Centennial School District soon will house the first School-Based Health Center in Multnomah County without a Portland address, a project linked to the health reform goals of President Obama and Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The health center at Centennial High School in Gresham is being built with $500,000, available through Obama's Affordable Care Act. The clinic is geared toward students living in east Multnomah County, yet any students in grades kindergarten through 12 living in the county are welcome.
The clinic will be ensconced in the renovated woodshop at the high school by the end of this calendar year at the earliest, said Jill Daniels, the county's School-Based Health Center program manager. Daniels said she expects about 650 school children will use the clinic annually.
Clinic services will include physical exams as well as vision, dental and blood pressure screenings, immunizations, reproductive care such as birth control, mental health services, lab tests and health education.