Health Screenings at Philadelphia Elementary Schools
In response to a request made by Councilwoman Janie Blackwell, the University City and West Philadelphia Cluster Resource Boards, co-chaired by Susan Fuhrman, GSE dean, and Ira Harkavy, director of The Center for Community Partnerships, are engaging in a series of health screening programs. From November 17 through April 12, 2001, the School of Dental Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Herman Segal, associate dean for community relations, and Dr. Joan Gluch, assistant dean for community relations, Penn dental students will go to five elementary schools and to educate, screen, and refer for follow-up care approximately 500 students over the next few months.
Along with dental screenings, MMR and Hep B vaccinations, hearing and vision screenings, and lead poison prevention pamphlets will be available for the elementary school students.
The initial round of visits for each school is as follows:
Two additional rounds of health fairs at each of these schools will take place between January and April so that more children receive these screenings.
--Josephine Robles, Coordinator , University City and West Philadelphia Cluster Resource Boards
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 13, November 21, 2000