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                FAYETTE CO., WV - New River Health Association and Fayette County Schools have been collaborating to implement School-based Health Centers in the schools since 1996. A school-based health center is a small clinic located in a school or on a school campus. New River Health Association has school-based health centers that serve students and faculty at Collins Middle, Mt. Hope Elementary, New River Elementary, Oak Hill High, Valley Elementary and Valley High. Students have access to urgent care, yearly physical exams sports physicals immunizations, lab services, treatment for chronic conditions and dental services. Students also have access to mental health counseling at some sites. Students receive prompt care (most visits are 30 minutes or less) and do not have to miss school to receive quality care for health problems.

                In order for a student to receive services at a school-based health center their parents or guardians must complete the New River Health Enrollment Packet. This is a 7 page document that gathers basic demographics, health history, parental consent, and insurance information. If a child is properly enrolled, parents do not have to be present for their child to receive services. Working parents find that this has huge benefits because they do not have to miss work to attend appointments and they still receive prompt notification and results of any visits from the school health center staff.

                New River Health is issuing an "Enrollment Challenge" to Collins Middle School, Oak Hill High School, Valley Elementary, and Valley High School because the number of students enrolled to utilize services at these sites is down. Celi Van Dyke, New River Health's Director of School Health, shared, "If a student starts to feel poorly or has a minor injury our staff cannot provide treatment unless we have the information from our enrollment packet. It is such a convenient service for parents we want to make sure every child that needs access to our services gets it." Van Dyke shared that enrollment campaigns are coordinated at the beginning and end of each school year but for some reason they weren't as successful this year at these four schools. Van Dyke also shared that if these schools get 100 NEW enrollees by March 14th then ALL enrollees will be entered into a prize drawing. Thirty, $10 gift cards will be given away. Enrollment Packets are available at www.schoolhealthwv.org or at the school health sites. Please call 304-456-1378 for more information.

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