The Washoe County School District will provide primary care to low-income families from five schools for the first time starting next year.
By the beginning of 2015, a School-Based Health Center will be serving nearly 4,000 students and their families in east Reno. The center will provide primary care, sports physicals, immunizations, psychological evaluations, dental screening and referrals. It will be near Wooster high. Parent Amy Gordon says it will help more than just low-income families.
“The overall impact, I think they will be healthier, I think they will gain knowledge. Some might even spike their interest into maybe exploring a career themselves. I think there are a lot of pros bringing a facility like this.”
The center will be funded by two private charitable foundation and the State of Nevada. The funders hope the health center will improve student attendance, academic achievement and physical and emotional well.