HARTFORD--A community health clinic opened its doors at the Parkville Elementary School in Hartford on Monday, and the people running the Parkville Clinic say it's very important for medical care to be provided in school communities.
The Parkville Clinic is intended to be accessible to those who typically shy away from health clinics and wind up at the emergency room for routine issues.
A $360,000 federal grant was provided to pay for the clinic, and those running the center say they expect 2,000 annual visits, in addition to the 90,000 annual visits at the clinic's main location and other satellite locations.
And this may not be the last one. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says he'd like to see health clinics located in every Hartford school at some point in the future.
"When we talk about community schools, and talk about putting community assets like clinics in our schools so that schools aren't just centers of learning, but centers of community, this is exactly what we're talking about," Bronin said at the grand opening.
Nichelle Mullins, CEO of Charter Oak Health Center, which runs the Parkville Clinic, spoke to FOX 61 about the benefits of such a clinic.