In May, 2015, St. Luke’s Miners Campus was awarded a three year Rural Health Outreach grant from the Health Resource and Service Administration. This grant was submitted with a Memorandum of Understanding Partnership Agreement between St. Luke’s Miners, Panther Valley School District and community partners. Through this outreach, the School District becomes the hub of the community where there will be daily opportunities and outreach to connect students, families and community members to care and to work together to improve health outcomes. This project will engage students of Panther Valley School District (and also reach their families, teachers, staff, community members) through partnerships programs, a full time District Wide Coordinator, four part time School Based Coordinators and a part time Behavioral Health Consultant.
The collaborative, rural health outreach opportunities align with St. Luke’s Community Health Adopt a School Program where community partners and the school district (including students and families) work together in promoting healthy living initiatives, chronic disease prevention, connecting students and families to medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse prevention and programs and leadership opportunities for any interested students and families.
In using the School District as a hub, students, staff and community members and partners are actively involved in assessing, implementing and evaluating initiatives and outreach through focus groups, committees and student leadership opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming involved or learning more, please contact Kerri Quick at 570-645-2172 ext. 3074. Examples of the outreach include:
- Full and Part Time School Based Coordinators available to assist/engage any students/families in connecting to care and/or growing in leadership opportunities
- St. Luke’s Mobile Youth Health Center to visit the school twice monthly
- Behavioral Health Consultant from Behavioral Health Associates to assist on the Mobile Van to connect students to care and/or work with any interested students in leadership opportunities
- Vision Van Services
- Vision Program Services with Dr. Schneider, local Tamaqua Optometrist
- Connection to dental services
- Nurse Navigation Services including Diabetes education and tobacco cessation & education
- Substance Abuse Education for all of 6th, 7th 8th and 9th graders plus district wide messages and resources
- Healthy Relationship Education for all 6th, 7th & 8th grade plus district wide messages and resources
- Depression Awareness Education for all 9th grade plus district wide messages and resources
- Nutrition Education and Garden Programs for all 3rd, 4th and 5th plus district wide messages and resources
- Ten community outreach events, that align with existing Panther Valley scheduled events when possible, to promote programs, services and outreach. Healthy and fun food snacks and information will be provided
- Tail on the Trail and Live Your Life Programs throughout the District/Community
- Community Supported Agriculture from Leiby’s Farm included in local Summer Lunch Programs in Summit Hill, Coaldale and Lansford
*This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D04RH28435, Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program for $598,711 (over 3 years), 43% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government."