About 95 percent of students at Capitol Hill High School qualify for free or reduced lunches, a program that has income guidelines similar to SoonerCare, Oklahoma's Medicaid program.
Capitol Hill High School, at 500 SW 36, has a high teen pregnancy rate, and by providing on-site health care, the school hopes to see a decrease in the number of teen mothers who drop out of school, said Carol Martin, Variety Care's director of patient services.
One of the goals of the clinic is to keep students in school while providing them with health care in an environment they feel comfortable in, Martin said.
This isn't the first attempt to provide health care to Oklahoma City high school students. A clinic for pregnant girls and young mothers was open at Emerson Alternative High School for nearly 30 years before it was closed in 2009. It was run by OU Medical Center. The state Legislature cut funding to the state Health Department in 2009, and in turn, the department cut several programs, including the Emerson clinic.