Mother’s Day Celebration Tips During A Global Pandemic by Katelyn Millinor, LPC

“All women are mothers because all women bring life to the world in some way.”

Holley Gerth

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the mothers of the family as well as those with whom we share a maternal bond. These people can include our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, role-models, teachers, care-givers, or others. We can also honor those that face the challenge of not being able to have their own children.

Most of the world has a special day or celebration for mothers. In Japan, carnations are a popular gift and considered a symbol of a mother due to their sweetness, purity, and endurance. In Ethiopia, mothers are celebrated with a three day festival which also marks the end of the rainy season. In Peru, celebrants also make special effort to remember mother’s who are no longer with them by gathering at cemeteries.

So, how do we celebrate our maternal figures while experiencing a global pandemic? There are still excellent ways to honor and celebrate even if you are social distancing, in quarantine, or unable to travel to see your mothers.

  • Play a virtual card game.
  • Interview her about her childhood.
  • Make a hand made card.
  • Write a thoughtful letter.
  • Put together a photo album.
  • Sing a song together.
  • Pick wild flowers.
  • Bake a cake or cupcakes together.
  • Use Skype or FaceTime to have a meal together.

NOAH wishes all our maternal figures a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

Stay At Home Order Issued

Governor Ducey announced the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order which goes into effect Thursday, March 31st at 5pm. So you might be asking, “Does my Health Center have to close?”

We are REQUIRED to stay open because we are an “Essential Service” provider. That means you can still receive your health care during this time. With all of the rapid changes to our daily norms, we want to reassure you we are here for you, as always. Please feel free to call us at 480-882-4545. We will get through this together.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe.

Special Store Hours for Seniors During Stay-At-Home

Check out these special store hours that have been created just for our seniors so they can venture out to the store and purchase items they need before everyone else gets there. Remember to shop smart and only buy what you need. For more information and resources please visit Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep everyone safe. #coronavirus #coronaviruspandemic #covid19

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For many of us, home is a place of comfort and love. Though for millions of others, home is anything but a refuge. “The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.” Join us in breaking the silence about #DomesticViolence. At NOAH, we’ll work with you and your #child to choose the best path for their overall #health and #wellness. Please call 480-882-4545.

NOAH Donation on Military Care Package Day

NOAH Pediatric Dental donated to the @HonorHealth Military Partnership’s inaugural Military Care Package Day in honor of the @PkgsFromHome ‘Bones From Home’ program which provides food, grooming, toy and training products to serve canines and their handlers for both active and veteran military. This is just one of the many ways we show our appreciation for our Military members and the sacrifices they make for all of us.

Why Get Your Child a Flu Shot by Dr. Amit Jain, Pediatrician

It’s that time of year again! The fall and winter seasons are approaching. Along with exchanging presents during the holiday season, everyone, especially children, are passing around germs and illnesses between each other. We here at NOAH want to inform you about the flu and why it is important to protect your child against the flu with the flu vaccine.

The Flu is short for Influenza – a virus that most often causes an illness that affects our breathing and airways. There are many different viruses that can cause common cold symptoms, but influenza is different in that it is more contagious, and often causes worse symptoms, lasts longer (a week or more) and has more severe problems that it can cause compared to other common cold viruses including pneumonia (an infection of the lungs), and a bacterial infection.

The flu is highly contagious, and most often spread via droplets, meaning it is most often caught from being near when a person with flu coughs or sneezes. It can also be caught when a child touches something contaminated with the flu virus, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

The symptoms of the flu include:

  • Sudden, often high fever
  • Chills
  • Body shakes
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Being more tired than usual
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Some children may even throw-up (vomit) and have diarrhea

Although the likelihood of getting the flu is high, the children who would suffer the greatest problems from getting the flu are:

  • Those with chronic medical conditions – especially respiratory conditions including Asthma and chronic lung disease
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Disorders of the brain or nervous system

How can you prevent or decrease the risk of your child getting this scary flu virus? The best way to protect against the flu is the influenza vaccine. All infants and children 6 months old and older can get the flu vaccine every year. Since babies younger than 6 months cannot get the influenza vaccine, the best way to protect them is that everyone around and taking care of the baby get the flu vaccine. Along with this, frequent, good hand washing with soap and water is especially important. If you cough or sneeze, be sure to do so into your elbow (like a vampire holding their cape!) or into a tissue, but not directly into your hands. Teach your children these good habits from a young age as well! Sanitize toys that your children play with frequently as well.

Along with this, it may be a good idea to keep your child home from daycare or school if they are having the following symptoms:

  • Fevers (usually a temperature greater than 101F)
  • Chills and shaking of the body
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Tiredness / sleepiness
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose / congestion
  • Dry cough

Do not hesitate to bring your child in to your NOAH clinic to evaluate your child and determine if any treatment would be helpful. 

The side effects from the flu vaccine are few, and generally much less severe than getting infected with the flu. These include:

  • A low-grade fever
  • Some redness and soreness around the site that the injection was given.
  • The flu vaccine is made using eggs. Those who have a severe allergy to egg (anaphylactic reaction) should have a discussion with their doctor before getting the flu vaccine.

At NOAH, we are here to help you and your child get through the cold and flu season safely and healthily. Please call today to make an appointment to get you and your child the flu vaccine!

For more information, please visit:


NOAH Midtown Health Center Has Moved!

To meet growing demand, NOAH Midtown Health Center is expanding to a new facility at 4131 N. 24th Street, Suite B-102. We are increasing patient access to care, expanding services, and enhancing our patient-centered care. We look forward to seeing you at our new facility.

Expanded services:

• Greater access to critical services, such as chronic disease management and integrated health services.
• Nutrition services with a registered dietician.
• Enrollment assistance to individuals and families in need of health and community resources.
• On-site lab services.

Enhanced patient-centered care:

• Increased number of medical providers from 2 to 6.
• Increased support staff to meet the growing needs.
• Extended hours of operation.

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week – 2018

We wish all #NursePractitioners a happy #NPWeek18! Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Do you need to schedule your annual well exam? Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your #healthy #lifestyle #habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 today! #FamilyPractice #GetHealthy #MentalHealth

Happy Medical Assistants Week – Video

We wish all #MedicalAssistants a happy #MARWeek! Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Do you need to schedule your annual well exam? Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your #healthy #lifestyle #habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 today! #FamilyPractice #GetHealthy #MentalHealth

NOAH Calavar Family Health Center Closing Doors on August 24

Effective August 24, 2018, NOAH Calavar Family Health Center will be closed.

NOAH is committed to caring for you and your family with the quality and compassion that you have come to expect from us. NOAH continues to operate 10 additional health centers in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Your patient records will be available in our system and can be accessed at any of our other locations should you wish to transfer your care.

The NOAH practice locations closest to Calavar Family Health Center are:

Copperwood Health Center


      • 6677 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite A124


      • Glendale, AZ 85306 




      • 480-882-4545 | Fax: 623-773-2267


      • M-Th: 7:00am to 7:00pm


      • F: 7:00am to 5:00pm


Venado Valley Health Center


      • 20440 N. 27th Ave.


      • Phoenix, AZ 85027 


      • 480-882-4545 | Fax: 480-882-5017
      • M-F: 8:00am to 5:00pm‎
      • For a complete list of practice locations and physician information, visit

      • . If you need help in selecting a new provider, please call NOAH at



As a NOAH patient, you also have access to:
• Care coordination led by a registered nurse or medical assistant.
• Behavioral health counseling.
• Pediatric and adult dental services.
• Nutrition services with a registered dietitian.

Each of our dedicated staff members at NOAH Health Centers are honored to care for you.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 480-882-4545.