Elks and Veterans

Members of the Utah Elks and Provo Lodge #849 present iPods to veterans at Central Utah Veterans Center Nov. 10.

Kids On The Move is awarded 5-Year Baby Watch Early Intervention Grant

Kids On The Move (KOTM), an Orem non-profit involved in the disabilities and special education community for 29 years, has once again been awarded the Baby Watch Early Intervention grant from the Utah Department of Health for the fiscal years 2017 through 2021. KOTM has been delivering services to children with disabilities and developmental delays in the Alpine School District boundaries since 1986, and was recognized as Best of State in Special Education in 2015.

“The grant will guarantee that qualifying children and families residing in the Alpine School District area will continue to receive the highest quality services possible from our amazing staff” said Heather Waters, KOTM Early Intervention director.

Most services are delivered in the home where the child lives, providing support and hands-on instructional training to parents. KOTM ensures that parents are empowered with knowledge and experience as they become integrated into their child’s individualized therapeutic program.

“We remain committed to providing the best care possible for these amazing children and their families” said Scott Bean, KOTM CEO. “We appreciate the recognition from the State of Utah and the larger disabilities community that KOTM is the most qualified organization for delivering the quality therapy that families need and have come to expect from us.”

Utah County Asthma Home Visiting Program seeks youth participants

The Utah County Health Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new home visit program for youth with asthma living in Utah County. About 7 percent of Utah children have asthma — almost 58,000. The program is new to Utah County and actively seeking participants with severe or uncontrolled asthma. Asthma is considered uncontrolled when a patient must use a rescue inhaler more than twice a week, he/she wakes up twice a month coughing from asthma, or must refilling a rescue inhaler more than twice a year. Similar programs have shown benefits for participants, including fewer asthma symptoms, fewer missed school days and fewer hospitalizations due to asthma.

Program participants will learn how to recognize asthma symptoms, correctly use asthma medications and reduce asthma triggers in the home. The program consists of three home visits and two follow-up phone calls. Home visits last between 60–90 minutes and are spread over a period of about four months. Home visits are conducted by health educators from the Utah County Health Department. Participants who complete the program will also receive $50 in gift cards to Smith's.

"Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children and the number one cause of missed school days. When kids miss school, often a parent also misses work to take care of that child," said Andrea Jensen, Asthma program coordinator. "We want to keep kids healthy, happy and in school. We are excited to be able to offer this program to asthmatic residents of Utah County."

For more information, contact Andrea Jensen at 801-851-7509.

Residents can get a better smile through local program

Doctors Michael Harris and David Park of Utah Surgical Arts are offering two residents in Utah County an opportunity to restore their smiles. From now until Dec. 18, applicants who are in need of full-arch restorations or corrective jaw surgery, but who otherwise couldn’t afford it, are invited to apply for Utah Surgical Arts’ Share a Smile and Facial Reconstruction programs.

“We have been blessed by a wonderful community here in Utah County. They are the reason we love doing what we do,” said Dr. Harris. “The opportunity to give back and help our community along with the residents that are a part of it is irreplaceable. We are excited to begin this process.”

The recipient of the Share a Smile program will receive a procedure that restores the patient to normal function, and significantly improves facial aesthetics, as well. The treatment will produce a new set of fully functional, natural-looking teeth. This treatment is a solution for patients who are missing teeth, losing teeth, or have been told they need dentures.

The recipient of the Facial Reconstruction program will receive corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery. This surgery will help improve the recipient’s chewing ability, speech, respiratory function and facial appearance. Orthognathic surgery benefits people who suffer from an improper bite or a misaligned jaw.

Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on Dec. 18.

To apply for the Share a Smile program, visit : shareasmileprovo.com.

To apply for the Facial Reconstruction program, visit: facialreconstructionprogram.com.

Local Vets given new tech

The Utah Elks and Provo Lodge #849 presented 30 iPods and $500 in iTunes cards to the Central Utah Veterans Center Nov. 10.

“We visit all our veterans homes in Utah on a monthly basis and listen to their needs and this was one of their requests,” said Robert Pagnani, Utah Elks veterans chairman. “By providing these items, they get to listen to music and books and it gives them comfort. We believe it also gives them a relapse from pain and some of the post-traumatic stress disorder they may have.”

Nationally, the Elks give over $5,000,000 to veterans programs nationwide.

Karissa Neely reports on Business & Community events, and can be reached at (801) 344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely