Evans Community School, located within Evans High School, has received nearly $1 million in state and federal monies for an onsite wellness cottage that will provide health and dental care to Evans students.
The most recent funding was allocated during the 2013 Florida Legislative Session, as state leaders voted to direct $400,000 of the education budget toward the wellness cottage’s operating expenses.
The state funding comes on the heels of a $500,000 grant awarded to Evans Community School by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). The HRSA monies will enable Evans Community School to purchase and install a 2,520-square-foot portable building as well as durable medical and dental equipment.
Evans Community School’s newest partner, Central Florida Family Health Center – which joins founding partners Orange County Public Schools, Children’s Home Society of Florida and the University of Central Florida – will provide medical and dental services at the wellness cottage. The development of this onsite health center aligns with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to have a health provider in every district and a nurse at every school.
Complementing Central Florida Family Health Center’s role at the wellness cottage, Orange County Public Schools will provide a registered nurse; Children’s Home Society of Florida will provide behavioral, mental health and social services; and UCF will provide faculty and student researchers, clinical interns and supervisors as well as oversight of other student internships and projects.
The wellness cottage is expected to open in late fall 2013.