The Volunteer Voice
February 1st, 2019
Thank You For Supporting VIM's
2019 Annual Meeting & Appreciation Luncheon
The staff would like to express our sincerest appreciation to all who attended the clinic's Annual Meeting & Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, January 29th. The snow didn't stop our celebration and we were able to honor our dedicated volunteers and supporters for their continued commitment to keeping our low-income neighbors healthy, well and working.

We would also like to thank our sponsors ! Their ongoing support is truly commendable. Please visit our website for the full sponsor list.
Cocktails for a Cause is
Just a Few Days Away!
Join us this coming Tuesday, February 5th at Bistro on the Ave for our winter fundraiser, Cocktails for a Cause ! The event will be from 5:00 pm 8:00 pm and the auction will close promptly at 8:00 pm.

Our featured auction item has just been added to the auction website - an 8 day/7 night stay for up to six people at a Sundance Vacations property in Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head, South Carolina! Bid on something for your special someone this Valentine's Day while supporting a healthy community .
Can't attend the event? There is still time to be a sponsor by providing a gift certificate, monetary donation or gift item for our silent auction. Please contact Amanda Ankner at or 570-970-2864 to donate.
Volunteers Needed
New Information on Vitamin D Screenings
As the new Medical Director at the clinic, Dr. Frances Feudale has been streamlining various processes and reviewing the testing services available to patients at VIM.

During her research, Dr. Feudale came across an interesting article published by Harvard Medical School regarding Vitamin D screenings. Here are a few key takeaways from the article: 
1) The exact definition of a low vitamin D level is not well-established throughout the medical community.
2) There are NO studies that directly evaluated the benefits or harms of screening for low vitamin D levels in adults.
3) There IS evidence that shows treating healthy, average-risk people with "low vitamin D levels" does NOT reduce cancer, type 2 diabetes, early death, or bone fractures.

So should patients be screened for vitamin D levels? The answer is rarely but with exceptions. People who might need testing include those who:
1) have severe osteoporosis , early onset osteoporosis or other bone-health problems.
2) have conditions that affect fat absorption, including celiac disease or weight-loss surgery.
3) routinely take medications that interfere with vitamin D activity, including anticonvulsants and glucocorticoids.

The clinic will provide Vitamin D screenings for patients as needed and will refer patients to Dr. Dana Manning, VIM's clinical dietitian, for dietary supplementation.
Keystone Mission Presents at
Monthly In-Service
On Tuesday, January 29th, Austin & Dan Shission , staff members at the Keystone Mission presented at the clinic's monthly in-service. They spoke to the staff and volunteers about the services the Mission provides to individuals in need which include community meals, clothing distributions and food distributions.
Welcome to Our New Students

Harrison Ferro is a pharmacy student from Wilkes University that began his clinical introductory pharmacy practice experience at the clinic last week. He is in his fourth year of pharmacy school and hopes to practice in ambulatory care upon graduation.
VIM welcomes Brittany Kittle , a medical coding & billing intern from Luzerne County Community College . She chose to complete her internship at VIM because she likes giving back to her local community. Brittany is excited to complete her associate's degree and enter the workforce.
Healthy Smiles Program
Visits Local Preschools
The dental clinic staff have been very busy presenting the "Healthy Smiles for a Healthy Start" program to local preschools and elementary schools this year!

On Friday, January 11th,  Darcie Schaffer , Dental Clinic Manager, and Ashley Rood , King's College Physician Assistant Student, visited  Scribbles and Giggles in Nanticoke and I'm Big Now in Shavertown.

On Friday, January 18th, Brittany Kittle , an intern from Luzerne County Community College, joined Darcie at St. Nicholas - St. Mary's School in Wilkes-Barre. The children enjoyed practicing brushing on Katie the Kangaroo!
Scribbles and Giggles
I'm Big Now
St. Nicholas - St. Mary's School
Save the Date
Upcoming Educational Community In-Services
Learning about other Luzerne County  community agencies in order to refer patients  is one of the many ways that VIM provides case management services. All in-services are from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and are held at the clinic. If you would like to join us for the next presentation, please RSVP to Chelsea at  or 570-970-2864.
T uesday, February 26th
The Importance of Pharmacology
Presented by the Wilkes University Pharmacy Students
Patient Centered Medical Home Update
During this week's PCMH call with the Americares team, the clinic's staff reviewed the results of the first two sections of the in-depth Self Assessment - Team-Based Care and Knowing & Managing Your Patients . There are four additional sections of the assessment that will be completed over the course of the next month .
Let's Get Social!
Volunteers  in  Medicine 
 190 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes-Barre PA 18702
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