Bucks County Herald

Navajo children receive health screenings



A student receives stereo vision testing.

Now in the fourth year, Americans for Native Americans' Expanding Horizons in Nursing program recently sent a group of 11 area nurses and assistants to the Navajo reservation to complete health screenings for children in elementary school.

The team included nurses from Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Doylestown Health, and CHOP Primary Care-Central Bucks.With the help of 13 University of New Mexico-Gallup Nursing Department students, they completed screenings in four elementary schools in four days and screened 585 students. This was an increase from two schools and 300 students last year.

With no school nurses on the reservation, for many of the students this was the very first health assessment they had ever had. Each student received vision, hearing, height, weight, and scoliosis tests. Added this year was the stereo vision test, which determines lazy eye. Many students found out for the first time in their lives that they have vision and/or hearing issues.

For information about this program or to support the yearly trips, email americansfornativeamericans@gmail.com.

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