Campus: CSU Long Beach -- March 25, 2002
Cal State Long Beach Nursing Department Receives $96,480
Grant from California Department of Health, Human Services
The Nursing Department at Cal State Long Beach has received a three-year,
$96,480 grant from the California Department of Health and Human Services
to support its successful Health on Wheels program, a mobile school-based
CSULB faculty and registered nurses seeking a masters of science degree
with a specialty in pediatrics staff the mobile health van, which visits
10 schools offering free physical exams and medical care for such minor
illnesses as ear and throat infections as well as education.
Part of the department's Pediatric Advanced Practice Program, the Health
on Wheels collaborative effort between CSULB, Kaiser Permanente, the
City of Norwalk and the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District began
"Kaiser purchased the Airstream and outfitted it as a mobile health
clinic," said Judy Smith, graduate student advisor for nursing.
"The City of Norwalk provides the truck that pulls it and the driver.
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District provides the coordination
of the program at the school sites."
The program's primary goal is to provide culturally sensitive health
care to students and their siblings who do not have insurance or are
eligible for Medi-Cal, explained Natalie Cheffer, an assistant professor
of nursing. "The distance to low-cost health services is so great
that having a van on site is a big help," she said.
Smith is eager to make the most of the state's support. "The program
has been around for five years but the grant just arrived," she
said. "Our supporters were persistent in their help before we got
the grant and we're going to be persistent in our efforts to help the