ALAMEDA COUNTY: Program Raises $850K For School Health Centers
The Alameda County Adolescent School-Based Health Center has raised more than $850,000 for the county's high school-based health centers, which last year provided care for more than 5,000 teens. The five participating centers "offer physical examinations, immunizations, counseling, sports physicals, pregnancy testing, referrals [and] crisis intervention" to students. Some of the funding will go toward two new health centers planned for Oakland High School and Encinal High School. The Alameda Times-Star reports that the centers serve teens whose parents have no health insurance and those "who do not feel comfortable talking to their parents about" drugs, sex and pregnancy. Created in 1996, the program strives "to improve outcomes of high-risk adolescents' lives" by "finding funding sources for health centers" (Fulbright, 12/10). Click here for previous California Healthline coverage of school clinics.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.