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April 4, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Student health in new hands
Centers replace the school nurse
By James Janega, Tribune staff reporter

The number of school-based health clinics increased dramatically in the last decade and the Illinois Department of Human Services this year has given out $3.5 million in grants.

Senn High School, which services Uptown's teens, and Arai Middle School, both have school-based health clinics. In addition, there are five publicly-funded community health centers on the North Side, most of them in Uptown.

"We see all kinds of things," said Dr. Cynthia Mears, medical director of the health center at nearby Arai Middle School, 900 W. Wilson Ave. Her clinic, sponsored by Children's Memorial Hospital, has handled everything from sports injuries to dental cleaning, but it has also diagnosed diabetes and appendicitis in the more than 2,300 visits last year. Mears said she is also trying to add an optometry service, though she said most students at her middle school came for mental health counseling.

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