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News Round-up: 02/25/16

News Round-up: 02/25/16

The latest news and information related to education, health and wellness from local and national sources.

Free Dental Screening and Exam - The CU School of Dental Medicine senior students are currently screening for patients to participate in clinical board exams. All applicants will receive free dental x-rays and a screening exam.

More Evidence that Medicaid Expansion Improves the Lives of Low-Income Parents - As we have talked about in a number of papers, Medicaid expansion is good for parents and children. Thanks to the “welcome mat” effect, states choosing to expand Medicaid coverage to parents also help reduce the number of uninsured children.

Schools Become Ground Zero For Substance Abuse Treatment - When they launched years ago, school-based health clinics were touted as a way to reach kids who weren't being seen regularly by a doctor.  Now, some Denver public schools have set up substance abuse clinics to reach students with drug and alcohol problems that might otherwise go untreated.

Decade's Worth of Health Grades in for Colorado - The Colorado Health Foundation presented its tenth anniversary Health Report Card to the state Legislature on Wednesday. The health advocacy group's annual study grades Colorado against other states. It gives high marks for children's health overall, but says improvements still are needed to boost the health of people of color and low-income families. 

SBHC planning to operations funding - The School-Based Heath Center (SBHC) Program has released a five-year planning-to-operations request for applications (RFA) to establish new school-based health centers in Colorado. Download the application packet - electronic submissions due March 14, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Less poverty, more health insurance improves health of Colorado kids - The state’s children got just a bit healthier last year but still couldn’t muster better than a C+ on an annual report card released Wednesday by the Colorado Health Foundation.