Blog Posts in August

  • The Causes: Color Outside the Lines

    The first annual CBHA Color Run is designed to raise awareness of childhood conditions that affect families here in the Columbia Basin. While we may not be able to eliminate these childhood conditions, we can certainly increase awareness, improve education, and support the families who deal with them every day. Run for a Cause is also an educational celebration of health and movement, and our ...

  • 5K Color Run CBHA Run For A Cause Kids with Special Needs

    On Saturday, September 29th, at 9 a.m., CBHA will host its inaugural 5K Run for a Cause at the Othello Clinic. The CBHA 5K Color Run: Run for a Cause is less about making record time -- and more about having the time of your life. It’s a family-friendly event where runners, walkers, and wagons are all welcome. The first annual CBHA Color Run is designed to raise awareness of childhood ...

  • Welcome, Sarah Stapelmann, Registered Dietician

    Sarah Stapelmann Registered dietician Originally from Syracuse, New York, Stapelmann began making her way west several years ago, stopping first in Wisconsin. While working in her first career as a forensic firearms examiner for the State of Wisconsin, she returned to college to pursue her dream of becoming a registered dietitian. Sarah Stapelmann feels fortunate to combine her interest in science ...

  • Welcome, Dr. Nisha Sharoff, DDS, MS

    Welcome, Dr. Nisha Sharoff, DDS, MS Dentist From: India Dr. Nisha Sharoff actually went to dental school twice – once in India and again in the United States. She focuses on aesthetic dentistry, oro-facial pain, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ and TMD), and sleep dental medicine. Dr. Sharoff received her degree in Dental Surgery from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. She ...

  • CBHA: Outside the Walls - Mother's Day Celebration

    MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION Mothers were celebrated and honored in style on May 10th as CBHA invited families and the community to join together at the Othello and Wahluke facilities – where music, food, dance and gardening activities provided an evening filled with fun, entertainment and health education. Children in colorful dresses made by parents and staff performed traditional Mexican ...

  • CBHA Celebrates Staff: 2017 Of the Year Award Recipients

    2017 SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR: Courtney Olson Originally from the Yakima Valley, it didn’t take long for Courtney Olson to feel at home in Mattawa, where she has served as the site director of the Wahluke Clinic. She will be the first to tell you she “loves her Mattawa crew!” Past Supervisors of the Year recognized Courtney’s ability to manage financial resources, select and ...

  • Alcohol and Diabetes

    A DELICATE BALANCE While it's true that moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, more than one or two drinks of alcohol can decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to drop to dangerous levels, especially for people with Type 1 Diabetes. This is one reason why people with diabetes need to be especially cautious about their alcohol use. IS IT SAFE FOR A ...

  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

    Every April the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase awareness and understanding of the causes and treatment of the nation’s #1 public health problem: alcoholism. The theme this year is “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’” The target audience: youth and their parents. As part of ...

  • CBHA in the Kitchen: Crunchy Turkey Meatballs

    Ingredients: • 2 Cups WIC cereal • 1 Pound Ground Turkey • ¼ Cup Greek Plain Non-Fat Yogurt • 2 tbsp Honey Mustard • 2 tbsp Onion, Chopped • Salt & Pepper 1. Preheat oven to 370F. 2. Crush cereal in a bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, mix turkey, yogurt, mustard, onion and ⅓ cup cereal. Add salt & pepper to taste. 4. Shape into 16 meatballs. Roll each ...

  • Where Does the Money Come From?

    As many have discovered in recent years, having a health insurance card alone does not guarantee that people will have a place to go to get the health care services they need. Community Health Centers like Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) have been the solution to that problem for millions of Americans for nearly 50 years. Located in communities all over the country, Community Health ...

  • CBHA Benefits: Get Connected

    When you move to a new town or get a new job, getting connected to health care is often one of your first concerns. For those new to the communities of Othello, Mattawa and Connell, you will likely turn to CBHA, your local community health center. CBHA’s Patient Services department makes it easy for patients to make an appointment and learn about their benefits eligibility through their ...

