LCSD1 now has health on wheels

Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 9:20 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For parents who previously had to take hours off work to bring kids to the doctor’s office, Laramie County School District 1 may have a new solution for you.

LCSD1 and Health-Works staff will soon provide on-site physical and behavioral health services to LCSD1 students, faculty and staff.

“Theres a lot of families and students in this community that don’t have a medical provider they dont have that medical home. So this is not taking patients away from other clinics its trying to reach out to those families that don’t have a regular provider,” said Janet Farmer, Head District Nurse- LCSD1.

This pilot program brings the doctors’ office to the schools through mobile health clinics.

And they are starting with Carey, Johnson and McCormick Junior High Schools this school year.

According to Farmer, many students and families in the district do not have an established medical provider.

This solution will allow families to access medical care like immunizations., acute care, sick visits and eventually behavioral health care at school.

With a mobile unit on-site, what would have been hours out of the classroom can become shorter than a 30-minute on-site visit.

Parents or guardians will also be provided with a treatment consent form.

“The flexibility of having the bus right out there to provide that support is incredible and of course, we want our students to be in school. In order for them to do that, providing this opportunity through the Health Works partnership will allow for students to remain in school more often,” said Dr. Margaret Crespo LCSD1 SuperIntendent.

Families with low-income qualify for a sliding fee scale and discounts for services regardless of their health insurance status.