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Pediatric Prevention Clinic

The CARES team at North Charleston Highschool.

In 2018, the CARES student-run free clinic started the Pediatric Prevention Clinic (PPC) in response to their adult patients’ concern that their children were at risk of suspension from school due to delinquency in DHEC mandated vaccines. Since then, CARES has partnered with Charleston County School District (CCSD) nurses in hosting this clinic, held on specific Saturdays throughout the year in a community building (most recently, North Charleston Elementary School) to provide vaccinations free of cost to uninsured or underinsured children. It is staffed by volunteers including interprofessional students, CCSD staff, community members, and licensed preceptors. The clinic has served up to 183 students and provided upwards of 500 vaccinations in one day to keep children safe from preventable diseases and avoid suspension from school due to non-adherence to vaccine schedules. In doing so, CARES clinic provides a broader public health service as well as diminishes the chances of these children missing vital education as a building block to their future success. Other services provided during PPC include book distributions and community-resource referrals. Originally funded by a private donor, the CARES clinic has since secured VFC approval to continue providing vaccines free of charge to the children who need them.

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In 2021, the Pediatric Prevention Clinic (PPC) received the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

A sign that says "vaccine clinic today!"

For more information, please contact Emily Grant and Emily Babb.