Auburn University, Verizon Foundation team to help kids

Through a grant from Verizon, researchers in Auburn University's College of Engineering are teaming up with the School of Nursing to bolster Kid Check, a program that provides health screenings to children in Alabama's rural counties.

Representatives from the Verizon Foundation will present a check for $23,000 to the deans of the College of Engineering and School of Nursing on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Loachapoka High School in Loachapoka, Ala.

The Kid Check program enables nursing students to conduct free health screenings for children in grades K-12 in communities which are medically under served or have high poverty levels.

One of the hurdles to efficient screenings and secure patient information has been the paperwork used to record patient data. Auburn wireless engineering students have proposed a system that will automate data gathering during Kid Check assessments. Through the use of portable wireless devices, the system will permit instant statistical analysis of the data by Auburn nurses in order to recommend appropriate referrals, lifestyle changes and additional information to children.