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Johnson Announces $700k For School-based Health Programs


North Shore/ Long Island Jewish Health Systems and $174,437 for Winthrop University Hospital, will go toward supporting their school-based health care clinics, which provide free on-site healthcare services to students at local schools.

“These programs are the first line of defense for many children who may otherwise not have the access to the health care that they need,” said Johnson, (D-Port Washington.) “Healthy children are children who are ready to learn, miss fewer days of school, and are more likely to succeed.”

The grants were part of a $13.2 million fund that is a part of New York State's School-Based Healthcare Center Program. The program's statewide funding has increased 23 percent from last year, according to the State Department of Health.

Established in 1981, school-based health centers offer primary, preventive, and mental health care to students in grades K- through- 12.

The on-site clinics provide students with qualified physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants under the auspices of a community healthcare provider, or near-by hospital. All students enrolled in school are eligible for care.

The 7th Senate District encompasses the entire Town of North Hempstead. It also includes the communities of Elmont, Floral Park, South Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, and parts of Franklin Square and Hicksville.