In a statement, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care identified these representative projects:
- HEALS in Huntsville, Ala. will build two new SBHCs, implement an electronic health records system to link the clinics and update medical and office equipment.
- The Dorchester County Health Department in Cambridge, Md. will construct a new modular building for the SBHC located at North Dorchester High School. The center will include videoconferencing equipment to provide off-site psychiatry services for students needing medication management for mental health disorders.
- Neighborcare Health in Seattle, Wash. will build a new SBHC, replace outdated equipment at current sites, and purchase portable dental equipment to use at multiple SBHC sites.
According to the assembly, the 1,900 school-based healthcare centers across the country provide access to primary care, mental health and dental services for nearly 2 million students. About 57% of the centers are located in urban areas.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.