The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants will allow the health centers to provide more students with health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to better manage their conditions at school.
“Research proves time and time again that there is a significant link between student health and learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “A healthy child does better on tests, has fewer behavior problems and has less absenteeism. This funding will allow more children to be served where children gather – at school.”
The following clinics received awards:
• Lincoln County Primary Care Center in Hamlin, $398,522, to open a center at Logan High School that also will serve elementary and middle school students.
• Rainelle Medical Center in Rainelle, $452,456, to renovate a center at Greenbrier East High School and open a second center to serve eastern Greenbrier County middle and high school students.
• Tug River Health Association in Gary, $91,000, to upgrade electronic medical records and renovate centers at Mount View and River View high schools in McDowell County.
• Valley Health Systems in Huntington, $492,835, to implement an electronic patient record system at all sites and open two new facilities in Putnam and Lincoln counties.
• Wirt County Health Services Association in Elizabeth, $249,795, to expand and renovate centers in Wirt and Jackson counties and Meigs County, Ohio.
• Womencare in Scott Depot, $90,838, to open a new facility at West Side Elementary in Kanawha County.
• Monroe County Health Center in Union, $155,950, to renovate existing centers in Mountain View and Peterstown elementary/middle schools, and at James Monroe High School.
• Ritchie County Primary Care Association in Harrisville, $334,325, to build a center at Parkersburg South High School in Wood County.
• New River Health Association in Scarbro, $500,000, to expand services at Valley High School in Fayette County and at Marsh Fork Elementary in Raleigh County.
“Healthy children are able to go to school, learn more, and better succeed both in the classroom and in the future,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who helped write health care reform legislation that provided the funding . “Our children deserve the best education possible. With this funding, we can help make sure that they are healthy enough to make the most of that education.”
Across West Virginia, 59-school-based health centers provided services to 38,119 students in 26 counties last school year.
“School-based health centers are essential to helping children stay healthy,” Marple said. “These centers often are the only chance many of our children have to see a doctor or a dentist. These centers focus on prevention, early intervention and risk education so that students stay healthy and can attend school.”
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