The community outreach of KCU’s Score 1 for Health program will continue to enhance the access of primary care to underserved families thanks to a $35,347 grant awarded by the REACH Healthcare Foundation.
Score 1 for Health is a preventive health program that provides free, in-school health screenings for elementary kids of families living in under-resourced areas.
In the spring of 2017, the REACH Foundation awarded Score 1 and five other organizations Health Care Coordination and Navigation Grants. These programs aim to address the health care needs of the underserved, including homeless families with children, undocumented and documented immigrants.
The funds will allow KCU to continue the work of a bilingual dental community health worker to provide health care services and information to Latino families on oral health, primary care and vision services.
“Our mission is to help families who do not have a voice when it comes to their own health care,” Score 1 for Health Director Annette Campbell said. “This grant allows our community health worker to continue the important role with our families to help alleviate their fears, to bridge any barriers they may have and connect them to quality, primary care.”
This is the third year the REACH Healthcare Foundation has awarded Score 1 with this grant, which will build on a pilot project in a Kansas City, Mo., elementary school to help with setting dental appointments and promoting preventative oral care.
Score 1 for Health allows osteopathic medical students to gain valuable clinical experience in pediatric health assessment, while providing an important community service. Score 1’s goal is healthier families make healthier communities.