June 2019 Newsletter
This month find out where you can learn about a rural issue that is not on most people's radar with the PA Office of Rural Health. Also, school is out and it's all about summer fun. Check up on your water safety know how, learn about upcoming workshops/events, and blissfully slide into the welcome summer lull where sunshine rules. Happy Summer, Everyone!
Summer Food Program
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Learn About This...

  2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit 

The Hidden Crime of Human Trafficking in Rural Communities and the Health Care System and Community Response
 
 June 26-27, 2019
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, PA
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, in partnership with the Region III Office of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, is offering this two-day continuing education and outreach event to continue a rural human trafficking collaborative with an emphasis on rural prevention, treatment, and community collaboration. This program is sponsored, in part, by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

Hear stories from victims of human trafficking and learn about the impact of this crisis in Pennsylvania, the role of law enforcement, and how health care providers are trained to identify victims of human trafficking and how community partnerships address this pervasive issue. 

Day 1:  12:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. with a reception to follow
Day 2:  8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration options and fees can be accessed  by clicking here.

Follow Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health on Facebook for the most current information!
                                                                      
For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter, at 814-863-8214 or  tjc136@psu.edu
Summer Safety = Smiles!
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Summer is around the corner. It's time to brush up on water safety, especially when visiting summer hotspots like oceans, rivers, and lakes. Safe Kids Worldwide urges parents to make sure kids learn water survival skills.

Children should be able to do these five things for open water safety:

1. Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.
2. Turn around in the water and orient to safety.
3. Float or tread water.
4. Combine breathing with forward movement in the water.
5. Exit the water.


See all of the many reasons water safety is of the utmost importance! Visit Safe Kids Worldwide.
How Does Your Car Seat Measure Up?

Did you know we have our own Safe Kids coalition right here in Tioga County? Their latest event educated all on carseat safety and featured carseat safety technicians on hand to perform carseat safety inspections.

Visit Safe Kids Worldwide to learn more about car seat safety guidelines and tips. Are you interested in being a part of the Safe Kids Tioga coalition? Contact us at 570-723-0520 for meeting times and location.
Growing Fit for Life!
Fit for Life Program at Multiple Sites in 2019

Each year the Tioga County Partnership hires on a recreation staff for the purposes of implementing the Fit For Life program now in multiple sites in the northern part of the county. The Elkland site and Knoxville site are enjoying their fifth year, while the Westfield site is in its fourth year. Lawrenceville is also being added for Summer 2019!
This program requires a special kind of energy as staffers are expected to organize and prep for each day's activities and act as mentors for the attending kids. The number and ages of children at the program can change from day to day, so staff need to be organized but flexible, and creative in their approach, all while keeping a marathon pace in order to teach the importance of physical fitness and nutrition to kids in this underserved part of our county. A great staff and educational program content make this program very valuable for families in this underserved area of our rural county. Stay tuned for more good news on Fit For Life happenings for Summer 2019!
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You’re Invited!
Children’s health care coverage from UPMC Health Plan is coming to your area.

UPMC for Kids is Pennsylvania’s largest provider of coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), offering high-quality health insurance to nearly 40,000 children up to age 19. Attend an informational session to learn more about the coverage and resources we proudly offer children and families, regardless of income level.

June 12, 2019

Session 1: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, The Walnut Conference Room. Continental breakfast provided.

Session 2: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Penn Wells Hotel, Wellsboro, PA. Snacks provided.

RSVP to   upmcforkids@upmc.edu   to let us know which session you plan to attend. Please attend one session only.
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What is CHIP?
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. For most families, it's free. Families with incomes above the free CHIP limits will pay low monthly premiums and co-pays for some services. There are no exclusions for pre-existing conditions in CHIP.
Family Activity Day + Children's Health Fair 2019, Sat. June 8th

It's time for Children's Health Fair and Family Activity Day on Saturday, June 8th, 10-1 pm, on the Green in Wellsboro. This event kicks off the Laurel Festival week activities! Major planning partners include the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce, Wellsboro Montessori Children's Center, and the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health. Free healthy snacks are provided by Bradford Tioga Head Start. Dozens of other community partners come together and also contribute to this special day for our local families-- Join us!
Teen Mentors Teach
Good Decision-making
The SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) from Wellsboro Area School District visited our office this past month for a lunch break after their annual elementary school puppet show performances. We appreciate the efforts of these youth mentors as they help teach the younger generation about good decision-making. A special thank you to advisors, Mrs. Mindy Kramer and Mr. Phil Snyder for a fantastic job working with SADD Club for many years! These are stand-out community members who make Tioga County a healthy place to live, work, and play!
Above: SADD Club High school students Lauren Singer, Madeleine Mann, Cathryn Brought, Chelsea Morris, Alaina Goetsch, Bailey Monks, Ariana Carleton, and Alyssa Wagaman performed puppet shows. Pictured with the SADD Club are elementary students: Rachel Weaver, Grady Morral, Callen Novak, Jase Smith, Madison Zeyn, and Harper Bourret.
SADD Club 2019 strikes a pose on the front steps of the Tioga County Partnership's 33 Pearl Street office building after their annual good decision-making themed puppet shows at local elementary schools.