Congressman Pete Visclosky announced that Valparaiso-based HealthLinc, Inc.,
has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to obtain a new mobile
school-based health center (MSBHC) that will serve young people throughout
According to HealthLinc, the new MSBHC will enhance medical and dental
capabilities for the delivery of primary medical services and screenings, as
well as dental and mental health services. HealthLinc cited statistics
showing that only 46-85 percent of Indiana children receive needed
vaccinations due to financial and non-financial barriers in its grant
request to HRSA. The organization will use the MSBHC for site-delivered
health services that will reduce these burdens on families and schools.
HealthLinc will work with various institutions of higher education,
including Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Northwest Health
Sciences Division, Indiana University School of Dentistry and Purdue
University-North Central to provide an experiential opportunity for health
science students through the MSBHC. They will partner with Porter Starke
Services, Swanson Center and Oak Lawn Community Mental Health Centers to
provide integrated behavioral health services.
The grant award totals $500,000.