Mon., June 7, 2010 3:18pm (EDT)

Savannah Plans School Clinic
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah is planning for a comprehensive school based health clinic.

The clinic will be the first of its kind outside Metro Atlanta and one of only-three in the state.

The goal is to provide primary care access to elemetary-aged school children in low-income areas.

Ed Chisholm of Savannah's Youth Futures Authority says, the clinic will improve both health and education.

"Many of our residents, especially children, do not have primary health care," Chisholm says. "And because they do not, when they get sick, ill or complications come up, then they miss school."

The clinic received a modest planning grant from Emory University School of Medicine.

It could get a lot more if Savannah wins one of twenty so-called "Promise Neighborhood" grants through the U.S. Department of Education.

Chisholm says, his agency will move forward with the clinic regardless of whether Savannah wins the larger grant.