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Bright Futures Mobile Health Services Van Bringing Services to Phoenix Academy

APPLE VALLEY – The Bright Futures mobile health services van, which is funded through grants from the St. Joseph Health Foundation will now be available at Phoenix Academy. This van will make its way to the school beginning Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and every Tuesday thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The van, which has two exam rooms and a Family Nurse Practitioner, will be available to provide services to children and adults. Services provided to children include; health education and information and immunizations. Immunization records must be brought to all visits. For adults, services include physical exams, cancer screening, evaluation for illness, chronic disease management (e.g. Diabetes). Adult immunizations, health education, and blood pressure checks.

To qualify, families may be uninsured, meet the federal poverty criteria and bring proof of income. Valid proof of income can include a copy of last year’s tax return, 2 copies of your most recent paycheck stubs or an income statement letter.

Mariana Torres, Phoenix Academy Principal, said that the school has been working with St. Joseph for a few years to bring the van to Phoenix. “We know that it is a need for our students and families,” she said. “I a beyond ecstatic. It is not just to take care of ‘my’ kids, which is my number one priority, but it is also for the people who take care of my kids. The parents, the grandparents, the families.”

Prices for immunizations are $10 per visit, a TB test is $15, Adult Hepatitis B or TAP is $30 per shot and a replacement immunization card is $5 per person. Phoenix Academy is located at 20700 Thunderbird Road in Apple Valley. For questions, contact Bright Futures clinic staff at 760-946-4240.

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