Studies relating children’s health to their education success are prompting Fayette County to consider the feasibility of school-based health centers.
Head Nurse Debbie King briefed the Board of Education recently about the link between school performance and hunger, chronic illness and physical or emotional abuse. King cited a study showing that nearly 6,000 children, primarily in northern Fayette, live in areas considered to have “very low child well-being,” and often lack health insurance.
The county is considering forming a community advisory board to explore school-based centers that would provide primary care and treatment funded by foundations, grants and community healthcare systems.
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