School, city leaders hoping for school medical clinic in Hope

School, city leaders hoping for school medical clinic in Hope

HOPE, AR (KSLA) - One Southwest Arkansas school district is working to improve the health of its students and now are hoping the state will provide funds as a "shot in the arm" to make their project a reality.

School and city leaders are Hoping this building on the campus of Hope High School may soon become a school-based health clinic.

If the grant is approved it will cover the first five years of expenses and then the Hope school district will provide the funding. The state departments will make the final decision next month.

"It's essentially a doctor's clinic on a school campus with typically an advanced nurse practitioner that provides clinical services," said Jerri Clark, with the Arkansas Department of Education.

Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education and the Department of Health met with Hope community leaders Monday to determine if the school district qualified for a $500,000.

There are presently 32 school-based health clinics in the state of Arkansas.

Officials say for these clinics the funding is directed to the individual schools instead of the health care providers.

The past two years school leaders have worked to get a health clinic and now it may be a reality.

"We have been fortunate to make it this far and at one of the last steps to have a site base health team come and visit our campus," said Bobby Hart, said Hope School Superintendent.

The team was on campus Monday hearing from those supporting Hope High school as the next location of a school base health clinic.

"A number of kids with a simple cold or flu might go to the emergency room this gives us the opportunity to treat them a little faster and a little  more efficient," Hart said.

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