Learning for Life Program: Family Paint Night

The Learning for Life Program with Burgess Health Center Public Health was very pleased to be able to host a Family Paint Night on January 21 at the West Monona Elementary. The Public Health Department applied for and received special funding from the Neighborhood Network Grant, which made it possible to provide this event free to the residents of Monona County and the surrounding areas. The Learning for Life Parent Educators worked with Simply Signs and Creative Customs, and the Iowa State University Extension Office to provide this fun event.

During this event, families were able to pick from two different wood designs to create, ‘Welcome to our Home” or “Love you more.” Families worked together to paint each block, place the stencil, and complete the painting to have a beautiful new decoration. The designs were created on separate blocks so that everyone in the family could be involved and have a roll in this creation. There were 19 families in attendance for a total of 38 participants. All families were entered into a drawing, and three lucky families were able to go home with a basket of goodies.

Simply Signs and Creative Customs provided instructions to complete the project and helped each family individually answer questions as they arose. The Learning for Life Parent Educators provided information on the importance of parent-child interaction. The Iowa State University Extension Office offered a delicious soup, cornbread, and some healthy snacks. ISU also provided information on how to make healthy snacks and where to find more healthy eating choices.

This event was funded by the support of Community Partnership for Protecting Children’s Neighborhood Networks Grant. This grant’s goal is to bring families together to build lasting relationships in their community. The learning for Life program is funded by grants from the Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) board and the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP).

To learn more about Public Health, visit www.burgesshc.org/services/public-health/ or 712.423.9153.

Pictured: Larissa King and daughter Brynnley.

Rock the Heart Beat at the 2020 Wear Red Event

Join us for Burgess Health Center’s Wear Red for Heart Health Luncheon event on Thursday, February 13. Burgess has organized presentations and more than a dozen booths to highlight physical activity and the day’s heart health theme, “Rock the Heart Beat”, connecting physical activity and heart health.

Mahmoud A. Sharaf, MD, FRCP, will discuss how to “Rock the Heart Beat” and connect physical activity to heart health. As an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Sharaf diagnoses and treats abnormalities that impair the function of the cardiovascular system. He and his team at Unity Point work extremely hard to get the best outcome for their patients.

Doors of the Onawa Community Center open at 10:30 a.m. with education stations, fun booths, free chair massages and nail painting, and more. Staley’s will provide a delicious buffet meal served at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Registration cost is $10. If you have not registered before February 7, please register at the door on the day of the event.  Active Burgess Volunteers get $2 off the price of registration. Registration forms are available at all Burgess locations. Individuals may also register by calling (712) 423-9200.

First Baby of the Year Born at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center welcomes the New Year with the announcement of its first baby of 2020. On January 2, at 8:36 p.m., a baby boy, Drocarys Mosias-Wayne Miller, was born to Kiana Phillips and Byson Miller at Burgess Family Beginnings in Onawa. He weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and was 21 inches long.

As the Burgess Family Beginnings New Year’s baby, Drocarys and his parents received a personalized work of art made by Sue Cutler, chairperson of Burgess Health Center Auxiliary New Year’s Baby Gift Committee. In addition, the Kiwanis Club of Onawa presented baby Drocarys with a hand-made quilt.

If you would like to find out more about Burgess Family Beginnings or the Burgess Auxiliary, visit www.BurgessHC.org.

Photo: Sue Cutler, Byson Miller, Kiana Phillips, baby Drocarys Miller, and Lou Hewitt.

Learning for Life Program Brings Christmas Cheer

The Learning for Life program, through Burgess Health Center, held a group meeting at the Onawa Public Library on December 17, 2019. Each child was able to make a Christmas ornament and color a picture to take home and hang up. Santa attended this event as well! Each child had an opportunity to let Santa know what he/she wanted for Christmas. Santa was excited to talk with all of the children and encouraged them to sing Christmas songs to help bring the Christmas cheer.

If you or a friend would like to know how to enjoy group meetings, such as this, and to learn how to participate in educational home visits that will help your child’s growth and development, please contact Burgess Health Center’s Learning for Life Program, at 712-423-9253 or 712-423-9242. Sara Keenan or Debie Lahr would be happy to talk to you about this helpful program available in Monona County! Learning for Life (LFL) is a free home visiting program for families with children under five years of age and for expectant mothers. The program is funded by a grant from the Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Early Childhood Iowa Board and ICAPP funds.

