- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - The Lower Kuskokwim School District wants to bring a student health center to a school campus in Bethel.

The goal is to offer services provided by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. and the state’s public health nursing program, KYUK (https://is.gd/WCUyI1) reported.

“That could be anything from sports physicals to talking about reproductive health, to sexually transmitted diseases, to the common cold, all of those different things,” schools Superintendent Jacob Jensen said. “While it doesn’t have a direct impact on what we do as far as educating kids, if you’re sick, you’re ill, you’re not going to be able to come to school, so if you’re able to take care of that while you’re at school, so we thought that would be of benefit for the community.”

The board of the health corporation has not yet taken action on the proposal. Jensen said he is hoping a center could be open by the end of October, and initially be open one day a month.

A location has not yet been finalized, but locating the center near students would be crucial, YKHC corporate medical director Joe Klejka said.

“This makes it more convenient,” Klejka said.

The center may be staffed by a pediatric resident, he said. Public health nursing providers could offer services such as pregnancy testing, information on birth control and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

Katy Krings, a public health nurse, said such services for students would be done on a confidential basis.

“So they can receive the services, their parents aren’t notified,” she said. “So they would be able to receive these services at our health clinic here in town, same as the school-based health clinic if that gets started.”


Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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