MARQUETTE - The Gwinn Adolescent Health Clinic in the Gwinn High School is the recipient of a $500,000 federal grant meant to help the clinic expand its operations.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, announced Friday the Marquette County Health Department received the grant to expand the school's health clinic through the School-Based Health Center Capital Program, a competitive initiative that was authored by Stabenow.
"During these difficult economic times, it's essential that we all work together to make sure our children receive the health care they need," Stabenow said in a written statement. "Too many children across our state do not have access to a family doctor. I'm pleased my initiative will help Gwinn Area Community Schools provide basic medical and dental care to students during the school day."
Tina Bambach, family medical nurse practitioner, examines a student at the Gwinn Adolescent Health Center in the Gwinn High School in October 2011. The clinic has received a $500,000 federal grant. (Journal file photo by Matt Keiser)
The School-Based Health Center Capital program provides school-based health centers with resources for construction, renovation and equipment needs to improve children's access to basic health services.
In Michigan, there are more than 100 school-based and school-linked health centers serving more than 200,000 students, according to Stabenow's office.
Corrine Brownell, personal health director for the MCHD, said the clinic helps improve the overall health of the students who attend Gwinn schools.
"Our health department is extremely happy to have an opportunity like this to expand the services for the Gwinn schools," Brownell said. "The Gwinn community, Gwinn school board, school staff and the Marquette County Health Department are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the students. This is a huge project. It will need the support of our Board of Health, Board of Commissioners and Gwinn school board. Senator Stabenow's office has provided support for this project and I am sure will continue to do so."
The Gwinn clinic began offering students medical care in October 2011. Its employees also play a teaching role in conjunction with the district's health classes, as well as by teaching Gwinn school's staff about important health issues.
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the School-Based Health Center Capital Program
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