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Small doses of education can make a big difference for parents
with sick children


from The Los Angeles Times

During the last decade, UCLA health experts have helped Head Start coordinators train 45,000 low-income families in 39 states to use basic tools including reference books, digital thermometers and liquid medical dispensers to treat their children and avoid unnecessary visits to doctor's offices and emergency rooms. Now they are expanding to include training sessions at school districts. A Los Angeles-area school district is offering the training, which had previously been confined to Head Start. A UCLA study showed that from 2002 to 2006 the program reduced participants' emergency room visits by 58 percent, doctor's visits by 42 percent and missed school days by 29 percent. more


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