community Outreach Education 

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, May 17
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

C.A.R.E. Building
Education Classrooms 1113-1114
1755 N. Mecklenburg Ave.
South Hill, Virginia 23970

Every second counts when it comes to recognizing the signs and symptoms of the fifth leading cause of death in Virginia. According to Virginia Department of Health, on average around 16,600 Virginians suffer from strokes every year.  VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital treated 136 cases of stroke in 2022.

Tonya Wright, R.N., stroke coordinator at VCU Health CMHTonya Wright, R.N., the stroke coordinator at CMH, will be leading the talk. CMH is a Primary Stroke Center, which means the quality of care they provide meets the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. Wright works closely with the VCU Health Comprehensive Stroke Center at VCU Medical Center, which is a leader in stroke care, education and research and the first certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Virginia. With 28 years of nursing experience, including stints in intensive care, surgical units and emergency departments, Wright started her career at CMH and returned to the area 10 years ago for a flexible schedule that worked with her growing family’s needs.

The CORE talk will be held in the C.A.R.E. Building in education classrooms 1113-1114, with snacks and water provided. If you can walk further distances including stairs, please park in the upper employee parking lot to save room for patients getting to appointments. The C.A.R.E. Building parking lot is also available. The C.A.R.E. Building is located next to the hospital at 1755 N. Mecklenburg Ave. in South Hill, Virginia. Please let the front desk know you are there for a talk in the education classrooms. 

Featured Past Events

Women's Health

The newest women’s health provider at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital, Miguel Vega, M.D., plans to cover breast cancer and urinary incontinence, as well as discuss routine tests like mammograms, colonoscopies and bone densitometry studies. Vega encourages open dialogue and welcomes any questions.

Provided Tuesday, April 25 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m (in person)

Mental Health

The demand for mental health resources, especially in rural areas, has been a long-standing issue. The emotional, physical and financial hardships brought on during the pandemic only added to the stressors individuals and families are facing. 

To raise awareness about counseling services during Social Work Month, the newest addition to our healthcare team at CMH Behavioral Health, Nellie Parrish, LCSW, will explain the role of the licensed clinical social workers in outpatient care settings and how they work with our psychiatrist, Scott Parker, M.D. During her presentation, the community will have the opportunity to learn about the services offered, how to access the therapist and community partnerships. They will also learn about mental health issues that are being treated at our practice such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Provided Wednesday, March 8 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

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Heart Healthy Living

Meet the new nurse practitioner in cardiology! Lindley Abernathy, FNP-C, gave tips on dieting, exercise, smoking cessation, obesity and stress. A native of Victoria, Abernathy began her nursing career at CMH’s emergency department in 2004. From there she worked at various health systems across Central and Southside Virginia, and earned a Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in family nurse practitioner from South University. Currently she resides in Stony Creek and sees new and follow-up cardiology patients.

Provided Monday, February 27 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)

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Tonya Wright, R.N.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in Virginia. Every year about 16,600 Virginians have a stroke. VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital saw 181 cases of stroke last year. Learn the symptoms so you can know the signs and act in time.

Provided Thursday, November 10 from noon to 12:15 p.m. (via Zoom)

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Breast Cancer

Masey Ross, M.D., M.S.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are teaming up with VCU Massey Cancer Center to look at breast cancer risk factors, early detection, symptoms and treatment. Bring your questions and learn from an expert in the field.

Provided: Wednesday, October 19 from noon to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)


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Dizziness and Vertigo: Tips and Tricks from a Physical Therapist

Amanda Green, D.P.T.

Dizziness affects 40% of people over age 40. It can be temporary or chronic and quite debilitating. Learn the causes, symptoms and treatment in a virtual discussion hosted by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

Provided: Wednesday, June 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)


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Depression and Anxiety

Debra Berryman and Nina Plotnikov

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we are teaming up with Southside Behavioral Health and Virginia Commonwealth University to address the common topics of depression and anxiety.

Provided: Wednesday, May 11 from noon to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)


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Teen Health

Dr. Sandra Balmoria

We will discuss physical health topics related to teens such as sleep, nutrition and sexual health, including gender issues and menstruation. She will also present important information on vaccines, such as the COVID and HPV vaccines.

Provided: Wednesday, April 13 from noon to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)


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Spring Allergies and Sinus Infections

Dr. Todd Nichols

Most people look forward to spring: longer daylight, warmer temperatures and new life. But with those wonderful things come seasonal allergies. About 15% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. How can you tell the difference between allergies and sinus infections and when should you seek medical treatment?

Learn symptoms of allergies and sinus infections. Find out what prevention and treatments are available. Meet Dr. Todd Nichols, the new ENT at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) and get your questions answered.

Provided: Wednesday, March 16 from noon to 12:30 p.m. (via Zoom)


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Congestive Heart Failure

Theresa Griles, MSN, BSN, RN, CNIII

Congestive heart failure affects 200,000 Americans each year. It’s a chronic condition in which your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. In honor of American Heart Month, take time out of your schedule to learn the symptoms, treatment options and prevention from a local nurse educator.

Provided: Tuesday, February 22 from 12:00-12:30pm (via Zoom)


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How to Avoid Gum Disease, Dentures and Root Canals

Abdallah Al-Oweidi, D.D.S.

Meet the new dentist at CMH Family Dental Services and learn prevention techniques and the latest best practices from the American Dental Association.

Provided: Wednesday, December 1 from 12:00-12:30pm (via Zoom)


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Rheumatology: Arthritis and Autoimmunity

Joshua Gavin, DO

Over 46 million people in the United States are living with some sort of rheumatic disease that has been found to be the most common cause of reduced mobility. Learn more about common conditions and the personalized treatments available from an expert in the field.

Provided: Tuesday, October 5 from 12:00-12:30 (via Zoom)


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Parenting Tips For Resilient Children

Onaiza Anees, MD

Why do some kids going through trauma come out fine and others struggle so hard? After the year we’ve had, it’s important to check in with your children to make sure they are doing ok. Dr. Anees is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in children’s mental health. Learn some tips on how to empower your kids to be resilient even under tough circumstances.

Provided: Thursday, July 22 from 12:00-12:30 (via Zoom)


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World Continence Week, Urogynecology: Female Incontinence

John Pearson, MD

Urinary incontinence is the inability to control one’s bladder. It affects twice as many women as men, primarily caused by pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Incontinence is not just part of aging, and it is treatable. 

Provided: Wednesday, June 23 from 12:00-12:30 (via Zoom)


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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Lynnette Reville, MA, CCC-A, covering audiology/hearing aids and Sally Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP, speaking on speech language pathology.

Provided: Thursday, May 20 from 12:00-12:30 (via Zoom)


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Hip & Knee Arthritis

Causes, Symptoms & Management

Provided: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12 noon (via Zoom)



Heart Disease and Women

Learn more about a healthy diet at our community education event - it's free and open to the public.

Recorded: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12 noon (via Zoom)

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