Bay Clinic Celebrates National Child Health Day with First Annual “Healthy Keiki Day”

Media Release:

To raise awareness about the importance of National Child Health Day, the Bay Clinic Family Health Centers will sponsor its first annual Healthy Keiki Day on Saturday, October 2nd.  This free community festival will be held at the Keaau Community Center, located behind the police station at 16-186 Pili Mua Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Healthy Keiki Day will be filled with fun, food, entertainment, and the chance for families to learn everything they need to know to help keep their children healthy, happy and safe all year long.

Celebrated the first Monday each October, National Child Health Day is an annual observance created to bring to light the many issues related to the development and well-being of children. In his 2009 Child Health Day Proclamation, President Barack Obama stated that “healthy children are better equipped to combat illness and to perform well in school, impacting their development well into adulthood. On Child Health Day, we recognize the fundamental importance of health care for our Nation’s children, and dedicate our collective energies to support their needs and those of their families.”

The Bay Clinic’s Healthy Keiki Day hopes to lead the charge in providing easy access to the resources and providers that families need.  Focusing on education, prevention and family fun, they will host an “Ask a Pediatrician” station, dental screenings, a jumping castle, and representatives from local organizations including: Alu Like, Big Island Substance Abuse Council, Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island, Care-A-Van, Hawaii Department of Health, Keaau Youth Business Center, Ku’ikahi Mediation Center, Neighborhood Place of Puna, PATCH, Volcano Art Center, and WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children).  Organizations interested in getting involved are asked to contact Monica Adams, Director of Development for the Bay Clinic, at 808-961-4080 or madams@bayclinic.org.

Bay Clinic, Inc. is a group of nonprofit 501(c)3 federally qualified community health centers with a total of 7 service sites in East and South Hawaii Island, including Hilo, Keaau, Pahoa and Kau.  Founded in 1983, the Bay Clinic operates with over 150 staff and 30 medical, dental, and behavioral health providers.  As one of the largest health care employers and the largest nonprofit on Hawaii Island, the mission of the Bay Clinic is to provide high quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care that is accessible, affordable, coordinated, culturally competent, and community directed for all.

For more information on National Child Health Day, call the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau at 1-888-ASK-HRSA (275-4772)

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