After two-plus years in the making, Health Delivery, Inc. and the Saginaw School District unveiled the new Arthur Hill School-based Health Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 12, 2011.
The full-time Health Center located right on the campus of Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan, provides a convenient place for students to get comprehensive primary care, immunizations, physicals, behavioral health care, and health education.
Prior to the new School-based Health Center’s opening, a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals worked out of a specially equipped medical bus that served as a portable Health Center. Construction of the Arthur Hill School-based Health Center was delayed when the state eliminated funding in 2010 to balance Michigan’s budget.
During Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, students gave Senator Roger Kahn (R-32nd District) a big thank you for his work in helping to restore the funding so construction could begin.
More than 1,900 School-based Health Centers across the country provide access to primary, mental, and oral health services for nearly 2 million students. Through partnerships between schools and community health organizations such as Health Delivery, Inc., School-based Health Centers are providing health care that is helping to keep students healthy and in the classroom.
Michigan’s School-based Health Centers, also called Child and Adolescent Health Centers, have been delivering comprehensive health care and a wide range of support services for over 20 years. They are vital in addressing critical health issues that impact youth today, such as asthma, diabetes, mental health problems, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. The School-based Health Center model increases access to health care, especially for students who are uninsured, underserved, and have nowhere else to get care. Uninsured students are given information on enrolling in state-funded insurance plans for uninsured families.
Health Delivery, Inc. – a Community Health Center organization that serves over 53,000 Michigan residents throughout 14 counties — also operates a School-based Health center at Saginaw High School, in addition to three year-round dental facilities, eight year-round medical facilities, two mobile dental units, a mobile medical unit, and various seasonal migrant health sites. For more info, visit www.healthdelivery.org.