children's health clinic services
In addition to providing comprehensive primary care services, the Children’s Health Clinic offers:
The Children’s Health Clinic provides all childhood immunizations, and is dedicated to helping parents stay on track with the child’s immunization schedule. In fact, for the last several years, the Ohio Department of Health has recognized our clinic for its high immunization rate—more than 99 percent of our patients are on schedule with their childhood immunizations!
same-day appointments for sick patients
The Children’s Health Clinic offers same-day appointments for established patients who are sick or have an urgent health concern. To make an appointment, please call 937-641-3500.
lead poisoning evaluation and care
Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used in many house paints until 1978. If you live in a house built before then, your child may be at risk for lead poisoning. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause heart and kidney problems, developmental delays and other serious concerns.
The Lead Poisoning Clinic at Children’s Health Clinic provides comprehensive testing and treatment for children who have high levels of lead in their blood. Doctors and agencies from throughout the region refer patients to our clinic for testing and care.
The clinic is led by Dr. Maria Nanagas who has extensive experience in treating children with lead poisoning and is seen as the regional expert on this topic. In her time at the Children’s Health Clinic Dr. Nanagas has been instrumental in educating the community on the causes and symptoms of lead poisoning.
When a patient is referred to the clinic Dr. Nanagas will work with a social worker and nurses to provide thorough evaluations and treatment. This includes working with the health department to identify the source of the poisoning and helping the family fix the problem.
If you believe your child might be suffering from lead poisoning please talk to your primary care physician to receive a referral to our clinic.
For health care professionals
healthy weight management
The physicians at the Children’s Health Clinic take a child’s weight and how it relates to their overall health very seriously. If one of our physicians notices that your child is overweight or at risk for childhood obesity they may suggest that the child be seen in our healthy weight management clinic. Our staff will provide nutrition and exercise counseling as well as working with the family on lifestyle goals to help the child maintain a healthy weight. The patient will be seen in between well-child visits in order to help manage their weight.
The Children’s Health Clinic offers sports physicals for established patients. We believe that it is important for our patients to receive these physicals from their primary care physician. To schedule a sports physical please call 937-641-3500 and bring the appropriate paperwork for our physicians to complete for your school or program.
The Children’s Health Clinic was the first in Ohio to adopt Reach Out and Read, a national program that encourages childhood literacy among children newborn through five years old. As part of our participation in Reach Out and Read:
- Volunteers work with parents to demonstrate how to read to their children in an attention-getting way.
- Our doctors talk to parents about the importance of reading to their young children.
- At every well-child visit, parents receive a new book for their child, as well as additional book recommendations.
Research shows that parents who participate in Reach Out and Read promote lifelong learning in the home, and are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests.
second opinion clinic
Our physicians provide a second opinion clinic (sometimes called a diagnostic clinic). Parents can request a referral to this clinic through their child’s primary care physician. Our physicians will offer a second opinion on a child’s complex medical condition, such as failure to thrive, anemia, or behavioral or developmental problems. One of our physicians will provide a thorough examination of the child, then send the referring physician or other care provider a detailed report and care recommendations.
needs based assessment
When a family brings their child to the pediatrician, they may be concerned about a broken arm or a sore throat. But they are often facing other challenges in their lives – lack of food, a job or ways to pay their bills – which also impact their health.
To address these issues, Dayton Children’s Center for Child Health and Wellness launched a program called the Family Resource Connection to screen patient families for unmet social needs – like food, housing and transportation – and connect them with community resources.
The Family Resource Connection program screens families for social needs during well-child visits in the Children’s Health Clinic at Dayton Children’s. Student workers, called advocates, then reach out to families in need and connect them to community resources.