Community Engagement

Fritz Field Day Celebration

Saturday, October 23
Open House at NorthStar Foundation
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The Department of Pediatrics, along with CHRI, took part in a community engagement field day on Oct. 23. The department and CHRI partnered with local community support agencies NorthStar Foundation, Girls Inc., Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands and the Jesuit Academy. Approximately 80 kids and family members attended the event which featured bounce rides, games, prizes, an appearance by members of the men's Creighton soccer team and food and snacks. 
The Douglas County Department of Health provided COVID-19 vaccines to 11 event attendees. Through the generosity of The Heider Foundation, attendees between the age of 12 and 18 were eligible for a cash payment of $50 for getting a COVID-19 shot at the event or for having received one previously. Attendee family members were also able to receive the shot at no cost. Members of the Department of Pediatrics, including Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Alice Sato, MD, PHD, assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, staffed a medical information desk to answer any questions people had about the COVID-19 vaccine or any other health topic. 
Scott Hazelrigg, Executive Director of NorthStar Foundation, summed up the day, saying, "This event targeted families to enable them to come out and spend a little time while the sun is still shining, to be able to get vaccinated if they haven’t and to learn more if they need additional information. For us to continue to serve great kids, the more staff and students that are vaccinated, the better." Thank you to everyone who volunteered and/or purchased gifts to be raffled off during the event. We hope that this is just the beginning of a long relationship with our community partners.