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There's a teen health expo in Hillsboro, and an informational session for an online public school.

COURTESY WASHINGTON COUNTY - The new youth education room at Neighborhood Health Center in Hillsboro includes games, lava lamps, snacks and reading materials.Neighborhood Health Center to host teen health expo

Washington County Public Health and the Neighborhood Health Center will host a Teen Health Expo from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in the parking lot of the Hillsboro clinic location, 266 W. Main St., just down the street from the Tuesday Night Market. Now in its second year, the event will include free food, games, information on teen health, and the opportunity to visit the walk-in clinic.

Neighborhood Health Center is a contracted health care provider with Washington County Public Health that provides family planning and reproductive health care services three days a week. Since May 2016, the center has offered a walk-in clinic for individuals ages 24 and younger from 3 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Hillsboro location. Confidential services include family planning, reproductive health, birth control, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, information about sexual health and referrals to other services.

With funding from the Oregon Health Authority Reproductive Health Program, Washington County Public Health and Neighborhood Health Center have worked together to develop an education room where youth who come to the walk-in clinic can feel safe and comfortable. The Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club Youth Advisory Council played a key role in the design of the room, which is outfitted with games, lava lamps, snacks and reading materials.

"We want youth to see this clinic as a place not only to access reproductive health services, but also as a safe space to talk with our reproductive health program educator about topics that might feel difficult or uncomfortable," said Jessica Nye, Washington County's reproductive health coordinator.

Neighborhood Health Center also provides primary and dental care at 18650 N.W. Cornell Road in the Tanasbourne area.

For more information about Neighborhood Health Center, call 503-941-3016. To learn more about the Teen Health Expo, call Vikki Villarreal at 503-846-2815.

Online academy hosts info session

Families can learn more about Oregon Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school, at an upcoming information session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7. The session will be held at the at Courtyard by Marriott hotel, 15686 S.W. Sequoia Parkway in Tigard.

At the information session, parents and students will have an opportunity to learn about the school's curriculum and thoroughly explore the program. They also can interact with school representatives and other prospective families.

Parent-to-parent meetings are available for families interested in speaking with currently enrolled families in a more casual setting. Families who are interested in knowing more about the school's online program, but unable to attend an event in-person, can opt to attend a real-time online information session with a parent or school representative.

To learn more about Oregon Connections Academy, visit www.OregonConnectionsAcademy.com or call 800-382–6010.

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