For many families, tending to the health care needs of school-age children can be challenging. Often, working parents cannot take the day off to take their sick child to see a doctor. Low-income families may not have adequate access to the resources many people take for granted – checkups, sports physicals, immunizations – or the means to deal with a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes. For the families of thousands of school-aged children in the network's service area, the answer is the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) School Health Program, a system of health centers located in neighborhood public schools.
The NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers School Health Program has been in existence since 1982, when the New York State Department of Health funded its first demonstration project for six school-based health centers in Brooklyn. Since then, LFHC's School Health Program has evolved into one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in New York State and the nation, providing more than 40,000 medical, dental and behavioral health services each year. Today, LFHC has 28 fully operational school-based health centers throughout Brooklyn.
The program has been a cornerstone of the network's comprehensive delivery system by ensuring that all children in the community, especially those who are underserved and at-risk, have access to comprehensive primary care and preventative care. Services provided onsite include:
• Comprehensive physical exams for working papers, schools and camps
• Immunizations and blood tests
• Mental health services
• Dental screenings and sealant treatment
• Health screenings
• Acute episodic care
• First aid
• Management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes
By providing primary and preventative services in the schools, the program helps ease the burden of working parents. The School Health Program also links uninsured or underinsured students and families to insurance coverage. All school health patients have access to the resources of the entire network, and there is a comprehensive family health center within walking distance of most of the network's school-based health centers, providing easy access to comprehensive primary care for students and their families.
Why choose school-based health centers?
There are many reasons to choose school-based health centers. We do not replace your child's regular doctor; we work with the doctor to meet your child's medical needs.
• You can be sure that your child is being cared for by a qualified, licensed professional
• We offer appointments in a timely manner
• If your child gets sick during school hours, he/she will receive prompt evaluation and treatment
• Your child will miss fewer school days
• You will miss fewer work days
• No out-of-pocket costs for services provided on site
• Your child will receive care even if he/she doesn't have insurance
School-Based Health Centers
P.S. 1, 10, 15, 18, 24, 28, 38, 50, 59, 90, 94, 96, 124, 153/368, 164, 169, 172, 179/369, 282, 307/313, 503/506, 971; I.S. 88; I.S. 220; M.S. 136/Sunset Park Prep; Erasmus Academies, Sunset Park High School, and Boys and Girls High School.
For additional information on NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers' School Health program call 718-630-7608.