Several local partners are teaming up to offer Lakeview teens more information about health and well-being in a fun-filled environment.
Lake County Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is coordinating the Outback Strong Teen Health Fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. November 15 in the Daly Middle School auditorium. The event, which is open to students in grades six through 12, will include several health-related stations, as well as games, snacks, and a chance to win prizes.
CHIP is collaborating with Lake Health Clinic, Warner Mountain Medical Clinic, Lake County Public Health, Lake District Wellness Center and Prevention, Lake County Crisis Center, FoodCorps, and other partners to present the fair.
The fair is funded by a grant through Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO), which coordinates health care for Oregon Health Plan — Medicaid — members in 12 eastern Oregon counties. The grant allows CHIP to put on an event targeting adolescent well care visits, annual exams for youths ages 12 to 21 with their primary care provider.
In 2016, 16.9 percent of Oregon Health Plan members in Lake County had an adolescent well care visit. EOCCO’s target was 29.1 percent. Not meeting the target means fewer Medicaid dollars available for programming in Lake County.
To boost that number this year, the Outback Strong Teen Health Fair will help youths sign up for appointments with their primary care providers.
Scheduling an appointment is one of seven health-related stations at the fair. Other stations are nutrition, immunizations, mental health, drug and alcohol prevention, healthy relationships, and teen dating awareness. Students will receive a passport when they check in at the fair. If they get every stop on their passport stamped, they’ll receive a prize.
When the youths go to their provider appointments, they’ll receive another prize and be entered to win a bicycle from True Value, a season pass to Warner Canyon Ski Area, or 10 ski or snowboard rentals through M&B Ski.
While the fair’s focus is on health, it also will offer fun. Kristi Gray, with Lakeview Rocks, will be there. The Lake County Youth Mentor Program will run a live Hungry Hungry Hippos game. There will be a health trivia game, a photo booth, snacks, and prizes.
Parents are welcome to attend the health fair as well. They’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the fair, schedule appointments, and sign permission slips for immunizations during Lake County School District 7’s parent-teacher conferences November 8 and 9.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the event should contact Lake Health District grant writer Kristi Albertson at (541) 947-2114 ext. 398 or via email. For additional information about the fair, contact Albertson or CHIP coordinator Arvinder Singh at (541) 947-2114 ext. 198 or via email.