Community Health Center Will Open At Randolph High

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley / Facebook

RANDOLPH (WBZNewsRadio) - U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley visited Randolph Wednesday to announce a $1 million grant in federal money for the construction of a community health center located at Randolph High School.

The congresswoman said the center will help lower barriers some Randolph residents face when it comes to health care services and would support an equitable pandemic recovery for the town.

"Randolph experienced a shortage of health care services before COVID," Pressley said.

Currently Randolph does not have a pediatrician working within the city limits, according to Michelle Tyler, Randolph's planning director.

"Randolph is listed by the state of an underserved population for healthcare services period. Not limited to pediatric patients but adults as well." Tyler told WBZ's Chris Fama.

The center will focus on services for younger residents between the ages of 3 and 24 and their families. It will provide services such as routine physicals, immunizations and mental health services, as well as working with other providers to arrange more specialized appointments.

The clinic will be operated by the Codman Square Community Health Center of Dorchester, which already provides medical care to nearly 4,500 Randolph Residents. Staff will include a nurse practitioner, mental health clinicians and medical assistants.

Randolph School Superintendent Thea Stovell said the center will provide resources for families and will mean students will miss less class time for health reasons, which could ultimately leave to better academic performances.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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