Blog Posts in 2017

  • Wash Hands Often to Stay Well!

    Whoever thought we’d need a “National Handwashing Awareness Week” to draw attention to the fact that washing our hands is really important! “It’s actually one of the most important things we can do to help us stay healthy,” JoEun Gilland, CBHA Mid Level Practitioner, said. “It’s our first line of defense. We should wash our hands when they are dirty ...

  • Thanksgiving Basket Tradition Continues at CBHA

    Thanksgiving arrives a little earlier this year than usual – Thursday, November 23, 2017. CBHA starts our food drive with a $5,000 cash donation. We then ask our staff (Team CBHA) to continue the goodwill by providing a monetary or food donation. We take the total donation received and create as many Thanksgiving food baskets as we can. Last year, CBHA was able to deliver 105 food baskets to ...

  • Your Fully Integrated Healthcare Campus

    CBHA (Columbia Basin Health Association) opened for business at its new 78,000 sq. ft. facility in Othello, Washington, on October 23rd, consolidating a breadth of clinical services from across multiple locations to better serve area patients. Located just north of Highway 26 at the corner of 14th Avenue and 1515 E. Columbia Street in Othello, this first phase of the CBHA health campus continues ...

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Breast cancer awareness is an issue we raise with our patients on a regular basis,” Dr. Monique Small, obstetrician/gynecologist at CBHA, said. “However, national attention focuses on it every October.” The value of screening and early detection is stressed. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive ...

  • Flu Shots Now Available

    Fall is officially here with shorter days, cooler temperatures and falling leaves. Unfortunately, it also signals the rapidly approaching arrival of the flu season. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of ...

  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Most of us are pretty comfortable talking about what ails us. We discuss our cancer, diabetes, heart conditions and a variety of other illnesses with friends and relatives. But, for some reason, we often don’t mention what troubles us most. We humans are complicated creatures. We can walk, run, talk, see and hear. We also have inner parts, the most important of which others can’t see ...

  • Welcome Dr. Traficante, DDS!

    Dr. Traficante calls San Antonio home although he was born in Chicago and lived in Germany for a short time. “My dad was military and when he was stationed in Texas our family stayed there while Dad traveled around the world fulfilling his military duties,” he said. “He retired after 40 years of service; my mother is retired military as well. They actually met in the Korean War. ...

  • Protect Your Eyes! Eclipse of the Sun

    It’s almost time! The long anticipated solar eclipse will cut a dramatic shadow across the United States on August 21 st. You will need a special pair of ultra-dark solar sunglasses to view it. “Without solar glasses, the sun’s rays could cause permanent damage to our eyes,” Dr. Callin Passey, CBHA Optometrist, said. According to information on the NASA website, the only ...

  • June is Men's Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment among men and boys. CBHA regularly promotes activities and competitions that encourage staff to get out and be active. These events might be hiking on the weekend, baseball, soccer, and basketball to name just a few. Meet Abdiaz Valdez, Felipe Esparza, Guillermo ...

  • Osteoporosis Awareness Month

    Osteoporosis in Women Some bone loss may be experienced as part of the normal aging process. However, bone loss can become so severe it causes bones to become porous, brittle and likely to break. When this occurs many women learn, for the first time that they have osteoporosis. Even though osteoporosis can also affect men, women are four times more likely to develop the disease. Osteoporosis ...

  • National Women's Health Week

    Mother’s Day, 2017 took on special meaning for Barbara (“Barb”) Maine this year. Barb and her husband, Larry, have been lifelong Othello residents. Barbara is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoys a busy, active lifestyle. She thought she was -reasonably healthy. All that changed on January 18 th of this year. She said she’d been having some distressing ...

  • Develop Healthy Eating Habits For Your Children

    Parent’s Feeding Jobs: 1. Choose and prepare the food 2. Provide regular meals and snacks (scheduled) 3. Make eating times pleasant 4. Educate about food and mealtime behavior 5. Trust children to decide how much and whether to eat Children’s Eating Jobs: 1. Children will eat 2. They will eat the amount they need 3. They will learn to eat the food their parents eat 4. Develop healthy ...

  • Welcome Meghan Endsley!

    Meghan’s growing up years were spent in Ohio where she received her Master of Science degree with a major in Physician Assistant Studies in 2011. Prior to that she served a tour of duty with the US Marine Corp. She trained in South Carolina which was the only place where female recruits could go. Ratio of females to males in Marine Corps is 90 to 1. After that she trained for her job (fixing ...

  • Nieves Gomez Receives National Leadership Award

    Nieves Gomez, CBHA Director of Operations, was one of just 15 young professionals honored nationwide recently through the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. The award ceremony was held April 1 st during the National Association of Community Health Centers 2017 Policy and Issues Forum in Washington, ...

  • Cholinesterase Testing

    Cholinesterase Testing Othello Family Clinic, Wahluke Family Clinic and Connell Family Clinic will begin accepting appointments for Cholinesterase Monitoring beginning Monday, February 27, 2017. This state-mandated monitoring program requires all agricultural workers who will handle dangerous pesticides to have an initial baseline exam before going out into the fields in the spring. Follow-up ...

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