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. Platte Valley Medical Center with the Community Health Investment Program donated $50,000 toward medical and IT equipment.
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.”