The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) celebrated National School-Based Health Center Awareness Month by taking newly-elected New York State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares (pictured above) on a tour of the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at the Salome Ureña de Henríquez Campus, a Children’s Aid Community School in Washington Heights.
The tour took place during the Children’s Aid Society’s Community School African-American and Dominican Heritage Festival on February 18, 2011 and was led by students and grandparents who proudly guided Assemblyman Linares around the site. Mr. Linares was able to see where students meet with social workers, nurses and dentists. Genesis, a student who visits the SBHC, said the staff is always nice to her. Her favorite health center service is dental because “they make my teeth look beautiful.” Genesis is very excited about getting braces later this year at the SBHC Orthodontic Clinic also located in the Salome Ureña de Henriquez Campus.
Erwin Murga, the grandfather of two SBHC patients, shared how his granddaughter needed seven immunizations this year and all were administered right in her school. “If it weren’t for the SBHC, who knows how many times I would have had to take them to the doctor. Having a health center in the school is a blessing.”
Members of the welcoming committee included Richard Buery Jr., President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society, Bill Weisberg, Executive Vice President and COO of CAS; Katherine Eckstein, CAS Director of Public Policy; Lorena Jimenez-Castro, CAS Government Liaison and Adria Cruz, CAS School Health Services Manager. Also present was Jane Lima-Negron, co-executive director of the New York State School-Based Health Center Coalition.
Assembly Member Linares was a gracious guest and he shared how he has been a SBHC champion in previous public service roles and looks forward to continuing to work on behalf of the children of the community he represents and beyond.