Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Clinic opens in Avondale school




By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Students and their families at Rockdale Academy can now receive health care services along with their education.

        A school-based health center opened at the Avondale school Monday.

        A partnership between the school and Children's Hospital Medical Center will provide pediatric care, parent education, teacher training and a focus on preventive health.

        Shirley Brame, health center director, said the goal is to make quality health care available to the community.

        Principal Dawn Crook said the health services will help students academically.

        “If you offer students health care with instant access, you eliminate one of the barriers of achieving success,” she said.

        The center is housed in four rooms in the school.

        The center will include a full team of providers, including doctors, social workers, technicians and nurses.

        Children's anticipates 1,200 student visits this year. Services are available to all students free of charge. A $350,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati will cover operational costs.

        The center will also work with community physicians, local health departments, Central State University, the Sickle Cell Parent and Family Network and the Children's Defense Fund to provide a broad range of care.

        For information, call the school at 872-7950.

       



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