Mobile healthcare unit goes to local schools to treat illnesses, educate
POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — There's a new push to bring healthcare to children who need it most in Baton Rouge.
The effort has been called the Blue Bus Bounce; it is sponsored by the Children's Health Fund and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
Staff members ride the busses, and help children onsite with health issues, such as stomach aches or asthma.
Its first stop today was Ryan Elementary School, where they taught students how to live healthier lifestyles by showing them exercises to keep them active.
The chief medical officer of the Children's Health Fund says this effort is all for the children.
"I think this is one of the best programs that we have. We think it's so important that kids are healthy and ready to learn,” stated CMO Delaney Gracy. “We don't want problems with their health to be a barrier with how well they do in school."
The mobile health units will be going to six schools with the most need for medical assistance. All the schools picked for the project have 98 percent of students on free or reduced lunches.