Neighborhood Family Practice launches first of two Cleveland school-based health clinics
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Posted by: Samantha Porter
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center with four West Side locations, has partnered with the Cleveland Municipal School District to launch its first school-based mobile health clinic at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy in the Stockyard neighborhood.
A nurse practitioner, medical assistant and other staff from NFP will provide primary care to children at the school one morning per week, bringing to 12 the number of Cleveland schools that now provide the service.
In November of 2013, the MetroHealth System launched the first such clinic locally at Mound-STEM school, and now provides services at 11 schools with a mobile unit that travels during the week.
The Cleveland Clinic has also launched a school-based mobile health unit, which began serving kids in the inner-ring suburbs in December.
The NFP program will also be run out of a mobile unit-- the city of Cleveland is providing its MomsFirst mobile unit to NFP for the clinic for a nominal fee-- though the health center is looking for permanent space at the school. NFP plans to offer a second clinic to students at the new Max S. Hayes Vocational High School on West 65th Street and Walworth Avenue, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
With parent or guardian consent, kids at schools served by the mobile clinics can receive primary and preventive health care -- services like vaccinations, well-child visits, help managing medications for conditions such as asthma and diabetes, and referrals to other services. The program is designed to increase access to basic services for kids who may not routinely receive them -- improving their health and decreasing time spent out of school due to illness and doctor appointments.
MetroHealth's clinics had treated about 300 elementary to high-school aged students as of December.
The NFP clinic at Newcomers Academy will be open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting today, and students will make appointments through the school nurse.
"We are especially excited to launch our first school-based program at Newcomers Academy given their mission to help immigrant and refugee students," Andrew Morris, NFP's school-based health coordinator said in a news release. "This program compliments our refugee health services program quite nicely and provides continuity of care for children who come to us for their initial health screenings."
All of the mobile units have been grant-funded, with more than $1 million in total donations from the Cleveland Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Third Federal Savings & Loan Foundation, The Eaton Corporation Charitable Fund, individual donors and The George Gund Foundation, which provided support for NFP's clinic.