School District 27j in partnership with Kids First Health Care, recently opened the District’s first school-based health center at Brighton High School. The project began during the spring and was completed while students were on summer break. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 6 at 5 p.m. at Brighton High School.
Brighton High students will now be able to access most of their health care needs at this new school-based clinic that offers a full range of age-appropriate health care services, including annual physicals, immunizations, sick and injury care, management of chronic conditions, medical screenings, confidential teen health services, mental health counseling, and health education.
Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to live healthy lifestyles and prevent disease through a comprehensive health education program focused on substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, nutrition and weight control.
“When students miss school due to illness it has a direct impact on their ability to learn,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Fiedler. “The school based health center will provide our students with much needed health services and resources, enabling students to spend less time away from school and more time in the classroom.”
In order to make the SBHC a reality, 27J Schools collaborated with the following organizations:
- Kids First Health Care will provide health care services.
- Salud Family Health Centers will provide preventive dental services.
- Community Reach Center will provide mental health counseling for patients.
Funding for the clinic was provided by the following:
- School District 27J bond earnings – approximately $500,000 for construction
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – $25,000 for school-based health clinic planning; $100,000 for first year of operations
- Platte Valley Medical Center – Community Health Investment Program – $50,000 for medical equipment, IT equipment, and furniture
- Rose Community Foundation – $30,000 for school-based health clinic planning
- CoBiz Financial Biz Bash- $116,500 for dental equipment
Photos Courtesy of Mike Philippi
About 27J Schools: 27J Schools educates over 18,000 students from Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Lochbuie, and Thornton and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties. The mission of School District 27J, with the support of the family and community, is to ensure that all students have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for present and future competence and success.