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The COVID vaccine has been available to kids ages 5 -11 for a month now, and some parents may still have questions and concerns.

Dr. Shobana Pandian, Community Health Network pediatrician, joined us today to discuss some of the most common things parents want to know.

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Community Health Network and the 317 Ryders motorcycle clubs are coming together to host a vaccine clinic in honor of Juan “DJ Whip” Pyle.

He’s the former president of the 317 Ryders motorcycle club who passed away from COVID-19 before being vaccinated.

William Giles of the 317 Ryders motorcycle club and Nieasha Richardson, Nurse Practitioner for Community Health Network, joined us today to share details about this event. Here’s more from them:

The vaccine clinic is happening October 2 from 2pm to 5pm at Just Wing’N It (7834 N. Michigan Road).

Community Health Network is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

In an effort to reach high-risk populations, and to provide access, Community has taken ‘pop-up’ vaccination clinics into communities.

317 Ryders motorcycle club lost its former president to COVID-19 just this past month. He was not vaccinated. Although hesitant at first until a vaccine was FDA approved, Juan “DJ Whip” Pyle became ill and died before he was able to get the vaccine post FDA approval.

To honor him, and to encourage others to get vaccinated and save lives, 317 is partnering with Community for a vaccine clinic at the local restaurant where the group regularly meets.

317 has a Foundation, founded by the former president, which aims to raise money and awareness for various community issues and organizations.


Now that school has started, students and parents are attempting to get into a routine. With the cloud of COVID-19 continuing to hover over what many hoped would be a ‘normal’ school year, there are ways parents can offer support to help young people navigate any potential challenges and changes and maintain good mental health.

Kimble Richardson, licensed mental health counselor and director of business development, for Community Health Network offers advice and guidance by answering some commonly asked questions:

Q: How can I guide my child through any ‘mask-shaming’ they may encounter at school?

A: If they will be wearing masks, it’s important to have a conversation with your child about what could happen if someone says something about them wearing a mask.  Talk about possibilities and options.  Help them think through appropriate responses so they are ready if they are teased to shamed.

Q: How do I talk to my kids about misinformation they hear at school?

A: At dinnertime, bedtime, or another time you are together, make a game of it. “Let’s talk about all the things we heard about COVID today”.  Share what you have heard as well.  Give them your perspective based on what they tell you.  Discover what is true and what is not together

Q: How can I recognize and address stress, fear and behavior changes in my child?

A: Teach your child that emotions are normal and natural.  Let them know whatever they are feeling it is ok, and that you are there to talk with, and support them.  Use language the child is old enough to understand.  Help them label emotions so they understand and can identify what they are feeling. 

Q: Are there tools you recommend to help children and teens process their social, emotional and mental well-being?

A: One thing to do to process emotions is to understand emotions are normal and part of being human.  We all have emotions and different intensities and levels and we need to be able to name them.  It’s ok to feel sad, mad, happy, etc. Help them express their emotions in healthy ways.

Q:  What are some conversation-starters parents or guardians can use to help young people cope with stress?

A: How you start a conversation with a child about stress depends on how old they are and how much they understand.  Start by saying, “I would like to talk to you about something that is important to me and important to our family because I care about you and want you to be well, safe, and healthy”.  Set the stage for the conversation. 

Click these links to read more about how to maintain good mental health at home:

12 Ways to improve your mental health

How to support mental health in your home


A vital part of staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic is staying informed. As an expectant or new mother, you may have even more questions and concerns about whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Sanders, OB/GYN for Community Health Network joined us today to address some of these questions and concerns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems. However, data are limited about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. CDC established the v-safe COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Registry to learn more about this issue.

Dr. Ram Yeleti, the Community Health Network’s chief physician executive, answers the question, “Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant” in the latest episode of ‘A Shot of Truth’, a series about the COVID-19 vaccine found on the Network’s social channels.

Community Health Network also has information to help you know more about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnant women. Please visit the Community Health Network website for information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine, and frequently asked questions.

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Children 12 and older can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to CDC guidelines. Dawn Moore, chief pharmacy officer for the Community Health Network joined us today with what parents and young people need to know about the vaccine. 

Community Health Network finds that some kids are eager to be vaccinated, but parents are hesitant; or parents want their children vaccinated, but teens are hesitant. Plus, they are likely to be on social media, where there is a lot of misinformation.

There is a schedule of vaccine clinics taking place at their partner schools all summer long.

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For more information about myocarditis and the COVID-19 vaccine, check out this information from the CDC:


We’re celebrating National Eat Your Vegetables Day with Kris Parmelee, board member for Binford Farmers Market and Daniel Garcia of Garcia Gardens.

The Binford Farmers Market is sponsored by Community Health Network and is a program of BRAG, Binford Redevelopment and Growth, a nonprofit community organization serving 43 neighborhoods. BRAG’s service area is bound by Sargent Road to the east, 96th Street on the north, Dean Road on the west and 56th Street and Fall Creek Road on the south.

About the Market:

· Runs every Saturday (rain or shine) May through October from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

· Located on the northwest corner of Binford Blvd. and 65th Street (Northview Church parking log)

· Easily accessible parking

· Features up to 70 curated vendors who offer only Indiana-grown or Indiana-made products (no re-sellers allowed)

· Vendors include fresh produce, juices, dressings, fresh local meats, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, beef jerky, popcorn, coffee roasters, pet goods and more

· Accepts WIC, EBT/SNAP and participates in the Fresh Bucks matching program to help get fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of people that may lack access to quality produce.

· Fresh Bucks is a program of the Health Department which matches transactions on WIC and EBT/SNAP dollar for dollar up to $20

· Features local live musicians, ready to eat food and a seating area every Saturday

· Partnered with Versiti Blood Center to offer monthly blood drives at the Market

· Special drives and events to benefit other local organizations, like the Indiana Diaper Bank and the Lawrence Cupboard

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Much of the Latinx population has been hesitant to get vaccinated, according to Brandon Yohn, DO, family physician, at the Community Health Network. He joined us today to share what’s been preventing some people in that community from getting vaccinated, where people can go to get vaccinated soon and more.

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