By Jaron Kelly Epstein
A $15 million grant was announced this week to create school-based health clinics to provide students with medical, dental, counseling, after-school and summer-time programs.
The partnership that won the grant, from among 35 contenders nationwide, included the Oakland Unified School District, the City of Oakland, Safe Passages and Youth Ventures JPA. The grant is expected to leverage another $25.7 million in local funds for direct services.
The grant from Atlantic Philanthropies is expected to set a precedent for what should be the standard when looking at educational systems. Studies show that providing health services in a coordinated effort to middle school children can make a huge difference in their lives.