Poor Idaho School Brings Health Care To Students

Oct 31, 2013

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A southwestern Idaho school district is building an in-school medical clinic at Meridian's poorest elementary school in an effort to boost student health and reduce absenteeism.

Meridian School District Superintendent Linda Clark told the Idaho Statesman that the clinic will be the first in-school clinic in Idaho.

School-based clinics are designed to provide medical care to children whose families may not have access to a doctor or clinic. A pediatric nurse practitioner from the Family Medical Residency of Idaho will be the clinic's medical director.

Eighty-one percent of the students at Meridian Elementary are low-income. The clinic will also serve nearby schools with high levels of low-income students.

The clinic is expected to open in March.