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July 22, 2014

Clay and Platte: Around our towns

News from around the Northland

Back-to-school shots and physicals

Children in Clay County can get their back-to-school physicals and immunizations at the Clay County Public Health Center through Aug. 15.

The Health Center is working in partnership with Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (SURHC) and offering appointments at the Health Center at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.

Clay County Health provides immunizations for uninsured, underinsured or Medicaid children by appointment by calling 816-595-4355.

SURHC provides medical and dental services on a sliding income scale by calling 816-413-0662. Medical care for the entire family is provided by Dr. Navkirandeep Kaur.

SURHC also has a North Oak location at 4820 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, North.

Gladstone health fair

The city of Gladstone’s annual Health & Safety Fair is from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Gladstone Community Center.

Free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings will be done by North Kansas City Hospital.

Vendors include Dentistry for Children, Moyes Eye Center, Clay County Public Health, Clay County Senior Services, Creekwood Orthodontics, Chiropractic Life Center, Baker University and Park University.

A pediatrician will be on site and North Kansas Hospital will provide an ask-a-nurse station.

For information call 816-423-4200.

Artists for Life

The Artists for Life Project, a traveling exhibit which was created to bring attention to the problem of handgun violence, will be on display through July 25 at the Liberty City Hall.

“It’s unique in that it is art with a message. Its purpose is to bring attention to the outrageous rate of gun violence in the Kansas City area. While we may not think about it as much here in Liberty it still is something we need to think about and talk about,” said Jonna Wensel, community development manager for the city of Liberty.

The work of prominent African-American artists will be on display. One poster is by Greg Powell, a corporal with the Liberty Police Department. Powell’s poster encourages fathers and sons to do their part to stop handgun violence.

The exhibit was initiated by Kansas City artist Darryl Chamberlain and is inside the city hall at 101 E. Kansas St., Liberty. It will be open to the public through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guardianship meeting

Northland Grandfamilies will learn about “The Steps and Procedures for Applying for Guardianship in Missouri” during a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 N.W. Prairie Road, Kansas City, North.

Toni Clemens, Platte County public administrator, and Jera Pruitt, chief deputy public administrator, will talk about guardianship in Missouri and procedures that grandparents or other relatives should follow when applying for a guardianship or conservatorship in Missouri.

The Northland Grandfamilies meetings are free and open to any grandparent, aunt, or uncle who is raising children.

For more about the July 28 meeting or about the Northland Grandfamilies Program, call the University of Missouri Extension Office at 816-407-3490.

Adult abuse, neglect

Adult abuse, neglect and exploitation will be discussed at the next meeting of The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Eliasa Sabogal de Guerrero, adult protective and community worker for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, will speak and answer questions. Older adults, professional and family caregivers are welcome.

“Exploitation is happening here in Kansas City,” said Emily Roper-Parsons, older adult outreach coordinator for Tri-County Mental Health Services. “Sometimes people are very familiar with the child abuse and neglect hotline, but I think people don’t understand that there is a way to report if you think things are not right and seniors and people with disabilities are being abused.”

The group is sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health Services, and meets at the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 N.E. 83rd St., Kansas City, North.

For information call 816-468-0400.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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