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1029 NW 14th St. Suite 102 Bend, OR 97701 P 541-383-6357 F 541-383-5917

Providing access to health and education and behavior services for young children and their families.

-A Holiday Greeting from the Executive Director-


an a community effort change the life of a child? Indeed it can. Twenty years ago, three community members joined forces and created Healthy Beginnings. As Kathy Emerson, one of the program founders and former Deputy Superintendent of the High Desert ESD explained, “We were concerned that we were finding kids too late. Out of this concern, program resources from the county and the school districts were pulled together to implement the first free community screening clinic. We have a vision that the screenings would become such a part of our culture and that each and every family, regardless of economic status would know about the screenings, bring their kids, be supported and encouraged while leaning about available resources. Most importantly, children in need of intervention would be identified early, before they started school, when intervention has the most impact.” During this 20th anniversary year, Healthy Beginnings has just reached a major milestone – screening over 9,000 children, hosting nearly 300 screening clinics. Healthy Beginning’s professional volunteer staff combined with donors and media sponsors has helped us grow, but the need is still great. Although we know that children are still being missed, and the job seems large, we continue to improve our community and our future one child at a time. Community support can change the life of a child. Twenty years ago, community came together to forge a solution; with continued community support, your support...this solution continues, a child’s life is profoundly improved. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Holly Remer Executive Director

20 Years Providing Healthy Beginnings for Children Board of Directors Officers: Garrett Bergby President Jennifer Moss Lewis Vice President Arden Dettwyler Secretary Susan Crawford Treasurer Members: Courtney Latham Bridget McGinn Dr. Casey O’Neill Debbie Coehlo, PhD, PNP Renee Nelson Mari Enders Theo Giannioses Jane Dunham Paul Andrews Marilyn Watkins

Staff Holly Remer Executive Director

13th Annual

Grin and Bear It Run—Saturday, March 14th at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Partner with Healthy Beginnings as we race to raise important funds to support outreach, educational information for parents and free comprehensive health and developmental screenings for children age birth through 5 years throughout Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties at the 13th Annual Grin and Bear It Run on Saturday, March 14th at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Each year, over 500 children and families attend screenings because of fundraising events like Grin and Bear It and community donations. Whether you decide to walk or run the one mile family fun run, jog the 5K or test your endurance with our 10K route – your participation will make a huge impact on the lives of Central Oregon children and families. We hope to see you at the starting line! For sponsorship and registration information, please contact the Healthy Beginnings office at (541) 383-6357 or by visiting the website at

Shelley Irwin Family Support Specialist Volunteer Coordinator Anna Della Maggiora Community Relations & Resource Specialist Kelly Sullins Outreach Specialist/Cover Oregon Angela Saraceno Donor Relations Specialist Kelli Neumann Outreach Assistance/Cover Oregon This newsletter was printed by

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Katie Grantier Outreach Assistance/Cover Oregon

Thank You to the following Healthy Beginnings’ Champions for their generous support! Businesses / Foundations 5 Fusion A Child’s Garden Preschool A Lil Institute-For Little People, LLC Advantage Dental Clinics Advanced Northwest Welding American Licorice Co. Art Station Aspen Academy Ball Janik LLP Bank of the Cascades BBT Architects Beginnings Preschool Bend Garbage & Recycling Blooms & Sweets Bluefish Dental & Orthodontics Boneyard Brewery Bouncing off the Walls Brenn Park, Inc Brooks Resource Bud Fincham Associates Carrera Motors Cascade School of Music Central Electric Cooperative Central Oregon Nutrition Consultants Cobblestone Preschool Community Presbyterian Church Cover Oregon Crux Fermentation Project C.T.S. Partnership The Dental Foundation of Oregon Desert Blossom Preschool Desert Orthopedics Inc. Deschutes Brewery Deschutes County Deschutes County Commissioners Deschutes County Title Deschutes Pediatric Dentistry Diversified Heating & Cooling Dutch Bros Elemental Eyecare Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration Express Employment Professionals Foundry Church Falling Waters Family Resource Center Fred Meyer G5 Search Marketing, Inc. Galash-Larsen Inc Gobeille Orthodontics Goulart Natural Health & Chiropractic Grudin Family Trust Hickman, Williams & Associates High Desert ESD High Country Disposal Highland Baptist Church Home Smart Realty Home Heating & Cooling Hydro Systems, Inc Injury & Health Management Center Juniper Ridge Development & Behavior Kerkoch Katter & Nelson KIDS Center Kirby Nagelhout Construction Kissler Family Foundation Kohls Knife River La Pine Community Health Center Larson Learning Center Lay It Out Events Leahey Consulting Group Leapin’ Lizards Les Schwab Lifetime Fitness Little Learners Preschool Living Waters Baptist Church Liz’s House Daycare Lollipop Kids Lumbermens Insurance Macy’s

