Jan 8, 2015
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A brand new health clinic expected to open during the next month at Kennedy High School will offer students and other community youth a number of non-urgent services including physicals, immunizations, and even dental cleanings and fillings.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Friday, 11 a.m. at the new community health clinic, which is expected to serve about 340 people monthly and provide much-needed care and health education to community youth who simply don’t get enough of it, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).

A Kennedy High classroom was transformed into a clinic with help from a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The clinic, a collaboration between Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and WCCUSD, will have hours Monday through Friday.

Currently, CCHS operates other school-based health clinics in the district, but what makes Kennedy’s facility unique is that it also services children and youth in the community who do not attend the school.

Friday’s ribbon-cutting event, set to take place in the quad area of Kennedy High at 4300 Cutting Blvd., will feature tours of the new health clinic as well as speeches from Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, WCCUSD Board of Education President Todd Groves and CCHS Director William Walker, along with school officials.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.