School Based Community Health Centres

Student health centres, often operated as a partnership between the school and a community health organization such as a community health centre, hospital, or local health department, that provide primary medical care, mental health care, substance use disorder counselling, nutrition education, health education and promotion and case management for students at the school. With an emphasis on prevention, early intervention and risk reduction, school-based health centres counsel students on healthy habits and how to prevent injury, violence and other threats. Students can be treated for acute illnesses such as flu, and chronic conditions including asthma and diabetes. They can also be screened for dental, vision and hearing problems. The specific services provided by school-based health centres vary based on community needs and resources as determined through collaborations between the community, the school district and the health care providers.

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