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Providing Medical Care at School

Several days ago I read this on providing medical care at school.

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I sent the link out to a number of significant political, governmental and policy people, saying

I thought this might be something for you to consider.  I am motivated to send this on in part by my experience of volunteering in free medical and dental clinics in Virginia, both in rural areas like Wise and Grundy, and in more urban areas like Roanoke and NoVa.  I am also motivated to share this because as a teacher in Greenbelt MD, perhaps a 20 minute drive from the Capitol, I encounter too many students with unaddressed health issues.

In rural areas if a child needs a basic medical visit it often means missing a day of school.  That can be true for students in magnet programs in cities.

A child with dental problems cannot concentrate.  A child with vision or hearing problems will not function as efficiently.

And a child on the road to obesity will not have as productive a life, and will incur far more downstream medical problems and costs.

Thus I urge you to read this piece and consider how it might point at things within your power to address.

Please keep reading.