Children's Aid Opens New Staten Island Health Center
Earlier this month, Children’s Aid hosted an opening ceremony for its first school-based health center (SBHC) in Staten Island, located at Curtis High School. The brand new state-of-the-art health center enables Children’s Aid to provide health and wellness services to Curtis’ student body of over 3,000.
The ceremony began with remarks from community leaders, who praised the health center for the positive impact it will have on the school and the community at large. Councilwoman Debi Rose from the 49th District spoke, and cited the Curtis SBHC as a model that all Department of Education schools should begin replicating. After the remarks, a ribbon-cutting was held, followed by tours of the new state-of-the-art center. When viewing the facility guests were also treated to a student art gallery, which decorated the hallways of the clinic.
School-based health centers–health centers located inside public schools–offer many benefits to the students they serve regardless of insurance and immigration status. SBHCs reduce absenteeism; reduce the need to send students to emergency rooms (saving money and time for parents and the city and state); help students manage chronic diseases (such as asthma and diabetes) and greatly improve their overall well-being. Their location in the schools means that healthcare providers have frequent contact with the patients and can develop trusting relationships with them.
The Children’s Aid Society currently operates five SBHCs in New York City. The Curtis High School SBHC was built with generous funding provided by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); private donors, foundations and local elected officials; and The Children’s Aid Society.