The contractors are putting the finishing touches on the new Jackson High Health Center and the Jackson Public Schools Fitness Center, which will open to Jackson County students and residents on April 15, 2011.
With the support of many individuals, businesses, and foundations, the Jackson Public School District and the Center for Family Health partnered to bring this School-Based Health Center project to fruition.
“The Health Center will play a key role in the education of our high school students. I believe better health equals better attendance, attitude, and academic achievement,” said Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dan Evans.
Studies show that School-Based Health Centers not only increase students’ access to health care and support learning, but they strengthen the connection between community and school, teach students to be better health care consumers, and save money by keeping children out of hospitals and emergency rooms.
“Our goal is to remove any barriers to health care,” said Molly Kaser, Center for Family Health President/CEO. “The Center will provide health care to students without interfering with their education by allowing them to see our clinicians without having to leave school.”
The Jackson High Health Center will be staffed with experienced, qualified clinicians who will provide acute care, school and sports physicals, immunizations, chronic disease management, lab services, reproductive health services, and counseling services. Providing high-quality care is the most direct, efficient way to ensure that all children get the help they need to lead healthy and productive lives.
“We are honored to help improve access to quality, affordable health care for Jackson High students,” said Jerry Grannan, Center for Family Health Board Chair. “Our mission is to ‘open the door to health care for all’; to provide accessible, affordable and high quality health care for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Many of the most vulnerable in our community are kids.”
The public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jackson High Health Center and Jackson Public Schools Fitness Center on Friday, April 15, 2011, at 4-6 pm.