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Mama Bear Oden’s Preschool Thomas & Lorlee Ackeman Vicki Ertle Miller Lumber Joan Alles Kimberly Evered Morning Star Christian School Marc Anderson Nancy Faulkner Mid Oregon Credit Union Paul and Jennifer Andrews Mark & Mary Ellen Ford Midstate Charitable Trust Larry Armitage Alicia Fox Ministry Training Centers Kathryn Bailey Tiffany Foy Mosaic Medical Danielle Baptist Dr. David Fuller Moonlight Mailing Angela Bacuyani Angela Galan MOsley WOtta Linda & Randy Balsiger Jennifer Games Mt Bachelor Rotary Club Tammy Baney Cora Gangware Natural Approach Chiropractic Thomas & Barbara Barber Julie Gess-Newsome Natural Medicine Associates Talena Barker Arlene Gibson Nativity Lutheran Church Greg & Molly Bartness Linda Gilpin The Neighborhood Center Steve Beaudry Natascha & John Ginsburg NeighborImpact Renata Beck Virginia Graham Nesting Mama Melinda Bentley June Griffin Fenya Grigorieff New Generations Child Development Center Margaret Betsch Mary Jo Grimes Newport Avenue Market Garrett Bergby Leonard Gross Newschannel 21 David & Sandra Bishop Alexi Halvorson O’Neill Orthodontics Peggy Biss Kym Hartford On Point Community Credit Union Lee Ann Bjorklund Dora Hartung One Main Financial Galen Blyth Cherise Hatch Oregon Community Foundation Peter Boehm Jim & Mary Hayden Oregon Montessori Assoc. Marijane Boyd Peter M Hazell II Oregon Spirit Distillers Susan Bray Judy Heck Oxford Suites & Inns Lori Brizee Jody Helgerson Pacific Power Foundation Jennifer Brown Karen Hermes Pacific Source Health Plans Richard & Lynn Brown Barbara Hess Patrick Environmental Inc Tobiah Brown Jane Meyer Hiatt Pease Family LLC Shosana Buckendorf Anna & Alexander Higgins Pediatric Heart Center of CO Knute & Patty Buehler Stefanie and David Holland Pediatric Dental Associates Annelise Bunch Lisa Holt Perk Avenue Drive-Up Sarah Burke Lyndsey Holub Pink Chandelier Eric & Brianna Cadwell Haley Huntington Progressive Screen Printing Melissa Campbell Jim & Gloria Irwin Pumpkin Patch Preschool David & Sally Cancilla Jeff Irwin Pure Care Dental Karen Cardin Brad Irwin Quota Intl of Central Oregon Jami & Anthony Carino Ted Johnson Ray’s Food Place: Ernest Carino Edie Jones La Pine, Prineville & Sisters Jason Carr Margery & Alan Jones Redmond Surgery Center Tom & Susan Carroll Patricia Julber Redmond Speech & Language Leslie Carter Rachel Kane Richard E Engebrecht Survivor Trust Ronald & Mary Carver Charles Keers Roberts on Wall Street Deb Coulter Audrey Keller SELCO Community Credit Union Mike & Lilian Chu Melissa Kent SHARC Sue Clarke Don & Cameron Kerr Shop Smart La-Pine Bridget McGinn-Clark Larry & Kathleen Kimmel Sisters Kiwanis Kendra Coates Max & Jeri Kimmel Sisters Park & Recreation Debbie Coehlo Donna Kopacz Sortor Bushido Kai Karate Lee & Stephanie Cole Gary Kronmiller South Valley Bank & Trust Margaret Ann Cole Lynn Kruger St. Charles Health System Stacy Collins Casey Kump Stone Soup Elizabeth Cook Melinda Laidlaw Strictly Organic Coffee JH Coon Marta Lawrence St. Francis of Assisi School Susan Cooper Theresa Layman Sunriver Christian Fellowship Susan Conrad Chelsea Leavitt Sunriver Marketplace Sandy Cota Janice & William Lee Sunriver Rotary Club Foundation Susan & Seth Crawford Margaret Legowik Sunriver Women’s Club Laura Cuthbert Heidi Lekan The Benevity Community Impact Fund AnneMarie Daggett Jennifer Moss Lewis The Village Preschool Jeanna Darnell Elizabeth Lohman Timm Family Dentistry Carolyn Davenport Ericka Luckel Tricycle Creative Kris Davis Sharity Ludwig Trinity Lutheran Church Tony & Kathy DeBone Helene Lulich Truist Jim & Dory Delp Ellen Macke Together for Children Mary Dennis Mary & Richard Margosian Umpqua Bank Vicky & David Dethloff Brian Marlowe United Way of Deschutes County Arden Dettwyler Lynn Martin Unity Community Church Carol & James Dickerson Denise McAdams US Raceworks LLC Vito DiMaio Genie McBurnett Walker Structural Engineering, LLC Lisa Dobey Kristen McCown Wal-Mart of Bend and Redmond Andrea Donnenwerth Bobbi McGinn Wall Street Storage Kathy Drew Melissa & Sean McKenney Wells Fargo Foundation Mary Jane Drey Heather McNeil Westside Church Joey Drucker Willow Lactation, LLC Jeanene Dumont Gary Romaniak & Jean Mendenhall Elise Gillem Michels Williamson & Company Jane Dunham Debbie Miller Susan Duncan DID WE Randy & Kari Miller Bruce & Kristi Dunlap Jeff Monson Mark & Brenda Eberle MISS YOU?? Patricia & Greg Moss Kathy Eckman If so, we will be sure to get you listed in the Greg Munn Craig & Kathy Emerson next newsletter. Lynn Murray Ryan & Maricella Enders Jean Myers

