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October 10th is Depression Screening Day

October 8, 2019

Depression Screening Day The Thursday of the first full week of October, is National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). The goal of this day is to increase awareness and provide screening for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders (, 2018). Various organizations such as hospitals, government organizations, secondary schools, colleges, community centers, military installations, and older…

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August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

August 13, 2019

As children spend more time looking at screens there is a growing concern about potential harm to their vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (2019) provides 10 tips to help protect your child’s eyes from computer strain Set a kitchen timer or a smart device timer to remind them. Alternate reading an e-book with a…

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July UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month!

July 19, 2019

Summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright it’s a golden time to highlight July as UV Safety Awareness Month! With as much sunlight as we get in our wonderful state during the summer months it is important to remember to protect your skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.…

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Caregiver as Educators Workshops

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Caregiver as Educators Workshops

June 6, 2019
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month: June 2019

June 4, 2019

The best way to observe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Month is to take the time to understand the experiences and day to day realities of those around you who may be suffering from PTSD.

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The Health Connection: May 2019

May 8, 2019

What is Mental Health? Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being.  How we deal with stress, interact with others and our ability to make healthy choices is affected by our mental health.  What is physical health?  Physical health is the state of being free from illness or injury.  Much of what we do…

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Dental Care for Expecting Moms, Babies, and Kids

December 26, 2018

Taking care of your children’s teeth is very important for their dental future.  Finding a pediatric dentist dental home by the age of 1 allows for teaching about brushing, fluoride, diet, and bottle feeding/nursing to help prevent cavities. If you need help finding a Dentist, speak with your child’s pediatrician for recommendations. Here is a…

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Talking to your child about a Natural Disaster

December 4, 2018

On Friday, November 30th, Southcentral Alaska was rocked with a strong and devastating earthquake.  At this time, the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley area professionals have responded quickly and promptly to the overall devastation. Parents, though, are often met with an immediate and important question, ‘How do I make sure my child is safe and okay…

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