Washington, D.C., dispatched more than $800,000 in federal Affordable Care Act grants to two local clinic operations to bolster health and behavioral health care services for students in two Sacramento school districts.
The Effort network of clinics received $500,000, and the Midtown Medical Center for Children and Families got $376,774 to partner with Sacramento City Unified School District and San Juan Unified School District, respectively.
The Effort, a growing chain of nonprofit safety-net clinics, will upgrade the student health clinic at Hiram Johnson High School.
The Midtown Medical Center will provide a mobile, school-based health unit to deliver primary care, dental and mental health services to five schools on the western side of the San Juan Unified School District.
U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui's office said she was instrumental in obtaining the Affordable Care Act grants by formally supporting the projects.
Sacramento Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond welcomed the partnership, saying, "The health of students has a direct effect on student achievement, and is vital to the success of all our students."