Is your child in need of health care but you’re always running short on time to get him/her to the doctor’s office? If you live in Northern Michigan’s White Cloud school district, Baldwin Family Health Care and White Cloud Schools may have the answer you are looking for: a School-based Health Center.
Baldwin Family Health Care and White Cloud Schools hosted a public open house on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, to showcase the newly renovated Health Center located at White Cloud Middle School. This School-based Health Center has been operating since 2009 and was recently expanded to double the space available for health care services. The renovation project was made possible through a federal grant awarded to Baldwin Family Health Care in 2012.
The renovated space includes two medical exam rooms, a behavioral health office, a small area for lab work, an educational room, and office space for staff. Optometry services, like vision exams and the opportunity to purchase reduced price eyeglasses, will also be available on a scheduled basis through a collaborative outreach program with the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.
The Health Center now also offers dental services with the addition of a dental operatory. This provides students the opportunity to receive dental exams, fluoride varnishes, and restorative care right at school.
“Some schools have a mobile dentist that visits the school, but they can’t offer the comprehensive, continuous care that students will receive with us. We can offer both preventive and restorative services, and because we utilize electronic records, information is easily transferable to any of our Health Centers,” said Kathy Sather, CEO, Baldwin Family Health Care. “We look forward to working with the children, coaching them on healthy habits, and teaching them about the importance of preventive care and to not put off seeking care when it’s needed.”
Baldwin Family Health Care provides comprehensive, high-quality primary and preventive health care services for residents of Lake, Missaukee, Newaygo, and Wexford counties. With most of its service area rural and isolated, Family Health Care sought the funding to improve students’ access to health care services and reduce missed days of school. Having the Health Center located within the school is a major convenience for both students and parents, allowing students to get the care they need without having to travel long distances, thus reducing time out of the classroom.
For more information on Baldwin Family Health Care, please visit www.familyhealthcare.org.
For more information on School-based Health Centers, please visit the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan at www.scha-mi.org.