Our Healthy Kids umbrella of services help ensure all children have access to quality health care and address medical barriers that affect school attendance and learning. The service line includes Healthy Kids Express programs and the school-based Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds. In 2020, Healthy Kids implemented virtual care that encompasses a variety of remote interactions that may use live video, audio, and instant messaging to communicate with students and guardians remotely in real-time.
Healthy Kids Express™ has seen more than 100,000 children and performed more than 200,000 screenings for hearing and vision, anemia, lead, dental, asthma and scoliosis. Services also include height/weight measurements and immunizations. The program was developed to bring health care to children from 1-18 years old in St. Louis city, surrounding counties and the Metro East. Healthy Kids Express provides services to 20,000 children per year and is made possible through the generosity of donors to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Healthy Kids Express is a site-based program, partnering with local school districts, Head Start programs, local day care centers, and other community sites to offer services. Healthy Kids Express social workers gather resources and are able to connect families to community resources such as low-cost health insurance and healthcare providers. For a list of community resources, visit our Community Resource Reference Guide.
Healthy Kids Express has expanded over the years to include three different vans which focus on specific needs including asthma education and care, dental care and treatment, and preventative screenings.
What's inside of a Healthy Kids Express van?
While waiting for services to be provided, children are able to enjoy educational videos.
All the comforts of home can be found on the Healthy Kids Express van including:
- DVD player
- Heating and air conditioning
Front Exam Room
Each van has a front exam room where children can receive the individual attention they need.
Healthy Kids Express Drivers have a special license to drive the vans.
Healthy Kids Express is well equipped for any type of emergency. Each van offers running water and a working toilet.
All medical results are recorded and stored confidentially. The school or daycare center receives a copy of each child's test results. The vans' PNPs, RNs and social workers offer complete case management.
Back Exam Room
Each van has a back exam room where children can receive the individual attention they need.