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Community Service Programs makes a difference at Vinton County Health and Safety Fair

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2004) -- In conjunction with national Make a Difference Day, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine s Community Service Programs will travel to Zaleski, Saturday, Oct. 23, to participate in the Vinton County Health and Safety Fair.

CSP is a partner in the Healthy Child Care Ohio initiative and will have a booth at the fair focusing on health and safety. Sue Meeks, R.N., and Debbie White, R.N., Community Service Program's HCCO nurse consultants will be at the booth.

The fair, a free event, will be held at St. Sylvester Catholic Church, 22 N. 2nd St., from noon to 3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Zaleski Super Kids 4 H Club.

"Sue and I are very excited to be able to participate in the fair. We want to encourage parents in the area to use our services," said White. "This is a great opportunity to get the word out about CSP and Healthy Child Care Ohio." White and Meeks will provide vision screenings, information to child-care providers and will promote Healthy Start, a program that aids uninsured children.

The fair aims at informing parents of local organizations and services that are available to them and can assist them with their health-care and safety concerns. The event will have a variety of festivities including a bicycle rodeo, games for children, door prizes and other giveaways. Music will be provided by the well known #1 Rockin' Reggie, and snacks and drinks will be served.

"This is a good opportunity for OU-COM to collaborate with the people of Vinton County," said Kathy Trace director of CSP. "We feel very honored to participate in this wonderful event."

In addition to the CSP booth, there also will be displays by the Vinton County Health Department, Vinton County Sheriff's Department, Vinton County Emergency Medical Services, Tri County Mental Health, Zaleski Fire Department, Vinton County State Highway Patrol and local physicians. Each booth will have pamphlets and giveaways for children and parents to take home.

The HCCO Nurse Consultants program is funded by the Ohio Department of Health, Child Care Ohio and Ohio Childcare Resource and Referral Association. This program provides a nurse consultant to assist child care providers with general health and safety issues. Other services include health consultation and education to child care providers and parents and child vision screening, which are provided in 18 Southeastern Ohio counties. For more information contact Sue Meeks at (740) 593-9534, or visit www.oucom.ohiou.edu/csp.

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