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School-Based Health Clinic

At its meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Port Angeles School District (PASD) Board of Directors approved the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) for Port Angeles High School, starting in fall 2017. 

School District staff and North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN), a not-for-profit federally-qualified community health center that provides high-quality, full-spectrum primary care, behavioral health and oral health services, will partner to develop a memorandum of understanding for operation on the PAHS campus.
The SBHC, with NOHN support, will offer students healthcare services which may include, but are not limited to, care for acute health conditions and injuries; care for common health problems; access to immunizations; sexual health education; tobacco and drug use prevention; preventive care such as sports physicals; behavioral healthcare, such as treatment and/or referral for counseling for depression, peer pressure, bullying, and family conflict; oral healthcare, such as screening.

Why do we need a SBHC?
Some children may not have easy access to medical, behavioral or oral healthcare due to individual or family lack of insurance, transportation, time, financial resources, a primary care provider or knowledge about health care needs. Embedding a school-based health clinic (SBHC) into the PASD would improve access to healthcare for many students.

How many hours a week will the PAHS SBHC be open?
The goal is to have the clinic open at least four hours per week. Likely, the clinic will open 8:00 a.m. to-12:00 p.m. one or two Tuesdays per month, expanding access if and when the appointments fill.

When will students sign up for this service?
Registration for the SBHC will be offered by PAHS during school enrollment and throughout the year.

How does a student access the SBHC?
Appointment scheduling will be facilitated by the PAHS school nurse and NOHN’s patient navigator.

Does a student need parental consent to be seen at the SBHC?
No student will be seen without parental consent, except for situations where the student independently consents for confidential health care to which they have a right under state law.

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