Overall health and well-being is a spring-board to resiliency of a family and its structure. Head Start staff understand how difficult it can be, in these trying times, to focus on health issues of the family unit; but the program realizes what impact it can have. Head Start staff work closely with families to help ensure overall positive health and well-being.
0-5 Head Start follows EPSDT Guidelines regarding well child visits and childhood physical exams. Also, the program follows the State of Michigan immunization schedule for all children. The program assists families in meeting these requirements by helping apply for Medicaid, MiChild, Healthy Kids, or by offering to help with associated medical costs. routine dental exams are also a requirement of Head Start along with completion of any recommended treatment.
The program also collaborates with local community agencies and businesses to enhance the children's interaction with medical professionals in order to help reduce any fear or anxiety that may exist. In the picture attached, Children at the Edmore Head Start Center interact with Dr. Smith, a local optometrist..
The program also has a Registered Dietician who is available to families, if needed. The Dietician can work with families who need help with creative well balanced meal ideas, diabetes education or other health/weight related illnesses. The Dietician can be accessed through a referral from the Health Advocate or Family Support staff.