‘CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS’ CLINICS RETURNING TO UINTAH BASIN

Partnered with TriCounty Health, a service utilized by many local families that was discontinued last year is renewing service. TriCounty Director Jordan Mathis confirmed during Tuesday’s Chamber Luncheon that the Children with Special Health Care Needs program is returning. Previous clinics of the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) was a contract the health department used to have with specialists from the University of Utah hospital that gave Basin families a chance to get needed services without traveling to Salt Lake City. The specialists came out to TriCounty Health locations several times a year. It was devastating to some families when they learned that the clinics were discontinued so the fact that they will soon resume is exciting news to many. The program saves a lot of time and frustration and saves on traveling to the Wasatch Front for multiple appointments. For more information or to add a name to the waiting list, call 435-247-1196.

TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL YOUTH

TOP or the Teen Outreach Program in Uintah County has found a unique way to highlight the youth in their program supported by TriCounty Health Department. The ‘TOP in a Box Art Show’ uses photography to show the world through the eyes of these outstanding youth. About 10 youth from Vernal Middle School are participating in the photovoice project that “gives the youth the opportunity to show others the TOP program through their eyes, through their perspective and to give others a greater understanding of what TOP is, what the youth do, and how they feel about the program.” The public is invited to come and see this unique art show and for everyone to meet the youth behind the photos and to learn how to become involved in the worthy local causes. The public event will be held May 4th from 4 to 6pm at TriCounty Health Department in Vernal.

UPCOMING ‘DRUG TAKE BACK’ EVENT STRETCHED OVER TWO DAYS, THREE LOCATIONS

An opportunity to make your home and community a safer place is coming up this weekend with the Drug Take Back events in Uintah and Duchesne Counties. Drug Take Back events give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving citizens the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Pills and patches will be accepted but the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Last fall, 456 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at over 5,300 sites across the nation and in that last seven years, over 4,500 tons of pills have been safely disposed of. The importance of these events continue to increase as the issue of prescription drug abuse continues to rise in Utah. Drug Take Back events are planned for Friday, April 27th, at Al’s Food Town in Duchesne from 10am to noon and on Saturday, April 28th, at Davis Food & Drug in Roosevelt and Walmart in Vernal from 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit www.tricountyhealth.com.