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Medical Clinic Reopens at Martinez Elementary

Medical Clinic Reopens at Martinez Elementary

A medical clinic has reopened to help the students of Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School.

The United Way of Southern Nevada's Women's Leadership Council helped raise the money to reopen the clinic which did not have enough funds to open this year.

The group partnered with the local non-profit Positively Kids to run the clinic.

"The Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School Clinic did not have enough funds to open this year," said Nancy Reel, WLC Project Co-chair. "This left a huge void in this school community as it has served many, many families in the past."

It will provide much needed health care to more than 700 students at the elementary school, including many students who are homeless.

New Low-Cost Clinic Coming to North Las Vegas

New Low-Cost Clinic Coming to North Las Vegas

A new low-cost health clinic is coming to North Las Vegas in hopes of helping an underserved neighborhood.

Hope Christian Health Center announced recently that it had secured a lease for property at Pecos and Craig roads. The group plans on turning the property into a nonprofit clinic to serve patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

The clinic picked the area because both the city of North Las Vegas and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have called it a medically underserved area.

The clinic is expecting to start accepting patients in February of next year.

Hope Christian Health Center also announced it has a new CEO who has worked on similar project in Los Angeles' Skid Row. 

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Southern Nevada Health Focus of Weekend Fair

Southern Nevada Health Focus of Weekend Fair

 

A local nonprofit will be hosting its 3rd annual free health fair for southern Nevada families this weekend.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cashman Center. It will be held inside the Las Vegas Science Festival.

People will be able to get free screenings for everything from dental problems to blood pressure and sleep apnea. People will also get a chance for pediatric and vaccine services.

The fair is being organized by United Citizens Foundation and sponsored by Women's Cancer Center and Nevada Heat & Vascular Care.

Besides the screenings, there will be booths offering health information on various illnesses and services.

For more information about the fair, go to ucfoundation.com.

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students

 

Winners recently were announced for the 6th annual UNLV Coaches Challenge, a program that encourages children to choose healthy food and participate in physical activity.

This year’s Coaches Challenge included more than 13,000 elementary school children from 112 schools. The program experienced its best success since 2007.

A UNLV head coach will visit each winning classroom throughout May to congratulate the students.

This year’s UNLV Coaches Challenge winning classrooms represent four elementary schools:

Health Groups Promote Child Immunizations

Health Groups Promote Child Immunizations

 

Several local health organizations are hoping to get as many children immunized as they can during Nevada Infant Immunization Week, which started April 20.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition, and its health partners, will be sponsoring a vaccine clinic Tuesday at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

The clinic is open to children enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children program.

Sponsors hope to highlight the importance of fully immunizing children against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before the age of 2.

For more information about the clinic, go to snicnv.org.  

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

 

Nevada Infant and Immunization Week will provide a number of opportunities to improve the health and well-being of your children starting Saturday.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) and many health partners and providers will sponsor a week of immunization clinics during Nevada Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 20-27, beginning with a kickoff event hosted by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases, and serves as a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2.