October Newsletter 2022

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A Note from Help Me Grow Skagit's Physician Champion

Dr. Francie Chalmers

Happy Fall, technically speaking at least, and welcome to the Help Me Grow Skagit Fall Newsletter. This issue’s resource list is focused on feeding. 

On October 27th, you are encouraged to attend a fantastic early morning CME on Plagiocephaly and Torticollis offered by our very own Jenna Lisenby at Valley Kids Therapy. She will focus on early identification and referral for treatment as well as where and how to refer. You can also register via the link below. 

Starting in early 2023 we are offering a series of development focused CMEs, details below, and please take a moment to peruse the newly updated Help Me Grow Skagit website. 

If you would have liked to but have been unable to attend the CME’s we have been offering please take a moment to respond to the survey or send me a quick email with topics days and times that would be preferable in the future. 

As Skagit’s “Physician Champion” please remember that I am here to help facilitate connections between your practice and community support services. I can be reached anytime with questions and feedback at fchalmers.md@gmail.com.

*Featured Educational Event for Skagit County*

October 27th     7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     via  Zoom

Join us for a presentation by Jenna Lisenby on the assessment and treatment of torticollis and plagiocephaly.  Jenna Lisenby is a pediatric physical therapist with a specialty in infant and toddler treatment. She has been in practice in the Northwest for over 20 years. She is passionate about learning and growing her therapeutic skills to provide the most evidence based and comprehensive care to her patients. Jenna has presented on topics such as Pediatric Gait and Torticollis & Plagiocephaly throughout the country. She is currently the owner of Valley Kids Therapy in Mount Vernon.

This event is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register HERE.

Helpful Resources

The Help Me Grow Skagit website has been updated!

The Help Me Grow Skagit website is a great place to find support for Skagit families.  Now, we have a page just for you!  On the Healthcare Providers page, you can learn about the Help Me Grow Skagit Family Resource Navigator, how to make a referral, connect with our Physician Champion, and read past newsletters. Check back as we expand this page to include more resources. If you have an idea of content to add to the page, we'd love to hear from you!

Did your practice receive the Help Me Grow Skagit gift box? They included our flyers (EnglishandSpanish),rack cards,referral forms, prescription pads, and more! If you would like one, or more copies of any of the materials in the bin, please contact Francie Chalmers.

Exciting things coming!

Starting in early 2023, we will be offering an educational series all about child development, screening options and more. Stay tuned for more information on the following child development deep dive topics:

  • Social-Emotional: ACEs, Resilience, and HOPE - the science and screening
  • Language and Communication: Language Development
  • Cognitive: Age-appropriate developmental play & Technology impact, imaginative play, interactions
  • Movement and Physical: Pediatric gait

Is there an additional topic about development you would like to learn about? Let Dr. Chalmers know at fchalmers.md@gmail.com.

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