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ERIC Number: ED409995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 96
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Developing a Young Adolescent Health Project To Provide Primary and Preventive Services in Schools.
Reynolds, Gail
This practicum promoted community, school, and agency collaborative relationships to increase the access and affordability of comprehensive, culturally acceptable health care services and health promotion activities. The target population for these services and activities were high-risk, minority adolescents in grades 6 through 8 in two elementary schools serving Latino, African-American, Caucasian, and Asian-American students, including several immigrants. The primary partners were the local health center, Planned Parenthood, and school personnel. Public school nursing staff facilitated health assessments and access for students who needed services. The 8-month school-based Young Adolescent Health Project included health screenings, appointments, advocacy, transportation, education, dental and vision care, laboratory tests, management of chronic illnesses, gynecological/reproductive services, and individual counseling. Workshops and peer health education were used to teach health-promoting behavior. Additional strategies used to address issues of accessibility, availability, affordability, and acceptability included nontraditional outreach, a data management system, and the employment of bilingual and bicultural staff, with selected eighth graders serving on an advisory council. Evaluation of the project indicated that health assessments identified many unmet physical health needs of young adolescents. Identified mental health needs were addressed by counselors in the School Based Youth Service Program. Overall, this project resulted in increased accessibility to health care for this population. Subsequently, an information management system was developed to allow service providers to share relevant information about the medical needs of identified students, and existing relationships among partners were strengthened. (Six appendices include a Health History Assessment, Treatment Plan Contact Sheet, and a Parent Consent Form. Contains 36 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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