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Nursing hosts charter school pediatric health fair

On April 20, CPH’s Department of Nursing partnered with Independence Blue Cross to host a pediatric health fair at the Pan American Academy Charter School. Nurse practitioners from the College operate a school-based health clinic at the Philadelphia K-8 school.

The health fair focused on health and safety topics from the Healthy People 2020 initiative. The nursing students provided posters, resources and interactive experiences for the Pan American students, ensuring an evidence–based approach to pediatric health promotion.

During the event, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation awarded the initiative Education–Plus, Inc. a $40,000 grant, to support school health clinics operating within Pan American Academy and Belmont Charter Schools. Both clinics serve as unique models that provide primary and preventive services to approximately 1,200 students annually.

In addition to nurse practitioners from CPH, the clinics are operated in collaboration with Temple Department of Pediatrics, Education–Plus, Inc., the National Nursing Centers Consortium and Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

“It is important we continue to challenge ourselves to ensure all of our community members have access to and receive proper health services,” said Lorina Marshall–Blake, president, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation. “This landmark model, developed by Education Plus and its partners, has redefined the possibilities of serving children in our region, which is why we are so proud to support them.”

An innovative blend of health and education, these clinics have attracted global attention by producing a measurable impact on student health and academic performance in communities that often live in poverty, suffer from chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes, and lack health insurance or access to professional care.
 
The funding from the IBC Foundation will enable the clinics to:
 
  • complete immunizations and physicals for students who do not have access to those services;
  • decrease student truancy rates by providing daily primary care for chronic health conditions;
  • decrease the number of student visits to the emergency room by managing asthma attacks on–site and conducting an Asthma Safe Kids program, which consists of home visitations and evaluations to identify and protect against asthma triggerss;
  • obtain BMI information from students to provide to Congreso’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools program.