School-Based Health Centers Receive Top Grade
BALDWIN – Family Health Care is pleased to announce its Child and Adolescent Health Centers (CAHC) located in Grant, White Cloud, and Baldwin public schools achieved an "A" grade following a rigorous review from the State of Michigan. This grade is the highest achievement score from the state.
Every day many students arrive at school, impacted by health and social issues. A majority of these students deal with these symptoms alone, choosing not to seek help because they can't afford it, can't get to it or not aware they can get help.
Serving those needs is the reason Family Health Care has established the three school-based CAHCs. These centers help reduce barriers to health related to race, ethnicity, and family income. They provide students with access to medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care right near their classrooms—creating an equal opportunity for each child to learn and grow. Providers at these locations specialize in caring for pediatric patients and understand the challenges our youth face every day.
Over the last year, 8,673 visits were provided.
"Receiving recognition of this magnitude shows the dedication our staff has to improve the health of our children," stated Kathy Sather, CEO/President of Family Health Care. "These centers play a vital role in the development of future generations, teaching them essential life skills including how to access health care and their responsibility in managing their health."
The CAHCs made a tremendous impression on the reviewers, leading to statements including, "I would love to have a clinic like this in my child’s school," and “All kids need services like this provided by caring people like yourselves."
All three CAHCs are open to the community year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. assisting parents and school staff by embedding health care services inside the schools. Along with offering medical, dental, behavioral health and vision services, the CAHCs also provide specialists who can assist families in navigating insurance enrollment, and area resources and services.
All three locations are currently accepting new patients between 5-21 years old. For more information or to contact the CAHC nearest you, visit familyhealthcare.org.