Detroit, MI — It is a fact. In order to play a sport, students must have an up-to-date physical exam performed by a medical professional. It is also a fact that many students’ families simply cannot afford that procedure and the athletes sit on the sidelines when they should be engaged in the competition. Additionally, statistics show that as many as one in every seven adolescents has no health insurance and that one in every three low income adolescents has no Medicaid coverage, as the option of securing private health insurance becomes more and more unattainable.
The Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority, the Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion, in collaboration with the Northwestern High School (NWHS)-School Based Clinic, examined those problems and created a solution. During the Easter Break, between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., from April 13 through April 17, student athletes between the ages of 5 and 21 will be able to receive a free physical examination so that they can get back into their game. Even if students have insurance, they are welcome to take advantage of this event.
Students simply need to come to Northwestern High School, located at 2200 W. Grand Blvd., and go to room A-300. In addition to the physical exams for the athletes, free Well Child Care Visits will also be available at the clinic during the break. No proof of residency is required. It is recommended that anyone taking advantage of the free physicals and Well Child services, make an appointment by calling
313-596-0700, ext. 388, however, walk-ins are welcome.
Each day of the Easter Break clinic, the first 100 young athletes who come for physicals will receive a sports backpack. There will be information presented that focuses on the importance of good nutrition, and learning about and understanding how to live with chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. If the young athlete is un- or underinsured, the Health Authority staff will be there to provide screening and application assistance to try to enroll them in a Medicaid program. There will also be a variety of activities taking place such as a raffle, door prizes and face-painting along with refreshments.
During the school year, the NWHS clinic provides primary care services for the students. It is operated by the Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion.
Co-sponsors of this event are the Southeastern Michigan Medicaid Health Plans: Health Plan of Michigan, Midwest Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Great Lakes Health Plan, Omni Care, and Pro Care Health Plan.