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Community Education & Special Events

Community Education & Special Events

Valley Presbyterian Hospital Community Education and Special Events

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of VPH Cares, a new community development program consisting of free public health education workshops.

The workshops are designed to educate community residents about five major health issues facing the San Fernando Valley region: diabetes, stroke, childhood obesity, women’s services and healthy aging. Participants will learn how to live healthy lifestyles, minimize chronic health conditions and improve overall health outcomes.

All programs will be held at the hospital in the Health Education Center located at 15107 Vanowen St. Van Nuys, California. Parking is located at our Noble parking structure, at the corner of Vanowen St. and Noble Ave., and our campus parking structure, on Vanowen St. past Sepulveda Blvd. Please see our campus map for reference. We offer free parking for most programs. All programs require advance registration.

Please click on the following links to view each program’s list of classes:

VPH Cares: Women’s Services

Registration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-5222Back to top

We offer a full series of workshops to help mothers and fathers prepare for the happy and safe delivery of a baby. Most seminars can be taken individually, or as a series.

Click here for a printer-friendly version of our maternity brochure.

Childbirth Preparation Series Learn the latest in labor and delivery comfort measures and other important topics. This course is offered as either a four-class series (weeknights) or a two class series (weekends). Classes must be taken in sequence. Registration is required. This class is recommended before the seventh month of pregnancy.

English Spanish
Wednesdays (7:00 – 9:30 pm):
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 8, 15, 22, 29

Saturdays (10 am – 2:00 pm):
January 18, 25
March 22, 29
May 10,17
July 12,19
September 6,13
October 4, 11
November 15,22
December 13
Tuesdays (7:00 – 9:30 pm):
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 5, 12, 19, 26
May 6, 13, 20, 27
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25

Saturday (10 am – 2:00 pm):
December 20


Breastfeeding Preparation Class Learn basic breastfeeding techniques and where to get help if needed. (We recommend that you take this class before your baby is born.)

English Spanish
Mondays (6:00 – 9:00 pm):
January 27
March 24
May 26
July 28
September 29
November 24

Fridays (1:00 – 2:00 pm):
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 18
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12


Breastfeeding Support Group Join our ongoing free breastfeeding support group. A breastfeeding specialist will assist you with breastfeeding and address all your questions and concerns. (This course is only offered to VPH patients after delivery.)

Program schedule: By appointment. To schedule a time with our breastfeeding specialist, please call the Breastfeeding Help Line: (818) 902-5222.

Baby Shower & Hospital Tour  Meet the maternity staff, learn about hospital resources, and take a hospital tour during a fun, informational celebration. Baby Showers and Tours are conducted in English and Spanish.

Fridays (11:00 am – 1:00 pm):
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 18
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12

Hospital Tour (only)  Learn about the before-birth programs and services that are available to you and visit the labor and delivery unit.

English Spanish
Thursdays (7:00 – 9:00 pm):
January 16
February 6
March 6
April 10
May 15
June 12
July 17
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 11
Thursdays (7:00 – 9:00 pm):
January 30
February 20
March 20
April 24
May 29
July 31
August 28
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18

Baby Beginnings Infant Care  A “Parents-To-Be Survival Guide” to help you navigate your hospital experience as well as the first weeks at home with the new baby. You will learn what to expect for the baby initially in the hospital, newborn care, diapering, swaddling techniques, bathing tips, feeding options, infant safety, newborn sleeping patterns, soothing
techniques and more.

Thursdays (6:00 – 9:00 pm):
January 23
March 27
May 29
June 26
August 7
September 25
November 13

Heart Saver CPR  A classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as how to help a choking adult. Great for parents-to-be for learning how to care for their infant in an emergency. There is a $15 fee for materials.

Wednesdays (6:00 – 9:00 pm):
January 22
February 5
March 19
August 6
September 10
November 6
Thursdays (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
April 3
May 15
June 15
July 17

Prenatal - Get off to a good start by taking a prenatal class. In this 2 hour class you will learn about: the changes of pregnancy for you and baby, due dates, staying healthy and comfortable, warning signs, work decisions, relaxation and much more!
Best if taken between 1st & 2nd trimester, your support person is encouraged to attend. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring two pillows.

English Spanish
Classes from 7:00 – 9:00 pm:
Thursday, January 9
Wednesday, March 12
Wednesday, April 16
Thursday, June 5
Thursday, July 10
Wednesday, September 10
Tuesday, December 9

Classes from 7:00 – 9:00 pm:
Thursday, January 23
Wednesday, March 19
Wednesday, April 30
Thursday, June 19
Thursday, July 24
Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, December 16

VPH Cares: Healthy Maturity

Registration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909Back to top

Senior Exercise Program - Participate in this exercise program, which uses movements created by physical therapists that address pain and fatigue while increasing strength. The group exercise helps reduce pain, decrease joint stiffness, increase flexibility and boost your mood. The class is led by an instructor certified by the state of California and may be taken either standing or sitting.

Program schedule: All classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Participants may join the program at any time.
April 21st – June 30th.   (No class on Monday, May 26th - Memorial Day)

Hypertension, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease
Learn about the role of Diabetes and Hypertension in your brain’s health.
August 7 from 10 am to 11:30 am – English

El rol de la Diabetes y la Hipertensión en la salud de su memoria
Aprenda como enfermedades tales como la diabetes y la hipertensión pueden afectar su memoria. Además, conozca formas de cómo reducir su riesgo.
August 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm - Spanish

Conversations About Dementia
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Conversations with family about dementia and their changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations about: going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.
November 11 from 10 am to 11:30 am – English



VPH Cares: Diabetes Facts and Fixes

Registration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909 Back to top

Health and Flavor in the Latino Kitchen - Join VPH for a FREE workshop on how to manage diabetes through nutrition. This informative and highly interactive session will inform participants about ways to prepare foods in a healthier way, to identify correct portion sizes for preparing healthy meals and to make healthier choices when eating outside the home. This workshop is presented in collaboration with American Diabetes Association.

English Spanish
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 09, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 02, 2014 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
Friday, March 07, 2014, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Diabetes Education Class - Join our diabetes workshop to learn what the condition involves including symptoms, side effects and how to self manage blood sugar (glucose) in the healthiest way. Instruction includes tips on healthy eating, the benefits of physical activity, stress management, medications that may be prescribed and what to discuss with your doctor. This program is lead by certified diabetes educator and nurse specialist, Sandra Pieschel. Please call (818) 902-2982 to register.

  English Spanish
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:00 AM -12PM 1:00-3:00PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:00 AM -12PM 1:00-3:00PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:00 AM -12PM 1:00-3:00PM
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 10:00 AM -12PM 1:00-3:00PM

VPH Cares: Stroke Facts and Fixes

Registration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909 Back to top

Stroke Facts and Fixes - Hear from a panel of physicians and health care experts on how to prevent a stroke. Topics will include: what is a stroke, symptoms of a stroke, risk factors associated with strokes and possible treatments available.

Friday, October 17, 2014 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Friday, December 19, 2014 11:00 AM-12:30 PM


VPH Cares: Kids on the Move

Registration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909 Back to top

Program under development. Please check back for updates.