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Mirasol health fair spreads wellness information in Hermiston

Mirasol Family Health Clinic offered a health fair Saturday.
By Jade McDowell

Staff Writer

Published on August 27, 2018 10:36AM

Camila Cazana, 6, practices brushing a stuffed dragon’s teeth at the Mirasol Family Health Clinic’s helath fair Saturday.

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Camila Cazana, 6, practices brushing a stuffed dragon’s teeth at the Mirasol Family Health Clinic’s helath fair Saturday.

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Wellness checks, immunizations and free tacos were all offered up at the Mirasol Family Health Clinic’s wellness fair Saturday.

The Hermiston medical clinic offered the health fair to connect families with health services and information, and there were several families browsing through the booths on Saturday afternoon.

Tera Kulhanek was manning a booth for Lifeways, handing out information about mental health services in the area. She said she hoped to connect people with resources to help them have a more positive outlook on life.

“We’re here to support people,” she said.

The Umatilla Morrow County Head Start booth had car seats, so that staff could teach parents about the proper car seat for their child and the safest way to buckle them in. Head Start provides free car seat checks for parents at their offices, as well, and discounted car seats are available for people who qualify for Women, Infants and Children or the Oregon Health Plan.

“We just want kids to be safe,” Tabitha Woods said.

They were also working on spreading the word about WIC and who is eligible for the service. The most popular part of the booth, however, seemed to be the opportunity for parents to measure their child’s height.

Next door, Cathy Wamsley was promoting the InterMountain Education Service District’s free oral health program. Working with Advantage Dental and a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the IMESD is offering free dental checks to kids in all school districts in Union, Umatilla and Morrow counties.

She asked parents to give permission when schools sent home forms asking if their child could have a free dental exam as school, and handed out “tooth timers” to help kids know how long they should brush their teeth.

“I want the kids to know that it’s important to brush their teeth at least twice a day,” she said.

The health fair was held in the Mirasol parking lot on Saturday and offered other informational booths about wellness, as well as services such as $10 sports physicals.



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