Back To School Health Fairs Help Uninsured Kids In VA | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Back To School Health Fairs Help Uninsured Kids In VA

Play associated audio

By Cathy Carter

Children of uninsured families may have difficulty getting check-ups, or required immunizations before entering school for the first time, but now there's a solution.

Back to School Health Fairs are happening in several communities in Northern Virginia. This weekend at the Arlandria Health Center in Alexandria, kids received those mandatory health screenings for free.

"It's just vital for every child in Northern Virginia to have the tools that they need to succeed, and health care is one of them," says J.J. Newby Ketzle, President of the Junior League of Northern Virgina, the organization sponsoring these events.

Her colleague Jeri Kirscher expects to see a record number of families taking advantage of this year's programs.

"With the economy, people have lost their jobs, their homes have gone into foreclosure, and along with losing a job, you lose insurance," she says.

In addition to the free medical tests for children, families can find out if they qualify for Virginia's Child Health Insurance Program.

Back to School Health Fairs are scheduled next month in Herndon and Leesburg, Virginia.

NPR

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
NPR

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
NPR

Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
NPR

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.