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Health dept. clinic to grow PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:10
Renovation plans for the Wood County Health District are beginning to take shape.
Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the health district, needs additional clinic space and other changes to handle more clients and offer expanded services. Health district staff learned late last year that the center would receive an ongoing federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.SClBThe clinic will receive $787,500 this year and $650,000 in 2015, with the grant expected to become an ongoing funding source as long as its requirements are met.
Staff began meeting with Poggemeyer Design Group in December to draw renovation plans, which currently designate a reconfigured flow through the clinic and four new exam rooms so more patients can be treated. The grant allows for up to $100,000 in renovations in the first year, but that would only address reorganization of clinic space. A building expansion that is also proposed for the health district would need to be paid for separately from grant or levy funds, likely up front by the county with the health district making payments.
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Making room for troubled kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:27
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Janel LaFond (left) and Julie Hall inside the new CRC expanded residential unit. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
During tough times, nothing is more important than being close to home - especially for children.
Children's Resource Center Executive Director Janelle LaFond couldn't agree more.
Thanks to the CRC's new expanded residential unit, LaFond and her staff can continue treating short-term hospitalized children in-house in a space that feels almost like home.
"We keep kids close to home and get them back to their home schools," she said. "We like to keep those parts of their lives consistent."
The new residential unit reopened Feb. 17 after construction began last October. The unit had not been remodeled since the CRC opened 30 years ago.
The original unit offered four bedrooms - two doubles and two singles. However, some children couldn't be placed with a roommate due to treatment needs, thus leaving some rooms unused.
"The atmosphere and the lighting weren't good. It wasn't as inviting," said Julie Wilhelm, program manager. "Now it's a lot lighter and there's more space."
That new space includes eight single, dorm-style bedrooms, a handicap-accessible bathroom and an extended living room area.
The CRC received $20,000 worth of new bedroom furniture from BGSU and a $150,000 match from the community.
"The kids who had been in the unit before were very curious to see what it would look like," Wilhelm said. "They said, 'wow, it looks so different.' We've had a very positive response."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:29
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Alicia’s Voice changes focus PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:50
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File photo. Kathy Newlove. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's an era of change at Alicia's Voice, but not a swan song for the seven-year-old organization that has, until now, been based in Bowling Green.
The visible face of Alicia's Voice for the past three years, the headquarters building at 344 S. Main St., is no longer in use, confirms board member Mimi Yoon, assistant prosecutor at Bowling Green Municipal Court, although the lease will not run out until March 31.
Alicia's Voice co-founder Kathy Newlove told The Sentinel-Tribune a year ago that the plan would be to maintain the lease at that location for only one more year. At the time, she and other board members agreed it was not the best use of their limited funds to pay $5,400 annually for rent.
Since then the board has crystallized its plans for a change in mission focus as well.
"We felt that the limited funds that we have are better used for education and awareness, with the goal of preventing a recurrence of domestic violence," said Yoon, rather than primarily trying to fulfill women's immediate needs such as rent money, gas cards and the like.
Yoon likened the latter approach to "putting a Band-Aid on stuff without getting to the underlying issues."
Recently, the 18-member board of directors developed the following mission statement for Alicia's Voice:
• To increase awareness and prevent domestic violence in the local community through the development of educational programs for elementary, middle school, high school and higher education level students; additionally, education for law enforcement officers.
• To empower victims in the community to use their voice.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:54
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Help keeping babies healthy PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:23
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Carol Beckley (left) speaks with Denice Huth, a WSOS Family Advocate at the Perrysburg/Rossford Center, during a Baby Fair at the Wood County District Public Library. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
While it may take a village to raise a child, it takes all of a village's resources to keep that child healthy.
Wood County gathered its village of resources for that goal during the Community Baby Fair at the Wood County District Public Library yesterday afternoon.
About 25 families collected baby information from community tables around the library.
"We wanted people to walk around and see how family-friendly everything is and get recommendations from all the different agencies," said Maria Simon, children's librarian. "With learning about babies and brain development, you really can't start soon enough."
It all starts with eating right. One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to ensure a healthy baby is breast-feeding.
Aside from saving the mother about $2,000 a year, Wood County Hospital lactation consultants Jennifer Tansel and Dawn Miller like to show women another side to nursing.
"People in general figure out that breast-feeding is good," Miller said. "So instead, we focus on the effects of breast-feeding."
Breast-feeding burns about 500 calories a day and lowers the risk of breast cancer and diabetes for the mother and baby.
These health benefits develop because breast milk contains about 300 different ingredients, while store-bought formulas contain only 100.
"I like to compare it to a test," Tansel said. "You can't pass a test with 300 questions and only get 100 right."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:25
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