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Care Alliance Health Center to Open its First School Wellness Center at East Tech High School

Care Alliance Health Center to Open its First School Wellness Center at East Tech High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 5, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dr. Terrie Carter (216) 535-9100 x246

CLEVELAND, OH – August 5, 2019 – Care Alliance Health Center (CAHC), in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its first school health and wellness center at East Tech High School on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

CAHC will be equipped to provide many services including health education, comprehensive well child exams, physicals and sports clearance, hearing and vision screening, immunizations, treatment of minor infections and illnesses, dental examinations and cleanings, fluoride treatments and more.

Eleace Sawyers, President and CEO of Care Alliance Health Center, was passionate in her statement that “Care Alliance is committed to ensuring that students have access to high-quality health care when they need it most, and that establishing healthy behaviors now, during childhood, is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood.”

CAHC will provide emergency care for illness or injury while at school, ensure that all students get appropriate referrals to health care providers, monitor for and control the spread of communicable diseases, and provide education and counseling in a variety of health and wellness topics. In some of our school clinics, parents and faculty can access primary care services as well.

CAHC will bill health insurance when available, but also offers a sliding-scale fee based on ability to pay. Studies have proven that when health and education come together, great things happen such as improved attendance and chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity are managed.

Care Alliance’s school-based health program currently provides on-site services at nine (9) Cleveland area public schools utilizing either a mobile medical clinic or inside a designated clinic space within the school that has been transformed into a mini-clinic. All CMSD students with a signed consent form on file are eligible to receive these services.

About Care Alliance Health Center. Care Alliance is a recognized NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home funded by the Federally government and dedicated to serving the needs of the residents in Cleveland. In 2018, Care Alliance served more than 14,900 people, 90% of whom fall below the poverty line. Intensive outreach efforts and strong partnerships with other agencies allow Care Alliance to deliver medically needed care.

What began in 1985 as Cleveland’s “Health Care for the Homeless,” has grown to encompass primary medical care, comprehensive dental care, behavioral health, and other wrap around care. Through strategic partnerships with other safety net agencies, and the support of foundations, corporations, and residents of the community, Care Alliance continues to be a medical home for those who may not otherwise have a medical home. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the organization is able to offer services to patients of all ages on a sliding fee scale based on their ability to pay. More information about the organization can be found at www.carealliance.org.

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