Individuals Sandra & Richard Negus Richard Newberry Linda Newland Ashley Nichols Carolyn Nilsen Michael Nyberg Dr. Casey O’Neill Kathy Oxborrow Jeff Papke Jamie Payne Dale Parkinson Donna Pfeiffer Kathryn Phillips Susan Rainaldi William & JE Raleigh Heather & Corey Randolph Elaine Redman-LeRoy Molly Renner John Rexford Charleen Reynolds Jen Rich James & Sisam Roberts David and Jill Rosell Deborah Ross Gary Romaniak Janet Russell Mark & Nancy Russell Stephanie Russell Rick & Bernadine Saenz Jennifer Salari Marcia Sanchez Hillary & Daniel Saraceno Bess Schaberg Carol Schrader Paul Seglund Shana Sellers Paul Shales Sally Sherfey Janis Sharpe Tim & Betty Shuler Katie Silver Bob Singer Michelle Slivkoff Molly Slough Jane Smilie Justin Snyder Oliver Spencer Laura & Robert Steffen Mara Stein Dan & Barbra Stevens Wendy Stock Erica Strader Leslie Sundquist Molly Svendsen Catherine Templin Evelyn & Lawrence Thissell Cydnee Timm Trace & Diane Tipton Patricia Trapnell Jennifer Trout Norma Tucker John Teller & Amy Tykeson Alan Unger Janice Vetter Shannan Vines Daina Vitolins Steve Walberg Kathryn Walker Susan Walker Betsy Warriner Marilyn Watkins Rachel Wente-Chaney Carol Wellock Jillian White Pam Williams Jane Williamson Frances Willis Anissa Wiseman Janae Wiseman Thomas & Lois Worcester Angelee & Robert Wray Mary Ann Wren Kerry & Henry Zenich

