California has 183 school-based health centers … and counting! Schools and communities across California are realizing the educational and social benefits of having a school-based health center (SBHC). Two health centers recently opened and providers are adding their support. A regional newspaper also wrote an editorial about why SBHCs are so important. Continue reading below to find out more about what is happening with SBHCs around the state.
Villacorta Elementary School (Valinda)
The East Valley Community Health Center, a West Covina-based nonprofit medical group, has opened a new school-based health center at Villacorta Elementary School in Valinda. The 2,160-square foot facility will be open three days a week initially and will serve students in the Rowland Unified School District. The clinic is funded primarily by a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Valinda is about 20 miles east of Los Angeles and has a population of nearly 23,000 residents. Read more.
Mt. Pleasant High School (San Jose)
The Foothill Community Health Center in San Jose recently opened its latest school-based health center at Mt. Pleasant High School. The center offers medical, mental health, reproductive health services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a .m. to 5 p.m. and services are available for students as well as community members. Foothill was able to open the new SBHC in part with $778,000 in federal funding, including $277,000 from health care reform. This is Foothill’s third SBHC to open this school year and a fourth is scheduled to open soon at Chaboya Middle School. Read more.
Other SBHC News
Health Net and Oral Health
The Health Net Foundation, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has awarded $175,000 in grants to 12 California school-based health centers and community medical clinics to further their efforts in helping prevent childhood and adult dental problems. Read more.
For more information on SBHC funding opportunities, visit our Grants section.
A Partnership Kern’s Leaders Must Consider
The Bakersfield Californian’s editorial supporting school-based health centers reads in part:
Kern County’s staggeringly high teen birthrate is a big problem that demands bold, targeted solutions. Locally, the main effort to reduce teen pregnancy today is school-sanctioned sex education, which schools have the option of teaching. (HIV/AIDS prevention is required teaching in California schools, but the state doesn’t mandate teaching pregnancy prevention.) But for anyone who has wondered whether more could be done to combat the problem, the answer is an emphatic yes. Read more.
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