School-Based Health Centers
School-Based Health Centers program was founded in 1994 as a community outreach to underprivileged school-aged children. Abrazo Health in conjunction with Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix Memorial Health Care Center, Maryvale Hospital and VHS Outpatient Clinics, Inc. currently operates 4 School-Based/School-Linked Health Centers in addition to a mobile health unit which serves 76 local schools in sixteen school districts.
The School-Based Health Centers Program offers primary medical care and limited dental services to children who are uninsured and underserved. For more information on School-Based Health Centers, please call (602) 246-5597.
3,384 Children Received Medical Services
School-Based Health Centers cared for 3,384 children during July 2010 thru June 2011, which included 2,949 medical visits and 2,666 dental encounter.
From the program’s inception in February 1996 through June 2011, the centers have provided:
- Medical care to over 37,900 children
- More than 64,500 Primary Health Care/Medical visits
- More than 33,000 Dental Care visits
- Impacted over 54,000 children
Staff members work closely with school nurses, school social workers, and parents to bring health care services, as well as health care education, social services and job referrals to those children and their families. Services include:
- Diagnosis/treatment of major and minor illnesses (diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, etc.);
- Medications and prescriptions;
- Physical exams, well child care;
- Dental care services; oral health education;
- Referrals to hospitals, specialty physicians, immunization clinics, mental health services, radiology and lab;
- Health education including nutrition, exercise, and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
School-Based Health Centers
Making a Difference
The expanded and enhanced School-Based Health Centers program has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in the central and south Phoenix community by:
- Reducing school absenteeism and improving academic achievement. Over 80 percent of the children seen by School-Based Health Center providers have returned to class, allowing them to focus on learning and academics.
- Reducing emergency room usage by the targeted children. Over 90 percent of program participants have indicated through client satisfaction surveys that without services provided by the School-Based Health Centers, they would have obtained services at a local emergency department.
- Managing chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and others.
Our Commitment -
Improving Children's Health
School-Based Health Centers are unique in their commitment to educate parents about their child’s illness in order to help them provide the best care at home advancing the recovery process. Families are included in meetings discussing methods to improve their child’s health. Having utilized a holistic approach for the past 14 years, our providers and program staff work with families on issues pertaining to nearly every aspect of life. Staff members educate them about resources for child care while they attend medical appointments; assist non-working parents with job referrals, advocacy issues such as housing, utilities, and basic nutrition to assure the child’s home life is as healthy as possible.
Alhambra School District
Granada Primary School (serves Granada East)
Services are also provided to children at Barcelona, Carol G. Peck, Catalina Ventura, Montebello, and Simpson Schools within the Alhambra School District.
Chris-Town YMCA Community Based Clinic
This site serves children at Solano School in the Osborn School District as well as the local community. This clinic also operates a pilot dental program with an affiliated dental hygienist.
Cartwright School District
Marc T. Atkinson School
Phoenix Elementary School District
Lowell Elementary School
Services provide to children at Bethune Elementary, Capitol Elementary, Phoenix Prep Academy, Dunbar Elementary School, Shaw and Silvestre S. Herrera Schools (all within the Phoenix Elementary School District)
Phoenix Baptist Hospital Mobile Health Unit