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Children's Health Fund, Marshall University School of Medicine Launch New Mobile Medical Clinic in Huntington


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Children's Health Fund and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will launch a new mobile medical clinic for the West Virginia Children's Health Project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at Spring Hill Elementary School in Huntington.

Staffed by Marshall physicians, the mobile clinic will take medical services to children and adolescents in five counties, including comprehensive primary care at 10 schools in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties. The new clinic was funded in part by a grant from the Walmart Foundation designated for expansion of health care services in rural areas.

WHO:
Karen Redlener, executive director, Children's Health Fund
Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D., president, Marshall University

WHEN:
Thursday, May 26, 2011
9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Spring Hill Elementary School
1901 Hall Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Children's Health Fund
Founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/advocate Irwin Redlener, M.D., Children's Health Fund (CHF) is the nation's leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families. CHF's mission is to bring health care directly to those in need through the development and support of innovative medical programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed access to health care for all children. CHF currently has 50 mobile medical clinics serving hundreds of locations across the country. Over the past 24 years, the organization has supported more than two million health care visits for disadvantaged children, often in places where doctors and health care providers are in short supply. For more information about CHF, visit www.childrenshealthfund.org.

West Virginia Children's Health Project
The West Virginia Children's Health Project (WVCHP) provides comprehensive primary care to children and adolescents living in Wayne, Lincoln and Cabell counties in the rural areas of southwestern West Virginia. Established 1992 in cooperation with Children's Health Fund and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, the WVCHP provides pediatric care to patients during weekly visits to school sites aboard a state-of-the-art mobile medical clinic. In addition to comprehensive primary care, the WVCHP clinicians make referrals for sub-specialty care and dental care; provide case management services; and deliver health and nutrition education.

Walmart Foundation
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

Posted On: 5/23/2011