News Release

October 27, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Women Programs: November 2004

Farmington, Conn. – Sensitive advice for parents about how to talk to children about war and terrorism, as well as a special program about teens and depression, are available this month during programs offered by Celebrate Women, a women’s health membership program of the University of Connecticut Health Center.

How Money Works: Sonia Higgins-Barkman, a division leader with Primerica Financial Services, will lead a workshop covering nine basic financial concepts that are essential to all families, but are often misunderstood. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Link Room (use main hospital entrance).

How to Talk to Your Children about War and Terrorism: In a time of war and constant talk about terrorist threats, Kathryn Dean, M.S.W., of the Health Center’s department of psychiatry, will focus on meaningful ways parents can talk with children and to help ensure their ongoing basic sense of safety and security in today’s changing world. Ms. Dean’s presentation will be held on Monday, November 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance).

What If … It’s Depression?: Kathie Halbach Moffitt, Ph.D., of the Health Center’s department of psychiatry, will lead a discussion to help parents recognize the warning signs of depression in children and adolescents. She will also provide information about when, where and how to find help for a child who is depressed and will show an acclaimed video, “NOT Just a Phase: Understanding Kids and Depression.” Dr. Moffitt’s presentation will be held at the Newington Library, 95 Cedar Street, on Monday, November 8, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Preeclampsia Foundation Meeting: The Preeclampsia Foundation will hold its second Connecticut meeting for people whose lives have been touched by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, including preeclampsia, toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension. The group will meet on Friday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Center for Women’s Health, conveniently located off the main Health Center lobby.

The Y-ME Support Group meets on the first and third Mondays of every month in the UConn Cancer Center conference room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Women who have had breast cancer or are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer are welcome to join. For more information, call the Y-ME of Connecticut Breast Cancer Support Organization at 1-800-933-4YME.

For all programs, registration is recommended. Call Celebrate Women at 1-866-4-FEMALE or 860-679-8899. Celebrate Women is a free membership program designed to help women of all ages enhance their health. Women who join receive free, timely health information as well as invitations to seminars and programs designed for women.

For more information, visit the Celebrate Women web site: The website now contains an updated and expanded online health resource guide at The resources were evaluated and recommended by the professional consumer health librarians at the Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.

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