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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2000

GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION FOR SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS
Funding to come from tobacco settlement money

CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $1.5 million to 19 agencies for an expansion of the School-Based/Linked Health Center program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). The funding is from the tobacco settlement money in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget.

"School health centers are an important tool in helping our students stay healthy and in school," Ryan said. "Through these centers, we are able to provide preventive health care more accessible, while also guiding our children into making healthier choices."

The centers offer physicals, vision, hearing and dental screening, treatment for minor illnesses, counseling and health education. If students need services that the centers do not provide, they are referred to primary care physicians, hospitals, local health departments or other community resources.

The 19 grants will go toward the planning, development and expansion of School-Based/ Linked Health Centers.

"School-Based/Linked Health Centers provide easily accessible health care services," said DHS Secretary Linda ReneƩ Baker. "Locating in the schools helps to eliminate barriers to health care such as the lack of transportation and high medical costs. School-Based/Linked Health Centers also reduce incidents of student absences and may help prevent the loss of wages that can occur when parents must take their children to an outside physician."

The number of School-Based/Linked Health Centers has grown from 5 in 1985 to 33 today. In FY 2000, approximately 17,000 students received services at state-funded School-Based/Linked Health Centers. The total budget for the program in FY 2001 is $4.1 million.

A listing of grant recipients follows.

School-Based/Linked Health Center Grants --
New School Based/Linked Health Centers

Grant funds are used to support new school-based/linked health centers.

FUNDING AGENCYLOCATION AWARD
Cook County Bureau of Health Services - HektoenBond Elementary School Chicago$80,000
Erie Family Health CenterRyerson Elementary School Chicago$150,000
Family Practice Community Wellness Center St. Elizabeth HospitalClemente High School Chicago$150,000
Loyola University Chicago School of NursingProviso East High School Maywood$200,000
Macoupin County Health DepartmentBunker Hill Elementary School Bunker Hilll$100,000
Swedish Covenant HospitalRoosevelt High School Chicago$150,000

Planning Grants

Planning Grants are intended to support the development of a school-based/linked health center.

FUNDING AGENCYLOCATIONAWARD
Anna-Jonesboro School DistrictAnna-Jonesboro High School Anna$50,000
Visiting Nurse Association of Fox ValleyTodd Elementary School Aurora$60,000
Winnebago County Health DepartmentDennis Elementary School Rockford$60,000

Expansion Grants

Grant funds are used to expand services provided at existing school-based/linked health centers and may include but is not limited to such services as mental health, health education or dental services.

FUNDING AGENCYLOCATIONAWARD
Advocate Health Care - Ravenswood HospitalAmundsen High School Lakeview High School Chicago$55,000
Aunt Martha's Youth Service CenterAunt Martha's Vincennes School-Linked Health Center Chicago Heights$40,000
Aunt Martha's Youth Service CenterAunt Martha's Healthy Kids Clinic, School-Linked Health Center, Aurora$40,000
Children's Memorial FoundationArai Middle School Chicago$80,000
Evanston Township High School Health CenterEvanston Township High School Evanston$35,000
Mercy HospitalDunbar High School Chicago$40,000
Peoria Public SchoolsLincoln, Loucks and Trewyn Middle Schools Peoria$40,000
School Health Link, Inc.School Health Link, Inc. United Township High School Silvis$38,000
School-Based Health Center at South BeloitSouth Beloit Junior and Senior High School$30,000
The Clinic in AltgeldCarver High School Chicago$50,000
University of Illinois Mile Square Health CenterSuder Elementary School Chicago$65,000


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