In Camden, a school-based health clinic has been providing care for children for years. Once the pandemic hit, the number of patients doubled as more families turned to the LEAP Academy University Charter School for much-needed medical care. The academy was started in 1997 to give residents access to essential everyday services.
“We wanted to create a comprehensive model that would be a one-shot deal for families where they can come and get everything from college access, family support, clinic care and quality school,” said Gloria Bonilla Santiago, founder of LEAP Academy. Parents of kids attending LEAP say the one-stop model is the major draw.