Citing studies, by Johns Hopkins University among others, Governor Tomblin further proclaimed that “school-based health centers decrease absenteeism and tardiness, reduce behavior and discipline problems, and save money by reducing the number of emergency room visits”.
Community Care of West Virginia currently serves 43 schools, making it the largest school-based health provider in West Virginia. Operating in Braxton, Clay, Harrison, Lewis, Pocahontas and Upshur counties, Community Care provides a full range of health care. “Any services that can be offered in a doctor’s office, are available to students, faculty, and staff in the schools we serve”, stated Patricia Collett, PAC, Community Care’s Director of Medical Services and School-Based Health. “Due to the success of the program, we are often approached by school boards to expand our services to additional schools. We are in the process of adding two additional schools right now.”
In addition to treating acute illness like colds, flu, sore throats, the school-based health center staff also provides preventive services like well-child exams and vaccinations for children and annual well visits for adults, and treat chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Community Care accepts most insurances, as well as medical cards. Community Care also offers sports physicals at their school locations free of charge to students. Information about the program is available at the health centers. Parents are encouraged to complete enrollment/consent forms so they and their children may benefit from using the health centers.
For more information about Community Care and school-based health centers, contact Ronna Dittman, Director of Marketing, at Ronna.Dittman@ccwv.org.