Through a collaboration with USD 465 Winfield nursing staff, City-Cowley County Health Department, and Dr. Todd Peters of William Newton Pediatrics, a $2,650 Pediatricians in Action grant was awarded in 2019 by the Kansas Pediatric Foundation.
“This was the first year for this fund,” commented Peters. “It’s exciting to be an early recipient and to be a part of this collaborative effort.”
The focus of the joint projects has been for these partners to take steps toward improving child vaccination rates in Winfield. Grant funds have been used for education, marketing, and prizes.
All students who received their flu shots at the school-based clinics were entered into a drawing for Amazon gift cards. Student winners included Aria Burroughs, 1st grader at Whittier Elementary and Addilyn Salts, 2nd grader at Lowell Elementary.
According to Peters, in the second year of the grant the partners will focus on adolescents. They will be working with Winfield High School in the spring of 2020 to increase vaccinations for HPV (human papillomavirus) and meningitis.