School of Medicine partners with Las Vegas elementary school to provide free health care to students

Grand opening ceremony at Matt Kelly Elementary School on May 8

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Las Vegas, in partnership with the Nevada Youth Alliance and the Clark County School District, will provide free health care at the Matt Kelly Empowerment Elementary School for any student in need attending there.

Matt Kelly Empowerment Elementary School will celebrate the grand opening of a new community health center that will provide free medical services to students. The celebration on May 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 1900 J St. (at the corner of J and Doolittle Streets), will include a ribbon–cutting and tours of the health center services room and parent center.

One of the main goals for the collaboration was to make health care accessible to youth who don't have access and are affected by gang violence and other unhealthy circumstance that create obstacles to their success.

School of Medicine faculty pediatricians will also teach health education and disease prevention including: physical, dental and mental health; hygiene, asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and smoking cessation.

"This is much needed and appreciated addition to the community," said Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow. "Giving students access to free medical care where they go to school will ensure that they get the basics so they can focus on learning. I am thankful for this great collaboration and what it brings to this community."

Lack of access to medical treatment in the area was an issue raised in support of the Operation Lasting Peace, a community mobilization initiative, operated through the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force, the Nevada Youth Alliance, the city of Las Vegas and other community partners to bring a message of non–violence and safety to Las Vegas Valley families.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.