Kennewick's Trios Health appoints 'spokeskids'

Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2014 

Trios Health Spokeskids

Kennedy Tate, 5, of Prosser, gets help writing his name from his mom Amy Washington. He and his fellow Trios Health "spokeskids" were introduced during an event Friday. Kennedy is signing a portrait that will hang in the new Trios Southridge Hospital.

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KENNEWICK -- Lizzy Broome didn't know what a catheterization lab was before she went inside one as part of her role as a Trios Health "spokeskid."

Now, the 13-year-old from Kennewick has the scoop. And, in a short video that will debut soon, she'll help other kids learn about the lab, where several types of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed.

"I would love to be a role model for kids, help them learn about the hospitals. It's a great experience and I'm glad I got to do it," Lizzy said.

She was introduced at an event Friday, along with her spokeskid colleagues. They'll help educate their peers about health-related topics and appear in online videos and at Trios events.

The kids first auditioned more than a year ago. Trios officials initially envisioned selecting one local youth to fill the role, but instead they found many with star power, picking 17 after call backs.

The spokeskids range from 5 to 13 years old.

In one of the videos, which was shown during the Friday event, three of the youngest spokeskids talked with a Trios physician about ways to avoid germs, from covering their coughs with the crooks of their arms to making sure to wash their hands.

It was lively and funny, with the kids eagerly throwing out ideas for keeping germs at bay.

Afterward, one of the video's stars -- Kennedy Tate, 5, of Prosser -- seemed satisfied.

"I just liked it so much. I just liked the way I looked," he told the Herald after it was done.

Lisa Teske, spokeswoman for Trios Health, described the spokeskids as smart and articulate.

"They're learning, and through their learning they're teaching," she said, adding that "community education is important at every level -- from little to big."

Keep tabs on the spokeskids and their educational efforts by going to Trios' Facebook page, www.facebook.com/trioshealth.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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