Students at Rogers High School will have access this fall to their own school-based health center run by the CHAS Health. The center, expected to open in November, will provide a wide variety of health care services to students, including medical, behavioral and dental care as well as offer connections to community programs. It is made possible by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.
CHAS applied for the grant to open the health center earlier this year. Kaiser Permanente awarded CHAS a three-year, $590,000 grant to get the clinic up and running. A handful of neighborhood councils also voted to pool some of their federal funding toward the project as well, accounting for another $165,000. CHAS will provide the staffing and coordinate with Spokane Public Schools programs already operating at Rogers.
Research shows that school-based health centers can improve student outcomes in the classroom as well as their personal health. “It actually helps impact indicators of success both from an academic and a health care perspective,” Kelly Stanford, vice president of clinical operations for Kaiser Permanente in Eastern Washington, said. “So grades and attendance and graduation rates (improve) as well as reducing hospitalization.”
Learn more about the clinic and CHAS Health.