American Indian youth get back-to-school health care in OKC

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a nonprofit that provides services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, recently held its annual adolescents health fair, which was attended by 150 youth ages 12 to 18.

The health fair held in late July gave parents the opportunity to get their children’s health needs taken care of and make future appointments, according to a news release. Patients received immunizations, behavioral health screenings, hearing and vision screenings, fluoride treatments, sports physicals, head checks, school supplies and more. Snacks were provided by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s summer feeding program.

“The last thing kids and parents are thinking about during the summer are immunizations,” said Dr. Jennifer Williams, a pediatrician at OKCIC. “Oklahoma City Indian Clinic holds back-to-school health fairs to provide the health screenings and update immunizations that help our patients to stay healthy and succeed in school. We try to take the stress out of getting ready for school and make it a fun and easy process for families.”

Community partners such as colleges, tribal higher education liaisons, American Indian student groups and others attended the health fair to provide families with information needed for the school year and prepare them for graduation and beyond.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974. The staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from more than 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, call 405-948-4900.

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