The school district of Austintown, Ohio, will be given a mobile healthcare clinic staffed by nurse practitioners by the beginning of the 2012 academic year, reports Trib Today, an online news source based out of the Mahoning Valley. This comes as a result of the $500,000 grant the district received from the U.S. Health and Human Services department in early July.
This summer, the the federal government awarded a series of grants totaling more than $95 million to federally-run organization all over the country. The money, which was made possible by the Affordable Care Act, is designed to be used to improve the healthcare of school-aged children nationwide. Austintown was one of six Ohio schools to be awarded this funding for youth health services.
The Austintown mobile clinic will be furnished with two examination rooms, an x-ray machine and a small rest area. It will be staffed by nurse practitioners, who are medical professionals with Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and will circulate between the district's several school buildings.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for nurse practitioners such as the ones that will staff Austintown's new clinic are expected to increase over the next decade.