We are thrilled to welcome back our wonderful students to all of the Oakwood Academy and Rosa Parks Community School. We know this is going to be a wonderful and healthy year for all children!
If you have been wondering what the Health Center is, we would love to share a little bit about ourselves:
The Health Center is The Board of Education’s Comprehensive School-Based Health Clinics. We operate pediatric Health Centers that provide children access to quality care inside the school. At all Health Centers your children can receive the following care:
- Pediatric Doctor scheduled appointments for sick and well-care preventative services
- Dental Care
- Vision Care Both screening, exam, and eyeglasses
- Nutrition Education and parents/guardians workshops
- Behavioral Health Counseling and Social Work Support for students and families
- Audiology screenings
In order to utilize our services, you must first enroll with your school’s Health Center. Below is a list of the participating schools:
Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic:
Treatment Coordinator: Cilamene Joseph: 973-677-4000 ext. 3621
Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic:
Treatment Coordinator: Afrika Bond: 973-677-4000 ext. 1224
Thank you! And we look forward to working together to make all students healthy and successful this year.
**Please visit the NJ Family Care website to apply for insurance if you lack coverage to see if you qualify. Should you have any questions regarding NJ Family Care application process to enroll your child(ren), please contact the Treatment Coordinators at your school sites by clicking on the “Contact Us” from the menu above.
It has been our sincere pleasure to work with your family in providing Health Care Services this school year. We overwhelming appreciate your confidence and warmly recognize your support as we strive to make sure that each and every student of the has the brightest future and utmost success. Our team wishes you an enjoyable, Safe Summer!
Lunch Time Café’
The Health Clinic at your child’s Community School (Rosa Parks/ Oakwood) is proud to present the ‘Lunchtime Café’ through our Nutrition Services. This program which will run through May is an opportunity for your child to interactively learn about different nutritional needs through discussions and hands on activities like easy recipe making. We believe it will give your children knowledge about nutrition in ways that can keep them healthy and informed at a young age. This is a crucial time for growth and development and by having the right education about nutrition, children can make healthier choices on their own!
Contact your School-Based Health Clinic Today!
Since February is the month of the Heart….our Hearts… I thought it appropriate to share with you this beautifully written excerpt from “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” by E. M. Haas, M. D. Enjoy! Denise Hajjar
Vitamin L (the love vitamin) is commonly known as the “universal” or the “love” vitamin, as coined by humanologist, Bethany ArgIsle. One of the most important nutrients for optimum health is a daily dose (or more) of Love. The vital human emotion/expression/experience is necessary for the optimal functioning of people and all of their cells, tissues, and organs. It is found in most of nature – in foods, domestic animals, friends, and family – and is used to heal a wide variety of diseases. There are no toxic effects, but deficiency can cause a wide range of ailments.
Sources: As stated, vitamin L is found in a great variety of sources but must be developed and nurtured to be available. Fear, anger, worry, self-concern, and many other human emotions can destroy vitamin L. It is found readily in most mums and dads and is very highly concentrated in grandmothers and grandpas. Sisters and brothers may be a good source of vitamin L, though often this is covered up in early years, develops in the teens, and is more available in adulthood. Massage therapy is a particularly good source of vitamin L.
Vitamin L is also found in cats, dogs, and horses; in flowers and birds; and in trees and plants. In food, it is especially found in home-cooked or other meals where vitamin L is used consciously as an ingredient. It is digested and absorbed easily and used by the body in its pure state, being eliminated almost unchanged; in this, it is unique among the vitamins. It is also made by friendly bacteria and all positive reactions and attitudes in the body.
Functions: This vitamin acts as the “universal” vitalising energy. Vitamin L helps to catalyze all human functions and is particularly important to heart function and the circulation of warmth and joy. Digestion is very dependent on appropriate doses of Vitamin L, as is the function of the nervous system. Adrenalin, the brain endorphins (natural tranquillisers and energisers) and other hormones are enhanced by Vitamin L as well. A wide variety of other bodily and life functions are dependent on vitamin L, and it is extremely important to the healing process.
Deficiency and toxicity: There are rarely any serious problems from excess intake of vitamin L. Side effects, however, may include swooning, a strange feeling in the centre of the chest, goosebumps, and staring blankly into space.
We will be hosting Heart Healthy workshops in February to help educate about the importance of preventive care. See our calendar for times at your school. Simply click on the dates and view event schedules as well as clinical services!
The connection between mind and body is extremely powerful. At our FSCS Health Centers, we often speak about the power that we all to take control of our eating habits in order to create a healthy life. When we incorporate certain principles and habits into our daily lives it becomes possible to take control of our mental health. It is possible, to gain control over our moods as well as reduce stress and anxiety by simply altering our diet.
Our wonderful interns at the health center, Mia Funcheon, and Diana Remache, have created an interesting document that guides you through the mind, body connection and explains practical ways to incorporate good habits into your life today. To access Diana’s guide, please click on the image below.
It has been our sincere pleasure to work with your family in providing Health Care Services this school year. We overwhelming appreciate your confidence and warmly recognize your support as we strive to make sure that each and every student of the Oakwood Avenue Community School and Rosa Parks Community School have the brightest future and utmost success.
Should you require Pediatric Services over the summer please note the below contact information:
Dr. Zambrano, Rosario
26 Baldwin Street,
East Orange, NJ 07017
Phone: (973) 672-1212 Essex Pediatrics
Questions regarding Dental Services please call:
Transdental at 201-796-0585
Questions regarding Optical Services please call:
Main Street Optical at: 862-239-9550
Should you require mental health services during the summer, please note the following addresses and phone numbers that can be a referral source.
- Dial 211-this is a local Medical and Human Resource Service referrals for your area of Essex County.
- East Orange General Hospital (973) 672-8461. This 24 hotline number offers emergency Psychiatric Evaluation screenings and Psychiatric referrals.
- NJ Self Help group clearing House 1(800) 754-2230 offers local resources for Support groups in the state of NJ.
- Family Intervention Services at: 973-324-7879
Best Wishes for a happy and safe summer!