COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Children's School Clinic Mission to the U.S. Virgin Islands
Commitment by American Federation of Teachers
In 2018, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) committed to conduct extensive preventative health screenings for schoolchildren in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After the 2017 hurricane season, the U.S. Virgin Islands experienced extensive damage to schools and healthcare facilities, creating a gap in health services for schoolchildren who should be receiving preventative health screenings from nurses in their schools. Partnering with Airlink and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, the AFT is sending 24 nurses to the U.S. Virgin Islands for one week to conduct extensive screenings for vision, hearing and dental needs. During the one-week deployment, AFT aims to provide health screenings to all 9,000 schoolchildren in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, the AFT is working to secure diagnostic tools and medical equipment to leave behind on the island to ensure that health screenings can continue in the future.