  • Focusing on Our Mental Health

    As an Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (PMH-ARNP), Michelle Taylor brings extensive training in mental health to CBHA to help patients better understand and identify the stressors and frustrations in their lives, and that impact their overall health and wellbeing. Patients often fail to connect stress and mental health issues to their physical symptoms. As Taylor ...

  • Dr. Elali's Always on the Run

    In the clinic, Dr. Elali is always on the move. Yet, even between seeing patients and actively engaging in CBHA’s growth and programs, he makes his own wellness a priority. He had been involved in organized sports as a child, and continued into college, but was slowed down by the injuries he sustained over the years. His own success in the OptiFast program, and his desire to set a good ...

  • Healthier You With TotalYou

    The first of many programs that CBHA will rollout as part of an ongoing wellness initiative launched in January. CBHA patients can now enroll and participate in TotalYou, a lifestyle and weight management program that focuses on the entire patient in a holistic approach to weight loss. The success of OptiFast, a meal-replacement weight-loss protocol, encouraged CBHA to open the opportunity to the ...

  • Change in Action

    Last year, with the encouragement of Dr. Bashar Elali, nurse Barbie Daily (57) took the leap toward a better life. Amid family trauma and increasing responsibility, Daily was finally spurred to make a change. “When everything else was in turmoil, I realized that managing my health and what I put into my body became the thing I could control,” she shared. After losing those close to ...

  • Protect Against the Flu

    Flu season officially began Oct. 1st and runs through March 30th. Some years it begins earlier – some later. The really important thing is to protect yourself against it by getting a flu shot. “If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible,” Jenny Day, CBHA nurse manager, said. “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for ...

  • Autism in Kids

    Some children with autism show symptoms within the first months of life. Others, like Jayden, develop normally for a period of time and then stop gaining new skills and start losing skills already acquired. “Every child is different,” Dr. Gabe Barrios, CBHA pediatrician, said. “There are some ‘red flags’ that suggest a child is at risk for autism. However, some ...

  • Help for Jayden

    Jayden Barrera was born November 28, 2014. His mother, Evelyn Barrera, said he did very well the first year; he grew, turned over, learned to crawl, walk and was vocalizing “mamma, dadda.” However, around that time Evelyn noticed troublesome signs. Jayden stopped talking. Jayden’s dad passed away when he was 18 months old. Relatives and friends told Evelyn that Jayden ...

  • Diabetic Eye Exams

    Don’t let your vision dictate whether you go to get an eye exam or not. “Get yearly dilated eye exams regardless,” urges CBHA Optometrist Dr. Callin Passey. “A person might feel that their vision is perfect and they can see the 20/20 row more times than not. If Diabetic Retinopathy is present, it will not start in the central vision. It goes undetected and can eventually ...

  • A Patient's Story of Managing Diabetes

    Long time Othello resident Olivia Salas made her first visit to the Othello Clinic recently. “A navigator (patient service representative) met me as I entered and helped direct me to where I needed to go,” she said. “The new clinic is really pretty and I felt very comfortable being here.” CBHA has always served Olivia’s health care needs – medical, dental, ...

  • Othello Community Health Fair

    National Health C enter Week has been celebrated for more than 30 years for its success in providing access to affordable, high-quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States. CBHA is kicking off National Health Center Week with the annual Othello Community Health Fair on Saturday, August 11 th from 1 – 5 pm at the Othello ...

  • 2018 Connell Woman of the Year: Jaeniffer Kaiser, ARNP

    Jaeniffer Kaiser’s determination and resourcefulness has been evident from an early age – even before she moved to Connell at age sixteen. Most people who know her may know a little of her story, which is quite a remarkable journey. When her parents had come to America earlier to set up a medical clinic in Connell, Jaeniffer stayed behind in the Philippines to care for her two younger ...

  • The Connell Clinic

    Franklin County residents, did you know that CBHA’s Connell Clinic offers comprehensive, collaborative health care services? The Connell Clinic has been expanding services and intends to expand even more. Site Director Nohely Velazquez says, “One of my goals is for the Connell Clinic be a ‘go to’ resource for any health needs people might have.” And that goal is well ...

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