A school located community health center is similar to a medical office located inside or in close proximity to a school. The health center staff provide a full range of physical, health education, and behavioral health and wellness services to students so they can avoid health-related absences and achieve greater academic success. School health centers may also provide a wide array of wellness and integrated healthcare services to families, community residents and school staff. Our school health center staff includes licensed, registered and/or certified health professionals who are trained and experienced in community and school health and who have knowledge of health promotion and illness prevention strategies for children, adolescents and adults.
School health centers reduce barriers to care that have historically prevented youth and their families from seeking the health services they need. Students are able to receive health care services at school and return back to learning in their classrooms. Additionally, adult family members do not need to take time off of work in order to transport the sick student to a doctor. All family members may access high quality comprehensive health care services in one central location.
Our school health centers integrate primary care services with the STARS behavioral health program to provide holistic health services to students and their families. Our programs offer engaging and supportive services that are culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate.
The Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCENHP) Community School Health Centers are federally qualified school located health centers (FQHCs) managed in partnership with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System-Mile Square Health Center. As FQHC's our school health centers are committed to providing care to uninsured and under insured families. The Health and Wellness Centers are located in Chicago's public, charter and contract schools. All sites are staffed by University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System health professionals who work collaboratively with school faculty and staff. Please Click on a school picture to learn more about our partners.
The scope of services offered at these centers includes:
The Community Health School Health Center sites are:
Limited service sites:
School health centers are supported by partnerships among school staff, parents and students, communities, community-based organizations, and health care providers. These partners engage in a continuous dialogue to meet the health needs of the community's children and adolescents and families.
- Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
- Local School Councils
- School Sponsoring and Boards
Past and Present Investors
Aetna (Oral Health Education)
Federal Bueau of Primary Health Care
Illinois Children's Health Care Foundation
Illinois Department of Human Services
Northern Trust Fondation
Polk Brothers Foundation
Visiting Nurses Association (VNA)
Community School Health Center Advisory Boards
Each health center has an advisory board that meets the requirements from patient participation required by the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care. These Community School Health Center Advisory Boards are formed for the purpose of shaping, guiding, and supporting the Community School Health Center in achieving its mission to promote health, prevent disease and reduce health disparities.
For a detailed description on these advisory boards please CLICK HERE.