1,900 Elmore Co. students to get KidCheck health screenings

WETUMPKA, AL – The Elmore County School system will hold free KidCheck student health screenings for 1,900 Coosada and Wetumpka Elementary Schools in February as part of a program being led by the Alabama Rural Action Commission (ARAC).

KidCheck screenings will take place from February 17-19 at Coosada Elementary and from February 24-26 at Wetumpka Elementary. Coosada Elementary is located at 5260 Airport Road in Millbrook and Wetumpka Elementary is located at 510 Micanopy Street.

"On behalf of our school system, I am thrilled about our participation in KidCheck," said Dr. Jeff Langham, Superintendent of Elmore County Schools. "These health screenings provide a proactive approach to safeguard and help our children. I have been heartened by the countless individuals and agencies who have stepped forward to help make KidCheck a success in our district. As evidenced by its success statewide, KidCheck is a wonderful opportunity for our schools and communities."

Participating students will receive height and weight measurements, BMI, vision, dental, and hearing screenings, heart and lung sounds, blood pressure screenings, respiratory screenings, throat exams, dental exams eyes, ears, and nose screenings, and temperature checks by nursing students from the AUM School of Nursing. Other local partners include Elmore County Speech Pathologists, Pocket Nurse, Mid-State Medical Supply, Elmore County Hospital, Alabama Power Company, ALL Kids, and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

KidCheck began in 2008 and is modeled after successful school health screening programs in Bibb and Blount Counties.  The Alabama Power Foundation and the Blue Cross / Blue Shield Alabama Child Caring Foundation (ACCF) are State Supporters of KidCheck and have been instrumental in the program's expansion to over 30 school systems across the state.

Following the screenings, parents receive a report and assistance for children needing additional care.  Those who are uninsured and are not eligible for public insurance can be covered through the ACCF.  Every child failing a vision screening at these events or any KidCheck events across Alabama will be referred to Sight Savers America who is coordinating all necessary follow-up eye care services.

ARAC was established by Governor Bob Riley in 2007 to improve the quality of life in rural Alabama.  Primarily focusing on Health, Education, and Economic Development, ARAC is comprised of 8 regions encompassing all 67 Alabama counties.

Information Source: Alabama's Rural Action Commission