Students conducting surveys in San Luis, Somerton

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB | Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:00 pm

Don’t be surprised if young people come knocking on your door, asking you a few questions.

Starting this week, several students are hitting the streets of San Luis, Ariz., with the purpose of surveying residents on health care and border community needs.

The six-week door-to-door census is part of the 17th annual “Nuestros Niños” Healthcare Community Census and Immunization Campaign. The outreach campaign is designed to identify and collect information from under-served and disadvantaged families.

As a part of the Summer Youth Training Program, a total of 16 students from Yuma County high schools and PPEP Tech are conducting the census.

The “enthusiastic” students are being accompanied by seven “energetic” family care coordinators of the Regional Center for Border Health.

Before knocking on doors, the students underwent training on health-related issues, job skills and other topics, with the assistance of instructors from the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department, Chicanos Por La Causa, American Red Cross, PPEP Inc., Arizona’s Children Association and Yuma County Health Services District, among others.

The goal of the census is to find children in need of health-care coverage, children under 36 months and school-age children in need of immunizations, pregnant women in need of prenatal care, migrant families with no medical insurance and families in need of resources.

The students are asking simple questions, in order to provide the participants with the opportunity to receive “quality” health-care services.

The students are also inviting residents to health fairs to be held June 27 at San Luis Walk-In Clinic and July 11 at the RCBH Somerton facility from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The events will feature free immunizations, free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure checks; educational exhibits, raffles, face painting and refreshments.

The RCBH has conducted the “Nuestros Niños” census and campaign since 1998 in the border communities of San Luis/Gadsden, Somerton and Yuma.

The students ware first conducting the census in San Luis until June 26 and then moving to Somerton on June 30. It will be completed by July 9.

For more information about the program, call the Regional Center for Border Health at (928) 627-9222.

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