By Elisha Dorfsmith
Dr. Eric Henley of North Country Healthcare presented an updated mobile health van slideshow at tonight’s special Flagstaff Unified School District worksession. The federal mobile health van grant (that I have talked about many times in past blogs) has been approved and North Country and the district are ready to move forward. Dr. Henley said that the health van should be operational by next summer.
The scope of services provided by the health van are still up for debate but Dr. Henley said they could include primary care, sports physicals, immunizations, risk behavior, acute illness, minor trauma, chronic disease care, routine physicals, health education, behavioral health, and reproductive health (including referral and prescriptions, STI screening and contraception counseling).
Dr. Henley said that there are several possible ways to approach consent forms but stressed that he would like to push for parents to sign general consent forms for the whole school year during registration. In emergency situations, parents who do not sign consent forms could give consent over the phone.
The issue of who would take the kids to and from the van came up several times throughout the worksession. Superintendent Hickman said that she wouldn’t be comfortable letting a 5-year-old go out to the health van alone. Board member Ells said that parents are comfortable with kids being safe in school and on the playground but wondered if they would be comfortable with their kids walking out to where the mobile health van is parked? All agreed that going to and from the van is an issue that needs to be worked out.
Board president Kulpinski asked for scenarios showing why students would need to use the van. Henley said a fever or “belly pain” are possible reasons. Kulpinski said that school nurses usually take care of those problems. Henley disagreed and added that the van could also be used for students who have trouble breathing, need clinical work, or need someone to dispense meds.
Some board members were not convinced that the van would be needed every time it was parked at school. Henley said he was not concerned about that because he believes there are many unrecognized and untreated students in the classroom and the van can be there for those students.
“Behavioral health is under appreciated and unnoticed in our schools” he said.
He went on to explain that behavioral health issues often come to the surface when treating normal health problems. The mobile health van will be on the look out for behavioral problems to treat.
Board member Vasquez said that he should let the board know up front that his son is on the North Country Healthcare board but he believes the district really needs the mobile health van…especially for minority students.
Board member Bavasi agreed and said that the district should reach out to and get feedback from parents of students who actually plan to use the van and not parents who plan to opt out. He said that parents who don’t use it shouldn’t tell parents who do want to use it how it should work. He also suggested that the board contact the County and other entities and get their input.
Board president Kulpinski said that the district needs to move forward very carefully. He said that FUSD has an opportunity to do it right and they also have a big opportunity to mess it up in the details.
The whole board seemed to agree that the district should do a “needs assessment” and get input from parents and the community as they move forward with the mobile health van.
If you have thoughts/ concerns about Flagstaff Unified School District’s upcoming mobile health van, you can contact the board HERE.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Local businessman, blogger and longtime Flagstaff resident Jeff Oravits officially launched his campaign for Flagstaff City Council on the Mitch & Joe Show this afternoon. Oravits had formed an exploratory committee a while back but until now had not declared if he was seeking a council or mayoral seat.
Soon after his announcement, Oravits sent out the following press release:
I have worked with Jeff on many local liberty issues in the past and am a big fan of his blog and activism. Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and other groups that I work with do not endorse candidates but I do. Jeff Oravits has my enthusiastic support!
Please check out the following Jeff Oravits links and if you like what you see, subscribe, like and follow:
Official Campaign Website: www.Jeff4Flagstaff.com
Facebook: Jeff 4 Flagstaff Facebook Page
Twitter: Jeff Oravits Twitter
4-21-2012 UPDATE: Ballots have arrived in the mail and people across Flagstaff are voting. Below are pictures from a recent Jeff Oravits for Flagstaff City Council sign rally.
While on the subject of local elections, I wanted to take a moment and talk about the three mayoral candidates who are in the race so far.
Paul Kulpinski has been president of the Flagstaff Unified School District governing board multiple times and is partly responsible for the errors and mismanagement that we’re all so familiar with in the district (see my previous blog posts about FUSD). What he thinks he has to offer Flagstaff as mayor is beyond me. You can be sure that I will actively campaign against him.
Al White currently serves on the Flagstaff city council. A while back I “liked” his Al White for Mayor facebook page so I could thank him for voting to allow permanent storage boxes on residential property (a big private property rights issue that I have discussed on my blog in the past). Not long after that, White blocked me from posting, commenting or liking posts on his page. I asked him why several times on his personal facebook page and he ignored my questions. White obviously represents the status quo and everything that is wrong with politics and politicians these days. If you discourage open conversation and discussion how can you be trusted? Al White will never get my vote.
Jerry Nabours is the most recent candidate to announce his intentions to run for Flagstaff mayor. I don’t know a whole lot about Nabours but I really like what I’m reading so far! I just might post a Nabours endorsement in the near future.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
If you read mainstream news sources you have seen minimal coverage of recent protests against artificial snow making at the Snow Bowl. What the mainstream media has failed to report so far is just how big and intense the protests have been.
Perhaps the Daily Sun and other sources are afraid of scaring tourists away but Flagstaff residents deserve to see first hand what is going on in the community. Since the mainstream media seems to be slacking, the responsibility of reporting the story once again falls upon the independent media.
Footage of a protest on Sunday.
Yesterday, Flagstaff City Hall was so concerned that the protests might turn violent that they decided to lock up early. Reports from city hall show that their concerns may not have been completely unwarranted. Flag resident Rich Boyd wrote on the Flag Scanner facebook page that his car was nearly attacked by protesters in the area. Others posted on twitter that the protesters were causing near accidents as they engaged passing traffic.
American media is currently focused on unrest in the UK but most Americans are more concerned about what is happening at home. If there is unrest in Flagstaff, the least the media could do is accurately report on it.
These protests stem from a 2009 Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of Snow Bowl and their efforts to expand and create artificial snow.
Protesters stop traffic with a banner near Flagstaff City Hall on Tuesday.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Thanks to your calls and emails, Congressman Paul Gosar (Arizona CD-01) has officially become a co-sponsor of Ron Paul’s “Audit The Fed” bill! Many of us have sent multiple emails encouraging the Congressman to become a co-sponsor and our efforts have paid off!
While I have been very critical of Gosar in the past, I also strongly believe in giving credit where credit is due.
Please join me in sending Congressman Gosar a thank you note:
Press release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2011
CONTACT: Hannah Loy
Gosar Calls For Audit of The Federal Reserve
Ron Paul Say Americans “Deserve Some Answers”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01) announced that he is co-sponsoring H.R. 459, the “Audit the Fed” bill primarily sponsored by Congressman Ron Paul. The bill, if enacted into law, would require a thorough audit of Federal Reserve Board operations and make public information that is currently not released.
Congressman Gosar said, “the Federal Reserve Board plays a key role in our current monetary policy. Its operations and decision making should be transparent to the American people, whose lives are impacted by the Fed. I am proud to stand by Ron Paul in his efforts to shed light on this important institution. We cannot make improvements to the system if we do not have all available information about that system.”
Congressman Ron Paul stated, “The Federal Reserve has overseen a 98% drop in the value of the dollar since its inception in 1913. The American people deserve some answers regarding their currency and the activities of the Fed. I am glad that my colleague, Congressman Gosar is standing up for transparency and accountability of the Fed and demanding a full audit.”
The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913 and operates as the central banking system of the United States. It assists with the nation’s monetary policy, supervises and regulates banking institutions, and provides financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions. Currently, the public does not have the right to inspect or review most Fed activities.