Two Communities Realize that School-Based Health Centers Contribute to Success in School

Millennia Provides Technical Assistance 

Two new school based health centers will be opening this coming school year, one at Round Lake High School (Round Lake Area School District 116) and the other at Auburn High School (Rockford Public School District 205). Millennia consultant, Brenda Bannor, provided technical assistance to the Lake County Health Department and to Crusader Community Health respectively on these projects. The school based health centers are designed to keep students healthy and ready to learn by providing on-site primary medical and behavioral health services to students. The school based health center in Rockford will also provide on-site dental and vision services.

There is a growing body of evidence documenting the effect of school based health centers on success in school. For example, a 2009 article, "Impact of School-Based Health Center Use on Academic Outcomes" cites the effect of school based health centers on ninth graders in Washington state schools. "Results indicated a significant increase in attendance for SBHC medical users compared to nonusers," the article said. "Grade point average increases over time were observed for mental health users compared to nonusers."

Brenda has been working with school based health centers for over 18 years and has been involved in the planning of over 16 school based health centers across Illinois.

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