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Duval Cty, FL: Districts partners with health care providers for school-based clinics

Jan 25, 2018, WJCT, Jacksonville, FL: School Doctor And Health Care Now An Option For Some Northside Jacksonville Kids http://news.wjct.org/post/school-doctor-and-health-care-now-option-some-northside-jacksonville-kids Soon Duval County children living in an area historically lacking access to health care will have doctors’ offices on school grounds. Jacksonville’s first school-based health clinic had an open house Thursday. It’s called the Ribault Family Resource Center — a Wolfson’s Children’s Health Center. The clinic on Jean Ribault High School’s campus is a seperate building and looks just like a mini doctor’s office with a couple exam rooms and waiting area. When it opens February 9, anyone in the community under age 21 can come for care. In addition, another Ribault High clinic and one at Ribault Middle also recently started seeing students inside the schools. Baptist Health, Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, the school district, UF Health Jacksonville and other organizations partnered to bring the school-based centers to Jacksonville’s Northside. … Duval County already has a dozen “full-service plus” schools with mental health services and health education but the school-based centers will offer more, including annual physicals, a prescription for the flu and care for chronic issues like asthma. The centers will share a nurse practitioner and a doctor.