NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Training obtained an replace, Monday, on the operations of two school-based well being facilities within the county, with some members indicating the opportunity of increasing this system sooner or later.
Lisa Mowry, chief government officer of CHANGE, Inc. was available to supply the board with the report. CHANGE at the moment operates well being facilities at Weirton Elementary College and on the campus of Weir Excessive and Weir Center colleges.
“For the previous six years, we’ve got steadily grown,” Mowry reported.
The varsity-based well being facilities fall beneath the auspices of CHANGE’s household medical care applications, with the company working 13 such facilities within the Tri-State Space.
Within the Hancock County Faculties system, CHANGE started on the Weirton Elementary College, offering service to 462 college students in 2017. The Weir Advanced College-Based mostly Well being Heart opened in 2019, at which period a complete of 901 college students have been supplied care, with 685 at Weirton Elementary and 216 on the Weir campus.
These numbers have elevated through the years, with Mowry indicating a complete of 1,097 college students served in 2020, 1,354 in 2021 and, thus far in 2022, there have been 917 college students served with 436 at Weirton Elementary and 481 on the Weir campus.
Among the many providers supplied, Mowry famous, there have been 156 college students with a power sickness prognosis, 113 administered immunizations excluding the COVID vaccine, 447 with behavioral well being prognosis, and 35 supplied with dental examinations.
“We’re solely open at the moment at Weirton Elementary for dental,” Mowry famous.
Of these college students supplied providers this yr, 27 are beneath the age of 5; 328 are between 5 and 10 years of age; 352 between 11 and 16; and 210 over the age of 17. Mowry famous 12 p.c dwell at or under the poverty stage, with 8.7 p.c uninsured; 47 p.c coated by Medicaid and 43 p.c coated beneath personal insurance coverage.
As well as, the facilities serve roughly 75 college students per yr by way of a backpack meals distribution program; have supplied 142 free sports activities physicals; 472 free COVID exams; and 54 free COVID vaccines. The highschool has begun operation of a store-style meals pantry, and college students are also supplied with instructional and hygiene provides.
Board member Larry Shaw requested whether or not CHANGE receives any federal funds, and whether or not it requires them to observe any particular mandates from the federal authorities. Mowry famous some federal funds assist choose applications, with a lot of their providers funded by grants and foundations, and most of their mandated actions revolving across the submitting of yearly stories and audits.
Board Vice President Ed Fields requested about the opportunity of increasing the school-based well being middle program to different colleges in Hancock County, saying he is aware of there beforehand had been some funding out there.
“I believe that funding has gone away,” he added.
Mowry famous a few of these funds had been supplied by way of the CARES Act and have been now not out there, and funding which is obtainable won’t permit for development of recent amenities.
“We are able to furnish the area and we are able to function the area,” she stated.
Mowry famous, along with Hancock County, CHANGE additionally operates school-based well being facilities in Brooke and Jefferson counties.