Community Health

Program Description

Directions to Building 3 – Lower Gym
Enter Building 3 at the entrance marked “3NW.” Take an immediate left down the stairs to the bottom floor. At the bottom floor, turn left and enter through the second set of doors on the right. The lower gym is located in the middle of the track (second door on the right, next to the Fitness Center).


Everyday Ethics for the Caring Professions
Instructor: D. Elliott, MLAS

Examine the ethical challenges that professionals face in our complex global society – including confidentiality, divided loyalties, racism and sexism – through discussions of the overlapping normative systems of law, religion, morality and etiquette. Designing goals with consideration for human-oriented values will also be practiced. This class will be offered in two independent sessions. Enroll in one or in both as they best work for your professional schedule.

1 Thursday           Sept. 20                       9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81177         Outreach – Rm. 407      Fee $35

1 Thursday           Oct. 11                        5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81178          Outreach – Rm. 407     Fee $35

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.5 CEs provided for social workers, nursing home administrators, physical therapists and assistants, and massage therapists.


Cultural Competency for the Caring Professions
Instructor: L. Garrison, M.S.

In order to provide the best quality care for the increasingly diverse U.S. population, cultural competency training is essential for the professionals who work to provide care for others. Learn about the cultural factors that influence people’s health beliefs and behaviors, gather resources that can be useful in addressing barriers such as language and communication, and increasing trust and patient empowerment. Improve your sensitivity, compassion, understanding, and acceptance of patients with different values, beliefs and behaviors so that you can provide quality care that is unbiased and culturally aware.

1 Saturday            Oct. 27                             9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
CRN 81179          Outreach – Rm. 204           Fee $35

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.5 CEs provided for social workers, nursing home administrators, physical therapists and assistants, and massage therapists.


Spanish for the Health Care Professional
Instructor: M. Cavazos

This class will help health care professionals communicate simply and effectively in Spanish to medical staff, patients and families. Learn Spanish pronunciation, basic vocabulary such as family members, numbers, body parts, times, and directions. Gather personal information and symptoms from a patient with confidence. Course includes learning kit with manual and audio CD.

6 Wednesdays      Oct. 10 – Nov. 14       6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81211          Bldg. 3 – Rm. 311      Tuition Fee $149


Adult Mental Health First Aid USA Training
Program presented by Bridgeway

This course is designed to teach the community and professionals how to respond when a person is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Please note: This course does not teach how to diagnose or counsel, but how to help a person needing early intervention or crisis assistance.

Participants will:

  • Understand the prevalence of mental illness in the United States.
  • Understand the importance of stigma reduction.
  • Learn risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, self-injury, eating disorders, psychosis and addiction.
  • Engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness.
  • Learn a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with the appropriate professional care.

(Manual and lunch included.)

1 Friday                 Aug. 10                          8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CRN 81176           HSC – Rm. 205               Fee: FREE

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 8 CEs provided for social workers, nursing home administrators, physical therapists and assistants, and massage therapists.

The session is FREE. However, registration is required.


Becoming a Foster Parent
Presented by Foster Care Alliance

Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent but weren’t sure where to start? Do you have questions regarding qualifications or if this is the right fit for you? Representatives from the Foster Care Alliance as well as a foster parent will be available to help with these questions and more. The Foster Care Alliance promotes cooperation among foster care agencies in the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities. Their goal is to educate and support foster families and to nurture and protect children in the child welfare system. The alliance consists of five agencies: Bethany for Children & Families, the Center for Youth & Family Solutions, the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Four Oaks Family Connections in Iowa. More than 22,000 children are in foster care in Illinois and Iowa with more children entering the system every day. Come to this free informational session to learn how you can help a foster child.

1 Wednesday        Oct. 17                           6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81189          Outreach – Rm. 407         Fee:  FREE

The session is FREE. However, registration is required. 


Mindfulness Meditation
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

This course is a practical guide to developing the skill of mindfulness and applying it to every aspect of daily life. Practicing mindfulness over time reveals and develops the qualities of wisdom and compassion. The foundational technique for cultivating mindfulness is the practice of meditation. Each week you will learn how to become more mindful and practice various mindfulness meditations.

