Several school-based health centers have held grand openings in the Los Angeles area this spring to showcase the accessible health care they offer to schoolkids and their families.
The new school-based health center (SBHC) at Dominguez High School in Compton is expected to serve more than 36,000 local families.
The SBHC, which is operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center — a federally qualified health center (FQHC) that operates five SBHCs in the area — will provide free or low-cost health care, dental care, and health insurance enrollment to students at Dominguez and to families in the area.
St. John’s Well Child & Family Center also is providing care at the new SBHC at Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles. The clinic will offer health education and assistance with getting enrolled in a health insurance plan, in addition to other health services.
At Fremont High School, the UMMA Community Clinic announced a new SBHC that boasts a community garden in partnership with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. UMMA says the garden is part of a focus on nutrition at Fremont because, “among the student body of 4,600 pupils, 1 in 3 students is obese; 1 in 30 will develop Type 2 diabetes before graduation, and nearly 1 in 7 girls will contract a sexually transmitted disease before the age of 20.”
In addition to primary medical services, the SBHC at Locke will provide oral health care at its dentistry clinic, treating cavities and providing teeth cleanings and evaluations for conditions like oral cancer and restorative care.
The Jordan High School SBHC has five exam rooms and will offer medical care, mental health care, family planning and immunizations, among other services.
Toward the end of the school year the latest SBHC opened at Manual Arts High School in South L.A. The Mark Ridley-Thomas Wellness Center, named in honor of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Manual Arts alum, is operated by St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and will offer primary care, mental health care, and support services (health insurance enrollment, health education) to students and the local community.