BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/1aHJybx ) 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.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com