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The following article was posted on November 5th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 35 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 35

Mobile clinic meets medical needs at Delta High

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Delta High School is now getting regular doses of medical compassion from a mobile health clinic on campus during the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.

Community Health Center’s Community Health Outreach Program started the mobile service at the end of September and has examined more than 30 students since.

It’s a service that’s helping to fill the gap in campus medical services. Delta High doesn’t have a nurse technician like the other three high schools in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District do because of its small student population.

“Our students are some of the most underserved children in our community,” Tami Contreras, Delta’s crisis and intervention consultant, said in a press release. “More students are receiving the care they deserve, and it has been well received by our students. It’s wonderful to see the community and our district recognizing some of the gaps in services and working together to fill those needs.”

Outreach program coordinator Jennifer Meeks said in the press release that similar outreach efforts at other high schools haven’t been as successful as at Delta. She added that they are in the right place to help working and low-income families as well as students with busy schedules and lifestyles.

Delta students have so far been examined for ailments including acne, asthma, colds, cuts, abrasions, eye infections, sprains, and allergies. The outreach program’s staff has also performed blood pressure checks and various screenings and provided nutrition counseling and immunizations.