School Nurse

Debbie Shields, RN, BSN
SCHOOL NURSE 
[email protected]
 

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   MEDICATION PICK-UP AT END OF SCHOOL YEAR

Unused medications, prescription or over the counter, MUST be returned home at the end of the school year.  If you provided a medication to the school for administration during the school day, please confirm a plan to pick them up not later than 6/14/2024.  Medications CAN NOT be sent home with a student.  A parent/guardian or designated adult must receive the medication from the school nurse.   I will prepare the medications and deliver them to parents who pick up their child(ren) at dismissal on 6/14/24. 
Please contact the school nurse by June 7, 2024 to confirm your plan for collecting your child's medications by 1:00pm on June 14, 2024.

Thank you.



CHILD HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Please take a moment to help...

Every three years, Dartmouth Health members and partners conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment - a 10 minute survey – where we ask community members to tell us how we can make our communities healthier for everyone.

During our last cycle, over 1600 members of the DHMC and APD service region took our survey. Based on the results of the survey, we continued investing in substance misuse prevention, housing, and access to healthcare. At the same time, we invested new resources into food and family supports. The APD Smiles Program is one of the recipients of this funding.

What does your community need? Please take the survey here:
English Survey: https://survey.jsi.com/s3/Dartmouth-Health-CHNA24 [survey.jsi.com]

Spanish Survey: https://survey.jsi.com/s3/Dartmouth-Health-CHNA24-ES [survey.jsi.com]


NEW COVID/RESPIRATORY VIRUS GUIDELINES
As the threat from COVID-19 becomes more similar to that of other common respiratory viruses, CDC is issuing Respiratory Virus Guidance, rather than additional virus-specific guidance. This brings a unified, practical approach to addressing risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, such as influenza and RSV, that have similar routes of transmission and symptoms and similar prevention strategies. 
The latest from the CDC.....(click on this link)

New Guidelines for COVID and Respiratory Viruses



HealthFirst Family Care Center

October 2023, the Mascoma Community Health Center began a new partnership with HealthFirst Family Care Center out of Franklin and Laconia New Hampshire.  The HealthFirst Family Care Center offers all the same services (and more to come) including primary care, behavioral health, an MAT program and dental care.  For more information on HealthFirst go to:  healthfirstfamily.org

FREE COVID TESTS
Go to:  COVIDtests.gov to order up to 4 free COVID tests.

MEDICAID DENTAL INSURANCE FOR ADULTS 
Adults in New Hampshire's Medicaid program will have access to cleanings, fillings, X-rays and other basic dental care under a new benefit that began April 1.  Contact your Medicaid office for more information.