For a second year, the Harrisburg School District has received a $40,000 grant to hire a nurse to screen and treat district students for sexually transmitted diseases.
The school board unanimously voted on Monday to approve a contract for a health educator. That nurse will provide education, screening, treatment and follow-up for chlamydia and gonorrhea in district students. The educator will be in the high school.
Sybil Knight-Burney, superintendent, said that she did not think sexually transmitted diseases were an issue in the district, but rather “the rising numbers within Dauphin County as a whole” are more of a reason to have a nurse available.
Knight-Burney said the grant came from the Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization providing health care services in 28 counties for women’s health care, cancer screening and education, tobacco prevention and cessation, HIV/AIDS support services, and family planning.
– Published by The Patriot News September 18, 2012