As school starts, Dayton groups promote teen well visits

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While teenagers should be having annual well visits with their doctor, Ohio adolescents have well visits at a rate below the median of 42 percent for those covered by Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program.

As school starts, Dayton groups are promoting the importance of well visits for adolescents, which help build relationships with their doctor, promote discussion of health topics, provide support for stress management and provide a check up on growth and development.

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CareSource, Five Rivers Health Centers, Dayton Children’s Hospital and Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton had staff on site at a Dayton Public Schools rally Aug. 12. and parents and guardians signed up for their child’s well visit appointment.

According to Dayton-based CareSource, which privately manages Medicaid plans, 140 visits were scheduled on the day of the rally.

The goal is to increase the number of visits in Montgomery County, CareSource said.

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Teens and young adults should receive a well-visit annually. Medicaid insurance covers both the sports physical and the well visit for members.

“The adolescent years are important in a child’s life and can be filled with major physical, physiological and social development. We are excited to be part of this effort to talk about health holistically,” said Gregg Hopkins, executive director of Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton.

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