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Health Clinic for Children Moves to Moline High School

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TODD WELVAET
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Rock Island County's School Health Link clinic is now open in Moline High School

For the first time since it was founded more than 25 years ago, a health clinic for children is located in a school. This fall, Rock Island County's School Health Link clinic opened at Moline High School.

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TODD WELVAET
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the School Health Link clinic at Moline High School

Clinic Supervisor Lindsey Leighty says the pediatric clinic serves any child from the county, offering immunizations, school and sports physicals, screenings, pregnancy testing, medical care, and counseling referrals.

"Really I think that the overall goal of the Link is to keep kids in school and healthy. And so we work really heavily with people who are either under-insured or have no insurance."

Most of the year, 10 to 12 children a day visit the clinic, with much higher traffic in October when immunizations are required to stay in school.

"I think especially in today's age parents are really busy. Most people are working so to just kind of put us in a place where they could maybe get their student, come straight the clinic, be seen the same day, get the medicine they need, and not have to get an appointment, and those type of things."

Leighty says it makes sense to locate the clinic at Moline High School because of its central location in the county. And she's hoping more clinics will open in the future. It has a staff of five, including a nurse practitioner and certified medical assistant.

It's open weekdays, from 8 am until 4:30 pm.

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