Children’s Aid Celebrates School-Based Health Centers

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All across the country, school-based health centers are being celebrated for the measurable impact they have on the lives of children and their families. For many families who are under-insured or uninsured, the school-based clinic is often their first and only stop when in need of health care. Children’s Aid is celebrating National School-Based Health Center Month by taking elected officials on tours of the clinic at the Salomé Ureña de Henríquez campus in Washington Heights so that they may get a firm understanding of the benefits provided to the children and families we serve. Parents and children will also give testimonies describing the impact SBHCs have had on their everyday lives.

The Children’s Aid Society School-Based Health Centers provides parents with comprehensive health care for their children without causing them to miss a day of work. For many in today’s uneasy economy, missing work is simply not an option. And for children, these clinics provide a safe and comfortable environment to address health concerns without having to miss a school day. SBHC’s keeps students healthy and in school because healthy students make better learners.

“School Based Health Centers are a low cost, effective model for delivering health care to students” says Lorena Jimenez-Castro, Government Affairs Liaison for The Children’s Aid Society. “In Washington Heights alone, The Children’s Aid Society operates five health centers and serves 4,200 students. We invite government officials to visit the health centers to learn about how we help students thrive – socially, physically, and academically. The future of New York depends on having healthy and successful students now.”