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National Public Health Week: School-Based Health

Apr 03, 2019

National Public Health Week: School-Based Health

SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CLINICS: WHERE EDUCATION MEETS HEALTHCARE

By Kayla Borchardt, School Based Health Liaison

Your child’s health can make a big difference in their day. Dealing with untreated physical or mental health problems can cause your child to miss time in the classroom. Falls Community Health has bridged the gap and brought health care to where the students are… in the schools! This provides medical and dental services for students in a location that is familiar, safe, and convenient.

Falls Community Health clinics are housed in the walls of three Sioux Falls public elementary schools including Hawthorne, Hayward, and Terry Redlin. This allows health care workers to communicate with teachers, social workers, counselors, and school administration to make your child’s health and learning a priority. It can be difficult to get your child to appointments. School-based clinics help to eliminate that barrier. While you are welcome to attend your child’s appointment, it is not required. Falls Community Health staff and providers can see them during school hours for immunizations, physicals, and acute and chronic illnesses.

Dental services are also offered at our school-based clinics including exams, X-rays, fluoride, sealants, and cleanings. Once again, there is no need to worry about waiting to get your child into the dentist and therefore, more time is spent at school where they can learn and grow. We

Falls Community Health CAN be your family’s dental and medical home. The school-based health clinics work to improve the health of students, increase their access to healthcare, and decrease time lost from the classroom. Our goal is to keep your child healthy and ready to learn.

For more information, you can visit us online or call to schedule an appointment at 367-8793. Enrollment forms are also available in your child’s school office.