School-based Health Center open house Feb. 15 at EPHS

Community Health Center is opening the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Eagle Point High School. The community is invited to learn more about the valuable and cost-effective medical care available to Eagle Point High School students at the School-Based Health Center by attending an Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 3 to 7p.m. at the high school, 203 No. Platt St..

Open during regularly scheduled school days/hours, the SBHC will provide a wide-range of health services for students including immunizations, sports physicals, preventive health exams, diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, as well as management of certain chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes in collaboration with the student’s primary care provider.

Both students and parents will benefit from the presence of the SBHC. “District 9’s goal is the success of all students. We recognize that for many students, adequate healthcare and the ability to address health issues is important to their success in school,” said Doug McKenzie, Director of Special Services for District 9 Eagle Point.

According to EPHSl Principal Allen Barber, the SBHC will help students get medical help quickly, allowing students to miss less time from school due to illness. All students, inclusive of those with chronic health conditions, will have access to professional care throughout the school day. An added benefit of the SBHC is that students will learn to appropriately utilize primary and preventive health care services, a life-skill they will need following their graduation, noted Community Health Center Executive Director Peg Crowley. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

The clinic is open to all students registered at Eagle Point High School; they need only to have a signed consent form by a parent/guardian. “The care will come at little to no cost to students or their families,” said Ceci Robe, SBHC Manager, noting that when available, a student’s health insurance plan will be billed for qualified services. Students with no health insurance will be seen on a sliding-fee scale and referred to an eligibility outreach worker for assistance in securing publically-sponsored health insurance, such as the Oregon Healthy Kids Program.

Crowley has been spearheading the plan for the past few years. “It’s a true collaborative effort, made possible through the support of the community and school personnel,” she says. Funds to renovate and open the health center came from individuals, businesses, foundations, Jackson County School District #9 and community.

Health Center. Insurance revenue, grants and individual donations will support future clinic operations. District #9 Superintendent Cynda Rickert said she is grateful to a forward thinking school board and its efforts to partner with Community Health Center to make the SBHC  possible.

The Mission of Community Health Center is to promote the health of low-income, working uninsured and other vulnerable children and adults. For informnation,call541-773-3863 or visit www.communityhealthcenter.org

 

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