Thank you for your constant support! Umpqua Health Alliance (UHA) works hard to keep our members up to date on what’s going on in Douglas County as well as within our company. If you have any questions or have ideas for our next newsletter, please contact us by calling 541-229-4842 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for our Member Newsletter, please press Ctrl and click this link: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1907516/1716984/.
We wanted to remind you to get your COVID-19 vaccination if you haven’t already. Getting vaccinated can help prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick. Please help us protect our community and get one step closer to ending the pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at most pharmacies and clinics.
Drive-thru testing and vaccination is available 10/10 to 10/22 from 11am to 6 pm every day except Mondays at the County lot across Fowler Street from the library. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination, you can visit www.safestrongoregon.org.
National Epilepsy Awareness Month:
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a condition that affects many people. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 1 in 26 people in the United States with develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
First Aid for Seizures: Learning first aid for seizures is important for everyone.
Here is what the Epilepsy Foundation has listed on their site for what to do if you see someone having a seizure:
For more reading on First Aid, including free training classes on how to perform First aid for seizures: https://www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/seizure-first-aid-and-safety/first-aid-seizures-stay-safe-side
The Epilepsy Foundation has many tools available online to help:
If you would like to learn more about Epilepsy, you can learn more on the Epilepsy Foundation’s website: https://www.epilepsy.com/
Or you can call the Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Hotline at: 1-800-332-1000 (en Español 1-866-748-8008).
Child and Adolescent Well-Care Visits:
Umpqua Health is your partner in raising happy, healthy kids. A yearly check-up with your child’s doctor is important. Covid-19 has changed our lives in many ways. Helping you keep your family healthy and strong is important to us. We encourage you to contact your child’s doctor to schedule a Well-Care visit. The visit can happen in person, over the phone or on a video call. If you would like to know more, please visit our website:
If you need help finding your doctor’s contact information, please call UHA Customer Care at:
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips:
In order to help keep your children safe during Halloween, the FDA has put together a list of Halloween safety tips:
Making sure your children are visible while it is dark out is very important. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To help your children be safe, it is advised that you create a safety plan with your children.
Your plan could include:
If you would like to read more about Halloween Safety tips, please visit the Safe Kids Website:
If you would like to know more about celebrating the holidays safely, please visit the CDC’s website: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/coronavirus/cdc-releases-new-guidance-for-celebrating-holidays-in-2021/2628209/
Pumpkin Colors to Bring Awareness to Health Conditions:
In recent years, there have been new inclusions to Halloween to help bring awareness to conditions. These health conditions can impact children, and the ways that they celebrate Halloween. Here is a small list of colors of pumpkins, and what they mean:
Teal pumpkins mean an individual has food allergies. According to FARE, 1 in 13 children have a severe food allergy. The Teal Pumpkin Project was created as a way to have a safer, more inclusive Halloween for individuals with food allergies. Allergy friendly treats include non-food items, such as small toys, games, or stickers. You can put a teal pumpkin out on your porch to show that your home offers non-food treats, or put up a sign showing that you offer other options for children with food allergies.
You can find information on Teal Pumpkin Project on the FARE website: https://www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives/awareness-campaigns/living-teal/teal-pumpkin-project
On their site, you can also find free Teal Pumpkin resources, such as signs that you can also hang outside of your home to show that you offer non-food treats.
Purple Pumpkins started in support of children who have epilepsy, and to bring awareness to epilepsy. Often, Halloween can be concerning, because flashing lights can trigger seizures. You can place a purple pumpkin in front of your house to show that your house does not have flashing lights, and is safe for someone with epilepsy to trick-or-treat at.
You can find more information on the Purple Pumpkin Project on their website: https://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/get-involved/purple-pumpkin-project
Button Battery Safety:
With the holidays coming, many children are going to be getting new toys. Battery safety is important to your child’s health. According to the National Safety Committee (NSC), button batteries pose a risk to young, explorative children. Every year in the United States, more than 3,500 people of all ages swallow button batteries. They can be found in toys, electronics, watches, hearing aids, and even musical greeting cards. If swallowed or placed in the nose or ears, they can cause serious injury or death. Most button batteries pass through the body and are eliminated in the stool. However, sometimes batteries get stuck and these are the ones that can cause problems. Button batteries can get stuck in the esophagus and cause tissue damage or burns.
