School-Based Health Centers
Health Centers - Led by SON Nurses - Improve Care for Rochester Youth
The School of Nursing provides free and comprehensive physical and mental health services at its School-Based Health Centers at East High School and the Frederick Douglass Campus in the City of Rochester. More than 4,000 visits are made each year by city students in grades 7 through 12 at the two city schools.
Staffed and supported by nurse practitioners from the UR School of Nursing and physicians from URMC, the Centers provide physical and mental health assessments; diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute illnesses and injuries; management of chronic conditions; health screenings and education; and population-based primary prevention.
There is also an on-site medication dispensary for over-the counter and prescription medications. All students have access to health care regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status, and incur no out-of-pocket expenses.
At the East High Center, asthma attacks are a common condition treated. Within minutes of an attack, medication and steroids can be administered on-site, instead of in an emergency room, improving health outcomes for students and substantially reducing health care costs.
Mental health issues are also prevalent. Many students struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder due to exposure to violence. For these students, assessments and on-going counseling are readily available, all with a strict emphasis on student privacy, and flexed to meet each student’s unique needs and schedule.
The Centers represent a partnership between the City School District, the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The aim is to improve the health and well-being of young people who reside in one of the most vulnerable sections of the city in terms of poverty and violence, and who have very limited access to health care.
The Health Centers are authorized by the New York State Department of Health.
Kim Urbach, NP, Director
East High and Douglass Centers UR School of Nursing