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Keeping children healthy and in class.
School-based health centers are more than just a school nurse. They are a comprehensive approach to caring for our students. If children are healthy, they will learn more by staying in school longer and not be absent as often. It is a holistic concept aimed at educating our students.
In this economy, there are critical gaps in access to health care for many families. With soaring health care costs, school-based health centers have become a valuable community resource. Community Health of South Florida Inc.’s school-based health centers has efficient and cost-effective services that bridge the gap, keeping our children strong, healthy and ready to learn. Oftentimes our school-based health center team catches chronic illnesses and critical behavioral health problems and refers to the child to treatment.
With the recent outbreaks of tragic violence in our nation’s schools, mental health is now finally being recognized as a major need that communities must address in order to keep our children safe.
Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) has a team of health care professionals tending to every issue affecting children at its 35 school-based health centers. Some of the services performed include first aid, chronic condition management, faculty education regarding chronic conditions, medication administration and management, health screenings, hypertensive screening, immunization follow-ups, oral health services, telehealth services for nutritional counseling and mental health screenings and more.
Services that are beyond the scope of the school-based health centers are referred out to other CHI health centers equipped with a wide array of services including primary care, pediatrics, vision, radiology, pharmacy, behavioral health, urgent care, OB/GYN, dental and much more, all under one roof.