Community Health Centers of the Central Coast has been given a $500,000 grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to expand its school-based health care services for uninsured and low-income children in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, according to a news release from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.
The grant — part of the federal health care reform law— is intended to help CHC buy and outfit two new mobile service vans, one for primary care and the other for pediatric dental services, according to Capps’ office.
That would allow CHC to expand those services to 12 more campuses in four more school districts, according to the news release.
In San Luis Obispo County, the school-based health care program serves Arroyo Grande High, Lopez Continuation High and Nipomo High schools.
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The addition of the mobile medical and dental vans would expand the program locally at Oceano Elementary, Grover Beach Elementary, Paso Robles High, Mesa View Community, Chalk Mountain Community and San Luis Obispo County Community schools.