On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined parents, students, teachers and community members to celebrate the official opening of a school-based health and vision center at PS 18 in South Bronx.
The roughly 600 students at PS 18 are eligible to receive vision, dental, mental health and general medical services at the center.
The state-of-the-art facility at PS 18 is a joint initiative between the UFT’s United Community Schools initiative, the city Department of Education and the Montefiore School Health Program, the largest and most comprehensive school-based health program in the country.
“Health care is vital in insuring that our students have the skills to perform well in school and this facility will decrease barriers to accessing quality care by offering multiple services at one location. I am happy to have contributed funding to such an invaluable community resource promoting essential components in children’s care and wellbeing. Thank you to UFT’s United Community Schools initiative, the Department of Education and the Montefiore School Health Program for making this happen in The South Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.