When children struggle to succeed in school, there’s often a hidden reason why. At Children’s Aid, we work to make sure that every child has every opportunity to be a successful student – and to become a thriving adult.
That’s why we surround them with the resources they need in the place that they go five days a week – their schools. And one of the most important resources we provide are school-based health centers, which play a critical role in ensuring that children have access to essential health care services.
School-based health centers are medical facilities located within schools that provide comprehensive health care services to children. Our centers are staffed by trained health professionals and offer a wide range of services, including preventive care, physical exams, and treatment for illnesses and injuries. We also provide health education and support services to help children and their families lead healthy lives.
Access to quality health care is essential for children's growth and development. School-based health centers provide a convenient and accessible option for families, especially those who may not have access to traditional health care services.
Many children and families in underserved communities face barriers to accessing quality health care, such as lack of transportation, language barriers, and cultural differences. School-based health centers help to address these barriers by providing care within the school setting, making it easier for children and families to receive the care they need.
In addition to providing essential health care services, school-based health centers also help to reduce absenteeism and improve academic outcomes. Children who are healthy are more likely to attend school and perform well academically. By addressing health problems early, school-based health centers can help prevent chronic health problems and improve children's overall well-being.
We’re committed to removing any road block that stands between our young people and the bright, healthy futures that they deserve. Our school-based health centers are helping to ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow and thrive.
On this World Health Day, join us in our mission to promote the health and happiness of all young people.