Mexican government gives $35K to Ark. med school

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — People come to the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock to deal with passports and other paperwork, but they can also have their blood pressure checked at free health screenings.

To ensure that those screenings continue, the Mexican government is giving $35,000 to the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Mexican Consul David Manuel Preciado Juarez presented university officials with a check Thursday to boost health education and screening programs that the school helps provide to the more than 30,000 annual visitors to the Little Rock consulate.

"With the funding that's being awarded today, we're looking at an additional year and hopefully many years in the future," said Jim Raczynski, dean of the College of Public Health.

The screenings and outreach efforts are part of a program called Ventanillas de Salud that arrived in Little Rock in 2010 after a similar program was established in California in 2002.

The program serves Mexicans and other Latinos, regardless of their legal status, Preciado Juarez said.

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