Curtis HS's School-Based Health Center Profiled in the Staten Island Advance
The Staten Island Advance has profiled the brand new, state of the art school-based health center at Curtis High School, Children’s Aid newest SBHC, which opened just a few months ago. The article reports that 70 to 80 students are provided with a wide range of high quality health services per day, at a school where 70% of the student population lives below the federal poverty line. Physical, dental and mental health concerns are met, and trained staff employ preventive measures such as routine physicals, or deal on-site with medical emergencies such as serious asthma attacks.
Benefits of the school-based health center also extend beyond health. Since the care is provided on-site, students don’t have to miss school to receive standard or emergency medical attention, parents can stay at work instead of rushing to the emergency room and Medicaid costs are significantly reduced. Student health ambassadors also spread the word to peers, encouraging them to take advantage of all of the services offered at the facility.