At Broadmoor High School classes may be out, but the doctor is in. Health Centers in School, a non-profit integrated primary care and mental health facility that serves students in East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools is now open during the summer.
"We are trying to keep kids healthy so they can stay in school to learn," said Health Centers in School CEO Sue Catchings.
According to Catchings, adolescents ages 11-18 are the lowest served population for primary care, and many do not have access to the services they need.
"What's happening in our country, is they are practicing very high risk behavior and that high risk behavior is going to lead to very poor health outcomes in the future," said Catchings.
Health Centers in School is providing that access, specifically targeting uninsured students in EBR public schools; however, Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, Medicaid and LaChip are also accepted.
In addition to primary care needs like year checkups, Health Centers connects kids with dentists, optometrists and even mental health counselors. This summer is the first time their services will be available outside the school year since it began in the 1980's.
"Most of these kids have some significant problems and no other access points," said Catchings.
During the summer, two clinics will remain open: one at Broadmoor High and one at Glen Oaks High School.
The clinics serve any child in the area, ages 11-22. An appointment is necessary, however there are same day appointments available. For more information on the clinics and the services they offer, go to http://www.schoolhealthathcs.org/overview.cfm.
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