Gearing Up for Back to School
July 12, 2017 at 2:40 pm
True Health has been hosting our Back to School Bash annually since 2013. The event is designed to provide the required school physicals, including immunizations, at an affordable cost to Central Florida families – while making healthcare fun for kids.
Why We Do It
Florida law requires an annual school physical for all students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Each child must also turn in an immunization form signed by a physician or county Health Department, certifying the child is up to date and released for school. The purpose of these laws is to minimize the chance that a child’s health will interfere with their education.
To provide a sense of scale: this means that over 200,000 students in Orange County and over 65,000 students in Seminole County have to go to the doctor for a physical every year.
At True Health, we are huge supporters of preventive care because it makes health outcomes better for everyone. But we realize that healthcare is expensive, and these school requirements can be costly – especially for families with multiple children.
What We Do About It
Every year, True Health hosts a series of Back to School events at multiple locations in Orange and Seminole Counties. At these events, kids can receive their required school physicals for just $30 per child.
We began the program 4 years ago in partnership with Orlando Health. That year, we hosted it at the True Health Southside location. We’ve continued the service every year since then because we saw a great need in our community.
In 2016, we expanded the program to include all True Health locations. Because of this, we were able to serve nearly 300 kids and their families. We are excited to see the program grow this year as we anticipate serving over 500 schoolchildren.
Going The Extra Mile
Our events don’t just provide school physicals. This year, we’ll be giving away backpacks full of school supplies. We want to help ensure that every child has what they need to succeed in school.
We’ve also partnered with many businesses in Central Florida to make our Back to School Bash even better. In addition to free backpacks with your school physical, we’ll be giving away other prizes and have fun, kid-friendly activities such as face-painting. We’ll even have free professional haircuts at our event in Sanford this year, courtesy of the Hollywood Beauty Career Institute!
Our goal is to serve our community while making healthcare fun and affordable for Central Florida families. We’d love to see you join the festivities this year! Check out the full event schedule here.
Click here to learn more about Orange County school health requirements.
Click here to learn more about Seminole County school health requirements.