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School health center to serve students and residents

June 29, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007
Posted by Elizabeth Cooney
White Coat Notes (News from the Boston-area medical community)
(c) Boston Globe 2007 Globe Newspaper Company

The state's first school-based health center to also serve neighborhood residents will open its doors in August.

The Helen A. Bowditch Health Center in the Elm Park Community School in Worcester will be operated by Family Health Center of Worcester. Children will be seen during school hours; after school hours, the center will be open to the neighborhood.

Elm Park Community School enrolls students from one of the poorest, most densely populated neighborhoods in Worcester whose residents have a high risk for asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A Family Health survey of families found that more than one-third relied on emergency rooms for medical care or had no regular health care provider. More than half said their entire family woudl seek health care at the school.