Boise, April 6, 2005 – Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers are teaming up with Central District Health, and the Idaho Care Line and the Idaho Dept. of Health Welfare for Kids Korner, a program that brings immunizations to children free of charge.
Kids Korner brings police officers, nurses and family services specialists together to help families with free childhood immunizations, free family health assessments and a free home safety assessment.
This is the third year for Kids Korner. The program is funded by a grant from Idaho’s Generation of the Child, a program of the State of Idaho.
The media is invited to the event at:
- Northwest Pointe Apartments, 3475 N. Five Mile Rd. (Look for the BPD Mobile Substation)
- Friday, April 7, between 2:00pm and 6:00 pm.
- Media Contact on scene at Northwest Pointe will be Officer Shelli Sonnenberg.
Background/Stats on Kids Korner:
Kids Korner will target 8 communities in all, looking to identify families and children that may benefit from the health care and service referrals available.
This is the third year for Kids Korner in Boise (2003, 2004 and now 2006). Friday’s event will be the 4th outing for the Kids Korner Program this year. In 2004 227 vaccinations were given to children from 140 families. Many of the children come from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
“This is a great opportunity to bring these services to people who truly need them,” said Officer Shelli Sonnenberg of the Boise Police Department. “In the three years we’ve done Kids Korner, we now have parents who recognize our program and look forward to the heath care services and advice we provide for them and their children. Many of the families that we provide immunization services for likely could not get them any other way. This program is free and accessible. ”
A team of Boise Police Officers, based out of the BPD Mobile Substation will go door to door in the apartment neighborhood, identifying families that may benefit from the free health care and service referrals.
Nurses from Central District Health will administer the free immunizations to children inside the BPD Mobile Substation.
Idaho Care Line Workers will also be based in the Substation to advise families about state and local assistance programs.
Additional Media Contact: Dave Fotsch, Central Dist. Health Public Information Officer 327-8639 or 871-1712