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What to do about Your Teen’s Health

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April 13, 2018

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic hosts Town Hall event

The teenage years can be difficult. They can be emotionally, physically, and mentally difficult for both teens and parents.

Topics may come up at home involving bullying, behavioral health, anxiety, depression, drugs, alcohol, and other health and safety issues. Safe Haven Community Center in Toppenish is holding a town hall seminar to help parents learn how to discuss these difficult topics, and learn about local resources for them and their teens.

Parents and their families are invited to join Dr. Megan Prior, a Seattle Children’s REACH Resident at the town hall event, Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Safe Haven Community Center is located at 410 Washington Avenue in Toppenish.

Dr. Prior will walk parents through “What to Do for Your Teen’s Health” by Registered Nurses Gloria Mayer and Ann Kuklierus. The book helps parents address topics including emotions, body changes, and other teen issues including friends, school, exercise, sports, eating disorders, self-injury, anger, violence and bullying, depression, and suicide.

“We really want to help parents talk about these issues,” Dr. Prior said. “We also want families to know that their pediatricians have a strong interest in discussing these topics with their patients.”

The message Dr. Prior wants parents to know: No issue is too silly to make an appointment with your pediatrician.

If parents concerns include mental health, behavioral health, or nutrition concerns, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has a team in place to help. Dr. Prior wants the community to know about the integrated resources available to families. On-site Behavioral Health Consultants and Registered Dietitians are available for same-day access.

This event is open to all families. The first 20 families will receive a free copy of the book. Refreshments will be served and activities for teens and children are planned.


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical and social services for more than 149,000 people. We employ 1,482 full-time staff and 705 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, administrative fellows, students and volunteers. Facilities: 24 medical clinics, 12 dental clinics, 8 pharmacies, and 59 program sites. Washington locations: Grandview, Granger, Kennewick, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla, and Wapato. Oregon locations: Astoria, Clatskanie, Hermiston, Newberg, McMinnville, Portland, Salem, and Woodburn. Our Mission: Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice. Visit: