Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Milwaukie HS Becomes School Based Health Center

A fabulous example of what can happen with a little collaboration:

Milwaukie High School will be opening a school-based health center in 2012-2013, giving access to free medical care to local youth.

From the Oregonian article:

 "The school-based clinics are gaining popularity as education leaders across the country look more closely at the relationship between student health and student achievement, Hester said.

"We're seeing more information on the connection between health and education," she said. "A healthy student is more likely to graduate; a graduate is more likely to be healthy."

Advocates say the centers are especially pertinent in high-need communities like Milwaukie, where health care access can be a major problem. At Milwaukie High, about 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, the largest proportion among the district's three comprehensive high schools."  

Related links:
Read the rest of the Oregonian article here. 

A map of schools that currently have a health center.

A news clip about the value of school based health centers

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