Mobile Health Center planned

Grant will bring mobile health center to VVUHSD
Posted on 02/05/2019

VICTORVILLE — The Victor Valley Union High School District has been awarded a Title IV competitive grant of more than $675,000 to support student health and safety, with the bulk of the funds being used to establish a mobile health center serving students.

The Mobile School Based Health Center is the centerpiece of the proposal and will be the first of its kind for a K-12 school district in the High Desert. The RV-sized center can travel between VVUHSD’s eight school sites in Victorville and Adelanto, offering free health and wellness services to students in need. Physical, dental, vision and mental health care services will be donated by community partners.

A VVUHSD team headed by Alternative Education Coordinator Dr. McKenzie Tarango put together a successful proposal for the Title IV funding and is now in the process of forming community partnerships to support the center. Desert Valley Hospital and 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood are among the partners so far, officials said.

“Only a limited number of these grants were awarded across the state,” VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams said. “Dr. Tarango and our team have done an excellent job in obtaining this funding to support our students and staff. The mobile health center will bring a new level of health and wellness services to students who need them.”

The center will also provide medical internships to VVUHSD students who participate in career technical education (CTE) programs.

“The mobile center will help us bridge the gap of needs and services to our students and families who are most in need,” Tarango said. “The mobile center will provide us a means to leverage community relationships to bring students and their families the health services they require, while also providing valuable internships to our CTE students. We are committed to the well-being of the whole child and their family”

The center can also serve as a mobile command center in emergencies, district officials said.

The mobile center is projected to cost $449,388 in federal grant funding, with the district spending between $3,000 and $5,000 per year in maintenance. The rest of the grant will be spent on various services supporting the mental/physical health and safety of students.

VVUHSD must have the the spending plan completed by September and is actively seeking businesses and organizations that would like to partner with the district in providing health, dental, vision and other services.

Anyone interested in partnering with the center may contact Dr. McKenzie Tarango at or at 760-955-3201 extension 10272.
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