2013 Ojai Valley Health Fair
Sponsored by the Oak View Women's Club and Ojai Valley Woman's Club.
3rd Annual Ojai Valley Health Fair and Forum
The Affordable Care Act Demystified
ForumThe Affordable Care Act is the focus of this year’s Ojai Valley Health Fair
and Forum, a free annual event hosted by the Oak View Women’s Club and
the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club. Noted experts and educators in health
insurance will speak on different aspects of the new legislation, answer
questions and give recommendations for getting the best and most
affordable care plans. This is a unique opportunity to hear the facts rather than opinions, from 9:30 - 11 in the auditorium.
Keynote speaker is Dr. Shana Alex Lavarreda, Director of Health
Insurance Studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the
state's premier resource for health insurance statistics. A
self-described "research geek" who has worked in the healthcare field
for twelve years, Lavarreda says, "I think health insurance matters are
fun." Her address will emphasize the ACA’s radical impact on the health
of all Americans.
Catherine Pedrosa, education specialist for the United Way, will talk
about outreach to younger Americans. “We call them the Young
Invincibles,” she said, “because when you are younger you tend to think
nothing bad can happen to you. But this law represents a cultural shift
of everyone having the peace of mind that comes from reliable and
affordable health insurance.”
Ojai’s Bill Nugent, a retired special agent for the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service, is a certified educator who gives hands-on advice
on shopping for insurance on the Covered California exchange. “It’s not
a complicated process,” he says. “In California it’s really very
simple, not much different than applying for a credit card.”
The panel will take questions submitted in writing. At the conclusion
of the forum, Nugent and Pedrosa will be on hand to give individual
initial estimates of health coverage costs.
The Ojai Valley Health Fair will also feature booths with flu shots,
health screenings, and other resources for young adults and families.
The Oak View Women’s Club and Ojai Valley Woman’s Club are 501(c)(3)
charitable organizations. They are members of the General Federation of
Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community
improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
They are two of the oldest philanthropic organizations in the area; the
Ojai Valley club was established in 1911 and the Oak View club in 1952.
Information tables and screenings
Many of the information tables and health screening services have bilingual representatives:
Ventura County United Way
have Covered California certified educators to answer questions and
provide individualized estimates on insurance coverage options.
Ventura County Health Care Agency
are providing flu vaccines and offering the following health screens:
height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and blood
glucose. Representatives will also provide health education. In front of
the clubhouse, the Sidewalk CPR crew will teach life-saving techniques.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ventura County
will be on hand with literature and a representative to answer questions about mental health care options.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
- The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
will have a Covered California certified educator and registered Medicare counselor on hand to answer questions and advise on insurance options.
Ventura County Office of Education - Comprehensive Health & Prevention Programs has
materials and representatives to help you learn about the health,
wellness, and prevention programs available in our county.
Gold Coast Health Plan
provide information on the Affordable Care Act in reference to the
Medi-Cal expansion, health care services, health education and cultural
and linguistic services. They are an independent public entity governed
by the Ventura County Medi-Cal Managed Care Commission (comprised of
locally elected officials, Providers, hospitals, clinics, the county
healthcare agency and consumer advocates) and serve more than 100,000
Medi-Cal beneficiaries living in Ventura County.
2012 Ojai Valley Health Fair
Sponsored by the Oak View Women's Club and Ojai Valley Woman's Club.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ojai Valley Health
Fair Celebrates Good Health
“What we are giving people is information that can help them have the best quality of life forever”, says Ojai optometrist Bruce Brockman. That’s the message that Dr. Brockman and other medical professionals will be bringing to the free second annual Ojai Valley Health Fair.
Five well-known local doctors and educators will be speaking on issues such as heart arrhythmia, vision care, and diabetes. “When people understand what their healthcare provider is asking them to do and what the benefits are,” says Oak View dentist Drew Eggebraten, “they’re more motivated to take care of themselves.” Reminding us that November is National Diabetes Month, nurse and educator Gloria Forgea will stress the importance of education about diabetes. “Once a person learns about the disease they’re better able to take care of themselves, they have better blood sugar control, and feel much better.”
