Youth Services Center receives grant |

Youth Services Center receives grant


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit Youth Services Center, which operates three school based health clinics within the Summit School District, was awarded $41,750 from the Caring for Colorado Foundation to help pay for students’ medical services.The grant money will help defray the costs of running the clinics, as well as help pay for supplies, said Natalie Blyer, District Health Coordinator for the Summit School District.Nurse practitioners and a part time physician’s assistant see kids for things like strep throat, vision and hearing problems, and dental screenings. The High School clinic also has a bilingual mental health counselor on staff.”It’s just basic primary health needs,” Blyer said.The district has clinics at Summit County High School, Summit County Middle School and Dillon Valley Elementary School, but will see kids who attend school anywhere in the district.Last year, the high school clinic alone saw close to 700 kids, which is nearly every student at the school, said Blyer. The clinics also treats families of students who are in school, regardless of whether or not they are covered by medical insurance.”We find it decreases absenteeism from kids not taking time out to go get medical care,”said Blyer.The Caring for Colorado Foundation aims to improve Coloradans’ access to health care, said Chris Wiant, president of the foundation. It focuses primarily on areas where health services aren’t available to everyone or where people don’t have the means to obtain proper health care.The grant is one of three that the School District relies on every year to keep the clinics operating, with the other two coming from the State of Colorado and the Summit Foundation.

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