SUMMARY: In the heart of one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods, parents hoped for a new preschool. Instead they got much more. The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being is a preschool, urban farm, dental office and mental health care center, all in one. William Brangham visits to see how it's supporting the community.
JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour): After years of neglect, parents in one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods hoped that a new preschool would be built in their community. Instead, they got much more.
William Brangham recently visited there, and he is back again with this report.
It's part of our weekly series Making the Grade.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM (NewsHour): Fish swim in giant tanks. Collard greens grow in abundance in a massive greenhouse. Down the hall, there's a dentist's office, as well as a mental health center. And at the other end of the building, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds run around like mad.
Some might say it's an unusual mix here in the heart of one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods, but not according to the woman who runs the place.
LYDIA PRADO, Vice President, Mental Health Center of Denver: It's taking a new approach to community well-being.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Dr. Lydia Prado is the driving force behind this place. It's called the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being.
LYDIA PRADO: My initial conversations were with two folks who had — together, they have over 80 years of residence in this community.
And just floated the idea, I want to take integrated care to the next level. I want to think comprehensively about health. I want to be able to talk about mental health, and went to talk to them about it, and it's like, what do you think? And they're like, OH?
But, you know, they were very honest about it. There are going to be challenges, but if anybody's going to give it a shot — and we're behind you.