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LCPS Launches Mobile Health Clinic with Dedication Ceremony

 

At a dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 22, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), along with partners Inova and The George Washington University School of Nursing, launched a Mobile Health Clinic, which will provide LCPS students with access to free physicals, wellness checks and referrals to community healthcare services. The ceremony was a celebratory event, complete with a ribbon cutting, refreshments, a craft table and the opportunity for guests to tour the Mobile Health Clinic.

 

LCPS, Inova and The George Washington University School of Nursing personnel will staff the LCPS Mobile Health Clinic, which will be hosted by an Inova mobile health services bus. The LCPS Mobile Health Clinic will visit seven LCPS schools throughout the summer. Virginia law requires all students enrolling in public school to receive physicals, wellness checks and vaccinations. The LCPS Mobile Health Clinic will provide basic healthcare services and offer referrals to other community partners to help families have the support they need to enroll their students in school. 

 

Dr. Clark Bowers, Office of Student Services Director and lead coordinator of the Mobile Health Clinic, said that the idea for this clinic is one that occurred organically. A Community Schools Development and Implementation Grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) grant, which LCPS received earlier this year, and partnerships with Inova and The George Washington School of Nursing made the mobile clinic a reality. "We've had challenges ensuring students receive the appropriate healthcare for years. We floated some ideas about what we could do to provide a resource like this clinic directly to the community to help families and their students. This clinic will facilitate student enrollment in school.”

 

“This initiative will help provide holistic support to LCPS students and their families. By providing access to basic healthcare services, we are striving to eliminate a barrier to education and help students achieve academic success. We are grateful to our partners for helping this plan come to fruition. I am very excited and optimistic about the impact this clinic will have on our community," said Dr. Daniel Smith, Acting LCPS Superintendent. 

 

“As a nonprofit healthcare provider, giving back to our community is a priority, and we are excited to collaborate with Loudoun County Public Schools and The George Washington University to provide essential healthcare services to the students with the most need in Loudoun County. We are grateful for the chance to work on this endeavor and are dedicated to making a positive impact through our partnership," said Susan Carroll, President, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Sr. Vice-President, Inova Health System. 

 

See the LCPS website for dates and locations for the Mobile Health Clinic.

 

Published June 23, 2023