A child born in the Jeff Vander Lou neighborhood of St. Louis can expect to live 18 fewer years than a child born in Clayton. It’s a sad and startling outcome of poor nutrition, lack of prevention activities and limited access to primary care in impoverished areas. Good health not only determines longevity and quality of life but is fundamental to a child’s academic success, as healthy students experience increased test scores, higher rates of engagement and better attendance. Launched in 2013 and 2014, our health and wellness programming provides early detection and education of physical and mental health conditions, along with instruction in how to live a healthier life.
General medical, dental and vision screenings to identify conditions that require further attention and classroom education on health and hygiene topics, in affiliation with the Institute for Family Medicine
On-site, comprehensive vision exams and eyeglass fittings to improve focus in the classroom, in affiliation with Eye Care Charity of Mid-America, Healthy Kids Express and UMSL College of Optometry
Personal care kits with instruction in proper hygiene; interactive dental health education and dental starter kits in concert with HealthWorks!
Food kits containing two nutritious meals, prepared by Operation Food Search for students with an immediate need for food after the school day
Mental health support, including embedded behavioral therapists, group counseling and crisis training for school personnel