The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

February 26, 2014

New River Health issues enrollment challenge to schools

A group of Fayette County schools has been issued a challenge. It’s not just any ol’ school yard dare, though.  

The New River Health Association has issued an “enrollment challenge” to Collins Middle School, Oak Hill and Valley high schools and Valley Elementary because student enrollment in School-Based Health Centers is down, according to a press release from the NRHA.

The release says a school-based health center is a small clinic that is either in a school or on its campus. These health centers offer urgent care, yearly physical exams, sports physicals, immunizations, lab services, treatment for chronic conditions and dental services. Students can also get mental health counseling at some centers.

If each school gets 100 new enrollees by March 14, then every enrollee will be entered into a prize drawing to win one of 30 $10 gift cards.

To enroll into the health center service, parents or guardians have to fill out an enrollment packet. Once a child is signed up, parents don’t have to be at the center for their child to get service.

“If a student starts to feel poorly or has a minor injury, our staff can’t provide treatment unless we have the information from our enrollment packet,” NRHA Director of Health Celi Van Dyke said in the press release. “It is such a convenient service for parents we want to make sure every child that needs access to our services can get it.”

To get an enrollment packet, visit your local school-based health center or visit www.schoolhealthwv.org.

For more information about the enrollment challenge or your local health center, call 304-465-1378.

— E-mail: cneff@register-herald.com

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