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Proposed Kennewick Schools Health Center Would Offer Free Care

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UPDATE: KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Kennewick School board unanimously approved an operations agreement and property lease for the health care clinic Wednesday night.

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick School Board will decide Wednesday night if a new health care clinic for students will be built this school year.

The Kennewick School Board will make a final vote on the health center that would offer all students free health care.

The proposed facility would be made up of modular buildings and located next to Amistad Elementary School.

Tri-Cities Community Health received a $500,000 grant through the Affordable Care Act to start the health center for students.

It will lease the land from the school district if the board approves the proposal.

Students from all financial backgrounds will be able to use the services including everything from sports physicals, dental care, to mental health.

"I really want to make sure everyone knows it's for every single student that wants to take advantage of it. But having it in an area that's highly impacted with poverty and low-income, really, really, helps those folks to be able to access the services that they need," said Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District.

A community survey about the health center received very positive feedback.

Cooper says if the board approves the health center, it will be completed in less than a year.

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