Christiana Care Health System partnered with Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, a dual-language charter school in Delaware.

Through its Office of Health Equity — Community Health, Christiana Care donated $3,500 to purchase headphones for students in need as ASPIRA expands online learning to all grades. Christiana Care will also extend its community health programming to the school and provide a dedicated community health worker who will serve the students and their families, many of whom live in the New Castle and Route 9 area.

“We want the ASPIRA students to have the tools they need to learn and stay healthy, and we are looking forward to what we hope will be a lasting partnership,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, chief health equity officer and senior vice president of government affairs and community engagement at Christiana Care.

“Education is a social determinant of health, with levels of educational attainment directly linked to important health outcomes such as life expectancy,” said Riveros. “We believe that by addressing the health needs of these students and their families, they will be better prepared to learn, which will have a lasting, positive impact on their health.”

The school now operates as a K-8 school, with 785 students, double the estimated 300 students when the school opened its doors as a K-5 school in 2011.

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