Oakridge Superintendent Tom Livezey says there is a simple belief behind the Oakridge Health Clinic, “Healthy kids learn better.” Keeping kids healthy and out of pain leads to better attendance, fewer behavioral issues, increased confidence, and improved academic performance for better life outcomes.
Unfortunately, the Oakridge area is a healthcare desert; on average, residents have to drive 30 minutes to reach a doctor or dentist. This makes it difficult for students to receive the care they need.
In January 2016, the medical clinic celebrated its grand opening. It was the culmination of a partnership between Oakridge Schools, Hackley Community Care, and area philanthropists. The Osteopathic Foundation provided the lead gift for the renovation needed to convert four classrooms into a state of the art medical and dental clinic.
At the time of the January opening, however, the dental suites remained empty as the clinic sought additional donations for the cost of equipment.
Within a few months the Delta Dental Foundation agreed to fund the cost of equipment, and the dental clinic began offering services in October 2016. Many community leaders turned out to celebrate the grand opening of the dental clinic in on December 7, 2016.
See the mlive article for a photo gallery of the clinic and the opening events.