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Tucson LINKS: Partners

Family Wellness Centers

School-based Tucson LINKS clinics are open in two locations.

Tucson LINKS has joined with the Family Advocacy, Resource and Wellness Centers Inc. (FARWC) and the Marana Health Center to open two family-oriented, school-based health clinics in the Tucson area. The clinics operate at Keeling Elementary School, 435 E. Glenn St., and at Catalina Magnet High School, 3645 E. Pima St.

With a team consisting of a family nurse practitioner, a medical assistant and a receptionist, the clinics offer a broad range of primary-care services for children, teens and adults. The clinics also employ parent educators and eligibility workers to serve students in the five Tucson LINKS partner districts. Most health-care plans, including the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCS) and KidsCare, are accepted. Fees for uninsured patients are set on a sliding scale.

In addition to primary medical care, the locations will provide immunizations, physicals and referrals to medical specialists and other LINKS services. "The two facilities are well-appointed and professional. It's like going to a neighborhood doctor," said Brenda Even, executive director of FARWC Health Services.

The clinics target students in Tucson LINKS schools and their families, as well as residents in the vicinity of the clinics. "The goal here is to make the care readily available to the nearby living community," said Clarence Vatne, director of the Marana Health Center, which is providing the medical services at each location.

More clinics are planned to open before the end of 2003, once details about locations and medical providers are finalized.

Call 696-6969 (Keeling) or 232-8438 (Catalina) for hours or to make an appointment. For more information about the clinics or about you can get involved, call Brenda Even at 749-5799.

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