Health Initiatives

Back-2-School Health Clinics

                            

The purpose of the “Back 2 School Health Clinic” is to initiate school readiness, parental involvement, and community interaction, targeting economically challenged families who reside in Hillsborough County and have children that attend schools throughout Hillsborough County Public School System.

 

This event targets students entering kindergarten through high school levels. Students are provided with free school supplies such as backpacks, pens, paper, notebooks, and rulers in addition to health services such as immunization, eye examinations, and physicals—all requirements needed to attend schools in the Hillsborough County School District.

 

Project LINK is the administrative arm of the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County. The coalition members consist of local non-profit agencies that partner at selected sites.

 

Executives from each agency meets once a month beginning in January to build collaborative efforts in acquiring sponsorship's, scheduling nurses and doctors for each site.



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Traditionally during these events, families get an opportunity to meet with various school principals & teachers, community support agencies, sponsoring corporate representatives and partake in a host of activities that include food, entertainment, face painters, and balloon makers.

 

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, The Back to School Coalition of Hillsborough County is continuing its preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the 2021 Back-2-School Health Clinics

 
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 12 to 18 years old.

 

For more information, go to www.back2schoolhealthclinic.org

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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 stress, 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. 

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No Cost Counseling are available to:

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Couples

  • Family Group

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 provide education & skill practice about how to resist foods and beverages high in calories and carbs that are also low in nutrients, promote incorporating physical activity into daily lifestyle, and introducing healthy food products offered to partner corporations to help build healthy eating habits among children and families we serve.

 

The parents participating 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. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. 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.

 

LINK program is designed to provide education and skill practice about how to resist foods and beverages high in calories and low in nutrients, promote incorporating physical activity into core subjects at school, and partnering with schools to make their facilities available for physical activity beyond school hours and promote their use by families".

 

 

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