Bainbridge’s Virginia Mason Medical Center has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the state Department of Health to work on plans for a teen health center at Bainbridge High School. According to Nancy Klein, DOH Health Services Consultant, DOH hopes to be able to provide additional funding for operations next year.
Virginia Mason was one of eleven applicants to receive the grant, given to support school-based health centers throughout the state. VM prepared and submitted the application in partnership with Bainbridge High School, with assistance from the Teen Clinic Advocacy Group, an informal assembly of parents and community members.
Work on the project began two years ago, around the time the BHS newspaper reported that eleven students had gotten pregnant in a single school year. According to Cyndy Salisbury, coordinator for the Advocacy Group, the report was inaccurate. She says the students had expressed concerns about pregnancy, but were not actually pregnant. (more…)