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Schools help fill the health-care gap

About this project

At a time when it’s becoming harder to get a doctor’s appointment, your local school may be the place to turn. School health centers are expanding across California with the help of  funding from the federal health care law. And they’re emerging as a model for improving public health in low-income areas for students and community members. An iconic high school near downtown Los Angeles houses one of these clinics that's been open for 10 years. Patients can visit the community clinic on the Abraham Lincoln High School campus and see a nurse, doctor, dentist or counselor for free.


Health centers at schools get a funding boost

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students. At Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles students often visit a modest trailer at the back of the...

Health centers in L.A. schools offer privacy for students

Under the federal health care law, money is going out around the country to help school campuses boost health services for their students. In Los Angeles County there are more than 60 school health centers. One of them is at Abraham Lincoln High...

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School health centers grow in California

About 20 years ago California was one of the first states to try a new concept of setting up full-service health clinics on school campuses in underserved areas.

Schools mirror community's health

When I heard that high school students were regularly missing class because cockroaches were lodged in their ears, it was shocking.



Kelley Weiss

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss is based in our Sacramento office where she’s helping lead the center’s expansion into public broadcasting. Her stories have appeared on NPR, Marketplace, The World, KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and World Vision Report. She’s produced series about the illegal sale of prescription drugs at swap meets and preventable patient deaths and money mismanagement in Missouri’s mental health system. She won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and has received several honors in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards competition. She was named a Livingston Finalist in 2011 for a multi-platform project about how tribal sovereignty makes it nearly impossible for mothers to collect child support. Weiss previously worked as a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KCUR in Kansas City. Her work has also appeared in Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. She’s completed a health reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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