POMONA - Information on health services available for students through the Pomona Unified School District and other local organizations will be part of the Student Well Being Conference taking place Wednesday.

The conference, which is free and open to district students, parents, faculty and staff, will take place from 2-6 p.m. at the Village at Indian Hill, 1444 E. Holt Ave.

This is the first time the conference will take place, said Mark Maine, the district's director of student well-being.

The conference is intended to help inform families of services available in order to have healthy children.

"A healthy child has the potential of being more successful (in school) than a child who is not," Maine said.

A child with an unaddressed health problem could end up missing school and falling behind in class, he said.

Through the conference parents and others can learn about the services the district's school nurses and school health assistants provide, he said.

Parents will have a chance to meet with nurses and ask questions about various youth health related topics such as asthma, food allergies, diabetes, medication administration, knowing when to keep a child home from school and other topics.

Parents will also find information on the district's Health Service Clinic, which is staffed by a nurse practitioner and a licensed vocational nurse, and offers health screenings and immunizations.


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The district's health services clinic is at 200 E. Seventh St.

In addition, families will learn about screening services provided by Western University of Health Sciences and clinics located within the area that provide low-cost health care.

Delivering the conference's keynote address will be Sheila Lyons, a registered nurse and Pomona Unified's retired director of student health services.

Lyons will address several points in her talk including school health regulations, the role of the school nurse and student medication.

Nurses began working in schools in 1902 as a way to lower absenteeism, Lyons said.

More than a century later school nurses play a key role in schools and address a "lot more issues, not just Band-Aids," she said.

School nurses handle everything from administering medication to children to taking questions from concerned parents, Lyons said.

If a child has an unfamiliar health problem, a parent may turn to the school nurse.

"They come to the school nurse for advice," she said. "Should they take their child to the emergency room? School nurses give a lot of advice and do a lot of teaching."


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