Le Bonheur to expand school services with mobile unit
Le Bonheur has received federal funding to provide additional mobile health services to more than 4,000 children in Memphis-area schools. The $490,000 grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care. The funds will be used to build a mobile health unit in 2013.
Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being already provides school nurse services to the schools that will be served by the new mobile health unit. However, the new mobile unit will allow the nursing staff to provide services in a clinic setting. The unit is staffed by an advanced practice nurse, two nurses and a data entry clerk and will provide:
- Sick visits
- Administration of physician-prescribed medications
- Referrals to primary and specialty care providers
The mobile unit will serve nine charter and public (part of the Achievement School District) schools at 10 different sites throughout Memphis. The schools already have renewable agreements for school nurse services through Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being. The schools include:
- Corning Elementary
- Gestalt-Power Center Academy Middle and High
- Frayser Elementary
- Gestalt Gordon Science and Arts School
- Westside Middle Memphis Academy of Health & Science Middle
- Memphis Academy of Health & Science High
- KIPP Collegiate Elementary
- KIPP Collegiate Middle
- City University, School of Liberal Arts and Boys Prep
- KIPP Academy Middle and High
“It’s important for children to have a medical home. At these schools, more than 75 percent of children are eligible for TennCare. Our goal is to meet their immediate medical needs and refer them to a local community provider. The mobile unit will improve access to high quality health services and allow us to care for children in a clinic setting,” said Corey Johnson, executive director of Community Health and Well-Being.
Operating and maintenance costs of the unit are funded by Le Bonheur. Health services will be funded by both state education funding for school health care and through reimbursements for eligible services from third party insurers, including the state Medicaid program, TennCare.