Heals Inc Overview
Target demographics: provide accessible quality, school-based primary health care for children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,989 students
Geographic areas served: Huntsville, AL & Madison County
Programs: on-site medical and dental care, mental health counseling, and social services at our participating schools. HEALS, Inc. makes an immediate difference in the lives of many children.
As of November 2006, HEALS has provided services to over 7,100 children and has provided 52,000 encounters and over $1,100,000 in dental services. We recently received the National Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Award in Washington DC for the services we provide to our communities.
Opening in January 1999, The Rachelle L. Cassity Memorial clinic made health care available for all Lincoln School students and their families.
A second HEALS medical clinic opened at Terry Heights Elementary School in August 2001. According to SAT scores, after four years of being on the State's Academic Alert status, Terry Heights School is now off Alert.
The death of a kindergartener due to undiagnosed Meningitis prompted the school principal at West Huntsville Elementary School to approach HEALS about opening a clinic at her school. The school serves students from two public housing developments, a downtown homeless shelter, and a battered women's shelter.
In October 2005, our fourth medical clinic opened at New Hope Elementary School, providing access to health care for approximately 2,400 children in the surrounding area.
Shortly after, our fifth medical clinic opened at Martin Luther King Elementary School, in April 2006.
HEALS provides the following services to all students in our host schools and their siblings, as well as children referred from other schools in Madison County:
HEALS provides free medical care:
-Well-child check ups (EDSDTs), immunizations, school sports physicals, acute care for illness and injury, lab work and prescription medications
-Onsite specialist care: ENT, Dermatologist, Pediatric Pulmonologist, etc. (volunteer physicians come to the schools)
-Local referral for other specialty care: Orthopedic, Neurology, etc. (usually pro bono if they have no insurance)
HEALS provides free dental care:
-Preventive care, including cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, sealants, and periodontal care
-Restorative care, including fillings, root canals, pulpectomy, extractions, space maintenance, SS crowns, etc.
-Dental hygiene education presentations at each HEALS school.
-Currently working on collaborating with several orthodontists to provide their services.
HEALS Social Service Providers:
-Offer crisis counseling with children and families
-Enroll and keep children on health insurance
-Help adults with medical and dental referrals, job counseling, family counseling, locating community resources
-Work as a liaison between faculty and parents
-Educate students with classes in Anger Management, Safety on the Streets/Home, Domestic Violence, HEALS LITE program (obesity program), bullying, self-esteem and Social Skills
The success of the HEALS dental clinic has shown that affordable, accessible dental care is not just a dream. Services have included:
-Comprehensive exam and cleanings, Fluoride and sealants
-Dental hygiene classes for students
-Needed restorative work- fillings (amalgam and composite), root-canals, extractions, spacers, lingual arch, frenectomy and crowns
-Othodontic evaluations and Periodontal care
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