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Capital Grant Approved For Mobile Health Van At FUSD

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.

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  1. August 24, 2011 at 6:28 am

    “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.”

    So they want the parents who can’t get it together to get health care for their child(ren) – can’t even be bothered to notice that their kid has problems, in some cases (‘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” ‘)- these are the parents they want to say how things should work. yeeeeeaaaaaah

    Seems to me that the people who are paying the bill are the ones who get to say how the resources are used.

    But maybe not anymore in the new USSR :/

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