Here are some tips that the NSC has listed on their site to protect your children and loved ones from the risks of Button Batteries:
If you suspect that someone has ingested a battery of any size or shape:
If you would like to read more about Button Battery safety, please visit:
The National Safety Committee: https://www.nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/child-safety/button-batteries
Poison Control (The National Capital Poison Center): https://www.poison.org/battery
Seasonal Affective Disorder:
Winter is around the corner, and with it can come the “Holiday Blues”.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of seasonal depression. Symptoms of SAD usually begin around the Fall or Winter, and gets better in the Spring time. People with SAD experience a variety of symptoms and mood changes that are very similar to depression.
If you would like to read more about SAD:
If you would like to get in touch with a provider, or need help finding a provider, please contact UHA Customer Care at 541-229-4842.
If you or someone you know is in immediate distress, or is thinking about hurting themselves:
In our last issue of the Member Newsletter, we introduced you to Iris Healthcare. Umpqua Health is investing in the community through Iris’ Healthcare Empower Advance Care Planning platform. This is available to all Douglas County residents 18 and older regardless of whether you’re on UHA or not. Empowers goal is to improve the health and health care quality in our community.
Medication Therapy Management (MTM):
The Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program helps members who use multiple medications to treat chronic diseases. Our UHA Clinical Pharmacy team provides MTM services to help our members get the most benefit from their medications as possible. If the pharmacy team or your provider thinks you would benefit from MTM you may be contacted by phone or mail. You may also request MTM services if you have a concern with one or more of your medications.
To sign up for MTM:
YMCA Childcare: The Douglas YMCA provides state-licensed, safe, high quality childcare services. They strive to provide a nurturing environment for children. The YMCA is soon going to be offering childcare for younger ages, at a new site:
Infant-Toddler: ages 0-2
Preschool: ages 2 ½ to 5 (must be toilet-trained)
There is limited space available.
If you would like to learn more, have any questions, you can find contact information on their website: https://www.ymcaofdouglascounty.org/childcare
On their site, there is contact information for their director, as well as an interest form for more information.
Safari After Dark:
The annual Safari after Dark at Wildlife Safari is happening October 22nd and 23rd from 5-8 PM. Drive through the safari and experience the animals at night! There will also be trick-or-treating in the cheetah drive through and other areas.
You can get virtual tickets on their website, www.wildlifesafari.net
Douglas County Christmas Craft Fair:The Christmas Craft Fair is the largest event of this type to happen in Douglas County every year. It is the largest and most popular Christmas Fair in Southern Oregon. 300+ crafter booths display a wide variety of hand crafted items. You can find things such as clothes, home décor, baked goods, spices, soaps, and so much more.
The Christmas Craft Fair is expected to happen this year, on December 3-5, from 10 am to 8 pm.
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Leaf Rubbing: Mixing art with science!
Leaf rubbing is one way to learn about the different parts of the leaf! As you create leaf prints, you can talk to your children about the different parts of the leaf. You can also tell them about what each part does for the leaf.
What you will need:
The best part about this is you can find most of these items either for free outside, or from Dollar Tree, if you do not have them around the house.
Here is how you can do it:
Here are some ideas for art you can make with leaf rubbing:
While you make your art, you can talk to your children about the different parts of the leaves, and what they do. Here are some questions that your children might have:
Why do plants have leaves? Leaves help the plant make its own food. They take sunlight, water, chlorophyll and carbon dioxide to make food for themselves.
Why is a leaf green? Leaves contain chlorophyll, which has a green pigment. Chlorophyll helps plants make their own food by using sunlight.
Why do leaves change colors? Because of the changes in daylight and temperature, the leaves stop making food. The chlorophyll goes away, and the green color disappears.
For the full instructions, follow this link: https://www.kcedventures.com/blog/art-and-science-of-leaf-rubbings-nature-activity
Watercolor Spider Web Craft:
As Halloween gets closer, making a watercolor spider web is a spooky craft that you can do with your children. Here is what you will need:
Here is how you do it:
Here are some examples of what it could look like when it is done!