By Steve Manson, MD
During our visits to the schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the team of the La Crosse School District Health Science Academy and Viterbo University Nursing Program performed vision screenings on about 160 children. They found a large percentage with sub-optimal, or in some cases, very poor vision. These kiddos will be referred to the IHS Eye Clinic for exams to see if they need glasses, which could help them significantly in school. Way to go team!
The Gundersen Global Partners team has returned from their week on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Le Ann Bera is an Internal Medicine Resident who was to see patients at Wanblee Clinic until that plan fell through. She went on the trip anyway, and was invaluable to the Health Science Academy team and also saw kids for athletic and Head Start exams. Lori Miskell was the trip lead, responsible for making sure things run as smoothly as possible, while helping at the First Aid Fairs and with exams. Peg Manson helped organize the exams at the Head Start centers and the schools and assisted with kiddie crowd control. We had the assistance of the La Crosse School District Health Science Academy and the Viterbo Nursing Program helping me do a record number of exams (187) for the week.
We also had the opportunity to watch the premier of the movie,”Songs My Brothers Told Me.” It is the story of a Lakota boy who struggles with the many challenges kids face on the Rez. The movie was filmed in Kyle, S.D., which is where we watched the film. It was our privilege to view it with the people of Kyle; it was a moving experience.