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Posted on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Health clinic to open Monday at Lincoln High School

By Danielle Arndt

The Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools is again expanding its reach.

The alliance will open its sixth health center in Washtenaw County at Lincoln High School on Monday.

Other clinics currently exist at Ann Arbor Technical High School, Scarlett Middle School, Ypsilanti Middle School, Ypsilanti High School and Willow Run Community Schools.

The RAHS’ mission is to provide medical and mental health services to children and families in environments where they are each day — at school.

“Studies have shown that school-based health centers improve the health and well-being of not only the youth who are seen (in the clinics), but also for the entire student population,” said Jennifer Salerno, director of RAHS. “Students learn better and achieve more when they are in a safe and supportive environment and where they have access to the physical and mental health resources they need to improve their well-being.”

The services staff at the schools can provide include physical exams, sick visits, psychotherapy, immunizations, nutrition counseling, group fitness education and referrals.

According to the RAHS, access to these services is invaluable for students and families who otherwise may not be able to afford them or be able to get to appointments because of parents’ work commitments.

For more information about the programs and services the RAHS offers, visit the website.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at