Waterford Teen Health Center Provider Earns State Award

Students and staff at Waterford schools call her Miss Dottie.

The popular nurse practitioner runs the district’s school-based health center at Durant High School, where she has earned a reputation as a caring and compassionate provider.

“Dottie has an unbelievable passion for school-based health,” said Waterford school limited license psychologist and colleague Alissa Lusky. “She is a great advocate and supporter for all of our clients.”

That passion brought Dottie Rodriguez to the attention of the School Community Health Alliance of Michigan and earned her the advocacy group’s Marilynn Keesler Legacy Award.

The award was presented to a surprised Dottie at the Alliance’s recent annual meeting in Mt. Pleasant.

“The award recognizes an individual who encompasses the traits of Marilynn Keesler — strong and passionate advocacy for children and school-based and linked health centers and programs,” said Michele Strasz, Executive Director, School Community Health Alliance of Michigan.

“I’m very honored,” said Dottie. “I see first-hand the need for school-based health centers and the impact our work can have on a young person. We’re still up and coming, though, and a lot of people don’t know about what we do. I see this award as an opportunity to spread the good word.”

Dottie has worked with adolescents in school-based health centers in Detroit and Waterford for 10 years.

The Waterford Teen Health Center is operated by Oakland Primary Health Services, a Michigan Community Health Center that has been providing primary care and preventive health services to residents of the City of Pontiac and surrounding communities in Oakland County since 2002.  It also operates two school-based health centers at Pontiac’s high school and middle school.

More than 90 school-based and school-linked health centers and programs in Michigan deliver a range of primary, preventive, and early intervention services to youth.

For more information about Oakland Primary Health Services, visit www.oaklandphs.org.

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