Emory health sur­vey post­poned

The Covington News - - Local - Staff Re­ports

Harsh weather con­di­tions has forced or­ga­niz­ers to post­pone a com­mu­nity health sur­vey sched­uled for this week­end to Feb. 26-27.

The sur­vey will be con­ducted by vol­un­teers with Hands On Newton and Ox­ford Col­lege for the Emory Ur­ban Health Pro­gram.

The Com­mu­nity Health sur­vey will gain pub­lic opin­ions, which are needed as part of a plan­ning grant awarded to Newton County by the Emory Ur­ban Health Pro­gram. This grant is de­signed to as­sist Newton County and 10 other Ge­or­gia coun­ties in as­sess­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of bring­ing a school-based health clinic to at least one lo­cal school. Hands On Newton in­vites any­one in­ter­ested in a day of ser­vice for MLK Day to vol­un­teer as a sur­veyor for this project.

Hands On will en­list 40 vol­un­teers to go out into the com­mu­nity to sur­vey fam­i­lies about health is­sues. At least 40 vol­un­teers from Ox­ford at Emory will be team­ing up in this county-wide ef­fort. The sur­vey data gath­ered will be used to pos­si­bly bring more chil­dren’s health care op­tions to Newton County. The sur­veys take about three min­utes to com­plete, and no vol­un­teer will be work­ing alone.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Hands On Newton at (770) 330-7405 or hand­son­new­ton@ya­hoo.com.

There are 2,000 school health clin­ics in the na- tion with 245 in Florida, 206 in New York and 160 in Cal­i­for­nia. Ge­or­gia is a dis­tant last in the nation, with only two school health clin­ics in the state. More than 300,000 of the states’ chil­dren are unin­sured with limited ac­cess to rou­tine health­care.

The grant for Newton County is one of 11 granted in Ge­or­gia, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from Dr. Veda John­son, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of pe­di­atrics in the Emory School of Medicine. She is di­rec­tor of the Ur­ban Health Pro­gram in the Depart­ment of Pe­di­atrics at Emory Uni­ver­sity School of Medicine.

The grants are be­ing funded by a $3-mil­lion gift from The Zeist Foun­da­tion aimed to help im­prove out­comes for at-risk chil­dren in metro At­lanta and through­out the state over the next five years.

Newton County was granted these funds based on the needs of its cit­i­zens and the high de­gree of col­lab­o­ra­tion among the grant part­ners. This grant is es­sen­tially a fea­si­bil­ity study to de­ter­mine how the com­mu­nity might cre­ate and sup­port a health clinic within one or more schools, which would pro­vide rou­tine health­care for chil­dren.

Lo­cal part­ners in­clude the Newton County School Sys­tem, Newton County Part­ner­ship and Hands On Newton vol­un­teers, stu­dents from Ox­ford Col­lege, the Newton County Health Depart­ment, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­mu­nity and faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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