Back-2-School Health Clinics
Project LINK, Inc is the administrative arm for the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County, our strategic partnerships with healthcare providers and medical professionals continuously provide new strategies and systems that have a substantial impact on the families we serve year after year.
We are proud of the wealth of guidance and support from all our local medical and University leaders, as well as our corporate partners who facilitate financial, personnel, and medical equipment resources, enabling us to focus on the safety, quality of care, cost of services, population health, and the on-time enrollment for students enrolling in Hillsborough County Public Schools.
The purpose of our “Back 2 School Health Clinics” is to provide access points to health care for children that are uninsured, underinsured, and/or families new to Hillsborough County that may have lost their health coverage.
These clinics serve students entering kindergarten through high school levels. Students are provided with medical services such as immunization, school physicals, and shot records update—all requirements to enroll in the Hillsborough County Public Schools.
This school readiness initiative provides a platform to parental involvement, and community interaction, targeting economically challenged families.
Leadership from each partner agency meet once a month beginning in January to build collaborative efforts in acquiring sponsorship's, securing facilities, and coordinating medical support for each site.
Traditionally during these events, families have an opportunity to meet with various school principals, community support agencies, sponsoring corporate representatives and partake in a host of activities.
In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 post-pandemic, we are continuing preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting traditional activities.
To protect the health of patients and staff, we are limiting the number of immunizations and physicals offered, in addition to restricting the attendance to only 1 parent or guardian to escort child(ren) receiving medical services.
The COVID-19 Vaccine will be available to children 5 to 17 years old.
For more information, go to www.back2schoolhealthclinic.org
No Cost Counseling Sessions!
Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have observed a crisis that is causing a significant impact on low wage workers across the Tampa Bay area.
Among the many vulnerabilities COVID-19 has revealed, the risk on the hourly workforce has been most apparent. Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental-health problems is on the rise: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide.
To combat the problem in the Tampa Bay region, Project LINK implemented a telehealth program titled ‘eMergU’ Telehealth.
EMergU Telehealth is an online teletherapy platform accessible via a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, that will provide access to No Cost mental healthcare for Tampa Bay area workers and their families. eMergU Telehealth offers HIPAA-compliant video sessions, voice calls, live chats, and messages.
This program target residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties who may be dealing with stressors, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and other challenges brought on by COVID 19 pandemic.
Individuals seeking counseling can visit www.emergu.org, complete a brief assessment, and will be assigned a licensed counselor within 24 hours to help set goals and work through their mental health and life challenges. Patients are able to receive up to three NO COST sessions.
After completing 3 sessions, individuals may continue with their counselor at there own expense.
To learn more about eMergU and to register for NO COST counseling, please click here.
No Cost Counseling are available to:
All you need is a cell phone, laptop, or desktop computer with internet access to chat via video, audio, and messaging to receive your virtual sessions.
Virtual mental health teletherapy sessions are provided by independent Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Psychologists, and/or Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).
Healthy Students Make Smarter Students
Project LINK's 'Healthy Students Make Smarter Students' initiative is designed to supply education & skill practice to resist foods and beverages high in calories and carbs, low in nutrients, while incorporating physical activity into daily lifestyle.
The program introduces healthy food products offered by partner corporations to help build healthy eating habits among children and their families.
The parents taking part in the program also receive increased awareness of healthcare options available to meet their family medical needs.
According to recent studies, the problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize, but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.
The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.
Our program is designed to educate students, in hopes, they will adopt their new skill practices beyond school hours.