Healthy Kids: Impacting Children’s Health in Rural Alabama

Authors

  • Ginny Weldon Langham Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • J Kyle Taylor Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • Allison J Terry Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • Kathryn Dugan Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • Li Qian Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • Kathy W. Jones Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146
  • Ashley Miles Godwin Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i1.432

Abstract

Significant changes have occurred in the healthcare community as a result of legislative decisions, the economic downturn, and long range effects of consistent annual reductions in public funding.  Community partnerships have become vital to the existence of many areas of healthcare delivery, including the Alabama State Department of Education’s School Health Services Program which is charged with the oversight of the health of students while they are enrolled in Alabama public schools.  This program, along with many state agencies, continues to struggle in finding creative ways to stretch every education dollar in order to adjust to the impact of across the board budget cuts.  A decrease in the number of registered nurses and the increasingly complex medical issues of students requiring individualized care have potentially jeopardized the ability of school nurses to adequately monitor and detect changes in the overall health status of children in the Alabama School Health Services Program.  Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Communication Disorder students from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) conducted health screenings for school age children in medically underserved counties of rural Alabama. The purpose of this article will be to discuss the collaboration and implementation of an interprofessional, community-based, service-learning project entitled Healthy Kids.

Keywords: rural health; interprofessional collaboration; child health; service learning

DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i1.432 

 

Author Biographies

Ginny Weldon Langham, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Ginny Langham, DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  llangham@aum.edu

J Kyle Taylor, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

J. Kyle Taylor, PhD

Associate Professor/Department Head

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  jtaylor@aum.edu

 

Allison J Terry, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Allison Terry, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice

School of Nursing

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  aterry@aum.edu

Kathryn Dugan, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Kathryn Dugan, MEd, MT (ASCP)

Instructor

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  kdugan@aum.edu

Li Qian, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Li Quan, MD, MLS (ASCP) CM

Associate Professor

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  lqian@aum.edu

Kathy W. Jones, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Kathy W. Jones, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor

Medical & Clinical Laboratory Sciences

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  kjones31@aum.edu  

Ashley Miles Godwin, Auburn University Montgomery PO Box 244023 Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Ashley Miles Godwin, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA

Department Head/Director

Communication Disorders

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Auburn University Montgomery

PO Box 244023

Montgomery, Alabama 36124-3146

Email:  agodwin3@aum.edu

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2017-02-02

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