A school based-health center is opening at Richfield High School to provide Park Nicollet services at no cost to children and youth who live in or go to school in the Richfield community.
The resource center grew out of a partnership between the Richfield school district, the Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Health Services. The Richfield opening marks Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Health Services' fourth school-based health center in the state.
Park Nicollet said in a June release that Park Nicollet services at the resource center would be provided at no cost, though other service providers may bill insurance or charge.
In the Richfield district, almost 70 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch, according to 2014-2015 school year data from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Schools across the state and country implement health clinics like Richfield's as a part of a community school model. That philosophy views schools as community gathering places, which could include health services, learning opportunities outside traditional school hours and family and community engagement.