Place Bridge Academy welcomed members of their community to campus on Friday, April 9 for a health clinic, offering free services such as dental cleaning and exams, health screenings and COVID vaccinations.
As the elementary newcomer center for the district, many families who aren’t yet connected to healthcare in the community welcomed the no-cost services provided by PBA and their partners.
“We’re very proud to be the newcomer elementary for DPS. We have over 50 languages spoken here, and it’s a beautiful, culturally diverse community,” said Drew Schutz, school principal. “Unfortunately, many of the folks in our community don’t have access to healthcare or vaccines, and any access we can give them is huge.”
In addition to providing services during a year when the pandemic has highlighted inequities in access to healthcare, the health clinic also offered a much-needed space to connect in-person.
“That’s been a pain point this year, not getting the opportunity to bring members of our community to the school, connect with them, and have them be a part of what we do,” said Schutz, who spent much of his time at the event chatting with families and community partners.
The PBA Health Clinic worked with DPS’ Family And Community Engagement Office, CREA Result, Evans Medical Clinic, Martinez Mobile Dental, Connect Health Colorado and Kids Choice to offer the following services at no cost to the community:
- COVID vaccines
- Mobile dental services including exams, cleanings, and X-rays
- Vision screenings
- BMI calculations
- Blood pressure checks
- A1C testing for glucose and diabetes
- Blood iron testing for anemia
- Mental health and social emotional resources