Military-connected students to benefit from school-based health centers
Students in military families who attend Harrison Preparatory School and Mann Middle School now have access to primary care and behavioral health screening services at School-Based Health Centers at their schools. Lakes High School and Woodbrook Middle School already have clinics. Lakes High School’s clinic opened in September 2013 and Woodbrook Middle School’s clinic opened in November 2014. The clinics are staffed one-half day per week at each school with a primary care provider, a pediatric resident and a licensed practical nurse.
Clinic services include:
- School physical exams;
- Nutrition and weight counseling;
- Diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses/injuries;
- Treatment of asthma, anemia, acne and other health problems;
- Referral for specialty care;
- Behavioral health screening; and
- Women’s health services.
Madigan Army Medical Center’s (MAMC) School-Based Health Center was awarded $120,000 from the Army last summer to expand the program to four more schools near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, two of which are in Clover Park School District.
“The idea behind this program was to go where the students are so they don’t have to spend time traveling to appointments,” said Col. Michael Place, commander of MAMC. “The classroom is now the waiting room.”
“Clover Park School District is proud to partner with Madigan staff and expand the school-based health centers to Harrison Prep and Mann Middle School,” said district superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “The clinics are very convenient for students since they’re based at the school. Students don’t miss school for a doctor’s appointment and the clinics help parents by not having to miss work. The clinics help us provide a supportive learning environment for students.”
Dignitaries officially opened the new School-Based Health Centers at Harrison Preparatory School and Mann Middle School on Jan. 14.