January 18, 2017 – It was a special day for BCSD School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs as they hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House at Garza Elementary, one of the sites of three new recently opened Health and Wellness Centers.
Several school officials, government representatives, project sponsors and members of the media were on hand for the occasion including BCSD Superintendent Doc Ervin, BCSD Board of Education President Lilian Tafoya and Debbie Wood, Coordinator of School Health and Neighborhood Support Programs.
The Health and Wellness Centers have been a project of Woods and the School Health Program for several years. “These centers have been an idea for many years, but were officially submitted nearly six years ago,” said Woods. The centers are made possible through partnerships with various organizations including One Sight and Advanced Center for Eye Care (A.C.E.). Representatives from both organizations were on hand to express appreciation and share their vision for future projects.
Also in attendance were parents and their children, some who have already utilized the services provided by the clinic. Nely, a nearby resident and mother of two, has brought her son to the center when he has been sick. “Sometimes I am not able to take my son to a doctor who is located far away, so I have brought him here,” she said. He not only received medical attention for being ill, but has also received necessary prescriptions, and Nely has scheduled him for an eye exam in the near future.
There are three Health and Wellness Centers currently in operation, providing medical care, dental services, optical exams and prescriptions. They are located at 2951 Center St (near Garza Elementary), 800 Ming Ave. (near fairgrounds), and 609 4th St. (near McKinley Elementary). Debbie Woods is also optimistic about opening more in the future, “I have submitted for five more, but the hope is for two more within the next year.”
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