Many working families in the Oneida Special School District live more than an hour's drive from a pediatrician's office.
ONEIDA, Tenn. — On a rainy Thursday afternoon, the sound of fun during indoor recess at Oneida Elementary School conceal a growing issue in the school district — access to healthcare.
Nearly 70 percent of students at the Oneida Special Schools district qualify for free or reduced lunch, and the district said 40 percent of the area it serves falls below the poverty line.
That can mean working, and often single, parents struggle to find time and resources to travel to the nearest pediatrician office—often more than an hour's drive away.
"Transportation barriers sometimes keep kids out of school longer and sometimes keep kids from getting the care they need," Coordinated School Health Director Melinda McCartt said.
A pair of new programs are aiming to change that.
In partnership with East …