Each talk will last approximately 45 minutes, including a question and answer period
- Dr. Ishu Rao, Cardiology Associates Medical Group, on heart rhythm disturbances and treatment (10:15 AM)
- Dr. Drew Eggebraten, DDS, on dental health and how it affects your heart and your health in general (11:00 AM)
- Gloria Forgea, RN, MBA Director of Education, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, on risk factors for developing diabetes, signs and symptoms and diabetes self-management (11:45 AM)
- Dr. Bruce Brockman, Topa Topa Optometry, on eye health and indicators of more serious underlying health problems (12:30 PM)
- Dr. David Chase, Emergency Physician and Family Physician at Ventura County Medical Center discusses current results of field cardiac arrest in Ventura, PAD (Public Access Defibrillators), and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms. (1:15 PM)
A variety of booths will provide
the latest information about cardiac and vascular health, physical therapy, eye
health, foot conditions, diabetes, supplemental health insurance, and more.
Free flu vaccinations will be on offer (depending on availability), as well as
blood pressure checks, foot screenings, and balance testing on a first-come first-served basis. Here is the complete list:
- Allstate Insurance Company, Oak View. Cancer prevention information.
- Cardiology Associates Medical Group, Ventura. Blood pressure checks.
- Community Memorial Health System, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, Ojai. Blood pressure checks.
- Dr Drew Eggebraten, DDS, Oak View.
- HELP of Ojai, Ojai. Services offered, such as the Community Assistance Program (CAP).
- Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice, Ventura. Health sheets on Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer Awareness and Alzheimer’s Disease. They'll provide Health Coaching on a variety of Disease Management topics.
- Medical Arts Pharmacy, Ojai. Glucose monitors.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
- Oak View Family Practice Clinic, Oak View.
- Ojai Family Podiatry Clinic, Dr James T. Beatty, Ojai. Foot screenings.
- Pacific Therapy Services, Ojai. Balance testing
- SCAN Health Plan.
- The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Ojai. Influenza vaccinations.
- Topa Topa Optometry, Ojai. Eye health and vision preservation.
- United Blood Services, Santa Barbara.
- Ventura County Medical Center, a division of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. They'll be offering free community resource information.
- West Coast Vascular, Ventura. Brochures, hand exercise balls.
Questions? Call Patti Bagley at 794-1522 or Connie Biggers at 646-5033.
2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair
Dr. Shaun Patel talks about heart health with an attendee at the 2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair, Holy Cross Lutheran Church. (Photo credit: Tom Moorehouse)
Dr. James Beatty gives a foot screening at the 2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair.(Photo credit: Maureen Hannah)
Our inspiration for sponsoring the 2012 Ojai Valley Health Fair comes from Oak View Women's Club member Betty Pittman who organized the 2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair. Here's her story:
Betty Pitman was so impressed with Dr. Shawn Skillern’s treatment of her husband’s vascular problems that she wanted to show her gratitude. “I offered to contribute to his favorite charity,” she recalls. “He said, ‘I don’t have a favorite but I do think everyone in Ojai should get their veins checked. Why not organize a health fair?’” Betty thought for a moment and asked, “What’s a health fair?”
Three months later she knew all about health fairs. She talked with Patti Baggley who immediately suggested her church for the venue, Connie Biggers who also helped organize the event, and her doctors. Before she knew it, Betty had organized a health fair with a podiatrist, optometrist, pharmacists, and vascular specialists for the event.
Betty is no stranger to organization. In 2003, she and her husband Merle started the Mobile Home Owners Association to serve Ventura County. Today the association is 3000 members strong.
This interview took place at a Bingo party at American Legion Ojai Post 482 to raise funds for the health fair. Oak View Women’s Club members Betty, Patti, Connie, and Jackie Thomas were the hostesses. We can all be proud of their “can do” spirit and efforts to improve our health at the 2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair.