Teen clinics provide needed services

Gwinn Teen Clinic’s Nurse Practitioner Autumn Trudeau and Hematite Health Clinic’s Public Health Nurse Sarah Engstrom are showing their pride for the Gwinn Community at the “P.S. I love You” walk held in October. Right, part of an anti drug and alcohol campaign at the Hematite Health Clinic is shown. (Photos courtesy of MHCD)

By Gerald A. Messana, MPA, health officer,  Terry Frankovich, MD, medical director, Marquette County Health Department

Every parent knows the stress involved in getting a call from school because their child is ill and needs to be picked up right away and taken to a health are provider—hopefully that same day. It is often no less stressful to schedule time away from work for routine well-child exams, sports physicals, mental health counseling visits or immunizations.

Fortunately, for over 20 years, Michigan has been starting and supporting school-based clinics, also called Child and Adolescent Health Centers (CAHC). Currently, there are 102 such centers across the state and over 10,000 nationally. Why create CAHCs? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all agree that, “Healthy kids are better learners.” In fact, school-based clinics have been able to demonstrate a variety of positive outcomes, including improved school performance for children, increased student attendance and graduation rates, success in treating and preventing conditions such as obesity and asthma, reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits and improved mental health for students utilizing the clinic services. In our state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in coordination with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has created and oversees Child and Adolescent Health Center (CAHC) grant program…

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