Sun Valley Elementary Students Receive Free Health Screening Via KidCheck Plus, With Continued Technology Support From The

  Sun Valley Elementary Students Receive Free Health Screening Via KidCheck
     Plus, With Continued Technology Support From The Verizon Foundation

Health Assessments Promote Early Detection and Treatment

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 25, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Sight Savers America (SSA)
KidCheck Plus Program, an award-winning children's health screening program in
Alabama, conducted free screenings for children at Sun Valley Elementary
School in Birmingham. During the screening, The Verizon Foundation, the
philanthropic institution of Verizon, presented a $30,000 grant to SSA as part
of the Foundation's ongoing support of KidCheck Plus. Verizon's support of
KidCheck Plus now totals $150,000 in grant funding.

KidCheck Plus provides head to toe school-based health screenings to children
in underserved parts of Alabama. UAB School of Nursing students working under
faculty supervision will conduct the screenings. Health screening checkpoints

  oHeight and weight
  oBlood Pressure and temperature
  oDental and hearing
  oHeart and lung sounds
  oHeart and respiratory rates
  oSkin and musculoskeletal
  oEyes, ears, nose and throat exams.

Through a series of grants from the Verizon Foundation, KidCheck Plus has
developed a customized wireless software platform to capture all health
screening results with pass/fail baselines to immediately highlight
indications of potential health concerns and abnormalities. The software
generates an individual screening result form that is sent home to parents and
also provided to school nurses. SSA provides case management for children
failing the vision screening. Expeditious results and point-of-care
recommendations are enabled by the software system, developed by KidCheck
Plus, as well as mobile technology support from Verizon Wireless.

"Access to healthcare shouldn't be impeded by inefficient work processes like
manual paperwork, a lack of Internet access or any other aspect of the digital
divide," said Julie Smith, vice-president of external affairs, Verizon south
area. "The KidCheck Plus program is a great example of how mobile technology
can be deployed to make an impactful and positive difference in families'
lives. This is at the heart of the criteria the Verizon Foundation seeks when
it selects its partner organizations."

For more information, volunteering opportunities or to make a donation to
Sight Savers America's KidCheck Plus program please visit

About The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent
lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability.
Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion
dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live.
Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having
logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in
their communities. For more information, visit

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon
also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services
over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated
business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of
the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information, visit

SOURCE Verizon Foundation

Contact: Kate Jay,, +1-678-339-4828, @VZWkate
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