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School-Based/Linked Health Program

The School-Based/Linked Health Program is a collaborative initiative between the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and the Houston Independent School District (HISD). It is funded by both parties. The objective of the program, which started in 1995, is to provide access to medical and dental health services to children living in deprived communities without health insurance. After a needs assessment survey, four schools were selected by HISD. The schools are:

    • Easter Elementary School, 4434 Weaver Rd, 713-636-6046
    • Elrod Elementary School, 6230 Dumfries, 713-778-3339
    • McNamara Elementary School, 8714 McAvoy, 713-778-3478
    • Bonner Elementary School, 8100 Elrod, 713-943-5742

An HDHHS pediatrician visits each of the four school clinics once weekly and provides treatment of common aliments, medical check-ups, screenings and immunizations. Clinics are located on each school campus and services are provided free of charge. Public health dentists at two HDHHS clinics, Riverside Clinic, 713-284-9678 and Ripley Clinic,713-547-8076, provide comprehensive dental services. A minimal fee of $2.00 per visit is charged for non Medicaid patients. Health, safety, and nutrition education are provided. Two social workers assigned to the program provide counseling to the children and their parents. For more information, please call 713-794-9421.

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