Mt. Healthy Schools will open a new collaborative school-based wellness center

0

As Ohio grapples with rising teen suicide rates, a new local wellness center hopes to break down barriers to better reach students in their daily lives and connect them with professionals of health and potentially vital resources.Mt. Healthy City Schools and The HealthCare Connection have partnered to create a new school-based wellness center. The grand opening is scheduled for Friday afternoon. The center is located in a renovated classroom inside the Mt. Healthy Junior/High School. Once students and staff enter, they are greeted by five to six HealthCare Connection staff members who help them book appointments and provide services. Once students obtain a signed consent form, they have access to a family nurse practitioner, a behavioral health specialist, and a dental hygienist. Patients can also get vaccinations, sports physical exams and other mental health services. “Because they didn’t have access to the service and they didn’t have the right people in their lives to help them deal with the needs that they were going through. And if you look at the suicide rate right now, just in young people in general, knowing that these things can be avoided so that we can have these services in our school. If we can just get the child here, that is essential. “The team of school and medical officials want to reduce the barriers such as transportation, peer pressure, cost and business in order to help as many students and staff to be seen by professionals as possible. When it comes to mental health benefits, leaders hope the center can be an inviting place to talk, seek treatment and make a plan just steps away rather than having to orchestrate an appointment 20 minutes away. school or during the school day. Pay.” The center exists throughout Greater Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio, but Mt. Healthy is proud to have focused on mental health since its inception. spoke about the accessibility and social change that he hopes to bring to the wellness center.” To see that, “Oh, my God! If I feel like that, it’s good for me to have a conversation with someone. It’s good for me to go. I’m not feeling the best right now. And I need someone to talk to.” Harris made a point of calling the new site a “wellness center” instead of a “health center” because he wants the focus to be on the whole person, both physically and mentally, without leaving school and missing out on extra teaching time. “It makes it easier when you have school health centers right in the school and they can access them during the school day,” said Angie Hartman, school consultant for HealthCare Connection. “Parents don’t have to take time off from work to take their kids to the doctor. They can take care of them here and find out what’s going on with them. They have toothaches. They have anxiety, depression, something like that. It’s something they can come to the school health center for.” Appointments for students and staff are now being accepted after Mt. Healthy spring break in late March . Healthy school body, parents, families and community members.

As Ohio grapples with increased suicide rate among teensa new local wellness center hopes to break down barriers to better reach students in their daily lives and connect them to health professionals and potentially life-saving resources.

Mt. Healthy City Schools and The HealthCare Connection have partnered to create a new school-based wellness center.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The center is located in a renovated classroom inside the Mt. Healthy Junior/High School. Once students and staff enter, they are greeted by five to six HealthCare Connection staff members who help them book appointments and provide services. Once students obtain a signed consent form, they have access to a family nurse practitioner, a behavioral health specialist, and a dental hygienist. Patients can also get vaccinations, sports physical exams and other mental health services.

“I think of a child’s life being cut short,” said Mt. Healthy High School principal Arnez Gray. “Because they didn’t have access to the service and they didn’t have the right people in their lives to help them deal with the needs that they were going through. And if you look at the suicide rate right now, just in young people in general, knowing that these things can be avoided so that we can have these services in our school.If we can just get the child here, that is essential.

The team of school and medical officials want to reduce barriers such as transportation, peer pressure, cost and business to help as many students and staff get seen by professionals as possible.

When it comes to mental health benefits, leaders hope the center can be an inviting place to talk, seek treatment and make a plan just steps away rather than having to orchestrate an appointment 20 minutes away. school or during the school day.

The school health center accepts Medicaid and Medicare, as well as types of commercial insurance, but executives said it won’t fire anyone “due to their inability to pay.” The center exists in Greater Cincinnati and Southwestern Ohio, but Mt. Healthy prides itself on focusing on mental health since its inception.

“It removes the stigma that it’s not right,” said Dr. Apollos Harris, executive director of innovative practices at MHCS, of the accessibility and social change he hopes to drive from the wellness center. . “To see that, ‘Oh, my God! If I feel like that, it’s good for me to have a conversation with someone. It’s good for me to go. I’m not feeling the best right now. And I need someone to talk to.”

Harris was keen to call the new site a ‘wellness centre’ instead of a ‘health centre’ because he wants the focus to be on the whole person, both physically and mentally. , while not leaving school and missing extra teaching time.

“It makes it easier when you have school health centers right in the school and they can access them during the school day,” said Angie Hartman, school consultant for HealthCare Connection. “Parents don’t have to take time off from work to take their kids to the doctor. They can take care of them here and find out what’s going on with them. They have toothaches. They have anxiety, depression, etc. This is something they can come to the school health center for.

Appointments for students and staff are now being accepted after Mt. Healthy Spring Break in late March.

Leaders say the wellness center will eventually open to serve the entire Mt. Healthy school body, parents, families and community members.

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.