The clinic is aimed at providing health care to south Augusta residents but also a way to encourage people to think of the school as the nucleus of the community, said Glenn Hills dropout-prevention specialist Gale Bell.
“It’s really going to be a good thing for the community, and it hopefully is going to pay for itself,” Bell said.
Bell said the clinic, the first of its kind in the county, is to have one full-time doctor who can provide immunizations, screenings, checkups and other health care services.
The logistics, such as funding and the timeline of opening, will be discussed by the panelists, including Carol Rountree, the district’s director of student services; Robert Pendergrast, an associate professor of pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University; Faye Crawford, with Jones Behavioral Mental Health Center; and a representative from the Richmond County Health Department.
The Richmond County School System received a $10,000 grant from Emory University in 2010 to go toward the planning of the health clinic.
The grant was part of the statewide Comprehensive School-Based Health Clinic Program. Its goal was to increase the number of school-based clinics in the state from two to 12 within five years, according to Augusta Chronicle reports.
Glenn Hills High School’s Jazz Band will perform at the event, and attendees can enter a raffle to win $25.