School-based health center opens at Omaha's Northwest High School

Mar 13, 2012

A seventh school-based health center is now open in Omaha Public School.

Building Bright Futures and the Omaha Public Schools opened the health center at Northwest High School Monday.  Jeanee Weiss, Director of Healthy Futures for Building Bright Futures, says one goal of the school-based health centers is to connect families with a so-called medical home.  "They often do not have a medical provider that, for instance, is making sure their child is making developmental milestones, they're staying up to date on immunizations, etc. By coming to the school-based health center, we can help connect that family with a medical home in our community."

Weiss says the health centers also provide acute care. Medical care is provided through partnerships with One World Community Health Center and Charles Drew Health Center.

Weiss says Building Bright Futures is in discussions with other area school districts, including Ralston, about school-based health centers.

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