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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
Blood pressure check. Photo Credit: Tom Moorehouse

The Affordable Care Act Demystified

November 23, 2013 from 9 am - 12 noon
Ojai Valley Woman's Club (map)
441 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, 93023


The 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 will 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 will 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.



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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


Help of Ojai Little House, 111 West Santa Ana Street, Ojai, 93023 (next to City Hall)


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:
Questions? Call Patti Bagley at 794-1522 or Connie Biggers at 646-5033.

2011 Ojai Valley Health Fair

Watch interviews with the 2011 Health Fair planners and presenters at

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 aAmerican 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.

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