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Virtual medical appointments offered on family days

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  • By 412th Medical Group

The 412th Medical Group continually seeks to improve access to medical care for beneficiaries.

The group has several ongoing improvement projects to increase access to appointments. For example, the number of appointments providers offer on a daily basis has been increased.  Additionally, virtual appointments, which allow patients with certain conditions to be treated over the phone versus having to come to the facility for a face-to-face appointment, were initiated in early June. 

Direct Access Pharmacy services were established Feb. 1 and they have facilitated access to care by allowing patients who are experiencing cold and flu like symptoms to receive medication from the pharmacy without a provider visit.

In addition to those services, the 412th MDG is now offering virtual appointments via the Doctor On Call Telehealth Resource for all beneficiaries on family days.  Although the medical treatment facility (MTF) itself will be closed, patients can dial the appointment line at 661-277-7118, select option one, and immediately be connected with the on-call physician.  

Virtual appointments will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on family days and are intended for all beneficiaries who have an injury or illness that may need non-emergency medical care. 

The physician will be able to provide recommendations for self-care, prescribe medications and/or refer the patient to a higher level of care if needed. 

In the event of an emergency, calling 911 (or 661-277-4541 when on base and using a cell phone) is the most appropriate course of action.

The 412th MDG’s new Doctor On Call Telehealth Resource (DOCTR) will provide all beneficiaries with an improved option for medical assistance during long holiday weekends. 

The medical group is excited to offer this new service and hope it enhances the quality of care beneficiaries receive.

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.