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School-based health clinics get a boost from the feds

July 14, 2011

The Federal Departments of Education and Health and Human Services handed out $95 million for school-based health care centers today. Two Rhode Island clinics are among the 278 grantees: Woonsocket’s Thundermist Health Center will receive $363,799, and the East Bay Community Action Program in Newport will get $33,177.

The grants are intended to increase the number of patients served in schools and expand the clinics’ ability to provide services such as health screenings, disease prevention, and assistance for children attending school while suffering from acute or chronic illnesses.

Federal officials say a total of 278 clinics nationwide received funding. They plan to eventually distribute $200 million to school health centers by 2013.

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