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> Health education and activities

Immunizations

Providence St. Mary and Providence Medical Group hosted its second annual free drive-through flu shot clinic for adults in concert with the Walla Walla County Health Department. The clinic is particularly convenient for elderly and disabled individuals have mobility challenges, since they do not have to leave their cars to get an immunization. The clinic also allows Providence and the Health Department to practice working together to give mass immunizations, an important skill for disaster preparedness. Six hundred immunizations were given.

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Community partnerships

Donations of funding, supplies and labor were directed to two independent clinics serving particularly vulnerable, at-risk populations in Walla Walla:

  • The SOS Clinic, a free clinic serving uninsured individuals, including many in the migrant community.
  • The Center at Lincoln, a clinic providing medical and mental heaservices to students at an alternative high school. The Center is operated by Student Health Options.

Providence caregivers teamed up with local realtors for Walla Walla’s largest food drive for the hungry. Caregivers helped distribute donation bags door-to-door, then picked up the filled bags. Donation bins also were placed in the hospital. Every year the drive brings in around two tons of food to stock local food banks.

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Health education and activities

Numerous free classes, screenings, support groups and talks were offered for the community. Screenings were conducted for skin and prostate cancer in cooperation with the Walla Walla Clinic, an independent group of physicians in Walla Walla. Classes were given for topics including childbirth, diabetes, smoking cessation and Pilates for cancer survivors. Support groups were offered for new mothers, cancer survivors, people with COPD, and users of positive airway pressure machines. Providence Medical Group physicians gave a year-long series of monthly community talks on topics ranging from concussion prevention to sleep patterns in teens.

Providence Medical Group held its first community Heart Health Fun Run, a 5 kilometer run along the Mill Creek Channel in Walla Walla. Participation was free. Around 100 people ran or walked.

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