Maine East High School

Advancing Health-care Options for a Diverse Student Body

Access to health care was a challenge for many students who attend the culturally diverse Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Ill. Maine East educates students who speak 52 different languages, and 75 percent of the students come from homes where English is not the primary language.

Understanding that students must be well to do well academically, Maine East administrators committed themselves to working with local health care partners to provide on-site access to need care.

For this project, Millennia drew on its expertise in organizational development and planning and program design.

To create and implement a plan for the health center, Millennia worked the Maine East's principal, school nurse, outside medical providers and other relevant stakeholders. Maine East, with guidance from Millennia, reconfigured a basement space to resemble a physician's office; developed policies and procedures for services; conducted outreach in the school and community; hired staff, and assembled an Advisory Board.

The Maine East School-Based Health Center was established in 2003 as a partnership between Maine Township High School District 207 and Advocate Medical Group, in affiliation with Lutheran General Hospital.

Since its inception, the MESBHC has enrolled 1,897 students and the staff has provided more than 2,781 patient encounters.