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Health Centers Coming to Two Schools

Posted: January 10, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Araceli Mancia, right, and Sofia Kilpatrick, both medical assistants at the Wellness Center at Jones Elementary School, work Wednesday at the center in Springdale.

A $500,000 federal grant will pay for construction or renovation necessary to establish health clinics at Elmdale and Parson Hills elementary schools.

At A Glance

School-Based Health Centers

School-based health centers are relatively new to Arkansas — there are 15 in the state, all established since 2009 — but the concept has been in place elsewhere in the country for many years. There are nearly 2,000 school-based health centers nationwide, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Most are open every day school is in session. There are three in Northwest Arkansas: Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Owl Creek Elementary School in Fayetteville and Lincoln Elementary School.

Source: Staff Report

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