Polk County Health Department Offers Back-to-School Clinic Appointments
(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department is offering a unique opportunity for Polk County students to get all their back-to-school health needs met.
“Polk County students are required to receive certain medical and dental services before they start the school year,” said Rick Kozin, director of the Polk County Health Department. “These services include back-to-school and sports physicals, immunizations, lead tests, dental screens and vision screenings.”
Students in Polk County entering pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who do not have health insurance, primary doctor and/or dentist or can’t get an appointment can call the Health Department and a staff member will set them up with an appointment for these kinds of services. Staff members will also assist the families in finding a doctor or dentist and finding access to health insurance as well.
“This new service will allow families of students in Polk County to establish a relationship with a primary physician, dentist, or access health insurance for the first time,” said Kozin. “We know that when children have a primary care provider, it leads to better health outcomes and coordination of care for our children.”
Individuals needing appointments can call the "back to school" phone number at (515) 323-5234. Interpretation services will also be available. All calls will be answered and returned Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm and extended hours on Tuesdays until 7 pm.
“Taking part in the services provided and receiving the necessary health screenings keeps kids focused in the classroom and allows them to socialize with other kids,” Kozin stated. “When children are healthy, they do better in school.”
Appointments will start on July 27, 2015 and run through October 2, 2015. Appointments and services will be provided by the following partners: Polk County Health Department, Broadlawns, Des Moines University Clinic, Mercy Medical Center, Primary Health Care, Blank Children’s Hospital and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa.
For more information on back-to-school clinics, visit our website at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health