4 Wednesdays      Sept. 5 – Sept. 26          6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 81180         Outreach – Rm. 407      Fee $35

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 4 CEs provided for social workers and massage therapists.


Mindful Eating
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

What is your relationship with food? Mindful eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation. Learn to change your relationship with food by using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

4 Wednesdays    Oct. 3 – Oct. 24             1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
CRN 81181           Outreach – Rm. 407    Fee $35

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 4 CEs provided for social workers and massage therapists.


Give Yourself the Gift of Calm
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

Everyone’s life is stressful, especially during the holidays, but how you handle the stress can help you stay focused and stay healthy. Give yourself the gift of calm by discovering the countless benefits of meditation and learn some basic meditative techniques you can use TODAY! By learning to breathe properly and using the power of your breathing, you can reverse the negative physiological responses that can bring down your holiday spirit. Meditative breathing also reduces physical tension, promotes mindfulness, and helps you relax.

1 Thursday             Dec. 6                            5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 81182           Outreach – Rm. 406         Fee $19


Meditation 101
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

Scientists are studying it. Doctors are recommending it. Authors are writing about it. Millions of Americans are practicing it every day. In this course you will learn about the various kinds of meditation, the benefits of meditation, and the basic techniques and practice of meditation. Come learn how easy it actually is and discover new ways to manage thoughts, of perceiving people and experiencing the world!

4 Wednesdays       Jan 9 – Jan. 30               6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 11011          Outreach – Rm. 204      Fee $39

(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6.)

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 6 CEs provided for social workers and massage therapists.


The Memory Benefits of Mindful Meditation
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

Join Dr. Mizener as she demonstrates how simple meditation techniques and basic breathing can help to improve your memory. She will share current research findings of various contemplative practices and their benefits to your memory and emotional well-being.

1 Tuesday               Oct. 2                          6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81183           Outreach – Rm. 406       Fee $19

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CEs provided for social workers, nursing home administrators and massage therapists.


Clearing Out in the New Year!
Instructor: Dr. D. Mizener, Ed.D.

How is your living environment? Tired of looking at piles of papers and wasting time looking for items? Is it time to de-clutter your house and mind? Come and learn a new attitude of minimalism and take some action to unload excess and reorganize your home. Tips, ideas and strategies will be provided so you can gain more freedom and live a more purpose-driven life.

4 Thursdays          Jan. 10 – Jan. 31            6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 11012         Outreach – Rm. 204      Fee $35
(Registration for this class begins Nov. 6.)


Introduction to Aromatherapy
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR

The use of aromatherapy dates back to ancient times where it was used for therapeutic, spiritual, medicinal, hygienic and ritualistic purposes in many cultures. This blending workshop will recognize essential oils and their individual properties. You will also customize aromatherapy blends and learn how to use them in your everyday life.

1 Tuesday               Sept. 11                      5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81184           Outreach – Rm. 406     Fee $19

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for massage therapists.


Aromatherapy — Using Essential Oils for Relaxation and Sleep
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR

Do you suffer from stress, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and fatigue? Do you have trouble unplugging, winding down or sleeping? Specific essential oils and blends of those oils known for their soothing and calming properties have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and sleep better. Enjoy an evening learning how to improve your sleep and ultimately your mood!

1 Tuesday               Sept. 25                           5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81185           Outreach – Rm. 406          Fee $19

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for massage therapists.


Aromatherapy — Using Essential Oils to Energize Your Life
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR

Feeling drained? Not ready to face the day? Learn how aromatherapy using specific essential oils alone or blends of essential oils can help to energize and revitalize you! Specific essential oils can help stimulate thinking, decrease headaches and irritability as well as increase focus.

1 Tuesday              Oct. 9                               5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81186           Outreach – Rm. 406           Fee $19

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 CEs provided for massage therapists.


