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SOUTH GATE : Family Health Clinic Proposed for Campus

January 13, 1994

Los Angeles Unified School District officials are considering a proposal to create a private health clinic on the South Gate Middle School campus to serve students and their families.

The proposal, a collaborative effort of St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and Cal State Dominguez Hills, is similar to a project under way in Lynwood and is part of the hospital's Targeting Healthy Communities project, said Gerald Kozai, vice president of professional services at St. Francis who oversees the project.

A school-based clinic would give South Gate residents access to affordable, preventive health care, Kozai said. Representatives from St. Francis and the university are conducting a survey of more than 600 families in South Gate to determine the health needs of the community.

The campus clinic would be staffed by a full-time nurse practitioner and other part-time personnel to handle obstetric, pediatric and other medical care. In addition to basic family health services, the clinic would offer some counseling and social services and provide training and placement for careers in health care, Kozai said.

The clinic proposal must be considered by district staff members and is expected to go before the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education in about two months, said Michael Godfrey, coordinator of the district's school-based health clinic program. If approved, a clinic could be operational next year.

The board first approved campus clinics in 1985. However, the clinics on the campuses of Jordan, Los Angeles and San Fernando high schools provide health care to enrolled students only.

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