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CU Partnership to Hold Eighth Annual Youth Health Extravaganza

CU Partnership to Hold Eighth Annual Youth Health Extravaganza

A Youth Health Extravaganza, sponsored by the Creighton University Medical Center Partnership In Health, will offer free back-to-school physicals to underserved and economically challenged families on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The eighth annual event will be held 8 a.m.-noon at the Omaha Public Schools’ Teacher Administrative Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St. Close to 500 children take part in this free health services program.

The event will offer to youth:

  •  Free school physical and dental exams
  • Screenings for asthma, blood pressure, hearing, height/weight, hemoglobin, lead and vision
  •  Roundtable discussions on such timely topics as nutrition/obesity, asthma, and tobacco prevention/smoking cessation
  • Activities for young children such as clowns, face painting and other family activities
  •  Bilingual documents and interpreters (Spanish and Sudanese)

Parents or guardians must accompany students to the event and bring copies of the children’s immunization records with them. The necessary exam forms will be provided in participant registration packets.

“This annual program exemplifies the spirit of Creighton University’s mission of service for others, allowing us to reach underserved children with vital health services prior to the start of the school year. Creighton students, faculty and staff and community volunteers look forward to this service event each year,” said Frank Peak, administrator of the program.

The Creighton University Medical Center Partnership in Health is a collaboration involving Creighton University, Creighton University Medical Center and other community partners such as the Omaha Urban Area Health Education Center, Access Medicaid, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska. For more information, contact Frank Peak at (402) 280-5852.

Posted: 8/11/06