I.C. hears TennCare Kids, City Schools

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 6/19/18

The Bradley County Interagency Council met on Monday to hear from both Cleveland City Schools and TennCare Kids.

Lisa Wiley, learning support specialist with Cleveland City Schools, thanked …

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The Bradley County Interagency Council met on Monday to hear from both Cleveland City Schools and TennCare Kids.

Lisa Wiley, learning support specialist with Cleveland City Schools, thanked the council for helping the kids they serve receive the help and support they need throughout the school year.

“Every year at the beginning of the year at the middle school, we do an informational session on community service for our vendors, and it’s a great opportunity to increase community awareness relating to health and social services that are available to youth and their families,” Wiley said.

The event is formally known as a Showcase of Community Services, and features various tables set up for services offered in the community. Wiley added that many people in the Interagency Council have booths there, while there are also countless others who have tables who are not on the council. This variety allows for networking between businesses and excellent opportunities to learn more about what each organization is offering.

“When it comes down to it, we’re in the same business. We’re all here to help people,” she said. “This is perfect for filling needs that you may encounter that you can’t fill yourself, like if you specialize in health needs, but meet someone who needs a bed or food!”

The showcase is provided to students, administrators, teachers and non-certified personnel. Information is also provided that attendants can bring home to their parents or businesses bring to their clients. In order to retain the lessons they learned, students who attended the showcase have an assignment about what they learned from the day’s instructors. According to Wiley, student feedback is fantastic surrounding the showcase.

Some students have told her that they loved the health department booth because of its hands-on and interactive approach, while some stated that they learned about things they didn’t expect, such as anger management.

She also added that they are constantly looking to improve their schools, as they are currently building a new elementary school for Cleveland City Schools named Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary School. Officials hope for the school’s completion in March 2019; however, its final opening date has yet to be determined.

Cleveland High recently started offering Career Technical Education (CTE) credits, and now includes credits for aviation, robotics, engineering, criminal justice, cosmetology, automotive, health and science and an ROTC program as well.

Gail Benton, community outreach coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Public Health, then spoke on the importance of health checkups for children who have TennCare through the organization TennCare Kids.

TennCare Kids is a full program of checkups and healthcare services for kids who have TennCare; services look for problems early, check children’s health at specific ages and performs physical, behavioral, developmental, dental, hearing, vision and other screening tests to locate any problems.

What many people don’t know is that infants and toddlers should have 12 checkups before their third birthday. Children between the ages of 3-20 should get a TennCare Kids medical checkup every year and dental checkup every six months. A medical checkup can include: a comprehensive health and developmental history; complete physical exam; lab tests as needed; immunizations; vision and hearing screening; and advice on how to keep your children healthy and happy.

“Your child can get TennCare Kids medical checkups at a primary care provider, a health department or other TennCare providers like mobile and school-based clinics,” Benton said. “You’ll see us a lot at school health expos!”

Debbie Bowman with TennCare Kids added that their organization always has a strong turnout when featured at events, which they are grateful to see! She stated that many people contact them for services that they don’t offer, but they are always happy to point them in the proper direction.

The TennCare Advocacy program can be reached at 1-800-758-1638, or by going to its website at tn.gov/tenncare. Cleveland City Schools can be reached at 423-472-9571, or at clevelandschools.org.

The Bradley County Interagency Council will meet again on July 16 at the Church of God Jerusalem Acres at noon.


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