SPOKANE, Wash. — The Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing is again offering neighborhood health care services to meet basic health and dental needs of school-aged students and local residents. The annual summer Pediatric Outreach Project, in collaboration with the Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane School District 81, is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Havermale School.

People’s Clinic will conduct sports physicals from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the school, located at 1300 W Knox Avenue, Room 114A. Spokane School District students who are required to have sports physicals to participate in athletics for the 2002-03 school year are eligible to participate. No appointments are necessary. Primary and preventative health care services will also be offered to students and their families.

New this year are dental hygiene services provided by a dental hygienist from the Spokane Regional Health District. Dental services available during the event include routine screenings and fluoride sealants.

Loly Reyes, People’s Clinic outreach services manger, has been working with schools and community groups to determine where the health care need exists. “These students can’t participate in school sports unless they pass a sports physical. And dental hygiene, screenings and preventative measures improve overall basic health for children and adults.,” she said.

Uninsured students will be charged $20 for a sports physical. Washington Basic Health and Medicaid insurance and forms will be accepted for the physicals and dental services. Parent consent is required for sports physicals and primary care services such as well-child exams and immunizations. Current immunization records should be brought. However, care will be provided to all students who attend the clinic, regardless of one’s ability to pay.

Nurse practitioners from People’s Clinic and a dental hygienist from the Spokane Regional Health District will provide care with assistance from school volunteers.

People’s Clinic has provided health care clinics at Spokane School District 81 schools since March 2000 as part of the Pediatric Outreach Project. Reyes knows from experience this “hometown healthy” approach to health care services is valued and vital to the community.

“The POP has been extremely successful in reaching families that might not otherwise seek proper health care treatment, because we take the services to their neighborhoods,” said Reyes. “The POP has helped more than 800 families and students with basic and emergent health care issues. We’re delighted we can continue our outreach efforts at Havermale for the coming school year.”

People’s Clinic is a nurse-managed clinic established in 1998 to increase access to health care throughout Spokane County, primarily to those families who are underinsured or uninsured. The clinic is staffed and operated by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing family nurse practitioners and nursing students. Funded by a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which is matched with contributions from local businesses and the community, the clinic provides health care services to more than 300 Spokane County children and adults in each month. People’s Clinic is located on the second floor of the YWCA, 829 W. Broadway Ave., and is open 9 a.m.5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The college offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners: WSU, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Whitworth College. Each year the college educates more than 600 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other state educational institution.