Serving Essex, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties
Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance has started a major undertaking to bring School-Based Telehealth Centers to the Northern Neck of Virginia. This is being done through an extensive partnership with Riverside Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board, Virginia Department of Health Office of Health Equity, Essex County Public Schools, Northumberland County Public Schools, Westmoreland County Public Schools, Rappahannock Community College, the Center for Rural Health Innovation, and Community Health Solutions.
School-based telehealth centers will be housed in each public school located in Essex, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties. At the elementary school-level, telehealth centers will be on-site in Essex Elementary, Northumberland Elementary, Cople Elementary, and Washington District Elementary schools. At the middle and high school-levels, Essex Intermediate, Northumberland Middle, Montross Middle, Essex High, Northumberland High, and Washington and Lee High schools will also have telehealth centers. All students deserve to have access to high-quality health care services, because this will enhance their ability to learn. Some of the objectives are to decrease the number of student absences from school, and parent absences from work; to improve student access to dental, nutritional, behavioral and primary health care; and, to ultimately improve the overall health outcomes for students. This innovative project is being funded through a grant received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Telehealth Network Grant Program in Rockville, Maryland; Grant #H2ARH30289.
Submitted by Iris Lane, SBTI/BRTA Project Coordinator
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