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CCSD Partners With AU Rural Health For Outreach In LaFayette

“Working for the betterment of Chambers County” - Pictured above from left to right: LaFayette Fire Chief, Jim Doody, AU School of Nursing Dr. Linda Gibson Young, CCSD Superintendent Casey Chambley, Chambers County Commission Chairman Debra Riley, Chambers County Commission District 4 Representative Sam Bradford, Dr. Hollie Cost, AU Assistant Vice-President for University Outreach, Dr. Chippewa Thomas with Auburn University and CCSD Assistant Superintendent, David Owen.

The Chambers County School District is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with the Auburn University School of Nursing as part of the AU Outreach Program.

This partnership with the CCSD includes both the Chambers County Commission and the City of LaFayette working in collaboration with the AU School of Nursing’s Rural Health initiative. with a goal of promoting and supporting rural health pop-up clinics in the LaFayette community.

The Auburn University School of Nursing rural health outreach is being organized by AU professor Dr. Linda Gibson-Young. The outreach by Auburn University for the rural health pop-up clinics is the only initiative in the state being conducted solely in Chambers County.

The first pop-up clinic was hosted at LaFayette’s First Baptist Church on August 24th whereby the team from Auburn University provided hearing and speech screening for both children and adults from the community. A second pop-up clinic was hosted on Thursday, September 15th at the ALFA building in LaFayette from 4 to 6 p.m. CST.

This particular clinic will have the AU team providing screening for childhood Asthma. Other upcoming rural health pop-up clinics will be as follows:

Friday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former HOSA classroom at Inspire Academy. This third pop-up clinic will monitor blood pressure, weight, Body Mass Index, nutrition, and HTN Management (Kinesiology).

Friday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the LaFayette High School Media Center. This fourth pop-up clinic will provide education on maternal health (nursing).

Friday, October 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the AU team will be on hand for the Fall 4 Health Fair hosted at LaFayette High School for students in grades 6-12 in the gymnasium. The rural health team will provide education and support for students at five different stations.

The final rural health clinic outreach for the fall semester will be conducted at the City of LaFayette’s Rockingfest sponsored by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 19th.

Chambers County School District Superintendent, Casey Chambley noted that the school system was thrilled to partner with Auburn University for the greater good of conducting rural health outreach in Chambers County. Chambley noted the district is committed to doing whatever possible to benefit the families in Chambers County.

Chambley added that the district’s Lead Nurse, Mrs. Loretta Cofield, and other staff are working together to help ensure that these pop-up rural health clinics make a positive impact on our community.

Last Thursday, September 8th, the collaborative partners from Chambers County that are working to support this initiative were invited to the Auburn University Outreach and Engaged Scholarship Symposium Luncheon hosted at the AU Hotel & Conference Center.

Members of the Chambers County Commission, City of LaFayette Fire Chief James Doody, Superintendent Chambley, and CCSD Assistant Superintendent, David Owen were recognized for their partnership with Auburn University Outreach for making this rural health initiative a reality in LaFayette.

It is an opportunity welcomed by all parties to help facilitate outreach and impact rural health in the LaFayette community.

During the Symposium, Chambers County Commission Chairman, Mrs. Debra Riley was recognized with a special award presentation for her leadership in bringing this rural health outreach from AU to Chambers County. Also, in attendance was District 4 Commissioner, Mr. Sam Bradford.

Pictured above is Dr. Linda Gibson Young with Superintendent Chambley

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