Longwood Schools has developed a partnership with Just Kids Family Medicine & Pediatrics to establish a School Based Health Center (SBHC) at Longwood High School at no cost to the District. The purpose of this program is to provide our high school students with free access to health professionals.
The SBHC will provide support for both the physical and emotional wellness of high school students, helping them address those issues that may impact their ability to learn and excel in the classroom.
The scope of services will include primary and preventive health care, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions and management of chronic conditions specifically asthma and diabetes. Coordination and communication with other health care provides, as well as followup and referrals will also be available. All services comply with the Principles and Guidelines for School Based Health Centers and the New York State Child/Teen Health program.
Oral health assessments will be part of the routine care provided by the SBHC. This will include a determination of current dental care and dental health education and referral if no preventive care has been available in the past year or if concerns are identified.
Each student will have a medical chart including a current assessment and a comprehensive physical exam in compliance with CHTP/EPSDT. Complete age appropriate immunizations will be provided if requested by the parent. Population based assessments will be part of the session, including the students’ individual needs.
The center will be staffed by New York State licensed medical professionals. The physician has an academic appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
The health center is conveniently located in the high school for easy access for our students. The program seeks to help students spend less time out of school when they need medical attention. The SBHC staff will work closely with our school nurses to assist with medical care including diagnosis of typical health care issues of adolescents and provide treatment and referral when necessary.
Students may only be seen with parental consent and a signed permission form. All services are strictly confidential.
There is no charge to students or their families for medical care provided at the center. Insurance companies may be billed for visits, but no co-pays or other fees are collected from students. The staff will help families of uninsured children apply for coverage through New York’s Child Health Plus, Medicaid or other sources.
The SBHC was part of the original design of Longwood High School back in 1980.
According to a recent New York State School Boards Association article, the State Health Department determined that there were 228 SBHC operating throughout NYS in 2013.
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