SAGINAW, MI – Young people in the city this month can visit a pair of events planned at health centers in Great Lakes Bay connecting them to services ranging from teeth cleaning to COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Saginaw-based organization will coordinate health care clinics in the city over the next two Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The first event is scheduled for July 14 at Arthur Hill High School, 3115 Mackinaw; and the second is scheduled for July 21 at Saginaw High School, 3100 Webber.
Both high schools have health centers where Great Lakes Bay Health Centers hold similar events for students.
Officials say the July events will target students between the ages of 5 and 21, although adults – including parents accompanying their children – are urged to research some of the services provided. For example, all visitors aged 12 and over can request a COVID-19 vaccine there.
âWe have planned these events to raise awareness of the faces of school health centers in the community, especially because the students have not been to school for so long,â said Victoria Grundas, health educator at Great Lakes Bay. Health Centers.
âDue to COVID, people may have suspended services, so this is a great opportunity to bring students back to care. The district aims to get the students vaccinated before they go back to school, so we want to help with that as well. “
Participants aged 12 to 17 must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine.
Health professionals will provide HIV testing at both events. The Great Lakes Bay Health Centers dental bus will run from high school parking lots, offering exams and cleanings. Staff will also disseminate information on smoking cessation as well as behavioral health.
Both events will feature food trucks, music and games, officials said. The freebies will include video game consoles, laptops and gift cards.
Free HIV tests offered Friday in Saginaw by the Great Lakes Bay Health Center