KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A program focused on catching and preventing health issues in children across Kansas City kicks off its 25th year today with a morning full of health screenings and activities.
Nurses and medical students working with Score 1 for Health visit elementary schools and provide students with free health, vision and dental screenings. Over the past 25 years, the medical staff has identified vision problems, pre-diabetic symptoms and even heart conditions in patients.
Kansas City University runs the program. Its medical students conduct the screenings. The program has two benefits. First, providing the community with access to healthcare and education. Secondly, allowing medical students to get hands-on experiences with children. The program focuses on reaching children from low-income families in underserved neighborhoods.
To celebrate 25 years in operation, the organization will offer screenings to students from Scuola Vita Nuova at KCU Friday morning. It will also display several STEM-related activities to peak children’s interest in science and in potentially becoming a doctor one day.