Learning for Life Program: Family Paint Night

Burgess Health Center Public Health, Learning for Life Program, was very pleased to be able to host a Family Paint Night on November 18th at the Soldier Community Center. The Public Health Department applied for and received special funding from the Neighborhood Network Grant, which made it possible to provide this event for free to the residents of Monona County and the surrounding areas. The Learning for Life Parent Educators worked with Simply Signs and Creative Customs, and the Iowa State University Extension Office to provide this fun event.

During this event, families were able to pick from two different wood designs to create, ‘Welcome to our Home” or “Let it Snow.” Families worked together to paint each block, place the stencil, and complete the painting to have a beautiful new decoration. The designs were created on separate blocks so that everyone in the family could be involved and have a roll in this creation. There were 12 families in attendance for a total of 24 participants. All families were entered into a drawing, and three lucky families were able to go home with a new blanket and book.

Simply Signs and Creative Customs provided instructions to complete the project and helped each family individually answer questions as they arose. The Learning for Life Parent Educators provided information on the importance of parent-child interaction. The Iowa State University Extension Office provided a healthy snack, details on how to make healthy snacks and make healthy eating choices. This event was funded by the support of Community Partnership for Protecting Children’s Neighborhood Networks Grant. This grant’s goal is to bring families together to build lasting relationships in their community. The Learning for Life program is funded by grants from the Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) board and the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP).

To learn more about Public Health, visit www.burgesshc.org/services/public-health/ or 712.423.9153.

Milestone & Guardian Angel Tree Ceremony

The public is invited to commemorate the holidays at the annual tree lighting ceremony for the Burgess Foundation Milestone & Guardian Angel Trees, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Burgess Health Center lobby.

Following the lighting, Burgess Auxiliary will serve complimentary refreshments for all in attendance.

Personalized brass ornaments recognizing loved ones are remembered in a memorial or honorarium to the Burgess Foundation during the last year are placed on the nine-foot, frosted blue spruce Milestone Tree. The Guardian Angel tree honors Burgess staff members and volunteers recognized through the Guardian Angel program during the last year.

Commemorative gifts made to the foundation also observe births, graduations, anniversaries, and the holiday. All commemorative gifts help to enhance the quality care provided at Burgess Health Center.

For more information, contact Bart McDowell, director of Burgess Foundation, by emailing foundation@burgesshc.org or calling 712-423-9374.

Poinsettia Ball & Holiday Brunch

The Brunch is Friday, December 6, at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Onawa, and the Poinsettia Ball is Saturday, December 14, at WinnaVegas in Sloan, starting at 5:00 p.m.

These celebrations attract hundreds of supporters for fun, great food, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds this year will go toward the purchase lifesaving equipment for Burgess Health Center.

Reservations are $50 each for brunch and $75 each for the ball if purchased by November 22. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those wanting to contribute even more towards these incredible technological upgrades that will benefit many area residents.

Country Knot is set to entertain during the Brunch. Guests at the Ball will enjoy the music of Stimulus Package Band. This year’s theme is “Believe in the Magic, Give with your Heart.”

Auction items include several experience packages, autographed sports memorabilia, overnights stays, and dozens of other unique items.

Those who would like to attend an event or be a sponsor can fill out a form available online at www.BurgessHC.org/ball. For more information, email Foundation@BurgessHC.org or call 712-423-9374.     Follow the Foundation Facebook page for more details: Facebook.com/BurgessFoundation.

Learning for Life Program: Pumpkin Painting

The Learning for Life Program, offered by Burgess Health Center Public Health, held a group meeting at Gaukel Park in Onawa, IA, on October 22, 2019. There were ten families and 25 children in attendance. Each child got to pick a large pumpkin to paint, decorate, and take home. Parents had the opportunity to paint with their children, meet new families, and build support systems in the community. Families were able to enter their name for a door prize. Six lucky families were able to go home with a carving kit that they could use on their pumpkins.

If you or a friend would like to know how to enjoy group meetings, such as this, and to learn how to participate in educational home visits that will help your child’s growth and development, please contact Burgess Health Center Public Health’s Learning for Life Program, at 712-420-0054. Sara Keenan or Debie Lahr would be happy to talk to you about this exciting and beneficial program available in Monona County! Learning for Life is a free home visiting program for families with children under five years of age and expectant mothers. It is funded by a grant from the Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Early Childhood Iowa Board and the ICAPP grant.

To learn more about Public Health visit www.burgesshc.org/services/public-health/ or 712.423.9153.