Community Education & 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
- VPH Cares: Healthy Maturity
- VPH Cares: Diabetes Facts and Fixes
- VPH Cares: Stroke Facts and Fixes
- VPH Cares: Kids on the Move
VPH Cares: Women’s ServicesRegistration 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.
|Tuesdays 7:00 pm-9:00 pm||Wednesdays 7:00 pm-9:00 pm|
|October (8, 15, 22, 29)||October (9, 16, 23, 30)|
|November (5, 12, 19, 26)|
Breastfeeding Preparation - Learn basic breastfeeding techniques and where to get help, if needed. We recommend taking this class before your baby is born.
Program schedule: Classes held from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Breastfeeding Support Group - Join our ongoing breastfeeding support group. A breastfeeding specialist will assist you with breastfeeding and address all your questions and concerns. This course is only offered after delivery at VPH.
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.
Program schedule: All hospital baby showers are held on Fridays from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
October 11, November 8, December 13
Hospital Tour - Learn about the pre-birth programs and services that are available to you and visit the labor, delivery and maternity unit.
Program schedule: All hospital tours are held on Thursdays from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
October 10, November 7, December 12
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 your new baby. Learn what to expect in the hospital, tips on newborn care, infant safety practices, feeding options, soothing techniques and more.
Program schedule: All classes held from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Heart Saver CPR - Learn how to care for your loved ones in the event of an emergency. This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as how to help a choking adult. There is a $15 fee for materials.
Program schedule: All classes held from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
VPH Cares: Healthy MaturityRegistration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909Back to top
Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s - Learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of early detection and early diagnosis.
Program schedule: All classes held from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.
English workshop - November 6
Spanish workshop - November 7
Healthy Maturity Seminars - This series of three workshops is led by a certified instructor and guides seniors on helpful excercises for the mind ad body. Lessons include techniques on stress reduction, strengthening and flexibility, and memory enhancement.
Program schedule: All classes held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.
November 12, 19, 26
- Introduction to Yoga for Seniors (November 12): This program uses movements created by physical therapists to address pain and fatigue while increasing strength.
- Stress Relief (November 19): Relax physically and mentally—feel renewed energy and enthusiasm for life. This class is an introduction to some of the stress reduction methods.
- Improve your Memory (November 26): Concerned about memory loss? Join this class to learn simple steps to help sharpen your memory.
VPH Cares: Diabetes Facts and FixesRegistration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909 Back to top
Diabetes Facts and Fixes - Attend our exciting new seminar with lessons on eating healthy, healthy recipes, and tips for staying active. This workshop is presented in collaboration with American Diabetes Association.
Monday, December 9 from 6.00 pm until 7.30 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 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 classes—All classes are held on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. November 12, December 10
Spanish classes—All classes are held on Thursdays from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. November 14
Group and individual classes may also be arranged according to schedule needs.
VPH Cares: Stroke Facts and FixesRegistration 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 stroke. Free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose/cholesterol and carotid artery will be offered to all attendees. Clinical experts will be on hand to help you understand your screening.
Tuesday, December 10 from 9:00 am until 10:30 am.
VPH Cares: Kids on the MoveRegistration required for all programs by calling (818) 902-7909 Back to top
Program under development. Please check back for updates.