THANK YOU GRATIDUTE Appreciation Thank You You’re the Best


Healthy Beginnings’ 2nd Annual

Early Childhood Resource Fair ATTENTION: Early childhood organizations, preschools, daycares, recreation businesses and health professionals! Healthy Beginnings is preparing for it’s 2nd Annual Early Childhood Resource Fair scheduled for April 11, 2015. Location will be at St. Charles Conference Center. If you’d like to reserve space to promote your business and/or services, be sure to contact Anna Della Maggiora at (541) 383-6357 or Deadline to reserve your space is April 3rd. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate. Parents of Bend will come with their children to enjoy fun activities at each table and discuss important information to help them raise healthy happy families. Healthy Beginnings will also be conducting a 4 b4 5 custom onsite health & development screening catered to children 0-5 years of age. At a 4 b4 5 screening, children will be screened in the areas of vision, hearing, developmental and behavior.

STAMPS of APPROVAL A Bear-Hug Testimonial Written by Angela Saraceno

I recently had the opportunity to meet Sarah and Jake – a family who has been attending Healthy Beginnings screenings on an annual basis. Because of our screenings, Sarah not only received education and reassurance that Jake was growing well, but she was also connected to resources to help along the way. Here’s her story in her own words: I stand in the hallway watching the doctors wheel my son off to surgery. His little hand waves goodbye and all at once anxious tears begin to fall. While watching the raindrops fall outside Doernbecher’s waiting room, Jake’s short life replays in my mind. He has experienced more health issues than I wish upon anyone. I remember staying up with him as a baby while his metabolic disorder acted up and I can’t believe that his most recent string of ear infections has stripped him of his hearing. I am so grateful that a Healthy Beginnings’ screening found a hearing concern. This inability to hear explained the many temper tantrums, sleepless nights, and frustrations between Jake and me. Just when I thought I could not sit another minute I heard the specialist, “Sarah, we were able to successfully place Jake’s ear tubes and he is expected to regain 100% of his hearing. Jake is lucky that you were so diligent to follow up with his hearing screenings and you found the issue when you did. If Jake would have gone one or two more years with the infections, the tubes would not have been successful; great job, mom! A nurse will be out to get in you in a few minutes so you can see him.” The next thing I know, nurses are flooding my mind with post-op information. Worry turns to gratitude when Jake awakes. “Mom,” he says softly, “why is everything so loud? Can you turn it down?” Laughter fills the room and Jake quickly covers his ears. Watching my son hear the world around him makes me think of the many people who make Healthy Beginnings’ screenings possible – they are true heroes. “I don’t know where we would be without Healthy Beginnings’ screenings. I cannot tell you how much of a relief it is to know I can spend an hour of my day having Jake evaluated by 12 different developmental and health volunteers. Nowhere else in our community is there free, quality and detailed care for my child where I can receive quick answers and referrals for everything going on with my son. Jake is thriving and that is largely in part to the work of Healthy Beginnings.” ~ Sarah, Jake’s mom Healthy Beginnings’ services are supported by community members like you. If you’d like to make a donation to Healthy Beginnings, please visit our website at or mail in your donation with the printed form on the back of this newsletter.

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