Reflexology I
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR

Reflexology involves pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumbs, finger and hand techniques. Rest your feet and revive your interest in health and wellness with this fun, interactive class. Learn the basic reflexology points that you can use on yourself for better health every day.

1 Tuesday              Oct. 23                             5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81187           Outreach – Rm. 406          Fee $39

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 3.0 CEs provided for massage therapists.


Reflexology II
Instructor: S. Adamson, LC, LMT, CE, MR

A continuation of Reflexology I, this class takes a more in-depth look at the practice of pressure techniques. Delve into the reflexology points that you can use on yourself for better health every day.

1 Tuesday              Nov. 6                              5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CRN 81188           Outreach – Rm. 406          Fee $39

Professional Continuing Education Credits: 3.0 CEs provided for massage therapists.


5K Your Way!
Instructor: K. Doerr

Walkers, joggers and runners welcome! Join us as we help you to develop an individualized plan to walk, jog or run a 5K, whether it is your first 5K or 50th! Our experienced instructor can help you build the stamina to complete a 5K and/or help you structure a plan to improve your time. This course will cover pre- and post-workout stretching as well as how to deal with typical exercise injuries. Class will meet at the outdoor track at Black Hawk College (weather-permitting) as well as the indoor track. The course fee will include your registration fee for the Saturday, Nov. 10 Black Hawk College 5K Hustle – For the Hill of It.

8 Tuesdays             Sept. 18 – Nov. 6                  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
CRN 81190           Bldg. 3 – Outdoor Track       Fee $59
(Indoor track if inclement weather)


Cardio Kickboxing
Instructor: T. Gomez

Join us as we combine martial arts with cardio to help increase stamina, improve coordination, and burn calories. Jab, knee, and kick your way through this fun and easy to follow Train Dirty Fitness Cardio Kick class! This high energy workout will challenge every fitness level. Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement.

6 Thursdays         Oct. 4 – Nov. 8              7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81191         Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym      Fee $39


Zumba – Find Your Way to Fun and Fitness
Instructor: T. Gomez

Combine motivating music and high energy with unique moves and combinations that allow you to dance away your worries. Zumba is fun, easy and can be done at your own level. The music will move from today’s songs to Latin and international. Routines will feature aerobic/fitness with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement.

4 Thursdays           Nov. 29 – Dec. 20         7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81192           Bldg. 3 – Lower Gym     Fee $29


Chair Yoga
Instructor: B. Maertens, RN, PYT, PT

When you think of a yoga class, do you imagine flexible young people bent into all sorts of impossible shapes no human should be able to do? If so, then you’ll be surprised to learn of a yoga that can be practiced from the comfort of your own chair! Perfect for all levels and ages, chair yoga is a great way to relax from head to toe. Learn a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. Whether you are looking to try yoga for yourself or to learn some techniques that will benefit your patient care practice, this is the perfect class for you! Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement.

6 Mondays           Sept. 24 – Nov. 5          3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
CRN 81193         Outreach – Rm. 406     Fee $35
(No class Oct. 8.)

5 Mondays           Nov. 19 – Dec. 17         3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
CRN 81194         Outreach – Rm. 406      Fee $29


Yoga Stretch
Instructor: B. Maertens, RN, PYT, PT

Just starting out in yoga, recovering from an injury, or interested in using yoga to help with aches and pains? Our beginner Yoga Stretch class is for you. With an emphasis on floor postures to stretch and relax the body, this calming, stress-relieving yoga class will help you to stretch and strengthen gradually. Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement. Please bring a yoga mat.

6 Wednesdays      Sept. 26 – Oct. 31         3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
CRN 81195         Outreach – Rm. 406    Fee $45


Yoga
Instructor: L. Miotto

Bring your body and mind together into one harmonious experience. Improve your breathing capacity and increase your flexibility and strength through a focus on traditional yoga poses, breath work, balance and relaxation. All levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or a large towel and dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

6 Tuesdays            Nov. 6 – Dec. 11            6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CRN 81196          Outreach – Rm. 407       Fee $45