Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A growing number of people can't afford to go to the doctor or dentist.
County leaders hope to win a half million dollar grant to build new community centers to help them.
The new proposed health care centers would be added to existing public schools. The primary goal would be to make sure the community's children receive the medical and dental care they might not receive otherwise.
At the Evergreen Dental Clinic at 2700 North Woodland Street, Suite B, in Wichita, hygienists clean, polish and seal students' teeth. The children walk over to the clinic at Evergreen from nearby Cloud Elementary School for the 15 minute procedure. This is just one of GraceMed's Community Health Clinic dental locations in Wichita.
The clinics serve people who don't have insurance or who are under-insured. Grace Med is working closely with the Sedgwick County Commission and the Wichita School District to apply for federal grants to build new community health care clinics in three different schools.
One clinic would be built at Cloud located at 1212 West 25th Street North, another at Lincoln Elementary School located at 1210 South Topeka Street, and a third at Dodge Elementary School located at 4801 West 2nd Street North. The clinics would serve the students and the surrounding community.