TROY recognized for children’s health-care program

Posted: Wednesday, 12 August 2009

TROY—Troy University has been recognized by Gov. Bob Riley for its participation in KidCheck, an initiative aimed at increasing access to rural healthcare.

The University’s School of Nursing coordinated the program in both Pike and Crenshaw county school systems.

“This program is a collaborative effort that allows K-12 students to receive free health screenings while also providing our nursing students with the opportunity to gain additional clinical experience in a primarily pediatric setting,” said Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

“Such innovative programs benefit both the K-12 student and our TROY University students, and we are proud to be among those who have contributed to this important initiative,” he said.

Governor Riley announced the creation of KidCheck in May 2008 to bring free health care screenings to children in grades K-12. Through Governor Riley’s Alabama Rural Action Commission, and with the help of the Alabama Power Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Child Caring Foundation, the health screenings were available in 23 school systems across the state during the 2008-2009 school year.

Schools interested in joining KidCheck partner with area college nursing programs, whose students administer the health screenings. Needed equipment and supplies are donated or borrowed from hospitals and health agencies.

The health screenings may turn up more serious health issues that are then referred to a physician for follow-up treatment.