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Elementary school opens new health centre in Little Rock School District



Stephens Elementary School is now collaborating with Arkansas Children's to provide primary care to students and their siblings.

Students at Stephens, as well as those in the Children's International program at Bale and Wakerfield Elementary, will now have more opportunity for wellness where they live, learn, and play.

The Stephens Elementary School-Based Health Center expects to receive about 20 patients each week.

The Center will provide primary care to students without parents having to take off work to go across town.

In addition to primary care, the center will also provide mental health services on-site and through arrangements with Preferred Family healthcare, New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, and The Pointe Outpatient Behavioral Health Services.

The Health Center says their main goal is to encourage children to attend regular checkups with their primary care physician.

"By having an Arkansas Children’s advanced practice nurse on site, we can offer kids the medical services they need quickly, while also serving as that missing connection to a medical home,” said Arkansas Children’s President & CEO Marcy Doderer, FACHE. “This truly embodies our goal of delivering care where children live, learn and play. There’s no question that children will be better today and healthier tomorrow because of these strong partnerships!"

The center was originally located at Franklin Elementary, which was closed early on in the 2017-2018 school year.

The clinic is funded by a five-year grant from the Arkansas Department of Education, along with support and help from Arkansas Children's.

The clinic saw its first patients at the beginning of the school year, however, they celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for students and their families on Monday.