Health Briefs published April 14, 2012

Triplicate Staff

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 neeko1979zy@gmail.com

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:

andbull;andensp;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 and Beyond

childbirth and new baby education classes, and support efforts to

identify and move forward policy recommendations.

andbull;andensp;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.

andbull; 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

/programs/vista.asp.

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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