Back To School Family Day includes free backpacks, physicals, more

Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana hosts its 16th annual Back to School Family Day on Saturday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Marion County Public Health Department, 3838 N. Rural St. More than 8,000 people attended this free event in 2015.

Each child who attends receives a backpack with free school supplies. Back-to-school health services will also be offered, including free immunizations, vision screenings, dental screenings, lead screenings, and sports physicals. Parents or guardians should bring current shot records as well as an insurance or Medicaid card for any children seeking immunizations.

Parents can also get a copy of their child’s birth certificate, free to the first 50 children who need one.

Those who need health insurance can get enrolled on-site for Hoosier Healthwise, Health Advantage, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0, or plans available through the Affordable Care Act. In order to enroll, the following documents are needed: income stubs from the last three months, Social Security number, and proof of address in Marion County.

Not to be missed is the Indianapolis Fire Department’s popular Fire Safety Festival, providing entertainment with games, food and hands-on educational displays. Plus, nearly 60 community organizations will host booths with information about programs, resources and services.

“This is a perfect one-stop opportunity for families to get kids ready for school,” said Pamela Humes, program director of Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana. “What makes this event successful is the support we receive from all of the community agencies and organizations who participate.”

For more information about Back to School Family Day, please call 317-221-2464 or Covering Kids & Families of Central Indiana is a program of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County.

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