Jasper School District and Boston Mountain Rural Health Centers share how they were able to bring quality healthcare to students with a new school-based telehealth clinic.
Located in the rural northwest area of Arkansas, the Jasper School District serves 898 students and encompasses three campuses, three towns and three counties. The district is located in a medically-underserved area, which means there is limited access to healthcare professionals and resources. Many residents fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and/or are uninsured.
In 2012, the district received funds from the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax to build a school-based health center to serve the district and the community. The health center, completed in time for the 2013-14 school year, is located on the Jasper campus. Satellite offices exist on the Kingston and Oark school campuses.