Pasco and Kennewick students only are weeks away from having access to health care just outside their schools' doors.
Officials with nonprofit Tri-Cities Community Health and the Kennewick School District will break ground Oct. 8 on a school-based clinic next to Amistad Elementary School and the district's headquarters, according to a press release.
A $500,000 federal grant paid for the project and a similar clinic planned for Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco where workers broke ground in late September.
They are expected to finish construction by the end of November.
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The districts provided the land for the clinics, but they will not supervise the clinics or provide money for operations and staff.
Officials with the health care provider said the clinics will be portable structures.
Clinic staff will provide primary care services such as basic checkups and sports physicals, but not family planning.
Cost to students would be based on a sliding scale, though no one would be refused care for inability to pay.
The clinics are next to schools that serve primarily low-income families.
"This is a way to provide easier access for children to receive necessary services ranging from physicals, immunizations, preventative care and treatment of minor illnesses," Tri-Cities Community Health CEO Al Cordova said in the release.
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