Health Centers for Schools
About the Program
Children in poor health, who are hungry, fearful, sad and living in poverty, face often insurmountable barriers to learning. Students who then do not graduate are less likely to be employed and insured, and they earn less - all of which continue the cycle of poverty and disparities, including lifelong health risks, high medical costs and increased engagement in risky health behaviors. Research shows that school-based health centers increase educational success by providing medical and mental health care that allows students to stay in school and learn.
The Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools Program is designed as a medical, mental health and dental home for uninsured children and a secondary access point for insured children, comprising of ten school-based clinics and three mobile dental vans.
The primary goal of the Program is to bring increased healthcare to children who otherwise will not obtain it and to keep children in school where they can learn.
32,500 medical, mental health, nutritional, and dental services were provided in 2016 in the Houston, Pasadena, Lamar Consolidated, Alief and Aldine Independent School Districts.
Health Services Offered
Sick and injury care, general and sports physicals, immunizations, chronic care (asthma, obesity, cholesterol), mental health therapy and social service referrals, nutritional guidance, as well as other specific care to meet student needs.
Dental Services Offered
Periodic oral examinations, diagnostic x-rays, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, oral hygiene instructions, sealants, composite fillings, extractions, stainless steel crowns, and pulpotomies.
Why Memorial Hermann provides School-Based Healthcare
Uninsured or underinsured children often use the Emergency Room (ER) for primary care services. School-based health centers (SBHCs) improve healthcare access through the provision of an accessible medical home. Documenting that this increased access results in more appropriate use of hospital emergency rooms is important as ER visits continue at inappropriately high utilization rates.
Children with asthma use a disproportionate amount of healthcare services. One solution is to provide children with the knowledge and skills to manage their disease. Children who take part in school-based asthma education programs have decreased asthma exacerbations and reduce ER visits and hospitalizations.
School-based health centers, placed on school campuses and working closely with school nurses, minimize the amount of time that children are out of the classroom.
All Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools outcomes, locations and schools saved are detailed in the 2015 Annual Report.
Awards and Recognitions
2016 American Hospital Association NOVA Award (Mobile Dental Program)
The Build Health Challenge Implementation Award for Improving Health through a Substantial Food System, 2015
Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Service Awards, 2013, Finalist
Nineteenth Annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Aware/Vision, 2010, Finalist
Beacon of Hope Recipient, Mental Health America of Fort Bend County, 2010
American Hospital Association NOVA Award, 2008
Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) Gold Award, 2008
Inductee into Houston Independent School District's Partnership Hall of Fame, 2008
Texas Hospital Association Excellence in Community Service Award, 2003