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Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare Awards Grant to Community Health Center
Date:4/7/2009

- School-based health clinic addresses health disparities in children; adolescents -

ST. LOUIS, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare announced today that it awarded a $25,000 grant to Madison County Community Health Centers, Inc. (MCCHC) in Alexandria, Indiana to support the School Based Health Clinic (SBHC), a program designed to address the effects of inaccessible primary health care for school aged children.

The program focuses on conducting health assessments on all elementary, intermediate and high school students at participating schools in the Alexandria area. In addition to ensuring that all students have current immunizations, the assessments provide opportunities to impact health issues that contribute to absenteeism, participation in drug and alcohol use, and school drop-out rates. The program's on-going health and behavior education also increases health awareness among students, parents and school administration.

"The School Based Health Clinic program is a coordinated effort to deliver quality, accessible healthcare to children and adolescents," said Kathy Bradley-Wells, President, Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare. "The program's focus on the primary and mental healthcare needs of school children is critical to bridging the gap that exists for uninsured and underinsured populations, and it also provides a solid foundation to address healthcare issues that may directly result in reduced absenteeism and increased academic achievement."

"Rarely does an opportunity come along that addresses several long-standing health problems at once, inspire broad support among diverse community groups and create a successful model with wide applicability," said Sheryl Delaplane, project coordinator, School Based Health Clinic. "Comprehensive school-based health care does all of this and more. We are proud to collaborate with the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare to bring medical, dental and mental health services to underserved students."

About Madison County Community Health Centers, Inc.

The Madison County Community Health Centers, Inc. (MCCHC) was founded in 1999 with a mission to improve the quality of life in Madison County by providing quality, accessible healthcare for those who are experiencing a disparity because of their social, economic, race, age, or cultural status, especially the uninsured, underinsured and the working poor. The Center offers primary health services, including medical, dental and pharmacy. In addition, specialty referral services with a wrap-around social services component are available, as well as a Child Health Access Program (C.H.A.P.) that provides health assessments, services, and education programs for children in Madison and other counties. For additional information, please visit www.mcchc.org.

About The Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare

The Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare is a non-profit private foundation dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in the United States. The Foundation serves as a resource to identify and support innovative approaches to improving and increasing the quality of and access to healthcare for low-income individuals and families. This is accomplished through an inspired philanthropic giving plan that seeks to promote efforts and activities that identify and address core causes of unequal access and treatment in healthcare. For additional information, please visit www.centenefoundation.org.


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