School-based health services in California have won $14 million in federal grants to start new clinics and assist existing ones.
Recipients include the Los Angeles Unified School District, which will receive $489,888.
The grants are part of the federal healthcare reform law, which creates a federal funding stream for school-based health centers, according to the California School Health Centers Assn.
“This is really going to provide us with an opportunity to make a huge difference in our communities,” Beverly B. Speak, head of the Kids Come First Community Clinic in Ontario, said in a statement.
California has 176 school-based health centers, and at least 30 more will open soon.
The clinics vary in size and services, but they typically have nurses and sometimes mental health counselors, medical students and part-time physicians.
School-based services were in plain view over the last week in L.A. Unified as county health workers and school nurses vaccinated students for whooping cough, a new requirement in grades seven through 12.
Other local grant recipients include:
— Watts Healthcare Corp. ($499,999)
— St. John’s Well Child and Family Center ($500,000)
— Los Angeles Free Clinic ($254,465)
— University Muslim Medical Assn. Community Clinic ($106,950)
— El Monte City School District ($114,517)
— Children’s Clinic in Long Beach ($485,000)
— Howard Blume
Photo: Student Samantha Ramirez is examined at the Kennedy High School health center by Angelica Acosta in 2003. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.