Back to School Health Fair
Posted: August 26, 2013 by UI Health Marketing
As a strong champion of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's mission to reach out to our community and provide health care access for all, Children's Hospital University of Illinois hosted the third annual Back to School Health Fair on August 17, 2013.
The free health fair was held at the Outpatient Care Center where over 75 faculty, staff and volunteers provided all required health screenings and immunizations for going back to school. Kids of all ages lined up to receive school physicals, vision screenings, dental screenings, TB and lead testing, and immunizations as well as education, counseling and resources about nutrition, diabetes, asthma, and sickle cell disease.
The event continues to expand each year and attract more and more families in need of pediatric care as they go back to school. This year 275 kids participated and received free goody bags with school supplies and lunch during the event. Health services provided free of charge to the community included: 160 Physicals, 109 Dental Screenings, 82 Vision Screenings, 93 Lead Screenings, 147 TB Tests, and 174 vaccinations for 85 kids.
Attendees could also get face painting, see a magic show and meet featured guest, Sparky The Dog, mascot for the Chicago Fire. The successful event was made possible by the combined efforts of a number of clinical areas throughout the health system all devoted to improving the care of children.