STOCKBRIDGE, Michigan – The Ingham County Council of Commissioners is giving community schools in Stockbridge nearly $ 600,000 in COVID relief money, in hopes of alleviating the effects of the pandemic.
Brian Friddle, the superintendent of community schools in Stockbridge, has made the request.
âRight now, with the effects of COVID, with contact tracing, with the testing to stay, testing our student-athletes, it’s very important that we have the staff to do that. And right now we’re just crushing our staff, âFriddle said.
The $ 590,000 will be used to pay a nurse and a social worker over the next two years.
âWe are excited about the opportunities it will provide our children and the relief it will bring to our staff,â said Friddle.
Ingham County Commissioner Todd Tennis said the nurse and social worker would help ‘with anything related to COVID 19 testing, mental health issues that students experience because they need to be isolated or not to be in school as often â.
However, this is only a temporary solution. Stockbridge Community Schools serve children from 10 different postcodes, an area the Federal Health Resources and Services Agency has designated as medically underserved.
âThere is no doctor in our community,â Friddle said. âWe don’t have a grocery store in town.
Friddle said residents who need a doctor must travel at least 15 miles to get the care they need.
Tennis added that the money, which comes from the roughly $ 50 million the country has received as part of the US bailout, can only be spent on COVID-related initiatives, but the hope is that it can. to be the start of something bigger.
“We hope they can use this as a stepping stone to bring other community organizations on board with the ultimate goal of creating additional primary care services in Stockbridge …” he said. âThe hope is that this program, this grant can help Stockbridge begin to rebuild, rebuild efforts to recreate primary care services there so the residents of Stockbridge don’t have to travel this far to see a doctor. “
Stockbridge is located near the intersection of Four Counties.
âLivingston County, Washtenaw County, Jackson County and Ingham, so it’s tough for them because of these artificial political boundaries,â Tennis said.
Friddle hopes the city will establish a community health center in the future, which would also facilitate access to vaccines in the area.
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