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Friday, October 14, 2011

Open House for USI-Glenwood Community Health Center

Contact for more information:
Kathy Funke
Director, News & Information Services
Glenwood Leadership Academy is hosting an open house to celebrate the USI-Glenwood Community Health Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, at Glenwood Leadership Academy located at 901 Sweetser Ave.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include free health screenings and services, including blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks, health insurance enrollment, flu shots, respiratory testing, lead testing, and more. There also will be a lunchtime meal of hot dogs, chips and dessert and drawings for prizes such as a Wii Fit, a television, first aid kits and more.

"The USI College of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to establish the first school-based health clinic in Evansville, and to provide primary care services to Glenwood community area residents," said Nadine Coudret, dean of the College.

The Community Health Center is the result of a five-year $1.2 million grant to USI from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The center will provide primary health care services to Glenwood neighborhood residents, including students, families and Glenwood staff. Undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, food and nutrition, social work, dental and health administration will participate in delivering services to Community Health Center patients and Glenwood neighborhood residents.

This Community Health Center not only will assist those living in the Glenwood community with their health needs, but also begin a three year plan - with the second year opening at the Culver Family Learning Center, and the third year opening at the Juan Diego Center at Nativity Church. It also marks the beginning of investigation into rolling out similar programs in other EVSC schools.

"This partnership is bringing assistance to our children and families in a way that will have long-lasting benefits," said Cathlin Gray, EVSC associate superintendent for family, school, and community partnerships. "The Community Health Center will provide families a safe, familiar place to have their health needs attended to. No one does well when they don't feel good - and children are no exception. This Health Center will definitely have a huge impact to benefit our students. We thank all of the partners for coming together to make a difference for this community and look forward to future endeavors."

Sponsors for the event include: EVSC, USI, St. Mary's, Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Anthem, MDwise, and MHS.

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