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COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

The comprehensive school health services is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. These services are provided to students to promote and ensure quality health by:

  • Ensuring access to primary health care services
  • Referral to primary health care services
  • Foster appropriate use of primary health care services
  • Prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems
  • Provide emergency care for illness or injury
  • Promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment
  • Provide educational and counseling opportunities to promote and maintain individual, family, and community health

These school health services would be provided by qualified professionals such as nurses, physicians, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel.

 

HEALTH SERVICES UPDATES

TYPE 2 DIABETES IN YOUTH TASKFORCE
By Lieutenant Governor Stephen L. Henry, M.D.

On May 18, 2000, at the Kentucky Diabetes Network meeting, I was proud to announce the creation of a taskforce to address type 2 diabetes in youth.

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth TaskforceAs the honorary chair of the Kentucky Diabetes Network, I decided to form the statewide taskforce after learning about the recent increase in type 2 diabetes in American's youth. As a medical doctor, I was aware that type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in adults over age 45. However, I was dismayed to learn that recent data suggests that type 2 diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in youth. Obesity, which is linked to type 2 diabetes is also increasing in youth. In the last twenty years, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the United States. If the current trend continues, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 75% of children will be obese by the year 2020.

We must address the issue of childhood obesity now. As a public servant, I am afforded the unique ability to advocate for change and make a difference in people's lives. It is my goal that the taskforce will gather data to determine the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Kentucky and will work towards reducing the risk. Specifically, I hope to accomplish this goal by developing a plan of action to promote and improve nutrition and physical activity in our children.Lieutenant Governor Stephen L. Henry, MD

To adequately study and address type 2 diabetes, I asked experts in the following areas to serve on the Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Taskforce:

  • diabetes educators and dietitians from local health departments
  • health care professionals from the University of Kentucky
  • representatives from various health/advocacy associations
  • representatives from the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services
  • and other health care professionals from organizations across the state

The taskforce consists of four (4) subcommittees that are addressing the following specific areas: public awareness/education; physical fitness; nutrition; and legislative.

I am excited about working together with concerned citizens in the Commonwealth to eradicate obesity in youth and prevent type 2 diabetes from becoming more prevalent in our children. I urge you to support the efforts of the Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Taskforce.

For more information, contact Tonya Chang, Health Policy Analyst for Lt. Governor Henry at (502) 564-2611, ext. 391 or visit the Lt. Governor's web site at www.ltgov.state.ky.us.

 

Pilot Project on school-based asthma environmental education and management by the Clinical Institutes

Dates/Locations:

Washington, DC . . . . January 28 and 29
Dallas, TX . . . . . . . February 25 and 26
San Francisco, CA. . . March 25th and 26th
Boston, MA . . . . . . April 8th and 9th
Chicago, IL . . . . . . April 29th and 30th

Who Should Attend:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • RNs
  • Physician's Assistants
  • Other SBHC Clinicians

Topics Will Include:

  • HIV/STD's Risk Assessment and Intervention
  • Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Intervention Strategies
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Asthma

Contact Info: For information on how to register, HSHC Helpline at (888) 889-6177 or send an e-mail to . Registration information for these regional meetings will soon be available at www.clinicalmeetings.com. Please download the flyer** (PDF format) with more information for the institutes.

EPA's Indoor Environments Division and the Bureau of Primary Health Care's Center for School-Based Health are partnering to develop and implement a pilot project on school-based asthma environmental education and management. The project will be disseminated at five regional Clinical Asthma Institutes between January and March 2002. Each regional meeting will provide two days of intensive clinical training for SBHC clinical staff.

More than 1,000 people, representing 512 school-based health centers serving half a million children and adolescents, are expected to attend. The objective of these Institutes is to provide School-Based Health Centers with environmental education on asthma triggers, and to provide the centers with environmental components to improve asthma management and care.

Questions regarding EPA's participation in the Asthma Institute may be directed to Sheila Brown at , or by calling (202) 564-9439. When inquiring, please indicate that it relates to the School-Based Health Center - Asthma Institute on voicemails, and on the subject line for e-mails.

 

 

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