Kaweeda G. Adams on Wednesday joined community partner Whitney M. Young
Jr. Health Center and local officials to announce the latest
collaboration between the clinic and the City School District of Albany:
a mobile health van that will serve students at North Albany Academy.
“Health and success in school are closely linked.
Sick children tend to miss more school than healthy ones, and we know
missing too much school puts students at greater risk of failing or
dropping out,” Adams said at a news conference at the school.
Starting in September, the mobile van – “Whitney on
Wheels” – will visit North Albany Academy monthly to serve elementary
students at there and middle- and high-school students in a new program
for refugee and immigrant students that is housed at the school.
is pictured at right having her blood pressure checked in the mobile van
by Kevin Ragnauth, a medical assistant).
The van will provide comprehensive services that
include immunizations, preventive exams, routine blood tests, health
education and sick visits for students and families.
Whitney Young CEO David Shippee, Assemblyman John T.
McDonald III, Assemblywoman Patricia A. Fahy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan
joined Adams in celebrating the new van.
“We are so excited to celebrate National Health
Center Week and have the Mobile Health Unit come to North Albany
Academy. We are proud to serve the community and the students of the
City School District of Albany and encourage better health management
among the parents and children of this school,” Shippee said.
Whitney Young is an important community partner for
the school district, providing comprehensive health care in school-based
clinics that run during school hours at Giffen Memorial Elementary
School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and Sheridan Preparatory
Academy. The services are free and there is no insurance billing
Also, Whitney on Wheels already provides health care
to students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and will expand
to operating every Monday and Wednesday this fall.
“We’re thrilled to expand our ongoing partnership
with Whitney Young and grateful for their efforts to keep Albany
children healthy and in school,” Adams said.