School Based Health Centers
Siskiyou Community Health Center has three School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) in the Illinois Valley – Evergreen Elementary School, Lorna Byrne Middle School, and Illinois Valley High School. These centers are permanent facilities within the schools and are staffed by a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Physician Assistant, RN’s, and receptionists. The centers are certified by the State of Oregon and meet specific standards of care. With these certifications, we are able to examine, diagnose, and treat school age children. We work cooperatively with parents, coaches, counselors, classroom teachers, and school principals and their staff in order to ensure that the centers are an integral part of the life of the schools.
The purpose of our SBHCs are to:
- Attend to the unmet health care needs of children when they need it
- Support students by providing a safe place to talk about sensitive issues such as depression, family problems, relationships, family planning, and substance abuse
- Supports the schools by helping children stay in school and by identifying and addressing health problems that may interfere with the learning process
- Support families by allowing parents to stay at work while attending to their child’s routine health care needs
- Teach students to be better health care consumers
Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn. Our centers’ goals are to bring the doctor’s office to the students in a safe and familiar manner so they may avoid health-related absences, and to give them the support they need to succeed in the classroom.