Fiesta de Salud!

Saturday July 29, 2017

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Modern Living Building, State Fair Park, Yakima

This free community health fair started ten years ago and has grown to be the largest community health event in Yakima County.  Participants enjoy free health screenings, health information booths, activities, and presentations designed to educate the entire family about wellness, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.  The Fiesta de Salud is a fun-filled day with a family atmosphere that is enjoyed by thousands each year.

What services and activities will be at Fiesta de Salud?

  • Virginia Mason Memorial will offer blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol screenings at no charge
  • Safety helmets will be given away to children under age 18 as supplies last. All helmets will be custom fitted by trained volunteers
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will host a dental care clinic for children
  • Participate in a family-friendly obstacle course, Zumba and other physical activities by Virginia Mason Memorial
  • More than 50 different booths with local community services

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Services are here for you when you need them

Most people would benefit from Compass Care services sooner than they think.  And you don’t have to be on hospice care to take advantage of the program.  The scope of services has grown, and includes resources such as respite care for caregivers, help with managing life-altering illness for those who are not medically in need of home hospice services, bereavement support, and so much more.  To learn more, go to

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Compass Care Campaign Update

 We are proud of our Valley’s support of Cottage in the Meadow, the only in-patient hospice facility in Central Washington.  Did you know it was built wholly through community donations?  We have less than $800,000 left to raise to meet the building expansion goal, and we are still hoping to connect with supporters at all gift levels.

The new wing will bring the patient capacity to 20 at Cottage in the Meadow, the maximum allowed by the state Department of Health.  We anticipate accepting additional patients in September, after state inspection and certification is complete.

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A path for kids to reach their highest potential

Families who don’t know much about disorders like autism or ADHD may not seek treatment. When they do, families are amazed at how much support and education is available at Children’s Village to help their children achieve their highest potential.  And did you know? Children’s Village staff make an average of 350 in-home visits for kids ages newborn to 3 every month, and 475 pediatric therapeutic visits for kids ages 3 to 18.

Through community support, the infant and toddler Early Intervention Program sees children until they turn 3. Evidence-based practices urge intensive intervention in those early years, when communication skills are first forming, so they see kids about twice a month. Through additional funding, more therapists could be available so that these kids could be seen every week, optimizing the impact of the therapy sessions…optimizing their potential.

You can give to this program here

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No one should have to manage their health care alone.

“…I feel less alone with this program.  I am an only child, so dealing with my mom’s disease has been overwhelming, but you’ve been a tremendous helping ‘friend’.”  — a thankful daughter

Your generous donations to The Memorial Foundation help support programs throughout the Compass Care Initiative – home health, palliative care, hospice and bereavement programs for surviving family members and Cottage in the Meadow. The Compass Care team works with patients every day who suffer from chronic and terminal illnesses.

Compass Care’s comprehensive programs give patients, family and healthcare providers more options for care and treatment.  At home, at the hospital or in hospice care, Compass Care is here for patients every step of the way.  Learn more »

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Program for Seniors

Generous Kohl’s Care grant funding supports a Gentle Chair Fitness Class, designed for people with limited mobility and seniors, ages 60 and over. Attendees will learn to stretch and tone muscles without strainEvery Tuesday, 12:30 -1:30 pm., at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, 1211 S. 7th St. Yakima, WA.

“Thank you for providing the Senior Gentle Chair Fitness class. I have participated in the twice a week class since January. On my first day, I was only able to complete 10 minutes of class and only able to walk 3 laps around the gym.  After 3 months, I am able to complete the entire 60 minutes of gentle exercise and walk 15 laps without a problem.  This class has also helped to improve my balance and lower body strength.”Patrick, program participant

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Cancer Survivorship care

Survivorship care

“Thanks for who you are and what you do.  It’s wonderful not being alone in this experience.”

—a grateful cancer patient

Especially for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families:  Douglas T Gray MSW, LICSW will be joining Betsy Medrano RN-C Nurse Navigator at ‘Ohana for the June 14, 2017 breast cancer support group meeting.  This group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.    Join us on June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13.  June’s focus will be “COPING WITH CANCER”.   Free of charge.

Your charitable donations to The Memorial Foundation provide funding for this program that is having far-reaching impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families here in our community.

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A family’s journey

A Parent to Parent team member shares a family’s journey.

“Recently I had a visit from a family served many years ago through the Parent to Parent program at Children’s Village.  I was surprised and delighted to see them again.  I remembered back to when I used to do home visits with them in 2003.  Their little boy was 2 years old and had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  The family needed support and resources.  I listened to Mom as she shared her concerns and fears, and did my best to offer comfort and compassion.  Mom also needed resources, such as financial assistance to pay for her child’s funeral.  I connected her to a local wish granting organization who agreed to cover some of the costs.  Sadly, her son passed away several weeks later.  This was such a heartbreaking experience but I was so thankful to have been there for them.

Years later I met the family again when they returned to Parent to Parent.  Their young daughter had been diagnosed with developmental delays and Mom wanted to be matched to another parent of a child with similar needs.  I facilitated the match and the parents became close friends.  She also participated in the Spanish language “Holland” group, where she connected with other parents raising children with special healthcare needs.

With the recent visit from this grateful mother, I learned about the impact Children’s Village had on her family.  She shared her appreciation for all the help and support they received for both of their children ‘and wanted to give back’ to Children’s Village.  She gave a financial gift to support the continued work of Children’s Village.  I am thankful for families like hers who benefit from our supportive services and want to give back in some way.”

Your donations to The Memorial Foundation help support important programs like Children’s Village Parent to Parent.

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Quit Smoking – There’s an app for that!

As part of the new tobacco cessation education program at Virginia Mason Memorial, the new QuitLine program has already received a positive response.

In-patients who currently use tobacco products receive a pamphlet with stop smoking tips and information about the QuitLine. Funded by The Memorial Foundation, the QuitLine program is a phone app made available to patients.  After receiving initial educational information, patients get a follow up visit from a respiratory therapist the following day and have the opportunity to go through the quit tips and receive encouragement to consider trying several of the tips.

For more information, visit

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Our promise to the community

Each year, our board of trustees identifies the most urgent funding needs and commits funding to our health care programs. We ensure every dollar is used to enhance healthcare here in the Yakima Valley.  2017 again brings a promise from us to you that we continue to diligently steward your gifts to fuel the best possible health outcomes.   This year our board has committed nearly $2.3 million to local health care programs.

Since 1990, The Memorial Foundation has responded to community health needs by funding vital health care initiatives.  We are driven by the voice and needs of our community and by the community’s generosity.  You are the community.  You are making Central Washington a better place to live, and you are providing better health outcomes for all of your friends and neighbors.

We are deeply grateful for your trust and for your support.

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