The mission of the Carin' Clinic is to provide affordable, high-quality health care services to children between the ages of birth and 19 years of low-income families who have no access or limited access to health care, thus promoting healthy children, healthy families, and a healthy community.
* Carin' Clinic was created by two school nurses who saw a need in the community and submitted a proposal to the City of Arvada.
* Collaboration with various community entities created our unique clinic to serve uninsured children.
* Became a 501(c)3 tax-exempt clinic in 1997.
* For the first 16 years, operated out of Arvada Middle School.
* Due to budget constraints, in early 2010 Jefferson County School District decided to close Russell Elementary School and turn Arvada Middle School into a Kindergarten through 8th grade school, and they needed the space that Carin' Clinic had been using.
* The clinic temporarily closed during the summer of 2010 while locating a new site.
* Fortuitously, Jefferson County Head Start was interested in buying the closed Russell Elementary and also wanted a clinic on site.
* In August 2010, the Carin' Clinic reopened in a double trailer behind the former Russell Elementary School and formed a collaboration with Head Start.
* Remodel was completed in July 2011.
* Patient care provided by Pediatric Nurse Practitioners from the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing.
* Services provided include care for minor acute illness, chronic illness, well-child, camp and sports physicals, immunizations, prescriptions, and referrals to other sources of medical care when needed.
* Nominal fees are charged for Clinic services and fees are waived if the family cannot afford to pay.
* Carin' Clinic serves over 800 patients annually.