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Health Briefs published April 14, 2012

Youth and Family Fair coming up on April 21

The 12th Annual Youth and Family Fair is an opportunity for fun, but also learning about how to be healthy.

Last year, thousands attended the annual event held during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “It Takes a Community to Raise a Child.”

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can pursue information from local organizations and agencies on healthy tips and engaging activities. Free activities include face painting, art projects, crafts, games, the Wonder Bus and roller skating. There will be free healthy snacks, educational materials and a chance to register children for preschool.

There will be entertainment from Balle De La Paloma, Little School of the Redwoods Music and Movement, Tsunami All Stars, and the Tolowa Dancers and Drummers and Four Square Christian School Bell Choir.

Children can participate in the Cub Scout-O-Rama Pinewood Derby tournament in the floral building. The first race begins at 10 a.m. and then will be opened to the public at noon.

Sponsors include the Family Resource Center, First 5, the county Department of Health and Human Services, Tobacco Use and Prevention Program.


Autism support group for parents, caregivers


Raising Angels Autism Support and Awareness will meet for the first time April 25 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at 1303 Northcrest Drive.

Meetings will be held once a month, dates to be determined at the first meeting.

Raising Angels provides an opportunity for parents, families, caregivers, friends, anyone with an interest in children with autism, to share stories and get information about the disorder.

This will be a place to vent, share autism facts, discuss the difficulties of raising a child with autism or autism spectrum disorders, get information, advocate and network. There will be guest speakers , activities and snacks.

Child care will not be provided at the first meeting, and it’s not advised to bring children. For more information call Tara Animashaun at 951-8342 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


VISTA positions supporting children’s health open


There are three Americorps VISTA positions available in Del Norte County to be part of the First 5 Service Corps.

Applicants must be over 18, computer literate, creative, committed to community service, and highly motivated.

To be an Americorps VISTA is one year commitment with living allowance, housing stipend, health care, and childcare.

 Positions available:

• Early Child Nutrition and Healthy Development Coordinator — Working under the under the Del Norte Family Resource Center, the VISTA will support a community partnership effort to expand a Rethink Your Drink campaign for 0-5 year olds that connects the work to partners working with older children and youth. The coordinator will spearhead work to promote the importance of breastfeeding, access to water and healthy foods focusing on childcare and preschool environments, organize community meetings to find champions to support the work, connect interested parents and organizations to the Birth & Beyond childbirth and new baby education classes, and support efforts to identify and move forward policy recommendations.

• Research Associate, Early Education and Development —Working under the Del Norte Local Child Care Planning Council, the VISTA will support the healthy growth and development of Del Norte children 0-5. Help to inform parents, local businesses, and community leaders about the importance of quality early learning opportunities for all children and how those experiences impact the local economy and family stability; assist in completing a county-wide strategic Child Care Plan.

• Healthy Native Youth and Family Coordinator — Working with residents in Yurok communities on creating healthier outcomes for children and families, the cordinator will focus on building sustainable youth mentoring efforts through research, community engagement, strategic planning, fund development, coalition building and issue campaigns.

Apply by April 23. To apply, visit www.americorps.gov/about


For more information, call the Del Norte Family Resource Center at 707-464-5500. Positions begin on July 16.


Nurse-Family Partnership expands into Del Norte


An additional 100 new moms will soon be able to participate in a home visitation program that has been successfully operating in Humboldt County for nearly three years.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors recently voted to approve contracts with Del Norte and Siskiyou counties that expand the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Nurse-Family Partnership.

The Nurse-Family Partnership matches first-time moms with nurse home visitors. The weekly home visits begin early in a mother’s pregnancy and continue until a child’s second birthday. Nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, behavioral and financial issues.

Currently, five nurses are working with more than 100 women throughout Humboldt County. Under the new agreement, an additional 50 mothers will participate in Humboldt County and 25 will be added in both Del Norte and Siskiyou counties.

For more information, call (707)268-2105.

— Del Norte Triplicate


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