Advance: Staten Island's Curtis H.S. Gets New School-Based Health Clinic

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On December 2, The Children’s Aid Society hosted an opening ceremony for the agency’s first school-based health center in Staten Island, located at Curtis High School in the North Shore neighborhood. The clinic will serve the over 3,000 students at Curtis, Staten Island’s first high school, founded in 1904.

In a short program, community leaders marked the opening of this state-of-the-art clinic and the start of a strong community partnership.

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 health care providers have frequent contact with the patients and can develop trusting relationships with them.

Read the story in the Staten Island Advance.