Finding time to get children to a medical provider’s appointment for a simple checkup can be challenging. Oftentimes parents need to pull their child out of school and take time away from work — which isn’t always an option. School-based health centers make going to the clinician as simple as walking down the hall.
ChristianaCare has teamed up with Kuumba Academy Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware, to establish a new student-based health center that will provide onsite preventive care, mental health care and acute care services for all 637 Kuumba Academy students. It’s just one of more than 20 student-based health centers already supported by the health system. The student-based health center is staffed by nurses and doctors who provide a range of services to meet kids' and teens' health care needs. Services can include checkups, lab tests, prescriptions, counseling and care for chronic illnesses, such as asthma and diabetes.
In addition to ChristianaCare, other community partners that help operationalize the student-based health centers include the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Division of Public Health.