November Medical Minute

This is normally the time of year when we think of cold nights and planning for family gatherings around holiday tables. Across our two states, numbers of COVID-19 cases are rising. This also comes at a time when flu season will be arriving in our region. 

Planning holiday get togethers during COVID-19 - School of Public Health

The question on everyone’s minds- how do we safely manage the holidays and this unique winter season ahead? This winter will not, or should not, be the same for most of us if we are following recommendations to reduce our risk of contracting COVID-SARS2. It means rethinking large gatherings and finding other ways to celebrate. The CDC provides lots of helpful information here to guide us in safely negotiating holidays.

Family Gatherings, Holidays and More: Additional Tips on Celebrating Missed  Milestones during Covid- | The University of Vermont Health Network

So as winter approaches, continue those FaceTime/Zoom/Google Group gatherings, find a great book to read and look at all of the local activities you can do with your family. Check out the many local parks and hiking trails for an outing. This site lists activities for kids and adults – just plug in your zip code!

Support your favorite restaurants with carry-out orders, your favorite small businesses with curbside pick-up, or short, mask-wearing in-store shopping. Shop your local bookstores to find that special book for the children in your lives. Click here to support independent bookstores.

Why the flu shot is so important in 2020 | Feeling Fit |

To keep extra safe get your flu vaccine if you haven’t yet, wear a face covering whenever you are with other people outside of your social bubble, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. Don’t touch your face!

To our loyal donors, we thank you for your continued support during these difficult corona-era times. Know that you are helping us make a difference in the lives of children every day!

-Sallie Page-Goertz, MN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC

Welcome New Board Member Katie Jardieu!

When Katie Jardieu was growing up, books were a beloved anchor of stability and consistency, like an old familiar friend. “I moved around a lot as a kid and books allowed moments of quiet in the various places where we didn’t know anyone yet,” says Katie.

Today, she’s in an exciting chapter of her life. Katie and her husband, Chris, have an adopted son named Jimmy who is turning four-years-old this month. Jimmy is from China and hopes to meet his new adopted little brother soon. Right now, Katie and Chris are waiting for China’s border to open to finalize their second son’s adoption.

“Reading is a way for my husband and I to connect with our children early on, as we help them navigate a new language and new country. It has also helped us learn more about their culture and integrate aspects of it into our family,” says Katie, “Reading and books are so important to me as they have helped us discover new aspects of our son’s personality and create memories together as a family during our pre-COVID weekly library trips.”

By joining the Reach Out and Read Kansas City Advisory Board, Katie wants to help other children gain access to books as early as possible so that they too, can have the countless advantages of reading and learning at a young age. “What I am most looking forward to about being on the Advisory Board, is to help expand the mission of ROR-KC and get books into the hands of more kids and families who need them” says Katie, “I was specifically interested in ROR-KC because they don’t make families sign up for anything to get the books. They make the well-child visits less scary and more approachable.”

Katie is a City Planner for Raymore, Missouri with a background in cartography.

Welcome, Katie, and thank you for sharing your time and talents with us!