Issue 63 | August 2021
QCHI
E-Newsletter
  • QCHI Fun Fact: Did you know we have several Be Healthy QC videos in our YouTube library, showcasing talking strawberries?! It was all part of a CDC grant we received a few years ago. Check this one out as Skip & Scout head through their school's cafeteria line.
Recommended (and in some cases, required):
Ages 3-10
  • Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
  • Diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine
  • Flu vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Polio (IPV) vaccine
Ages 11-18
  • Flu vaccine
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine
  • Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
Source: CDC
Reading, Writing, and Resources
Featuring back-to-school tips / reminders for body and mind
Heading back-to-school is an important time for the entire family to focus on physical and mental health. 

COVID-19
As cases rise again and more adults and kids are now gathering indoors, it's critical to fight the pandemic with everything we've got (including indoor masking and vaccinations).  Go to vaccines.gov to schedule your COVID-19 shot or visit one of these walk-in clinics:
  • Rock Island County Health Department, 2112 25th Avenue in Rock Island, Tuesdays (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for 18 and older) and Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. (Pfizer for 12 and older)
  • Scott County Health Department, 600 W 4th Street in Davenport, M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Johnson & Johnson for 18 and older)

IMMUNIZATION
Don't forget to keep up with routine vaccinations. It's required for school age children to get at least some vaccines. Contact your healthcare provider to learn more. For info on what is offered through local health departments, visit their sites:
MENTAL HEALTH
Does the transition into this school year seem extra tough? You're not alone. Our friends at the Child Abuse Council recently shared this important reminder: "...students did not learn, play, or interact in typical ways over the past year - and this may lead to some challenging behaviors." The Council's Safe from the Start Team produced a 2-page resource on "Staying Mindful of Kids' Mental Health"-- complete with de-stress tips and activities (homemade glitter jar, anyone?!). Check it out HERE.

And for a great national resource, review Mental Health America's Back-to-School Toolkit.
QC Trail of the Month
Detailing a regional trail for your next adventure

Back-to-School can often mean less recreational time, but remember-- there's an important classroom out in nature!

Credit Island Slough offers paddlers calm waters and great views of shorebirds and other wildlife.

Check out all the details on QCTrails.org.

And don't forget to follow QC Trails on Facebook. We help keep you connected to local groups and events.
PHOTO COURTESY: Bi-State Regional Commission
Board Stories
Revealing a personal side to our Board Members and why they're committed to QCHI and the health of our community
Hitting the trails has always been important to QCHI Board Member and YMCA CEO, Brad Martell. 

Find out why it's often a family affair and how his focus on fitness impacts everything from vacations to community outlook. It's in our next "Board Stories!"

Read the rest of his story HERE.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can
  • Stay home when you're sick
  • Wear a face covering if you have not been fully vaccinated or are within a county that has substantial or high virus transmission
  • Keep 6' of physical distance from others if you have not been fully vaccinated
  • Wash hands frequently
QCHI is a proud partner of the QC COVID-19 Coalition
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