BX to receive portion of statewide grant to help improve health care in schools

Governor Pataki announced a new $10 million grant to help improve health care in NY schools.

At C.E.S. 64, students who get sick at school can head over to their very own health clinic. The Bronx school is one of nearly 200 hospital- run school-based health centers in New York State. On Thursday, Governor George Pataki (R-NY) and NYS State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello announced a new multimillion dollar grant for school-based clinics.

While the money provides care for more than 200,000 students statewide, some public and private schools in the Bronx still don't have full-time nurses. Governor Pataki blamed the problem on city and state budget problems.

Last year, the city's Department of Health estimated that to have a nurse in every elementary and intermediate school would cost $20 million extra a year. Under the new state grant, $2 million is going to Bronx hospitals running school-based clinics.

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